ANAMOSA - Sitting just one shot off the lead after one day’s play at the Wapsi men’s club tournament Saturday, July 25, Sean Smith wasn’t sweating.
At least figuratively he wasn’t, yet.
Defending champion Brett Seeley fired a sizzling opening day two-under par 64 (33-31) to take the lead, but with Smith carding a one-under par 65 (34-31), the pair topped the loaded Wapsi leaderboard heading to the final round Sunday, July 26.
Then Smith made his move.
On a blistering hot day that saw temps stretch into the mid-90s, Smith was even hotter firing a score of 64 (34-30) that was the lowest of the final round, and included an amazing three-under par 30 over his final nine holes to finish with a 129 total and edge runner-up Lenny Rhomberg III by five shots.
“Feels good to be in the winner’s circle again,” said Smith, who claimed his amazing seventh Wapsi men’s club championship, and first since 2017.
“I feel pretty fortunate to have these wins with the amount of talent out at Wapsi. It’s always competitive.”
Rhomberg carded a two-day total of 134 to take second overall, opening with a two-over par 68 (36-32) that had him in fourth-place heading into Sunday’s play where he tallied an even-par 66 (32-34).
Seeley came back with a 72 (37-35) on Sunday and finished in a tie for third overall carding a two-day total of 136 that was equaled by Scott Nemmers, who fired a 69 (36-33) on Saturday before coming back with a 67 (34-33) on Sunday.
Bret McNamara rounded out the top-5 at the Wapsi men’s club tournament turning in a 137 that included an opening-round 69 (36-33) before finishing with a 68 (36-32) on Sunday.
Mike Carrier, another one of Anamosa’s all-time top golfers, like each of the top-5 finishers at the tournament ahead of him, came through with a 138 effort.
Carrier sat in third after Saturday’s play opening with a one-over par 67 (33-34) before finishing Sunday with a 71 (36-35) while Dan Messerli tied with Carrier for sixth overall also turning in a 138 (69-69).
Ed Rodts fired a 139 (69-70) to place eighth overall while Loni Seeley came through with a two-day total of 141 (70-71) to take ninth.
Mike Borkgren rounded out the tournament top-10 turning in a score of 142 (72-70).
Al Recker 145 (70-75), Andrew Reynolds 146 (72-74), Mike Ammeter 147 (71-76), Dennis Kula 148 (72-76), Wayne Hora 148 (72-76), Jordan Babcock 148 (74-74), Steve Orendorff 149 (74-75), Dave Marshall 150 (73-77), Ryan Hall 151 (80-71) and Dennis LaBarge 152 (75-77) rounded out the championship flight top-20.
Dylan Kula (41-39), Tony Nemmers (42-38) and Gregg Seeley (40-40) all tied for top honors in the first flight, as each made their way through the Wapsi Country Club course on Sunday with cards of 80.