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Better safe than sorry for Hennessy

Arizona pro's conservative style earns Kenai Chrysler Open victory

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2000

Jim Hennessy, one stroke behind after Saturday's first round, played safety golf Sunday and won the Kenai Chrysler Open by four strokes.

"There's no other way to play it. You play it straight," he said. "You sacrifice distance for control."

The Arizonan overtook day one leader Tony Grimes on the front nine, but still had to contend with Canadian Norm Jarvis on the back nine. Hennessy and Jarvis started the day at 75, just behind Grimes' 74. Grimes, who set a course record with a 69 during Friday's Pro-Am, shot an 82 Sunday, and finished fourth at 156.

Jarvis tied for second with Billy Bomar at 154. Bryan Anderson and John McBride tied for fifth at 158.

Grimes was already two strokes back when he found the woods on No. 8 and had trouble getting out.

"The worst part was when I found my ball," he said.

He had taken a provisional shot from the tee after seeing his first ball disappear into the forest. He described it as "perfect."

However, Grimes did find the first ball, much to his chagrin, because it took him three tries to get back to the fairway.

"I was thinking, 'This is sitting OK,'" he said. "And then it didn't go out, and it didn't go out, and then it did. Right into a hole."

He said he wouldn't have gone for it if he wasn't sure it was going to come out.

He then went on to three-put No. 9.

"That was like adding salt to the wound," he said.

Grimes played the back nine in par, with three birdies and one triple bogey at No. 12. But at that point Hennessy and Jarvis had pulled away.

Though he wound up fourth, Grimes did win a Skins pot of $90 for his birdie on No. 15.

"My nemesis," he calls the hole.

For fourth, he pockets $1,500.

Hennessy takes home $6,000 for his consistent play, having shot 75 both days for a total of 150.

"It was a bit of a race on the back nine, but I kept going," he said. "I'm happy with how it turned out."

He called No. 15, with its uphill finish, his toughest hole.

"Seventeen is hard too, and 18 isn't too easy to come in," he said. "I'm glad I had a cushion."

McBride was in the final foursome with Hennessy, Grimes and Jarvis. He manages Palmer Golf Course, where Grimes teaches.

"I had fun," he said. "But I never thought I'd consider an 80 fun."

McBride kept his ball on the fairway, but had putting trouble all day, making only one birdie.

"It all adds up in the end if you don't make your putts," he said. "I'm not blaming the greens. They're great. They're the second best greens in the state, after Palmer."

McBride described the Kenai Golf Course as "unforgiving" due to its deceptively difficult holes.

"It looks like you should be able to hit a 67 or 68, but no one has," he said.

McBride was the winner of last year's first Kenai Chrysler Open.

Bob Favretto, owner of Kenai Chrysler Center, said this year's event was much better than last year's.

"We've stepped up to another level," he said.

He credited Friday's Pro-Am for attracting more sponsors for this year's tourney.

"People like to play with the pros, and the pros still get to compete for prize money," he said.

Favretto said next year's event will go four days, with a two-day Pro-Am and a two-day Open.

"My goal is to bring as many people into Kenai as I can," he said. "We've got people here for four days, eating and sleeping and spending money."

He credited the Morgan family, which operates the Kenai Golf Course, for the great shape it is in.

"The course lived up to its reputation as being the toughest in the state," he said.

Todd Smith was the top amateur in the Open, carding a two-day total of 158. Tim Walsh was second at 162.

The winners in the women's flight were Rita Botelho with a low gross score of 182. Pam Martinez was second at 189, but took first in low net at 143 after handicap was factored in.

In the men's first flight, Jeff Sinz got low gross at 168, while Rene Alvarez was low net at 146.

In the men's second flight, Rich Edwards got low gross with a 174, while David Litchfield took low net with a 145.

In the men's third flight, Richard Martin took low gross with a two-round score of 173, while Mike Navarre, who shot a 178 gross, won low net with a 146.

In the men's fourth flight, Don Schreiner had the low gross score at 194, while Greg Henderson had low net at 147.

