ANAMOSA - A very familiar name was at the top of the leaderboard after the first day’s play at the Fawn Creek men’s club tournament Saturday, Aug. 22.
But at the end of the two-day, 36-hole event Sunday, Aug. 23, the name of the champion was one very few in Anamosa had ever heard of before.
Well, after a phenomenal final-round performance, they sure know him now.
Billy Schiltz, a first-time Fawn Creek club tournament golfer and new to the Anamosa area, made his name immediately known rallying from six shots down to defeat Anamosa golfing icon Mike McGreevy in a two-hole playoff to claim the men’s club championship with a two-day total of four-under par 140.
Schiltz trailed McGreevy by a whopping six shots after the first day of play after McGreevy fired a four-under par round of 68 (36-32) on Saturday and led Brian McDonald (35-36), Darin Sander (38-33) and Austin Hunt (37-34) by three shots after all three golfers carded rounds of one-under par 71.
Schiltz tallied a two-over par 74 (36-38) and appeared well off the winning pace on Saturday, until he came back Sunday and tore through the Fawn Creek course firing a sizzling six-under par 66 (35-31) in 95-degree heat that also included an eagle on the finishing 18th hole when he cupped a second shot from 100-yards out to end his round.
McGreevy also finished with a two-day total of 140 after carding an even-par 72 (36-36) on Sunday.
Chad Norton also had a huge day Sunday, tallying a phenomenal five-under par card of 67 (33-34) to place in a tie with Brian McDonald for third overall at the tournament with a two-day total of 142.
Norton opened with a 75 (38-37) on Saturday while McDonald was consistent all weekend long coming through with a pair of one-under par rounds of 71 (35-36 and 36-35), and was the only golfer at the event to post below-par scores on both days.
Sander took fifth overall finishing with an even-par 72 (36-36) on Sunday that took his two-day total to 143 while Hunt was sixth coming through with a 73 (37-36) on Sunday that gave him a 144 total.
Mike Carrier was seventh overall adding a score of 147 (74-73) while Jeff Sailer (73-78), Bill Edleman (72-80) and Keegan Buchholtz (76-78) rounded out the championship flight top-10 turning in cards of 151, 152 and 154, respectively.
Jeff Fortune claimed the top spot in the first flight tallying a round of 80 (42-38) while Alex Wegner was runner-up with an 82 (41-41).
Dean Paulsen topped the field in the second flight winning with an 83 (43-40) with Randy Jones claiming runner-up honors with an 87 (41-46).
John Randall won the third flight finishing with an 86 (42-44) while Ben Bailey was the winner of the fourth flight coming through with a 41 in the nine-hole flight.