Van Galder owns narrow lead
JANESVILLE Matt Behm called it his “survival” day.
Sam Van Galder left wondering when some of his putts are going to drop.
Several other golfers in the Championship Flight of the Janesville Men’s City Tournament put themselves in position to make some noise in today’s final round.
That was the aftermath of Saturday’s second round of the city tournament at Glen Erin Golf Course under sunny and pleasant conditions.
Van Galder shot an even-par 71 for a two-day total of 140 to take a one-stroke lead over Behm going into today’s final 18 at the Janesville Country Club. Behm shot a one-over 72 and is at 141.
Sean Halvorson moved into contention by shooting the day’s best score, a 3-under 68. Halvorson is five strokes behind Van Galder, while Bobby Kennedy and Michael Oellerich both are seven strokes behind the Championship Flight leader.
Van Galder, who won the city title in 2007 and 2010, was left shaking his head. For the second straight day, he was in position to shoot a much better score, only to miss what he considers makeable putts.
“I feel like I shot 80,” Van Galder said. “I haven’t made any putts.”
Van Galder had two birdies, two bogeys and 14 pars on the day.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “I could be shooting close to a 65.”
Behm accepted his 1-over 72, which included 15 pars.
“Not a whole lot of great birdie chances,” the four-time and defending city champion said. “More a matter of survival.”
Behm looks forward to playing the Country Club on the final day of the tournament.
“I enjoy the challenge,” Behm said. “Riverside is easily the most scoreable. Here it’s more of just protect. There (at the JCC) it always depends on what condition they have it in.
“There are times when the greens are slick, and then there are years where it’s very fair. The pin positions do make a big difference, too. The pins were very fair here today.”
While Behm looks at today’s round as a challenge, Van Galder will look to break through on the greens.
“My Dad is going to caddie for me,” Van Galder said. “I should get some good reads.”
Kennedy’s 71 matched Van Galder for the day’s second-best score, and left him on the edge of contention, seven shots behind the leader.
“I was 4-under through 11 holes,” Kennedy said of his round. “But I doubled 12 and 15 and gave them back. I hit a lot of fairways.”
Halvorson shot into third place with his 3-under 68.
“I enjoy this course,” Halvorson said. “I usually play pretty well here. It was a great round for me.”
Halvorson’s round included five birdies and just two bogeys. He birdied Nos. 14, 15 and 18 coming in.
He would enjoy playing the final round at Glen Erin instead of the Country Club, where he seldom plays.
“I’m not expecting much over there,” he said.
Kennedy has a shot with the final round at the Country Club.
“I grew up playing there,” Kennedy said.
Van Galder, Behm and Halvorson will tee off on No. 1 at 1:30 p.m.
“It will be interesting,” Behm said. “I don’t play the Country Club routinely and never have. Probably my whole life, I played it 20 times.”
And usually there is a city title on the line, just like today.
In First Flight competition, Matt Kempfer shot a 77 to take a two-stroke lead over both King Clark and Mike Lansing with a 153 total.
In the Second Flight, John Hill shot a second-round 77 to move into a first-place tie with Kevin Riley. Both are at 156. Dave Diece is one shot behind, while Greg Mullen is three shots back.
In Third Flight play, Jose Perez leads a tight pack with a 157 total. Eric Scherdell is a shot behind, Randy Krueger is two shots back after carding a 74, and Bryan Thorson is three behind.
Richard Moore and Matt Runde share the lead in the Net Flight division at 140.
Janesville Men’s City Golf Tournament
At Glen Erin Golf Course
140—Sam Van Galder, 69-71
141—Matt Behm, 69-72
145—Sean Halvorson, 77-68
147—Bobby Kennedy, 76-71; Michael Oellerich, 72-75
148—William Pappas, 74-74
149—Aaron Rondon, 75-74
150—Ryan Coffey, 73-77
151—Aaron Coffey, 73-78
152—Dustin Richards, 73-79
153—Peyton Graham, 72-81
154—Ryne Clatworthy, 75-79; Greg Ruef, 76-78
155—Doug Sheridan, 76-79; Charlie Roherty, 78-77; Jordan Brovick, 74-81
156—Taylor Braun, 74-82
157—Rob Ackerman, 80-77
158—Andrew Tearman, 80-78; Jerry Rabbach, 78-80
159—Mark Thomsen, 81-78; Jim Leute Jr., 75-84
161—Jordan Gagg, 78-83
163—Jon Phillips, 79-84
164—Jay Naatz, 83-81
167—Bill Kennedy, 79-88
171—Michael Kletzien, 83-88
153—Matt Kempfer, 76-77
155—King Clark, 77-78; Mike Lansing, 69-86
159—Steve Schutz, 82-77; Andrew Siefert, 83-76; Rick Berry, 78-81
160—Gary Polglaze Jr., 87-73
161—Gregory Wagner, 79-82; Jake Hassinger, 75-86; Chad Sullivan, 81-80; Gary Merk, 80-81
162—James Mead, 77-85; Gary Neumueller, 80-82
164—David Distefano, 84-80
165—Nolan Moran, 81-84
166—Dale Bladorn, 86-80
167—Al Herbst, 82-85; Shannon Dooley, 81-86
168—Curt Goodwick, 81-87; Mike Johnson, 79-89
177—Eric Hoium, 91-86
156—Kevin Riley, 77-79; John Hill, 79-77
157—Dave Diece, 79-78
159—Greg Mullen, 77-82
160—Efren Blanca, 83-77; Wayne Hansen, 79-81
161—Benjamin DeWitt, 78-83; Brent Corey, 78-83; Jacob Bandi, 78-83
162—Steve Wagner, 78-84; Dave DeGarmo, 80-82
163—Jon Moldenhauer, 78-85; Ryan Luebke, 78-85; Joe Nemeth, 84-79
164—Jeff Adams, 85-79
167—Joe Kennedy, 88-79
168—Shawn Gagg, 85-83
169—Kevin Mickelson, 82-87
170—Steve Thompson, 86-84
175—NIck Kliefoth, 85-90
177—Steve Thurner, 84-93
183—Lee Bream, 90-93
157—Jose Perez, 78-79
158—Eric Scherdell, 79-79
159—Randy Krueger, 85-74
160—Bryan Thorson, 83-77
161—Tom Collins, 79-82
168—Joel Bailey, 86-82; Dan Hermanson, 84-84; Greg Galvan, 80-88
172—David Huibregtse, 92-80; Ned Moser, 91-81; Scott Schroeder, 85-87
174—Todd Sitter, 83-91
175—Andrew Schoeder, 85-90
177—Chad Flanders, 88-89
178—Tim Millis, 90- 88; Jamie Orr, 87-91
179—Shawn Uschan, 90-89
181—Jeff DeGarmo, 90-91
194—Stephen Monroe, 98-96
140—Richard Moore, 69-71; Matt Runde, 65-74
143—Jace Fenton, 70-73; John Ward, 76-67
144—Steve Weiss, 61-83
146—Paul Burkholder, 76-70
147—Matt DeWitt, 68-79; Howie Henning, 69-78
148—Tom Fenton, 70-78
150—Nathan Punzel, 77-73
152—Greg Fiedler, 75-77; Dave Langowski, 77-75
153—Bill Hess, 75-78
155—Andrew Gregg, 71-84
156—Warren Voyce, 72-84
159—Doug Whitescarver, 74-85; Joe Slatter, 78-81
161—Bryan Whitehead, 78-83
165—Matthew Ruppe, 84-81