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Anderson wins Kenai Chrysler Open

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2002

The final round of the Kenai Chrysler Open was a showcase of the swift and the brave Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course as Saturday's professional leader had to run to keep ahead of a closing competitor, and the two top amateurs faced off for a duel that would leave only one standing.

Bryan Anderson, of Anchorage, charged up the hill of the 18th hole Sunday afternoon to wrap up his three-stroke lead over runner-up Paul Carriell, and claim the pro title with a 2-over par final for the day on the 72-par course, after finishing at even par 72 Saturday.

He set a tournament record of 146 for the two-day tournament, beating John McBride's 147 from the inaugural 1999 Open, and pocketed $6,000 from the $30,500-purse.

"The only thing that matters was just getting over the gully," Anderson said of his effort to get past the monstrous wooded hazard separating the final tee box from the green 344 yards away. "Forget the pin. Just get to the front of the green."

He made par on the 4-par hole to save his lead and the win.

"He kept me focused. He kept pressure on me," Anderson said of Carriell, who gained a stroke on the leader on the front nine after consecutive birdies on seven and eight.

Carriell, who shot 1-over par on the day and finished the tournament with 149, said the course was superb and his game was on, but Anderson just played the better game over the weekend.

"Today I played solid, but I just couldn't make some of the putts that I needed," he said. "I take my hat off to Bryan. He really played (well).

"The course conditions this year are far superior to last year. Mark (Matarrese) did a great job."

The real drama, however, came in the amateur tournament when Saturday's leader, Matarrese, of Kasilof, and Kenai's Ken Liedes found themselves tied at the end of play for the second year in a row, and went into a playoff. The two would play two 4-par holes -- Nos. 1 and 18 -- with the lowest score winning. In the event of a tie, they would face sudden death hole-by-hole play on holes 10, 18, 1 and 9 repetitively until a winner was determined.

Before the playoff, Matarrese was hopeful of his chances after shooting 82 on the day.

"I haven't hit a putt in the past two days," he said. "Maybe I'll hit one on these last two holes."

But, although hope springs eternal, on Sunday Mataresse's well had run dry.

Both players parred hole 1, then Mataresse pulled his drive and hit into the bunker on 18. He hit a rock trying to hit out of the bunker and ended up 2-putting on the green for 1-over par.

"I missed another putt," he said with a smile after the playoff.

Liedes, a left-handed swinger who hits with a draw, hooked his drive around the the hazard to the green and just missed a pin-high birdie from 15 feet. He made par to win the tournament.

"I hit good tee shots and hit good second shots on the green," Liedes said of his second-day performance. "I only had to putt because Mark got a five on the green."

In the 2001 tournament, the two met in a sudden death playoff and Matarrese got the better of Liedes. But Sunday, Liedes said he was motivated by the enjoyment of the sport.

"I just play because competition is fun," he said.

Norm Jarvis, who tied with Ryan Sparks and Jeff Barnhart for 10th place, finished first in senior pro play with a 158 on the weekend. He took home $850 of the $2,000 senior pot, in addition to the $997.50 he won from his professional finish.

Kenai's Rita Botelho won the gross score in the ladies tournament, shooting a 95 on Sunday behind her 94 from Saturday. With her 30 handicap, she lost the net score to Shirley Hartman, who led the field on the first day with a 93.

Hartman shot a 96 Sunday for a combined 189, but with her 38 handicap, she had the lower net score of 151. Afterward, she said she received a tough fight from Botelho.

"Hole by hole we were out there battling," Hartman said. "A par-3 (hole 14) reached up and grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I put too much club on it and took a 6. I thought I was done, but I kept trying to fight back."

She said she was asked to play in the four-woman field at the last minute and hopes the number will grow in the future.

"Next year, I want more women in this tournament."

Kenai Chrysler Open

Final scores

Professional

Purse: $30,500

Byran Anderson 72-74 -- 146 $6,000

Paul Carriell 76-73 -- 149 $3,135

Rob Nelson 78-73 -- 151 $2,707.50

Louis Runge 79-72 -- 151 $2,707.50

Billy Bomar 78-74 -- 152 $2,280

Zac Gavlac 77-77 -- 154 $2,137.50

James Contreras 77-78 -- 155 $1,710

Curt Zander 77-78 -- 155 $1,710

Chris Wright 77-79 -- 156 $1,282.50

Norm Jarvis 79-79 -- 158 $997.50

Jeff Barnhart 79-79 -- 158 $997.50

Ryan Sparks 80-78 -- 158 $997.50

Jim Hennessy 78-81 -- 159 $641.25

Tom Walsh 82-77 -- 159 $641.25

John McBride 83-78 -- 161 $285

Bill Engberg 83-78 -- 161 $285

Jeff Aufderheide 81-81 -- 162

Mark Bomar 89-75 -- 164

Gale Kersenbock 86-80 -- 166

Mark Dolejsi 86-80 -- 166

George Cullum 86-82 -- 168

Thomas Bell 84-85 -- 169

Senior Professional

Purse: $2,000

Norm Jarvis 79-79 -- 158 $850

Tom Walsh 82-77 -- 159 $650

Gale Kersenbrock 86-80 -- 166 $250

Mark Dolejsi 86-80 -- 166 $250

Amateur

Ladies

Gross Hndcp Net

Rita Botelho 94-95 -- 189 30 159

Shirley Hartman 93-96 -- 189 38 151

Ann Frawner 95-100 -- 195 32 163

Pam Martinez 97-103 -- 200 38 162

Men's Open Flight

Gross Hndcp Net

x-Ken Liedes 80-80 -- 160 14 146

Mark Matarrese 78-82 -- 160 8 152

Billy Applewhite 86-81 -- 167 14 153

Eldon Harvey 86-85 -- 171 14 157

Mark Azzara 83-89 -- 172 14 158

Matt Matarrese 90-88 -- 178 12 166

Gordon Griffin 91-88 -- 179 14 165

x -- Won in 2-hole playoff.

1st Flight

Gross Hndcp Net

Billy Coghill 79-80 -- 159 22 137

Jesse Wade 84-86 -- 170 20 150

Bill Bertram 88-82 -- 170 20 150

Curtis Smith 90-83 -- 173 22 151

Jeff Sinz 84-90 -- 174 20 152

Mike Chinault 88-89 -- 177 24 153

Rene Alvarez 90-92 -- 182 24 158

Dan Kirsch 95-94 -- 189 16 173

Don Cloyd 104-99 -- 203 24 179

2nd Flight

Gross Hndcp Net

Dwight Kramer 90-84 -- 174 26 148

Tom Hartman 98-87 -- 185 32 153

Mike Navarre 88-99 -- 187 32 155

Tom Allison 100-89 -- 189 32 157

Robert Speakman 91-98 -- 189 26 157

Gary Katsion 94-100 -- 194 28 166

Dustin Jung 110-87 -- 197 28 169

Spence DeVito 99-105 -- 200 32 168

Eddie Sibolboro 98-105 -- 203 28 175

Tom Hall 105-110 -- 215 32 183

3rd Flight

Gross Hndcp Net

William Davis 93-98 -- 191 40 151

Clayton Dolan 94-97 -- 191 40 145

Charles Render 98-94 -- 192 38 154

Mike Kebschull 98-95 -- 193 40 153

Earl Fawner 98-99 -- 197 42 155

Ron Rozak 105-95 -- 200 40 160

Steve Arbelovsky 104-98 -- 202 36 166

Bob Drewes 112-118 -- 230 66 164

Richard Atuk 114-117 -- 231 52 179



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