Dexheimer wins Skins Game at Birch Ridge in extra holes

Aaron Dexheimer of Birch Ridge Golf Course won the Wells Fargo/Birch Ridge Golf Association Skins Game on Monday at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

 

Dexheimer birdied the par-4 third hole to win $1,700. Billy Bomar of Tanglewood Lakes Golf Club finished second with $1,050, Brittany Bomar was third in her debut as an Alaska pro with $1,000, and Bryan Anderson of Moose Run was third with $750.

“It was fun this year,” Birch Ridge Golf Course co-owner Pat Cowan said. “We kind of split up the money. There were four winners.”

There were seven players involved in the Skins Game. They qualified at the Birch Ridge Pro-Am held earlier Monday.

Dexheimer was the top qualifier with a 3-under 67. James Contreras was next at 69.

Originally, only four players — plus Birch Ridge pro Tom Walsh — were supposed to qualify for the Skins Game. But Brittany Bomar, Billy Bomar, Anderson and Rob Nelson all tied with even-par 70s to widen the field.

In a skins game, each hole is worth a certain dollar amount. A player must get the best score on the hole to earn the skin. If there is a tie, the money moves to the next hole.

The tournament started with the first two holes being pushed, but really the winner was Mother Nature. A pressing downpour, combined with a bothersome and cold wind, forced a delay of 30 minutes after the second hole.

When play started again, Anderson birdied the third hole to take home $750, since each of the first three holes were worth $250.

The fourth and fifth holes were pushed, but the Billy Bomar won the par-3 sixth hole with a tee shot to within 3 feet. Nobody had a shot nearly that good, but Dexheimer was able to make things interesting by lipping out a long putt. The fourth, fifth and sixth holes were worth $350, giving Bomar $1,050 for his birdie.

Dexheimer again flirted with glory on the par-4 seventh hole, hitting a nifty shot out of the rough to within 4 feet. The 4-footer would have gotten him $500, but he missed it.

Brittany Bomar took advantage of that miss on the par-3 eighth. Six of the seven players put their tee balls on the green, but Brittany Bomar’s was closest, and she was the only one to make the putt for $1,000.

The par-4 ninth was worth $1,200. Dexheimer had the closest putt for the birdie, but missed a tricky uphill putt.

All the players then went to extra holes. Earl and Ann Frawner kicked in an extra $500, meaning the pros were now playing for $1,700.

On the par-4 first hole, every player scared the hole on a birdie attempt, but none dropped. On the par-4 second, Dexheimer and Billy Bomar were the only two to birdie and stay alive in the playoff. Bomar nailed a sliding, downhill put to stay alive, while Dexheimer rammed in a putt from below the hole.

Dexheimer then birdied the par-4 third hole with a 12-footer to collect the $1,700.

Dexheimer’s team, called Steve’s Chevron of Nikiski, also won the Pro-Am with a score of 121. He played with Rudy Zaborowski, Steve Dexheimer and Eddie Sibolboro. Second were Contreras, Earl Frawner, Ann Frawner and Vic Hussey at 125.

Taking third in a card-off at 126 were Brandon Kaiser, Joe Pahl, Dave Geer and Jim Grace.

Jason Kinncannon was first-place low gross amateur at 71. Ardie Crawford won first net with a 78 that computed to 62 with his handicap.

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