WESTMINSTER, Colorado (May 6, 2012) -- When it comes to CGA team championships, Jon Lindstrom and Dean Clapp are certainly no strangers to the leaderboards.
Even if they aren't winning tournaments, they always seem to be in the hunt.
On Sunday at Legacy Ridge Golf Course in Westminster, they finished in the top five in the CGA Four-Ball Championship for the fourth straight year, a stretch which includes a runner-up showing following a playoff in 2009. But it's safe to say this one stands out because they left with the first-place trophies.
"We kind of got the monkey off our back; we've been close a few times," noted Clapp, a 39-year-old sales manager who plays out of Meadow Hills Golf Course.
Sunday marked Lindstrom and Clapp's third CGA team championship together as they won the 2009 and 2010 titles at the since-discontinued CGA Two-Man Team event.
At the Four-Ball, Lindstrom and Clapp led wire-to-wire and posted a one-stroke victory. They made just one bogey in 54 holes of the better-ball event in carding rounds of 64-65-69 for a 15-under-par 198 total.
Tristan Sanders and Tim Kratz of CommonGround Golf Course shot 62-67 on the weekend to finish in second place at 199.
That one-stroke difference was hard-earned as Lindstrom-Clapp had to scramble for pars a couple of times coming down the stretch on Sunday. And Lindstrom's chip-in birdie at No. 10 didn't hurt either.
"All three days we kind of ham-and-egged it," said Lindstrom, a 44-year-old insurance broker who plays out of the Heritage at Westmoor. "We pretty much knew where we stood (on the leaderboard) teeing off on 16 today. At that point we figured at worst case we were tied, so we thought if we could par out, we'd be in pretty good shape."
And they did just that, though it took some nice up-and-downs for par.
This marks the second CGA Four-Ball titles for both Lindstrom and Clapp (pictured above), who won with different partners in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Lindstrom also captured the championship at the 2008 CGA Mid-Amateur.
The Four-Ball senior division title on Sunday went to 64-year-old Jerry Kidney of Overland Golf Course and 65-year-old Daniel Dymerski of Columbine Country Club, though it took five extra holes to settle it. Dymerski made a 15-foot birdie putt on the fifth playoff hole (No. 14) to finally end it in the matchup with Guy Mertz and Tony Workman of the Fox Hill Club. Mertz had a putt nearly identical to Dymerski's to extend the playoff further, but it trickled just left of the cup.
"I have to be totally honest -- I think I pulled that putt a little bit," Dymerski said. "I didn't expect it to break as much as it did, but I pulled it."
On the fourth playoff hole, Workman could have won it for the Fox Hill pair, but he pulled a 4-foot birdie attempt.
Kidney and Dymerski closed with a 67 Sunday as Dymerski chipped in twice during the round. They posted a 10-under 203 total, tying them with Mertz and Workman, who closed with a 68 on Sunday.
It was the fourth CGA Four-Ball senior division title for Kidney, who won with another partner in 1998, '99 and 2002. He's also captured the 2011 CGA Senior Stroke Play Championship and the senior division of the 2005 CGA Two-Man Team -- with yet another teammate.
"I go through partners left and right," Kidney joked. "They can only put up with me for so long."
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