Korte, Glass win SIGA events
by Galen Shelton
Aug 17, 2011 | 1823 views | 0 0 comments | 128 128 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Metropolis golfers Dustin Korte and David Glass were both winners recently in Southern Illinois Golf Association [SIGA] tournaments. Korte won the 23rd annual Walker’s Bluff Amateur Championship on August 1st and Glass won the 52nd annual SIGA Seniors Championship last Wednesday. Korte took full advantage of a disastrous 15th hole for then-leader Tom Portner, who carded a nine after hitting three tee shots out of bounds, to roll to a blistering 64 and a seven stroke win over Portner and Chase Smith. Korte shot a first round score of 70 to enter the final round four strokes off Portner’s lead. Things got off well for Korte when he rolled in a long birdie putt on hole #1. Birdies followed on holes 5,7 and 9 and Korte began his second nine in second place. Korte had chances to tie Portner for the lead on holes 10 and 14 but couldn’t quite get it done. Portner’s fateful 15th hole gave Korte the one big break you always wish for and he grabbed it by the neck and held on. With Portner in deep trouble after 15, Korte birdied the last three holes to win going away. Korte, who won the SIGA Junior Championship in 2006 and is entering his junior year at Austin Peay, said “ I never put a number in my head. I just try to go and play golf. But on the way up here I was thinking [ my round] was going to have to be low.” A 64 fit the bill nicely thank you. David Glass made his first effort at a SIGA Senior event a memorable one also. Glass, who eased into the shady side of 50 last fall, birdied his last hole to pass Murphy Hart and take the one stroke win. Glass began his day in a tie for third place and three strokes off of Hart’s lead. Like Korte, Glass turned on the heat on his front nine with a sizzling five under par and put himself in contention coming down the stretch. Glass explained the format of the tournament. “It’s kinda neat the way they do it. They break the players down into classes based on your age. We had a couple of guys who are in their eighties play [ed. Note- Bob Hocking won the 80 and older division with an 86]. They also award gross and net scores. After the first day of play they invite the top scores back for the overall championship. It’s usually 8-10 guys according to how close the scores are. This time it was nine guys grouped into three threesomes. I was playing in the second threesome and didn’t really know how close it was until our group crossed paths with Murphy’s group around 16. I asked him how he was playing and his answer was kinda vague so I thought I might have a chance and a birdie on 17 or 18 would be good.” A birdie on the final hole capped off a tournament best round of 65 for Glass and earned him a win in his first Senior tournament. Metropolis golfers have done quite well playing SIGA events over the past years. Glass was the 1995 SIGA Individual Champion, Korte as mentioned earlier won the ’06 Junior Champion, Chelsea Harris has won both the Women’s Championship and the Junior Women’s Championship and Amie Koerner took the ’08 Women’s Championship.

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