The Oaks Course golf profressional Gary Miller, center, holds the club championship trophy. Randy Eaton, right, beat Rick Rasmussen, left, in sudden death playoff to win the championship with Rasmussen won the net championship on Sunday. (Submitted photo)
COVINGTON — It came down to sudden death but Randy Eaton was able to hold off the younger challenger to win the Oaks Course Club Championship with a long putt on Sunday.
“Rick Rasmussen and Randy Eaton have won five of the last six in the gross (score),” Oaks Course director of golf Dick Schulz said . “Those two have been very competitive. Ray Black was the champion last year, kind of upset the apple cart.”
Rasmussen was three strokes behind Eaton after the first round having shot a 76 with Eaton ending the first day with a 73. Eaton proved to be a steady golfer shooting a 73 on the second day with Rasmussen shooting a one-under par 70 giving each golfer a score of 146.
On the third shot of playoff hole, Rasmussen missed a 20-foot birdie putt while Eaton drained his putt from 15-feet away for the birdie and the win.
“I don’t remember the last time we had a playoff. They’ve always been pretty tight, within a stroke or two,” Schulz said.
Black was on his way to defense his title but a high score on the eighth hole of the opening round knocked him out of the running.
Rasmussen won the net championship with a score of 136 after adjusting for his handicap. His score of 70 on the second day was the low-gross score of the tournament while Eric Schrepple had the low-net score with a 64.
This was the second time Rasmussen has won the net championship having won it in 2009 before coming back in 2010 to win the club championship. Last year he was the net championship runner-up.
With a 10-handicap, Schrepple was the a net championship runner-up with a net score of 138. He shot a net score of 74 on the first day and 64 on the final day of play.
In the senior division, Richard Shue had little trouble winning the club championship shooting a two-day total of 150. He had a 75 on each day of the competition. Coming in second place with a gross score of 172 (84-88) was Jon Maddox.
Joel Crissman won the senior net championship by 10 strokes with a net score of 138 shooting a 69 each day. After a less than spectacular net round of 78, Jim Patrick came back the second day and cut 10 strokes off his first round score scooting a net 68 for net score of 146.
“The rough was a little tough on the second day. We mow the lawn on Friday and let it go so Sunday there was a premium for hitting the fairway,” Schulz said. “We had great course conditions, everybody was very complementary of the golf course.”