George Dressler Memorial Championship: Thomas Timby emerges victorious
Thomas Timby with Pennsylvania Public Links Trophy <br>(Pennsylvania Golf Association Trophy)</br>
Thomas Timby with Pennsylvania Public Links Trophy
(Pennsylvania Golf Association Trophy)

CARLISLE, PA (April 26, 2016) - Thomas Timby had never played Carlisle Country Club until yesterday's opening round of the 76th George Dressler Memorial Championship, presented by the Allegheny Health Network. It's safe to say he wouldn't mind a return trip to the classic layout, as he shot a 1-under par for the second straight round to claim the title with a score of 140 (-2).

"I knew this was going to be a tough golf course today," Timby said. "My goal today was to shoot the same score as yesterday because I figured that would be enough."

Timby's prediction proved true, as his repeat round of 70 put him two shots clear of home club hopeful JD Hughes, who fired his second consecutive even par 71 to record 142 for the event.

Timby's steady round started with eight straight pars. He then closed it out with a birdie on No. 9 to record a front nine score of 34.

"I made a lot of nice up and downs on the front," said Timby, of The Bucks Club. "I was just trying to hit centers of greens."

Timby's back nine began with a setback after a three-putt at No. 10. But he immediately got the shot back by making a birdie 3 on the 11th hole. After another pair of pars, he came to the 14th hole. On the 406-yard par 4, Timby's approach shot from 138 yards was pulled left of the hole into no man's land. Staring at the possibility of a big number on the hole, Timby's flop shot went in the hole for a birdie 3. Momentum had been restored.

"I should have never been over there in that spot," Timby said. "I was really fortunate to make that."

After a bogey on the 17th hole, Timby headed to the par 5 18th with a two-shot lead. Knowing his place on the leaderboard, he safely navigated the final few shots and knocked in his par putt to card a 1-under 70 and claim victory in the event.

Hughes, meanwhile, bounced back from an early double bogey on No. 3 and a bogey on No. 8 to birdied four of the final 10 holes. He finished five shots ahead of fellow Carlisle CC member Jeff Frazier. One of the first round leaders, Frazier shot a 77 today to tie for third place with Huntsville Golf Club's Todd Vonderheid.

Senior Division Recap

On a very windy day at Carlisle Country Club, Michael Vassil and Don Erickson battled through the tough conditions to each shoot a 36-hole total of 153 to tie for the senior division title at the 76th George Dressler Memorial Championship, presented by the Allegheny Health Network.

The pair finished one stroke ahead of Thomas Soares and Jim Mastromatteo. Vassil sandwiched six pars around a trio of birdies on the front nine before making his lone birdie of the day on the par 4 10th hole. A key for him in the tournament was the ability to avoid big numbers, as the Country Club of Scranton member carded 19 pars but nothing worse than bogey over the two days.

For Indiana Country Club's Erickson, he cruised through the first six holes with six pars. But bogeys on five of the next six holes threatened his chance at the victory. However, he steeled himself to par the final six holes to card 76 on the day and 153 for the event.

Super Senior Recap

Trailing first round leader Thomas Fleig by four shots, Frank Polizzi knew he needed a strong start in the second and final round of the 76th George Dressler Memorial Championship, presented by Allegheny Health Network, today at Carlisle Country Club. And when his second shot of the day found the bottom of the cup from 135 yards out for an eagle, the momentum was on his side. Polizzi forced a playoff with Fleig and made par on the first playoff hole to win the championship with a two-round total of 155 (+13).

"I feel very proud to have won this championship today against a field of such great players," Polizzi said. "This was a really difficult golf course, and it's great to win here."

Fleig, of Colonial Golf & Tennis Club, struggled on his opening nine, with only a birdie on No. 6 in the midst of six bogeys from holes 2-8. After an up and down back nine, he headed to the 18th hole needing a birdie to force a playoff with Polizzi. Despite his earlier struggles, Fleig was able to convert and make birdie on 18 for the second day in a row. The duo went back to No. 18 for the playoff hole. Fleig hit his third shot on the par-5 over the green. He then chipped up past the hole and missed his par putt. Polizzi, meanwhile, hit his approach to about three feet. He missed that chance but converted the next putt for his par and to win the championship.

"It was nice in the morning today, but right at the turn, the clouds left, the sun came out and the wind was ferocious, and that made the back nine really tough," said Polizzi, of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.

Finishing three shots off the pace was Lee Lykens of Indiana Country Club. Hannastown Golf Club's Mike McGuire was in fourth place at 160 (+18). Just a shot behind McGuire was the only other player to break 80 in round two, Thomas Mallouk of Lookaway Golf Club, who shot a 79 today to finish at 161.

ABOUT THE George Dressler Memorial

Formerly a public links tournament, the George Dressler Memorial is a 36 hole stroke play event with Championship (up to age 54), Senior (ages 55-64) and Super Senior (age 65 and older) divisions. There is a simultaneous team event with a best-two-of-three-score format among teams of three players from Pennsylvania Golf Association member clubs.

All players up to age 64 play from the same tees. The Senior Division is paired among the Championship Division

The tournament is named in honor of George Dressler, who was a member of the United States Golf Association's public links committee.

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