2008 Lakeshore Open Results
Dr. Harry Schroeder Wins Lakeshore
Harry Schroeder shocked the golfing world and won the 2009 Lakeshore Open and his first royal blue jacket. Always a perennial first round contender, Schroeder finally put together back to back rounds in the 50’s to set a new tournament 36 hole record of +9. He was in the clubhouse a good half hour before the then current leader, Matt Tom collapsed. Tom, playing in the final group, believed he had a 3 shot lead after he bogeyed both 16 and 17 as he approached the famed 18th hole. Instead he only had a 2 shot lead and then, as is the case in almost every Lakeshore, butchered the 18th with a quintuple bogey snowman (8) to finish 3 shots back. All of the exciting action was caught on film and will be forthcoming soon.
For the 3rd time in Lakeshore history we have dual honorable mentions that will have their names engraved on the trophy. Right off the plane Saturday morning and onto the course was a gentleman named Todd Muchnick from St. Louis, Missouri. He had never played the course and in his first round broke Phil Hellmuth’s initial 18 hole record of +10 with a stellar +8 (62). His second round he fired a +6 (60) to finish only 5 shots back of the winner. I may have to reconsider my dogmatic stance that no one can win this tournament with no practice rounds. This is truly one of the most remarkable feats in Lakeshore lore. I witnessed his 2nd round with my own eyes as I was paired with him. He should probably consider playing in the other 4 majors now that he qualified by finishing in the top 10.
The other honorable mention was another rookie named Gary Hagen. He is a distant relative of the hard-living, dashing, partying 11 time major winner Sir Walter Hagen. Gary exhibits some of the similar traits that Walter possessed. Walter was not a particularly good ball striker. His driving was erratic and it was once said that he played more bad shots in one year than Harry Vardon did in his career. But his short game was a revelation. His powers of recovery were immense. If he missed a green in regulation he would usually get up and down in two. Sir Walter was golf’s greatest showman, a flamboyant, princely romantic who captivated the public and his peers with sheer panache. He often said “I never wanted to be a millionaire, I just wanted to live like one”. Hagen once expressed his creed in these words: “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way”. I am absolutely positive that Sir Walter Hagen would have enjoyed playing in the Lakeshore. Gary, who worked harder than Vijay Singh in his preparation for this Lakeshore, was elated that he finished 6th in his first try. I will go out on a limb and predict that Gary will win a royal blue jacket if he plays at least 20 more years.
Other persons of interest were John Sieberg’s record tying first round of even par (54) and the appearance and playing of Make-A-Wish recipient Matt Snodgrass. You can read Matt’s incredible story on mattsnodgrass.org .
There were 50 golfers in this year’s event with 25 making the cut.
I plan on writing much more about this year’s Lakeshore Open, but for now, here are some of the finishing scores:
- Harry Schroeder, 58-59=117, +9
- Mathew Tom, 57-63=120, +12
- Philip Tom, 61-60=121, +13
- Todd Muchnick, 62-60=122, +14
- Rob Mullaney, 65-57=122, +14
- Gary Hagen, 66-61=127, +19
- John Sieberg, 54-74=128, +20
- Matt Snodgrass, 58-71=129, +21
- Frank Larsen, 64-66=130, +22
- Carl Gaglione, 66-69=135, +27
- Brian Coffey, 71-67=138, +30
- Rick Jewett, 75-74=149, +41
- Pat Mckenna, 81-68=149, +41
- John Guthrie, 74-78=152, +44
- Chip Madsen, 74-79=153, +45
- Paul Olsen, 78-77=155, +47
- Dan Fisher, 81-74=155, +47
- Jack Haynes, 77-79=156, +48
- Brian Hicks, 75-85=160, +52
- Keith Leisher, 65-100=165, +57
- Paul Raidna, 86-82=168, +60