Heading into the final two holes of the 33rd Kodiak Island Golf Championships, Chuck Martin made a new rule for leader Jeff Good: “If you go into hole No. 8 five or more strokes ahead, you have to use your putter,” Martin told Good. 

Good chuckled, then placed his drive in the middle of the fairway. 

After coming up short  in last year’s tournament, Good was more than good; he was exceptional in claiming his first island crown with a  15-over 159. 

Local veteran Susan Schmeisser snagged her fifth women’s crown with a 212.

Good and Martin — the 2017 champion — both shot 81 during Saturday’s opening 18 holes.

Good, the first member of the Coast Guard to win since Mike Currier in 2015, took the drama out of Sunday’s final round by firing 39 on both the front and back nine to win by six strokes over Martin, who finished second with a 165.

Martin pulled to within two after the 10th hole but dropped four strokes over the final seven holes. 

“He was pushing me,” Good said. “It was good. It was fun.”

Good could have slipped out of contention in the first round, but instead of sulking he went to work.  

Following a double-bogey, Good eagled the Par-5, No. 5 and he rolled from there, carding a 37 on the back nine — the lowest nine of the tournament.  

“That got my mind back in the game, and then I birdied the next hole after that, then strung some pars together,” Good said. 

“Today (Sunday) I was playing a little bit more conservative.”

He did provide the shot of the tournament on Sunday, which provided a few “did he just do that” comments from the gallery. 

His drive on the Par-5, eighth hole landed under a tree about 260 yards from the green. 

If he punched out, he ran the risk of the ball rolling in the dried-up creek. So, he went for it all. 

“I hit it right on the screws and drove it right up on the green,” Good said. “Given the situation that was probably one of the better shots (in my career).”

Mac McDonnell used a 38 on the back nine of the final round to secure third with a 167 — 23 strokes better than his score from a year ago. 

Ron Sternberg won the men’s second flight with a 192 — two strokes ahead of runner-up Dustin Roberson. 

Fred Barber, a three-time island champion, took the men’s first flight with a 172. 

Schmeisser was consistent during the two days, netting rounds of 101 and 111 to win by 16 strokes over runner-up Alyssa Hopkins. 

All of the 32 golfers that competed had to deal with the extremely dry conditions of the course — the grass on several fairways was dried and cracked, while the hard ground was not forgiving, sending balls in any direction. 

“We are at the mercy of the bounce this year,” Martin said. 

Course manager Barry Colflesh said he had to ask the Coast Guard Fire Department to water the course during the record-breaking summer heat. 

Good, the commanding officer of Base Kodiak, was thankful of the Bear Valley staff, fire department and golf volunteers for keeping the course in playing condition.    

 “The greens are in great shape. They are not soft, but they are good championship greens right now. They are rolling the best I have seen all year,” Good said. “They really did a nice job getting the course together.”

The Kodiak Morning Rotary sponsored the tournament. 

Results

Men

Championship flight

Saturday Sunday Net

1. Jeff Good, 81 78 — 159; 2. Chuck Martin, 81 84 — 165; 3. Mac McDonnell, 84 83 — 167; T4. Don Kattenacker, 86 83 — 169; T4. Donny Parker, 83 86 — 169; 6. Sammy Manivong, 87 89 — 176; T7. Frankie Brown, 87 91 — 178; T7. Jim Peterson, 87 91 — 178. 

First flight

1. Fred Barber, 90 82 — 172; 2. Brett Bass, 92 87 — 178; 3. Al Skaw, 92 87 — 179; T4. C. Kerr, 93 87 — 180; T4. Peter Allan, 92 88 — 180; T6. Randy Ensign, 96 90 — 186; T6. Steve O’Brien, 96 90 — 186; T6. Stan Skaw, 93 93 — 186; DQ — Darin Ruhl and Lon White. 

Second flight

1. Ron Sternberg, 106 86 — 192; 2. Dustin Roberson, 109 85 — 194; 3. George Griffing, 101 94 — 195; 4. Mike Haymaker, 105 93 — 198; 5. George Lafollette, 101 98 — 199; 6. K. Knowles, 103 97 — 200; 7. H. Barber, 106 103 — 209; 8. T. Trosvig, 107 105 — 212; 9. Guy Shuravloff, 114 132 — 246; 10. Yorgen Haakenson 126 124 — 250. 

Women

1. Susan Schmeisser, 101 111 — 212; 2. Alyssa Hopkins, 112 116 — 228; 3. Tricia Griffing, 111 122 —  233; 4. Erika Gutierez, 133 118 — 251. 

   

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