Curtis hangs on to win club title at Clear Creek

Published 10:17 am Monday, June 30, 2014

A few weeks after he teamed up with Gabriel Riveros to win a championship, Channing Curtis snatched one away from his St. Aloysius teammate.

Curtis lost a two-shot lead entering the final round, but scrambled back to make par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Riveros to win the Clear Creek Club Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Riveros matched his first-round 76 with another on Sunday to force the playoff as Curtis slipped. After shooting 74 on Saturday, Curtis shot a 78 in the second round.

Channing Curtis

Channing Curtis

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It was Curtis’ first victory in the tournament, which is open to golfers with a membership at Clear Creek Golf Course and students.

The two St. Aloysius seniors teamed up to win the MHSAA Class 1A high school state championship in May at Clear Creek, and were among a handful of serious contenders for the course’s club championship.

Riveros was the only one of a half-dozen golfers in contention to hold steady or improve from the first round to the second. Todd Brown and Joel Greer also shot 76 on Saturday, and Jim Warren was at 77.

Brown finished with an 83 on Sunday, and Warren an 81. Greer shot 77 to total 153 for the tournament and finish third overall.

Rocky Shiers had Sunday’s low round with a 73 and tied Greer for third place, but couldn’t overcome his first-round 80.

Rodney McHann won the Senior Flight championship with a two-day total of 145. He entered the second round with a five-shot lead, and beat runner-up David Boolos by 14 shots.