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Brumm wins 2017 MDGA Tournament with a spectacular final round

Midwest Deaf Golfers AssociationReport from USDGA President Michael R. Finneran at 70th Midwest Deaf Golfers Association (MDGA) Tournament in St. Charles, Missouri:

Midwest Deaf Golf Association concluded with 121 golfers including 22 ladies with a smashing success. Thanks to its local organization called Greater St. Louis Association of the Deaf (GSLAD) led by Greg Peterson and his wonderful committee. Finally after some 25+ years of absence, Missouri hosted its 2nd MDGA and MDLGA tournaments after Joey Keiling who urged to have it in St. Louis. Joey was named as a honorary chair and crowned as MDLGA King and Winnie Beasant of NJ as MDGA Queen.

Open & First Flight
Second & Third Flight
Super Senior & First Flight

Now back to its core purpose of MDGA, the tournament started with Open Ej Brumm of MO living only two miles from the course who shot even par on the first round along with nine others who shot 70’s. Missouri Bluffs Golf Club in St. Charles, Tom Fazio design course, is hilly and rather short for long hitters. Greens are mushy and slow…. speed is around 9 with lots of ball marks on them. The fairways are nice and no need to bump balls. Bill Roberts of MO who shot 68 the next day after 77 but EJ shot 69 so 5 strokes lead. And then on the last round, EJ was on FIRE hitting 30 on front 9 after lipping out for 29. He kept the pace going with two dropped 15-20 foot putts on 10 & 11. He nearly aced 14th hole, 2 putted from 10-12 feet on 15th hole for his 9th birdie of the day! On par 5 18th hole, needing a birdie for a 61 or an eagle for a 60. He hit his 2nd shot to the very front part of green with the pin all the way back, some 140 feet or so for eagle. Unfortunately, he 3 putted for par but he still turned in his scorecard for a brilliant round of 9 under par 62. It broke the previous MDGA record of 65 was held by Brandon Babineaux.

Kyle Finkbeiner of MI came in distant 3rd with scores of 78-74-80. Curtis Blankenburg of IL and Jeremy Warshaw of CA tied for 4th with Jeremy the youngest golfer at MDGA at 22 recording his personal best score of a 74 in the final day! The oldest golfer is Pat Cleveland who will turn 92 soon and 70 year span.

Shawn Lockhart of IL scored 83 on his last day captured 1st place for the first flight open.

Second flight open winner was a cyclist nut, Stephen Coppock from Iowa.
Third flight open winner went to Chris Bruhart of OH with A+ 100 on his last round score.

Seniors started with John Rush of CO and Mike Finneran of CA who shot 76 following by Bob Bouchillon and Jose Sermeno of CA who shot 77. Mike played 55 years ago in some northernmost west of Iowa named West Okoboji and he was 14 years old that time. Older folks did not appreciate young dude who scored better than them decided to create an age minimum rule of 17+ starting the following year. Then that rule still stands since then Bob Bouchillon of MS went to 4 MDGA opens and won 3 of them and last one was in 1969 when he was only 20 and did not come back till this year. Rush shot 72 the next day while Bob gunned 75 and Mike with 77 and placed 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Then the last round Rush wore Tiger’s favorite color RED and made 4 birdies along the way with 71. Bob came 2nd with 78 and Mike 3rd with 80. Jose shot 80 and came 4th.

Dick Chadwick of AZ/MO placed 1st for the Seniors’ first flight with 83 on last round over David Catt of DC who had an identical score but with the last 9 holes Dick had a better score and Joe Dearing of IL improved 8 strokes on the last round and won Seniors’ second flight.

Super Seniors was given an option to play 9 or 18 holes. All fourteen brave golfers opted for 18. Patrick Cullen of NY held the reign as a champ from last year with 78, 80 and 77. Congrats. Toby Petrie who improved 34 strokes from last year won 1st flight.

For Ladies, they played on the same course as the men, the pace was not too bad for all 120+ golfers. Lauri Ponikiewski of MI won with the scores of 78, 82 and 77. Congratulations.

