Nadeau Wins At Crispin
WHEELING – Vinny Nadeau knew he was onto something during his practice round Friday at the Crispin Course at Oglebay Park.
His partner Mark Sapon, a Wheeling native, knew it too.
After watching Nadeau’s lob wedge on the par-3 No. 5 spin back for a hole-in-one, Nadeau and Sapon had an idea that he was ready to attack Crispin in the annual Kalkreuth Classic.
He certainly did.
Nadeau followed up his 63 Saturday with a 65 Sunday to hold off defending champion Bryan Myers by one stroke.
Mark Cimarolli was third with a 131, B.J. Tulodzieski fourth at 133 and Bob Potts was fifth at 135.
The Gordonsville, Va. native said, ace aside, the Crispin was prime for the taking.
“It fits my style,” Nadeau said. “The par-5s are all reachable. I always hit the ball straight. I can chip, I can putt. For me, a 65 is a very reachable score for me on this course. If the course is a little long, I struggle a little bit because I’m not that long off the tee. The set up here is perfect for me because I do hit the ball straight. I guess you can say it fits me to a tee.”
He won’t get any argument from Myers.
“Vinny played extremely solid,” Myers said. “Normally, a 129 is going to win this tournament. I shot 66 and 66 last year and won the tournament. That says a lot about the way he played.”
The tournament seemed to turn at No. 9, when Myers three-putted for a par and fell behind by three strokes at the turn.
He did get it back with a birdie on the par-3 No. 10 and got back to within a struck. A bit of bad luck on 17, when he missed a birdie opportunity and Nadeau held on to win by parring 18.
“I was pretty consistent again today,” said Nadeau. “I did have one bogey (he missed a four-foot putt on No. 2) but I played the par-5s at 4-under today, and for me, that was really the difference.”
“I was back and forth today,” Myers said. “When I three-putted No. 9 I thought that might cast me. I was able to get it back but I couldn’t quite get over the hump. That had a lot to do with the way Vinny played.”
Most didn’t recognize Nadeau, a notable Virginia Amateur, including Myers. Until he saw him.
“I know a lot of people were asking, ‘Who is this guy?'” Myers said. “When I saw him I recognized him. We played against each other in the Virginia-West Virginia team matches about a month ago.”
Nadeau came down with Sapon for the weekend. Sapon is now lives in Charlottesville and is a club member with Nadeau.
“We were sitting in the clubhouse a couple months ago and I told him about this tournament,” Sapon said. “He said, ‘That sounds like fun. Let’s play in it.’ I guess you can say I brought in a ringer.”
It wasn’t a bad day for Myers, who received the runner-up trophy and also teamed with Paul Kurtz to take the Best Ball portion of the tournament.
The long-time partners shot a sizzling two-day total of 118, which is believed to be the tournament record.
“He’s quite a load to carry,” joked Kurtz. “We hadn’t played together for awhile, I’ve had some shoulder problems, but I’m glad he picked me back up. It was a good weekend. I know he had a real good week.”
Indeed, Myers welcomed his daughter Adyn on Thursday, so it was an extra special Father’s Day for the seven-time Ohio Valley Golfer of the Year.
“Good week for sure,” Myers said. “I got to team up with Paul again, we’ve played a lot of golf together. We’re Shake & Bake. I’m Shake and he’s Bake.”
Kurtz was the Senior Medalist, shooting twin 66s to finish at 132 and Wheeling Park’s Cole Hand, the defending West Virginia high school state champion, won junior medalist honors with a 142 to edge Dylan Wojcik, who had a 143.
As for Nadeau’s home-in-one Friday, it was his seventh career ace.
“I had to get on him a little bit,” Sapon said. “After hitting that hole-in-one he parred the hole both times in the tournament. I told him, ‘Come on, you ace this hole in the practice round and you can’t even get a birdie in the tournament?'”
He said he’d settle for the championship, which will give him confidence heading into next week’s Virginia State Amateur.
“Coming into this tournament, I was skeptical (about his chances in his State Amateur),” Nadeau said. “But shooting 63 and 65, I’m going to go into the tournament playing well.”