He did not hit every fairway or green properly. Half of his haircuts resulted in one-armed follow-throughs. He couldn’t putt on the first nine.
It didn’t matter – Tate Carlson stepped up to the second nine, shot a 68 in the final round at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course, and took back-to-back titles at the Times-Republican City Golf Tournament, the 34th annual edition of the event of four shots.
Carlson’s lap continued his pattern from the first lap of a slow start with an excitement at the finish. His calm demeanor throughout the round was carried over into his post-round interview, in which he emphasized how much fun the weekend had been.
“It feels good, I just came out and had fun and everything kind of worked out.” said Carlson. “I keep coming home and I really enjoy playing in this tournament.”
Carlson parried the first two holes of his round before bogeying hole three. He bounced straight back with a birdie on the fourth and parried after a bogey on hole six at 1-over-par 36 on the first nine. It gave him a slight lead over Grant Greazel and a four-beat lead over Chad Plaehn, the Legion’s instructor.
The lead fell to just one shot, but Greazel was never ahead of Carlson.
On the second nine, the defending champion’s putts began to fall. Birdies on 12, 14, 17 and 18 offset a bogey on hole 11 to give Carlson a back nine 32. His round was crowned by a near-ace on the last hole, which gave him a tap-in to seal the deal. He is the first consecutive City Open winner since Matt Steddom won four times in a row from 2004 to 2007.
Greazel looked frustrated on the second nine as the round began to take off from late, falling back to a one-over par and four shots. An eagle on hole 15 brought him back into play but he couldn’t continue a late attack and finished third with 68-73-141.
Plaehn’s Front Nine was stop-start, similar to the rest of the last group.
He said it was difficult to get momentum if no one in the group started playing really well.
“I think we were all just waiting for that one putt to fall and one to go in.” said Plaehn. “I think it helps you wear yourself down when you have to catch the guy in front of you and we all just stagnated with nowhere to go.”
A long birdie putt on hole nine started his round, however, and with three birdies on his back he got himself into the race. A long birdie at 18 put him in the red for the tournament at 71-68-139 and finished second alone. Plaehn said he was happy with his performance, even though Carlson was one step ahead.
Carlson was a surprise winner in 2020, driving a 64 on the first lap, outperforming previous winners like Cole Davis and Sam Zoske. In 2021, with a title already in his pocket, he was again the class of the field – but this time it was no surprise.
• In the Super Senior Division, Tim Bell won the title on a cardback 78-81-159. It was Bell’s first league title at the City Open.
• Amber Henson had a record-breaking weekend at Elmwood and the Legion, breaking four records on the way to fourth straight win in the women’s class. Her results of 75 at Elmwood and 73 at American Legion set the women’s record on both courses, as did the total score of 148. Henson also set the records for overall wins (four) and straight wins (four), breaking records set of Terri Craft from 2001 to 2003.
In an added twist, Henson played both rounds with and against her 14-year-old sister Natalie, who made her debut and finished second at 81-82-163.
Henson described the new experience of competing with the family at the tournament level.
“[Natalie] really drives me, it arouses a lot of emotions in me. “ said Henson. “I really don’t like losing with her. We are a really competitive household and it drives me and I think that is one of the reasons why I have done better than in the past. “
Both Hensons will be part of the Marshalltown High School girls’ golf team next spring.
34th Annual Times Republican City Golf Tournament
Leah Stahlin 87-91-178
Super senior division
Tim Bell 78-81-159
Tom Fleming 78-87-165
Steve Dunham 102-88-190
Jon McKeever 85-83-168
Steve Dunham 102-88-190
Jim Kelehan 112-118-230
Tate Carlson 67-68-135
Todd Weaver 78-78-156
Brayden Fahrni 81-78-159
Drake Polley 78-81-159
Ryan Schmit 82-81-163
Zach Underhill 84-80-164
Jim Hunt 85-83-168
Andy Chau 87-83-170
Dex Walker 84-87-171
Ben Snyder 87-85-172
Trent Wages 88-83-171
Ron Davis 89-84-173
Donny Weeks 89-84-173
Dave Benz 90-85-175
Bach standard 90-96-186
Bret Ferneau 91-79-170
Kenneth Logsdon 91-81-172
Matt Yates 91-83-174
Kim Ruddick 91-91-182
Aaron Cooper 91-92-183
Trent Potter 93-93-186
Joel Chandler 95-74-169
Brian Ferneau 96-80-176
Steve Ruddick 95-82-177
Andy Chate 95-89-184
Shawn Morris 96-88-184
Eli Polley 96-92-188
David Engel 97-91-188
Chris Blanchard 95-95-190
Blake McIlef 97-95-192
Brecken Payne 99-90-189
Jake Sponsler 98-92-190
Andrew Neuroth 98-93-191
Ray Halverson 98-95-193
Steve Dunham 102-88-190
Grant Brintnall 99-95-194
James Hogan 115-107-222
TR PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING – Amber Henson makes her putt for birdie on the 15th TR PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING – Tate Carlson, left, shakes hands with American Legion Memorial Golf Course Club professional Paul Ainley after finishing the Times – Republican City Golf Tournament has won for the second year in a row. TR PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING
TR PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING TR PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING – Chad Plaehn hits a challenging spot on the fourth fairway during the final round of Sunday’s City Golf Tournament at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course.
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