2014 Lakeshore Open Results
Under perfect weather conditions, the 2014 Make-A-Wish Lakeshore Open commenced at 9:50am with perennial stalwarts Paul Gutwein, Fred Weiss and Steve Grogan sending their spheres down the #1 fairway. Eleven rookies attempted their first Major including Nevada state high school champion Van Thomas.
The Lakeshore Committee predicted that scoring records might fall because of a thundershower the night before slowed the course a bit. No player has ever shot under par in a competitive Lakeshore round but the front 18 saw 2 favorites, Kenny Ebalo and rookie sensation Jeremy Anderson both shoot 2 under 52’s. There were 10 players within a dozen strokes and as everyone knows, the Lakeshore is won on the back 9 of the Championship round. Four other rookies, Ryan McCullough (+6), spirited Danny Gray (+11), UNLV standout James Fuetz (+12) and Lonnie Kallfelz (+13) made the cut. Some colorful incidents of the day were:
Rick Jewett knocking one out of bounds on #11 and then acing it for a par and then acing #12. Rick was in red figures then but faded some down the stretch to post the early lead in the clubhouse at +9. An 8 on the last hole stained the beauty a small degree.
Paul Raidna caused a ruckus on #16 by calling marshals over to get a ruling. He stated that he teed off and his ball trundled down the fairway, went out the gate, rolled up onto the green, and into the hole. He wanted a ruling on what his options were. The marshals told him that he could either take an ace or re-tee and try and to do it again for a par. For wasting the marshals time, he was told he was getting a warning and was on the clock. Throughout the day the galleries and players heard from Mr. Raidna at least 500 times about his extremely lucky fortune on #16.
The Chairman Philip Tom performed an oddity on hole #10 on the Championship round. He hit a wayward tee shot that hit a bricked flower bed, then went backwards through an open garage door, glanced off an Aston Martin, continued out of the garage, traveled over Bannie Ave onto a neighbors yard some 100ft behind the 10th tee box. He then re-teed and hit it stiff and tapped in for a bogey 4.
Former blue jacket winner Josh Vornsand aced the difficult #5 on the first 18 and then did it again in the Championship round.
One of the fans favorite and one of the most helpful Make-A-Wish tournament supporters, Mark Tom, proved that you can make the cut again with a purple golf ball.
The uniqueness of constant distractions of laughter and unusual circumstances of various shots that the players have to tolerate, caused a day of fun and enjoyment. An open mike on the PA system makes it like no other golf tournament on the planet. Next year we may have to take a aspect of the old ‘gong show’ and get a lengthy hook to get the total deranged off the microphone.:)
We have had many fantastic finishes but this year may have been the best. Through 7 holes, Kenny Ebalo had an 8 shot lead on the field. Then the most beautiful, most difficult, most interesting, most amazing finesse hole on the globe revealed its piercing teeth. A slight angle adjustment of the Championship tee box of the 10 yard hole makes it astonishing difficult to release the clubhead for even the best. Both Kenny and the Chairman knocked 2 balls out of bounds and Jeremy one. At the end of the front 9, Kenny had a 4 shot lead on Jeremy and an 8 shot lead on the Chairman. This means very little because now the back 9 lied ahead. After Jeremy apparently shot himself out of the tournament with crippling 9 on the 10th the group approached 11 with Kenny in full command of the event. But……this is a Major. A win here NEVER comes easy. It was Kenny’s turn to let the field back into the tournament. After hitting 3 balls out of bounds he made a great up and down for a 9 himself. So after 11, the leader board read: Ebalo +5, Tom +8, Anderson +9. But up ahead blue jacket winner Harry Schroeder was sketching a masterpiece. He was on a birdie binge. Also lurking were James Derella and Josh Vornsand. They could pounce if there were any additional cracking in the armor of the leaders. Kenny bogeyed both 12 and 14 while Tom birdied 12 and 13. Incredibly, Kenny relinquished the lead to the number 1 player in the world. The Chairman was now poised to take his 7th jacket.
At the end of the 32nd hole the scoreboard read: Tom (+6), Ebalo (+7), Schroeder (+9), Anderson (+11), and Vornsand and Derella at (+12). The stage was set for yet another fantastic finish. A double bogey by Tom the dog run #15 to Ebalo’s par gave Kenny a one stroke lead going into 16. Both tapped in beautiful birdies on the difficult 16 and both got pars on 17. Schroeder parred 18 and was the leader in the clubhouse at (+10). A magnificent one over on the back 18, and from observers, could have been even better. So as the final group stepped to the final tee box the board read: Ebalo (+6) and Tom (+7). Remember this is a par 3 that averages over 8 shots per player every year. If both falter Harry will win his 2nd jacket. Kenny was to hit first. He laced his patented ‘stinger’ down the famous hole. It caromed off the fence and onto Bannie ave…. out of bounds. All Phil had to do was find the narrow fairway for the jacket. He lofted it slightly left of the short grass…..2 bounces in the rough….and then left onto Bannie ave…..out of bounds. Harry was now odds on favorite for at least a tie. Kenny second tee shot went over the fence and rested pin high but in a nasty lie in the rough. Phil second tee zoomed over the fence with a bit of a hooded spin. It came back under the fence some six feet past the pin. A great shot under the circumstances. Phil’s chip came up just short for a double bogey 5 and +9 finish. All Kenny had to do was get up and down from the wrong side of the fence for the jacket. By no means an easy task. With the unpleasant lie he banged it off the fence and remained on the wrong side of the fence, but he did have a direct sight to the pin from about 4 feet. The gallery was silent as Kenny lined up the golf shot of his life. A slow backswing and bang …….he holed it! His first Major is now in the bank! Congratulations Kenny. He is now one of 7 people in the world who possess a Make-A-Wish Lakeshore Open Royal Blue Jacket. – Chairman Make-A-Wish Lakeshore Open Golf Tournament Committee