Larson holds off Zavitz to win Championship Flight

Published 11:53 pm Sunday, July 24, 2022

NILES — The first weekend of the 2022 Niles City Golf Tournament was a wet one as numerous thunderstorms, along with torrential rain swept through southwest Michigan Saturday and Sunday.

Despite the soggy conditions, Larry Larson was able to hold off the rest of the field to win the Championship Flight with a two-day total of 154.

Scott Zavitz was the runner-up with a 156 and Ben Hinz third with a 158.

Larson headed into Sunday with a three-shot lead over former city champion Dave Berger after shooting 73 on Saturday. Berger shot 76.

Zavitz and Hinz started the final round nine strokes off the lead.

Larson shot 81 on Sunday, while Zavitz shot 74 and Hinz 76 to close the gap, but were unable to overcome the first-round deficit.

Rounding out the top five were Berger, who was fourth with a 160, while defending champion Jacob VanDyke finished fifth with a 161.

Brett Scott won the A Flight championship, while Mike Cowan was the B Flight winner and Aaron Henderson the C Flight champion.

The tournament will conclude this weekend at Plym Park Golf Course with the Women, Senior and Super Seniors (75-plus). The Youth Division (17 and under) will get things going Friday morning. Registration deadline for all four divisions is noon Wednesday.


Niles City Golf Tournament

At Plym Park

Championship Flight

Larry Larson 73-81-154

Scott Zavitz 82-74-156

Ben Hinz 82-76-158

Dave Berger 76-84-160

Josh Townsley 81-79-160

Jacob VanDyke 79-82-161

Doug Freeman 84-78-162

Sam Clark 84-80-164

Bill Gaideski 86-81-167

Nick Horn 82-86-168

Jim Ditto 80-89-169

Paul Krause 88-83-171

Will Townsley 94-85-179