Kenai Chrysler Open

Sunday scores at Kenai Golf Course

Open Division

Jim Hennessy 75-75 -- 150

Billy Bomar 78-76 -- 154

Norm Jarvis 75-79 -- 154

Tony Grimes 74-82 -- 156

Bryan Anderson 79-79 -- 158

Todd Smith 83-75 -- 158

James Contreros 80-79 -- 159

Bill Engberg 79-80 -- 159

Tom Farris 78-82 -- 160

Tim Walsh 84-78 -- 162

Chris Wright 83-81 -- 164

Rich Sayers 81-86 -- 167

Ken Liedes 83-84 -- 167

Frank Persichetti 87-80 -- 167

Billy Applewhite 84-84 -- 168

Doug Jung 89-79 -- 168

Jeff Barnhart 87-82 -- 169

Eldon Harvey 85-85 -- 170

Tom Walsh 84-87 -- 171

Mark Dolejsi 81-90 -- 171

Johnny Rieger 86-86 -- 172

Don Moock 91-86 -- 177

NickChaisson 88-90 -- 178

Gordon Griffin 90-91 -- 181

Ken Doty 87-W -- N/A

John McBride 78-80 --158

Mark Matarrese 79-89 --168

Women's Flight

Rita Botelho 86-96 -- 182

Pam Martinez 93-96 -- 189

Ann Frawner 104-105 -- 209

Paula Crowley 96-114 -- 210

Karen Morris 111-110 -- 221

Debbie Dunagan 125-118 -- 243

Opal Harvey 115-128 -- 243

Alice Ambruz 122-125 -- 247

Diana Zirul 145-155 -- 300

Men's First Flight

Rene Alvarez 79-85 -- 164

Jeff Sinz 84-84 -- 168

Mark Azzarra 83-82 -- 170

Dave Kerkvliet 81-90 -- 171

Felix Martinez 87-85 -- 172

Dan Kirsch 86-88 -- 174

Tom Carver 86-88 -- 174

Lorne Smagge 85-91 -- 176

Jeff Cocker 97-89 -- 176

Nick Martinez 86-91 -- 177

Paul Buxton 86-91 -- 177

Tom Reese 81-96 -- 177

Jim Evans 89-88 -- 177

John Dahlgren 90-88 -- 178

Steve McMains 86-94 -- 180

Curtis Smith 92-88 -- 180

Bob Bird 88-97 -- 185

Barry Brewer 91-96 -- 187

Jim Kimball 84-98 -- 192

Mens Second Flight

Bill Burtram 86-89 -- 174

Rich Ewards 89-85 -- 174

David Litchfield 89-86 -- 175

Spence DeVito 87-86 -- 176

David Ramsey 88-88 -- 176

Doug Haralson 82-95 -- 177

Jack Evans 91-91 -- 182

Tom Allison 89-96 -- 185

Jesse Wade 92-94 -- 186

Tom Wagoner 96-91 -- 187

Noel Widmayer 97-92 -- 189

Bill Fletcher 93-99 -- 192

Robert Speakman 89-104 -- 193

Rex Rambo 94-103 -- 197

Gerald Norris 102-96 -- 198

Mens Third Flight

Richard Martin 82-91 -- 173

Mike Navarre 86-92 -- 178

Dan Cabrera 94-87 -- 181

Butch Anderson 86-97 -- 183

Buzz Rome 88-95 -- 183

Mike Munger 94-91 -- 185

Bill Stamps 89-97 -- 186

Danny Brewer 96-90 -- 186

Mike Woltering 98-94 -- 192

Eddie Sibolboro 95-98 -- 193

Mike Koskinas 98-98 -- 196

Joe Deveaux 99-98 -- 197

Mike Rasmussen 100-105 -- 205

Kirk Hyman 99-106 -- 205

Robert Liftee 107-108 -- 215

Men's Fourth flight

Don Schreiner 92-102 -- 194

Ron Rozak 98-99 -- 197

Earl Frawner 95-106 -- 201

Charles Rehder 95-106 -- 201

Greg Henderson 103-98 -- 201

Gary Ambruz 101-101 -- 202

Ed Marsh 101-102 -- 203

Bruce Galloway 99-105 -- 204

Mike Kebschull 102-103 -- 205

Jerry Maddo-- 99-109 -- 208

Robert Stamer 110-101 -- 211

Andy Anderson 96-116 -- 212

John Randy Cler 110-106 -- 216

George Navarre 104-116 -- 220

Rod Cason 106-114 -- 220

Tom Vincent 107-117 -- 224

Paul Samora 101-124 -- 225

Harold Flood 116-114 -- 230

Jim Zirul 116-118 -- 234

Ray Measles 123-121 -- 244

Dick Morgan 129-115 -- 244

John Baxter 139-131 -- 270



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