Bomar bags Kenai Open

Defending champ Hennessy finishes one stroke back

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2001

Soldotna's Tony Azzara showed he is a pretty good golfer by taking the Alaska State Junior Amateur this year.

Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course in the final round of the third annual Kenai Chrysler Open, Azzara continued to show he's a pretty good caddie, too.

Billy Bomar, an Anchorage golf professional, finished up a profitable summer on the Kenai Peninsula by winning the Open by one stroke over Jim Hennessy. Bomar had a 4-over-par, two-day total of 148.

Bomar won $5,000 of the $20,000 purse. He adds that to the $2,000 he won in mid-July at the Wells Fargo Alaska Alaskan Professional Golfers Skins Game at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

"I know enough people down here, so that helps," Bomar said when asked about his good fortune on the peninsula. "Tony Azzara's caddied for me both times, so he must be my good luck charm.

"He does a good job. He doesn't do anything unless you ask him to do it."

Bomar came into the day tied for the lead with Brian Anderson, a former University of Alaska Anchorage basketball player who now is the pro at Moose Run Golf Course at Fort Richardson.

While Anderson had some problems with his putting stroke and dropped off the pace, Jim Hennessy, last year's champion, came forward to challenge Bomar after starting the day two strokes back. Hennessy is a derrickman for Nabors Alaska Drilling who currently is working on the drilling platforms in Cook Inlet.

Hennessy was 4-over after five holes Sunday, but he came back to fire a 2-over 74, which stood as the best round of the day.

Hennessy was tied with Bomar until losing a stroke to him on No. 17. A key shot on the par-4, 452-yard hole came after Bomar had put his tee shot in the rough and behind a root. Bomar put his next shot just short of the green, then got up and down for a par.

"I didn't have anywhere to follow through on that shot out of the rough," Bomar said. "I just didn't want to break my wrists. It ended up working out for me."

On No. 18, both Hennessy and Bomar got on the green in two shots. After Bomar missed his birdie putt, Hennessy had a chance to force a playoff with his long birdie putt, but he missed.

"I'm happy with how I hit that putt," Hennessy said. "I didn't get the break I thought I would."

Bomar then tapped in his par putt to clinch the tournament and win his first Open title after finishing second the past two years.

In the Open - Amateur division, Mark Matarrese took his second title by defeating Ken Liedes in a playoff. Matarrese and Liedes both had two-day totals of 162.

Matarrese started the day with six shots on Liedes, but Liedes fired a 3-over-par 75 to catch Matarrese.

On the playoff on the 18th hole, both Liedes and Matarrese were just off the green after two shots. Matarrese, using a deft chip shot to get over a sand trap, got up and down for a par, while Liedes two-putted for a bogey.

In the women's division, Paula Crowley posted a two-day total of 196 to defeat Rita Botelho by six strokes. It was the first time Botelho did not win the Open since 1995.


Jim Henessy tries to coax in a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the third annual Kenai Chrysler Open at the Kenai Golf Course Sunday

In its third year, the tournament was bigger than ever this year, attracting 20 pros. The purse also was increased from $15,000 to $20,000. Next year, tournament organizers said they will try to get pros to come up for the tournament from the Lower 48.

Third annual Kenai Chrysler Open

Saturday, Sunday

at Kenai Golf Course

Open - Professional

Billy Bomar, $5,000 73-75 -- 148

Jim Hennessy, $3,000 75-74 -- 149

Norm Jarvis, $2,400 76-76 -- 152

James Contreras, $1,766.67 79-75 -- 154

Tony Grimes, $1,766.67 75-79 -- 154

Brian Anderson, $1,766.67 73-81 -- 154

Rob Nelson, $1,050 79-77 -- 156

Bill Engberg, $1,050 78-78 -- 156

John McBride, $700 80-78 -- 158

Chris Wright, $500 78-85 -- 163

Paul Carriell, $500 82-81 -- 163

Tom Walsh, $500 78-85 -- 163

Seniors -- 1. Tom Walsh, $425; 2. Mark Dolejsi, $325; 3. Don Moock, $250.

Open - Amateur

Mark Matarrese 81-81 -- 162

Ken Liedes 87-75 -- 162

Eldon Harvey 83-86 -- 169

Doug Jung 86-87 -- 173

Gordon Griffin 93-87 -- 180

Women's Flight

Paula Crowley 97-99 -- 196

Rita Botelho 97-105 -- 202

Ann Frawner 104-100 -- 204

Eleanor Thomson 121-136 -- 257

First Flight

Jesse Wade 82-88 -- 170

Mark Azzara 85-92 -- 177

Mike Navarre 93-88 -- 181

Bill Burtram 92-91 -- 183

Lorne Smagge 94-91 -- 185

Pete Hackenberger 90-96 -- 186

James Armstrong 96-91 -- 187

Jim Bradford 90-98 -- 188

Spence DeVito 97-93 -- 190

Second flight

Dwight Kramer 84-97 -- 181

Jack Evans 86-95 -- 181

Ed Gore 91-92 -- 183

Tom Allison 90-99 -- 189

William Fletcher 94-107 -- 201

Lee Green 107-98 -- 205

Third flight

Mike Kebschull 95-97 -- 192

Butch Anderson 95-101 -- 196

Bud Jackson 99-98 -- 197

Kirk Hyman 97-106 -- 203

William Davis 104-99 -- 203

Earl Fawner 101-103 -- 204

Tom Hall 97-109 -- 206

Richard Atuk 103-114 -- 217

George Navarre 116-124 -- 240

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