Another Californian Farley Warshaw won the putting contest after reluctantly joined the crowd. He was pretty stunned when he finally got his last putt over John Rush and won money and a nice golf bag.

Ten golfers were picked for the shootout starting on 14th hole with two player elimination - a real time saver. EJ and Bill tied for the 1st place but EJ won with a sand trap playoff.

John Rush joined the elite MDGA Hall of Fame along with 63 others. Welcome him!!!

MDGA Officers are: President Darrell Hovinen of MI, Vice President James Todd of IL, Secretary Willie Miller of IA, and Treasurer Bob Dramin of IL. Board members: Bill Stricklen of IL, Mark Venz of WI, and David Buntin of IN.

The motion was made and passed that the age for Seniors will be 55+ instead of 60+ starting 2018.

USDGA President Mike Finneran has made the announcement at the banquet about its future by recruiting more young golfers as well as ladies. So the youngest golfers at MDGA are: 22 and 31. Will create some business plans to be executed within 6 months to a year. Also, guidelines for future Deaflympics participants which will be held in the year of 2021.

Next two years of MDGA and MDLGA will be:
2018: Otsego, MN
2019: Lafayette, IN

Till next time!

Reprinted from USA Deaf Golf Association - https://www.facebook.com/USDeafGolf/posts/10154920986695017

Fresh off Deaflympics win, golfer brings fight to the PHC Classic

By Alec Lewis

2017 PHC ClassicGLENDALE — Kaylin Yost couldn't hear the two words last week. She could hardly hear anything.

Well, until the roar.

In Samsun, Turkey, at the first-ever golf event in the 23rd Deaflympics — an International Olympic Committee-sanctioned event at which deaf athletes compete at an elite level — Yost wasn't permitted to use the hearing aids she's worn since doctors noticed her hearing impairment at age 2. She could hear loud noises but nothing more, so when the fan yelled the two words — "miss it" — as she stood over gold medal-granting putt, Yost went about her business.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/golf/2017/08/03/fresh-off-deaflympics-win-golfer-brings-fight-phc-classic/534635001/

Source: Journal Sentinel

9th United States Deaf Golf championship results

US Deaf Golf AssociationLocation: Tiffany Green Golf Club, Kansas City, MO
Dates: July 11-14, 2017
Reported by Mike Finneran

The 9th United States Deaf Golf Championship came to an end with the following champions:

Open Dano Aldaz hails from Colorado and is employed as a construction worker shot 71, 74, 74 but the pressure increased in the last round and he shot 83 for his final score. He won one stroke over EJ Brumm. Brandon Babineaux of Texas and Bill Roberts of Missouri came in third with three strokes behind. All three will go to the World Deaf Golf Championships (WDGC) which will be held in Ireland, along with Doreen Granberry of Arizona and Michael Mabashov of Maryland.

Women’s Patty Lopez of Arizona started with 75 then 85, 80 and 83 won by narrow number of strokes over Susan Zupnik of New Jersey who got her first ACE ever. Lauri Ponikiewski of Michigan, Melissa Stockton of Utah and Mary Bachtel of Ohio will plan to join Patty and Susan to the WDGC.

Tim Dapp of Maryland (soon Florida) shot his best career round with 68 then 75, 71 and 73 won by wide number of strokes over John Rush of Colorado. The following senior golfers who will go to WDGC are: Scott Davidson of North Carolina, Keith Worek of New York and Darrell Hovinen of Michigan.

The Super Seniors division was created at the meeting two years ago for golfers who are above 65 years old. Seven golfers competed in this division for the first time. Mike Finneran of California who shot 83, 88, 83 and 78 tied with Gerald Isobe of Hawaii who shot 90 (with 13 on first hole), 81, 83 and 80. Both went ahead to play an extra hole and Mike won with a par. Dennis Berrigan, Jim Hynes and Wayne Miller will join them to WDGC.

