Horn hooks Pen Am title

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2002

Nick Horn recovered from a shaky start Sunday to put together a round of 77, clinching his first Peninsula Amateur Golf Tournament championship at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

"I was 4-over after three holes -- they were right back in it," Horn said of Mike Hollingsworth and Robbie Smithwick, his opponents in the championship flight.

"I was having a little bit of trouble with my driver, and on No. 2, I hit it in the pond -- that was just a bad shot. Then I started using my fairway wood and I started hitting fairways and playing better."

Horn was 5-over-par when he made the turn, but was just 2-over on his back nine holes to clinch the championship.

"I was 1-under (on the back nine) going into No. 15," Horn said. "I had a 5-footer lip out, and it got frustrating for a few holes, but it turned out OK."

Horn said he likes playing golf competitively.

"I'm starting to like playing tournament golf more and more," Horn said. "It's good to get out and play against guys who are playing for something."

Horn had plenty to play for. In addition to the tournament title, Horn had a gentlemen's wager going with Smithwick, owner of Pizza Boys, that involved a pizza for the lowest round.

"He won (Saturday), so I went double or nothing (Sunday)," Horn said. "He was up on me for a while, but I made a comeback at the end."

Smithwick shot an 81 on the par-70 course to finish third in the championship flight while Hollingsworth finished with a 78 on Sunday, giving him a three-day total of 234 and second place.

"I did as good as I can do," Hollingsworth said. "I don't know about Robbie, but had no aspirations of beating Nick. I was trying to break 240 and I accomplished that. I'm not good enough to compete with him -- maybe when I get older."

Hollingsworth does have 34 years of experience on Horn, 17, who is preparing for his senior year at Soldotna High School.

Jay Kriner followed up his first-round 79 and his second-round 80 with an 87 on Sunday, but still managed to win the first flight as his opponents weren't able to mount a charge.

I didn't do too good, but they didn't really put an pressure on me," Kriner said.

John Davis closed with an 89 to win the second flight with a three-day total of 280, and youth was served in the third flight as Aaron Andrus had the round of the day in the third flight, a 98, to take the flight by 19 strokes with a three-day total of 288.

Horn, who played in the tournament from 1997 through 1999 before this year's title run, said he's looking forward to defending his title in next year's Peninsula Amateur.

"Hopefully, next year there will be a few more people in the championship flight," Horn said. "I think it's more fun with more competition."

Peninsula Amateur Golf Tournament

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

at Birch Ridge Golf Course

Final round

Championship Flight

Nick Horn 72-77-77--226

Mike Hollingsworth 79-77-78--234

Robbie Smithwick 82-74-81--237

Denny Davis 90-injury scratch

First Flight

Jay Kriner 79-80-87--246

Josh Lansing 79-85-93--257

Zach Cowan 87-87-86--260

Geo Stein 88-86-86--260

Second Flight

John Davis 98-93-89--280

Phil Turkington 96-97-100--293

Don McGhee 90-103-104--300

Keaton Andrus 107-97-98--302

Al Dettmer 96-104-110--310

Third Flight

Aaron Andrus 92-98-98--288

Gary Dawkins 102-101-104--307

John Lansing 105-107-104--316

Norman Plante 95-113-111--329

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