Posted On: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Todd Zadow, left, won the Senior Men's Club Championship and Mike Pitzen won the Diamond Division of the championship.
Senior Men’s Club Championship
By Lorne Lazenby
On the PGA and Champions golf tours, some of the tournaments are called “Major” events due to the importance and significance of the tournament.
Every professional golfer is entitled to compete in the Major tournaments, but the Champions tour is intended for players over 50 years of age. Professional golfers dream of winning a major event at least once in their golfing career.
If we compare the events that occur within golf clubs across the country, the same dream exists in the form of winning a Club Championship title.
At the Southampton Golf and Country Club, there is the overall Club Championship in which all members of the club may compete, which was won by Todd Zadow this year. And then we have the Senior Men’s Club Championship for members who are over 55 years of age.
The Senior Men’s Club Championship tournament took place at the Southampton Golf and Country Club on Sept. 8-9.
Director of Golf Bill Stewart took the Southampton Senior Men’s Championship a step further, as he created a special section for players who are over 70 and called this section the Diamond division.
Players who are over 70 years of age compete in the overall Senior Men’s Club Championship but also in the Diamond group. These players also have the option of playing from the forward tees if they wish. So this sets the stage for the action that took place over the two days.
In the Championship competition, Todd Zadow, who has a handicap of 3, had a fantastic opening round, carding a three over par 75 to take the lead after the first day of play.
But Derryl Urstadt, whose game has been steady all year long and who carries a 4 handicap, also had a good game with a 77. Urstadt was only 2 strokes back after day one. Although there were many others within the championship flight, it looked like it would be a two-man competition on the second day of play. But a large section of the players were also eligible for the Diamond division and after the first day of play, Larry Schmidt led the way with an 84, followed by Gerry Call and former multiple Senior Club Men’s Club Champion Mike Pitzen, both with rounds of 86.
On the second day of play, Zadow did not let up the pressure on Urstadt, as he carded another great round of 79 for a 2-day total of 154.
Urstadt’s game was not quite as strong as the day before as he scored an 83 on the second day of play for a two-day total of 160.
No other player was able to catch Zadow, who won the Senior Men’s Club Champion title, along with his earlier win of Men’s Club Champion in August.
Congratulations Todd! Club Champion in both the Men’s and Senior Men’s groupings. Other winners in the Championship grouping were Derryl Urstadt - 1st Low Gross, Ron Wilson- First Low Net, Larry Curtis – Second Low Net and Larry Schmidt – Third Low Net.
In the Diamond group, Mike Pitzen was the overall Champion, carding a two-day total of 171. Congratulations Mike! Other winners in the Diamond group are Fabian Libbus – First Low Net, Lorne Lazenby and John Hale – tied for Second Low Net.