Pair of first-time winners highlight opening weekend of city tournament
NILES — A mixed bag of weather, from sun and humidity to rainy and windy greeted the participants in the first weekend of the Niles City Golf Tournament at Plym Park.
In the end, a pair of first-time winners highlighted the opening weekend of the event, which continues Saturday and Sunday with the Championship Flight, along with the A, B and C Flights. Play begins Saturday morning with the final round being contested on Sunday.
On Sunday, former Niles standout and current Olivet College player Aynslee Myer had no trouble winning the women’s flight as she finished with a two-day total of 162, which was 20 strokes better than runner-up Monica Schmidt.
Cathy Daniels, a former women’s champion, finished third with a 182.
“It was fun,” Myer said. “This was my first year doing it. I really enjoyed it. The people I played with were really fun.”
Myer said the weather kept everyone on their toes.
“The second day was a little bit different because on some of the holes the wind was going with you, while on other holes, it was against you. You just had to read the wind and choose the right club.”
Myer, who is preparing for her sophomore season at Olivet, said she played plenty of golf this summer.
“I try to get out every day, or at least, five days a week,” she said.
Olivet was able to complete its entire fall season, but the team had to come home from Arizona as it was starting its spring season. Olivet took fourth place in the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament at Bedford Valley in Battle Creek. Myer shot 174, the third-best total on the Olivet squad.
Myer, who played in all 13 rounds for Olivet and averaged 90.7, earned Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team honors.
Two-time defending champion Mary Jane Lorance did not play in this year’s tournament.
Rounding out the top five were Jamie Moody (201), Candy Seals (206) and Kim Stout (218).
Kenny Truesdell has played in the Niles City Tournament for 25 years and never had a top-three finish until Sunday.
He shot a 211 to best runner-up Bob Grenier by 10 strokes.
“I never hit the ball good enough,” he said of the difference in prior attempts. “The weather really was not a factor.
Kessick added the Senior title to his list of championships in the city tournament.
He has also won the Championship Flight three times.
He finished with a 151, which was six shots better than runner-up Frank Zavitz, who finished with a 157. Roy Farmer was third with a 159.
Rounding out the top five were Dave Hinegardner (161) and Terry Churchill (163).
“It was a little bit fast and dry, but other than that, it was nice,” Kessick said. “It was a little bit rainy today, but yesterday [Saturday] was beautiful, just a little warm.”
Kessick said the par 5s were the difference for him in winning the title.
“It was kind of short from the yellow tees and I was able to birdie those,” he said. “Putting well and hit the ball pretty good.”
The deadline for registering for this weekend’s tournament is 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Dave Beger is the two-time Championship Flight defending champion, while Matt Brawley, Andy Garland and Aaron Henderson won the A, B and C Flight titles in 2019.
Niles City Tournament
At Plym Park
Aynslee Myer 162
Monica Schmidt 182
Cathy Daniels 188
Jamie Moody 201
Candy Seals 206
Kim Stout 218
Paula Downey 226
Rose Prenkert 234
Super Seniors Flight
Kenny Truesdell 211
Bob Grenier 221
John Kessick 151
Frank Zavitz 157
Roy Farmer 159
Dave Hinegardner 161
Terry Churchill 163
Paul Krause 164
Rick Kidwell 166
Mike Riggins 168
Curtis McKenzie 170
Ed McKeel 171
Randy Mace 172
Dave Daniels 178
Will Townsley 178
Ray Hartline 179
Mark Schautt 186
Charles Stewart 195
Jerry Marlin 197
John Sexton 197
Tom Mollison 200
Paul Chimieti 200
Jeff Nash 206
Randy Hushouer 214
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