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Matarrese takes Kenai club title

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2001

Mark Matarrese loves golf. He spends his weekends working at the Kenai Golf Course, follows the PGA Tour and can speak authoritatively about what type of ball will play well around the green, and what type will play long off the tee.

But even Matarrese's love for the game has limits. He's fortunate he had the championship at the Donald R. Morgan Kenai Golf Association Club Championship locked up before those limits were reached.

"I'm good until about five hours," said Matarrese, who wrapped up a six-hour round Sunday by playing the last three holes 3-over-par. "After that, it's just tough to keep concentrating."

Matarrese came into the final round of the two-day tournament one stroke ahead of Eldon Harvey and two strokes ahead of Ken Liedes.

After 11 holes Sunday, Liedes remained two strokes behind Matarrese, while Harvey had moved into a tie for the lead.

Matarrese made the key move of the tournament on the next two holes. He birdied par-4 No. 12, and parred par-4 No. 13. Meanwhile, Harvey bogeyed both holes and Liedes picked up a par and a bogey. That left Matarrese with three strokes on Harvey and four on Liedes.

"As much as I love head-to-head competition, it's nice to pull away in any tournament," Matarrese said. "It's especially nice on the Kenai Golf Course, which is the most difficult course I've played in the Northwest, when the round is approaching five hours."

Harvey's chance at the tournament completely disappeared on No. 16. He was five strokes back entering the hole, but Matarrese struggled to get down the par-5 fairway and ended up with a bogie.

Harvey knocked his second shot just short of the front of the green and appeared ready to get back in the tournament with a birdie. However, he found out he played the wrong ball on his second shot and took a double bogey on the hole.

"Two or three shots is nothing to make up on this course," Harvey said. "But five or six shots is almost impossible to make up on a steady player like Mark."

Although Matarrese wasn't totally steady on the last three holes, he still won with a two-day, 10-over-par 154. Liedes finished six strokes back, and Harvey was nine strokes back.

Matarrese said the victory was special to him because this was the first Kenai Golf Association Club Championship named after Donald R. Morgan, who ran the Kenai Golf Course before dying last month.

"After what happened, I'm very proud to wear the belt," Matarrese said.

Through comments in the clubhouse like, "I know Donnie's laughing at the way I played today," it was apparent Morgan was never far off of competitors' minds at the tournament.

During the final part of the tournament, a playoff on the eighth hole to decide third place, both Felix Martinez and Harvey hit their third shots to spots just below a blue spruce tree the grounds crew planted in honor of Morgan.

As the gallery watched, many couldn't help but think of their good friend.

"I told Eddie (Sibolboro), it was so weird that they both ended up below that tree, especially since Felix chunked his shot to get it there," said Charles Kahakauwila. "What's the chances of that?"

Pam Martinez took the women's first flight by coming from two strokes down after the first day to defeat Rita Botelho by four strokes. Botelho had a two-day total of 195, while Martinez checked in at 191. Martinez earned the title by defeating Botelho by seven strokes on the back nine Sunday.

"Everything I did on the front nine ended up bad, and everything I did on the back nine ended up good," Martinez said. "It all balanced out."

Donald R. Morgan Kenai Golf Association Club Championship

Saturday, Sunday

at Kenai Golf Course

Men's first flight

Mark Matarrese 76-78 -- 154

Eldon Harvey 77-86 -- 163

Ken Liedes 78-82 -- 160

Jesse Wade 85-89 -- 174

Billy Applewhite 84-84 -- 168

Mark Azzara 86-78 -- 164

Gordon Griffin 85-87 -- 172

Lorne Smagge 86-91 -- 177

Jim Bradford 91-88 -- 179

Dan Kirsch 82-89 -- 171

Felix Martinez 82-83 -- 165

Tom Reese 85-99 -- 184

Lee Stalker 99-89 -- 188

John Bunnell 109-98 -- 207

Jim Kimball 85-91 -- 176

Women's first flight

Rita Botelho 95-100 -- 195

Paula Crowley 104-109 -- 213

Pam Martinez 97-94 -- 191

Men's second flight

John Dahlgren 88-86 -- 174

Dana Bassel 98-93 -- 191

Robert Speakman 106-107 -- 213

Jerry Norris 95-94 -- 189

Bill Burtram 89-101 -- 190

Lee Hankins 82-96 -- 178

Rich Edwards 93-99 -- 192

Jeff Cocker 94-95 -- 189

Ken Lipski 95-91 -- 186

Mike Navarre 97-94 -- 191

John Davis 100-98 -- 198

Daniel Young 95-105 -- 201

Doug Haralson 86-104 -- 190

Bill Stamps 88-91 -- 179

David Ramsey 88-96 -- 184

David Litchfield 87-87 -- 174

Greg Horton 87-93 -- 180

Tom Allison 100-91 -- 191

Robert Bird 91-97 -- 188

Eddie Sibolboro 89-98 -- 187

Noel Widmayer 88-99 -- 187

Daniel Cabrera 95-95 -- 190

Dave Howard 104-99 -- 203

Women's second flight

Karen Morris 106-115 -- 221

Shelley Ramsey 119-143 -- 262

Men's third flight

Mike Woltering 102-102 -- 204

Gene Granath 97-96 -- 193

Jim Legner 93-86 -- 179

Greg Duggin 98-101 -- 199

Jack Evans 95-83 -- 178

Charles Kahakauwila 93-94 -- 187

Lavern (Butch) Anderson 91-95 -- 186

Sam McLane 97-100 -- 197

Clayton Dolan 97-107 -- 204

Cal Larson 96-99 -- 195

William Irwin 96-104 -- 200

Mike Morse 102-119 -- 221

Danny Brewer 93-88 -- 181

Joe Deveaux 95-108 -- 203

Ron Rozak 103-103 -- 206

Bob Bush 111-103 -- 214

Men's fourth flight

Bruce Galloway 94-104 -- 198

Alvin John Glidden 102-104 -- 206

Bill Coghill 97-98 -- 195

Charles Waguespeak 101-106 -- 207

Lyle Winter 107-113 -- 220

Bob Drewes 110-111 -- 221

Tom Vincent 101-112 -- 213

Dick Morgan 128-136 -- 264

Saturday's awards

Closest to the pin on No. 10 -- Butch Anderson, 1 foot, 5 3-4 inches; Closest to the pin on No. 5 -- Jesse Wade, 8-9. Closest to the pin on No. 14 -- Dan Young, 7-8 1-2; Closest to the pin on No. 9 -- Robert Speakman, 7-0; Men's long drive on No. 12 -- Eldon Harvey. Women's long drive on No. 12 -- Pam Martinez.

Sunday's awards

Closest to the pin on No. 10 -- Mark Azzara, 8-9; Closest to the pin on No. 14 -- Bruce Galloway, 2-3 1-2; Women's long drive on No. 16 -- Karen Morris; Closest to the pin on No. 9 -- Felix Martinez, 18-3; Men's long drive on No. 16 -- Ken Liedes; Closest to the pin on No. 5 -- Lee Stalker, 3-10.



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