There were some exciting events beside the golf championships. A putting contest was held on Tuesday after the round. Gerald Isobe won 1st place. On Wednesday evening 17 folks participated in a poker tournament and Dano Aldaz won. Then on Thursday, there were skill challenges for two top division leaders. Patty Lopez outdid all the men. Congratulations, Patty!

Thanks to the wonderful chair, Bill Roberts, who made this tournament successful along with his hard-working committee. He is a pro in this area similar to his golf skills. His personality is something that we can relate to.

The banquet was a wonderful affair which included a buffet. Recognitions were made as follows:

Susan Zupnik, Bill Roberts and Keith Worek attended all 9 USDGC tournaments. We hope they will continue to do so for many more years.

John Rush and John Vaughn were inducted to the USDGA Hall of Fame. They deserve every bit of this honor with their past accomplishments. One impressive feat about both honorees is that they started GOLF while they were young.

The winners were given special mementos. Travel trophies were given to each division winner. Thanks go to Jerry Mabashov for his incentive on this to ensure the women, seniors and super seniors winners also got their awards.

The new board members and incumbent members were given oath into office:

Brandon Babineaux – term ends July 2021

Bernie Brown – 2019

Timothy Dapp – 2021

Michael Finneran – 2021

Jerry Mabashov- 2019

Bill Roberts – 2019

Jeremy Warshaw – 2021

Keith Worek- 2019

Susan Zupnik – 2021

Mike was voted to be President. Susan, Jerry and Bernie were selected to be vice president, secretary and treasurer respectively. The board as a whole is looking forward for a stronger organization with more young golfers and women golfers with some innovative plans to expand these arenas.

Massachusetts won the bid for 2019 USDGC tournament led by John Vaughn along with Bay State Deaf Golf Association. We look forward to visiting New England in 2019.

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation: http://usdeafsports.org/news/9th-united-states-deaf-golf-championship-results/

Mabashov wins third SEDGA open championship

SE Deaf Golfers AssociationMichael Mabashov won his third Southeastern Deaf Golfers Association (SEDGA) Open Division championship in four years with a final score of 224. The 48th annual tournament was held at the Clustered Spires Golf Club in Frederick, Maryland.

Mabashov held the first-place spot all three rounds shooting 77,73, and 74. Keith Worek finished second with a final score of 232 and Timothy Dapp rounded out the top three with 235.

Scott Davidson captured the Seniors Championship with a final score of 234 and Michael Finneran came in second at 240. Davidson and Finneran had identical scores of 83 in the first round and 79 in the third round. The second round was what separated Davidson from Finneran when he shot 72 while Finneran scored 78. Ebbie Bosworth finished third at 251.

Patrick Cullen won the Super Seniors championship edging Daniel Krapta in a first-hole playoff. Cullen and Krapta were tied at 246 and Demetrious Gioupis came in third at 250.

2017 SEDGA Results

Clustered Spires hosts tournament for East Coast golfers who are deaf

By Mallory Panuska

SE Deaf Golfers AssociationThe greens and fairways at Clustered Spires Golf Club were busy this week as golfers who are deaf or partially deaf from New York to Florida played in an annual tournament.

The 2017 Southeastern Deaf Golfers Association Tournament kicked off at the Frederick course Tuesday morning and continued daily through Thursday afternoon, with 93 golfers from all over the East Coast participating.

Read more: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/economy_and_business/tourism/clustered-spires-hosts-tournament-for-east-coast-golfers-who-are/article_19b7ddbd-cb6b-5788-b122-41096ca3b2ad.html

Source: The Frederick News-Post

Yost doesn't make cut at Kingsmill Championship

2017 Kingsmill ChampionshipKaylin Yost who received a sponsorship exemption to participate in the LPGA Kingsmill Championship at Williamsburg, Virginia did not make the cut after two rounds. Yost scored a 74 in the first round and 73 in the second round for a total score of 147. Yost indicated that she enjoyed her time at Kingsmill in her tweet.

Yost will represent USA at the upcoming 2017 Summer Deaflympics at Samsun, Turkey.

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