Simmons Wins HHIAGA Amateur Championship

Rob Simmons won the 2012 Hilton Head Island Amateur Golf Association Amateur Championship on Sunday at Oyster Reef Golf Club.

Simmons fired a 73-71 – 144 and beat John Patterson in a four-hole sudden death playoff. Simmons and Patterson were the only two golfers in the field to match par.

“Frankly, the course won,” HHIAGA director Bob Collar said. “Nobody broke par. Our top 15 players are nationally and internationally ranked. We’ve got former touring professionals from four or five different tours. It was a grind from the get-go. They had the course in great shape.”

Simmons won a $425 gift certificate and earned a spot in the 2013 Players Amateur at Berkeley Hall.

“Rob is as good of a grinder on an amateur level as anybody we’ve ever seen,” Collar said. “It was hard-fought. Nobody threw the towel in.”

Mike Balzer, Keith Potts and J.D. Hoft all tied for third at 150.

In the Senior Division, Doug Ballanger took advantage of a 71 on the first day and held off strong Sunday charges from Joe Vignati and Eric Dollenberg to claim the title with a 150.

Vignati finished with a 152 and Dollenberg placed third with a 153.

“It was hot out there but these guys went at it,” Collar said. “Doug Ballanger is our Senior Division HHIAGA champion for 2012. All accolades to him.”

In the Handicap Division, Brian Fox had a great second round on Sunday with a 73 to finish with a 150, beating John Boretti by two strokes.

“Brian had to have a great day to come back and win and he did that,” Collar said.

On Oct. 22, the 12 top amateurs in the HHIAGA will take on the top 12 professionals from the Hilton Head Island Professional Golf Association in the 2012 Honors Cup.

Chechessee Creek Club will be the site. Owner David Proctor has offered to pay caddie fees for the event. A sit-down dinner for participants will take place Oct. 21. Chechessee Creek has also offered to provide cottages for participants.

Four golfers have already made the team by winning HHIAGA events. Jordan Carpenter (match play), Collar (four ball), John Bartlett (four ball) and Simmons (amateur) will be joined by the winner of the amateur division of the upcoming Hilton Head Open. The other seven spots will be determined by points or captain’s pick.

2012 HHIAGA Amateur Championship
July 21-22, Oyster Reef Golf Club

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
Rob Simmons 73 - 71 - 144
John Patterson 71 - 73 - 144
Mike Balzer 77 - 73 - 150
Keith Potts 77 - 73 - 150
J.D. Hoft 72 - 78 - 150
Brian Rizzo 80 - 71 - 151
Benji Gecy 74 - 77 - 151
Tate Hoisington 76 - 75 - 151
Jeff Wong 79 - 73 - 152
Gerry Pascale 72 - 80 - 152
Tony Nimmer 81 - 72 - 153
Jamie Manning 77 - 76 - 153
Chris Lane II 75 - 78 - 153
Todd Barranger 75 - 80 - 155
Alex Kiproff 77 - 79 - 156
Jim Ferguson 80 - 77 - 157
Joe Bryant 82 - 76 - 158
Drew BUtler 77 - 81 - 158
Scott Berkner 79 - 80 - 159
Gordon Gourley 82 - 78 - 160
Phillip North 78 - 82 - 160
Charlie Niland 86 - 75 - 161
P.J. Tanner 81 - 80 - 161
Tom Cunneff 84 - 78 - 162
Pratt Reed 80 - 82 - 162
Jon Piccone 77 - 85 - 162
Marcus Byler 79 - 84 - 163
Trent Hoisington 82 - 81 - 163
Eric K. Dollenberg 82 - 82 - 164
Jordon Carpenter 78 - 87 - 165
Travis Cashion 80 - 87 - 167
Chris Lewis 87 - 83 - 170
Bill Fuge 81 - 89 - 170
Bob Engler 82 - 89 - 171
Randy Sparks 87 - 87 - 174
Tony Woods 99 - 97 - 196
Brian Langley WDI
Greg Schmaus DNS

SENIOR DIVISION :
Doug Ballanger 71 - 79 - 150
Joe Vignati 77 - 75 - 152
Eric Dollenberg 78 - 75 - 153
Kevin Arnold 80 - 76 - 156
Gibby Young 78 - 84 - 162
Tom Humphrey 84 - 79 - 163
Mickey Sinkus 82 - 82 - 164
Gary Perkins 82 - 83 - 165
John Vignale 81 - 93 - 174
Al Bischoff 86 - 92 - 178
Chandler Russell WDI
Tom Bell WD

HANDICAP DIVISION : (net scores)
Brian Fox 77 - 73 - 150
John Boretti 74 - 78 - 152
Ray Clark 87 - 70 - 157
Michael Clementi 75 - 82 - 157
Jim Criswell 78 - 81 - 159
Craig Case 78 - 82 - 160
Rick Cooler 76 - 84 - 160
Jim Quarforth 75 - 90 - 165
Stephen Holt 80 - 86 - 166
Russell Anderson 79 - 89 - 168
Eddie Andrews 94 - 85 - 179
Nick Lopez 92 - 91 - 183
Randy Bradshaw DNS

 

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