Billy Bomar drained a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the 7th annual Kenai Chrysler Golf Championship Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course.
Bomar, who owns part of Settlers Bay in Wasilla, finished with a two-day total of even-par 144 to win his third Chrysler title. Bomar's victory is worth $7,000 of the $35,000 in prize money that was up for grabs at the weekend tournament.
Scott Taylor, who is based in Seattle and plays on the Asian Tour, finished second at 145 and earned $4,375. Doug Schmit, who is based in Arizona and plays on mini tours, finished third at 148 and takes home $3,325.
Bomar came into the day with a two-shot lead over Taylor and Louie Rungie, who had an 84 Sunday and finished 11th.
Taylor, Rungie and Bomar were the only players to break par Saturday. With tough pin positions Sunday, Bomar said he knew if he could shoot par, he would be hard to catch.
Bomar shot even-par 36 on the front nine and nobody made a move to come get him.
In the back of his mind, Bomar said he was focusing on his tee shot on the par-5, 534-yard No. 11 hole as a crucial point. The fairway is narrow, with out-of-bounds on the right and a nasty wooded area on the left.
Bomar hit a perfect tee shot, then he said he got complacent.
"You can't do that on this golf course," Bomar said. "There is not one gimme hole out here."
Bomar decided to go for the No. 11 green in two and hit his second shot out-of-bounds in taking a double bogey. A three-putt bogey on No. 12 put Bomar's pursuers back in the tournament.
By the 14th hole, Taylor was two shots back and James Contreras was one shot back. Contreras would bogey Nos. 14, 15 and 17 and double bogey No. 18 to finish fifth, but Taylor hung tough.
On par-5 No. 16, Taylor got on the green in two and made birdie to cut Bomar's lead to one shot.
"I had to hit 3-wood," said Taylor of his second shot, which happened after Bomar had laid up short of the green. "If I would have laid up, I wouldn't have been giving myself a chance.
"I had to put some heat on him."
Taylor drew even with Bomar on the 490-yard, par-4 17th. Taylor made par by hitting the green in regulation and two-putting, while Bomar's second shot left him a few yards short of the green.
Bomar left his chip 6 feet short of the hole, then his par put spun off the right edge of the cup.
"I just didn't hit a good chip there," Bomar said.
On No. 18, a par-4 that doglegs to the right, both Taylor and Bomar had approach shots from a little over 150 yards.
The pin was on the top of a two-tiered green. Taylor's approach shot landed on the lower tier, leaving him an extremely tough birdie putt. Bomar's approach landed left of the green, but kicked off a hump and nestled 12 feet above the hole.
Taylor gave Bomar a bit of ribbing by going over to the hump and repairing Bomar's ball mark, but Taylor gave credit to Bomar for a clutch shot.
"It wasn't a lucky bounce," Taylor said. "It was a good shot. Anything hit to that area is going to tend to go to the right."
After Taylor missed his putt, Bomar knocked in the winner, striding to the right as the ball was on the path to the hole and pumping his fist as it dropped in the cup.
"I was really expecting to make it," said Bomar, who estimated the putt broke a little less than a foot. "I had a good feeling.
"It was fun to make one for all the marbles."
Bomar also gave a little bit of credit for his putt to Kenai Golf Course regular Eddie Sibolboro. Earlier in the week, Sibolboro had given Bomar a ball marker that read, "Hang Loose Hawaii." The 18th hole was the only time Bomar used that ball marker Sunday.
Bomar thanked all the tournament sponsors, hosts and volunteers for putting on a great event. He said it is such a great event, with 22 pros competing for a purse of $35,000, that he is always trying to convince other pros to come up and play it.
In the championship amateur flight, Doug Jung won with a two-day total of 158, topping Chris Sonnichsen by six strokes. Jung would have been 12th had he been playing with the pros.
This is the first time in 15 tries that Jung was able to win the championship amateur flight. That includes Kenai Open play, which was the name of the event before it became the Kenai Chrysler Golf Championship.
Jung said the secret to his success was keeping the ball in play.
"I eased up on my driver," Jung said. "I didn't care if it went 215 or 220 yards, I just wanted to keep the ball in play."
Jung started the day six shots behind Brandon Kaiser, but Kaiser slid to a 94 on Sunday. Jung brought home the tournament victory with pars on Nos. 14 through 18.
Beau Forrest had a 166 to win the first flight, Dan Cabrera had a 173 to top the second flight and Cliff Baker and Keith Stuart were on top of the third flight with totals of 189.
Kenai Chrysler Golf Championship
at Kenai Golf Course
Billy Bomar, $7,000 69 75 144
Scott Taylor, $4,375 71 74 145
Doug Schmit, $3,325 74 74 148
Jim Carson, $4,475 76 73 149
James Contreras, $2,975 73 78 151
Mark England, $1,925 78 75 153
Jim Hennesy, $1,925 77 76 153
Ryan Sparks, $1,925 77 76 153
Trevis Kordus, $1,487 81 73 154
Rich Lundahl, $1,487 79 75 154
Louie Rungie, $2,400 71 84 155
Bryan Anderson, $1,225 82 78 160
Mark Dolejsi, $1,137 80 81 161
Aaron Dexheimer, $1,137 75 86 161
John McBride, $1,550 82 80 162
Joe Butler 84 79 163
Bill Engberg 80 83 163
Zac Gavlak 84 81 165
Don Moock 87 90 177
Jeff Barnhart 91 88 179
Brian Cupit DQ
Mark Matarrese DQ
Doug Jung 80 78 158
Chris Sonnichsen 85 79 164
Billy Applewhite 81 84 165
Brandon Kaiser 74 94 168
Rene Alvarez 85 91 176
Josh Lansing 84 93 177
Pete Wetzel 92 88 180
Todd Eskelin 99 83 182
Eldon Harvey 94 90 184
Lorne Smagge 99 96 195
Beau Forest 81 85 166
Mike Navarre 87 84 171
Tom Reese 85 89 174
Curtis Smith 85 91 176
Dwight Kramer 91 88 179
James Seal 90 89 179
Barry Jackman 113 104 217
Jeff Sinz DNF
Dan Cabrera 89 84 173
Bill Burtram 90 94 184
Mike Chenault 89 96 185
Mike Spiesak 93 92 185
Eddie Sibolboro 105 86 191
Steve Dexheimer 87 106 193
Norton Dablemont 100 110 210
Cliff Baker 96 93 189
Keith Stuart 100 89 189
Mike Koskinas 95 98 193
Earl Frawner 102 98 200
Dan Fagan 108 106 214
Harold Flood 111 109 220
Juan Botero 110 112 222
Paul Morrison 119 120 239
Peninsula Clarion ©2015. All Rights Reserved.