IE Championship Golf Tournament Results
The Amateur Players Tour’ SoCal Chapter returned to Sierra Lakes in Fontana, CA for the 2022 IE Championship on Saturday. With ideal weather conditions and a scoreable golf course, players took advantage and went low. In Division 1, Jason Hopkins got off to a flying start with birdies on two of his first three holes and never looked back. Making the turn at even par and up by two over Jonathan Sigfried, he again pushed it to 2 under through 14 and cruised home to a 6 shot victory with a 72, good for the Decanter and a $150 Visa Gift Card!
In Division 2 it was Twon Fullman with the hot start, with birdies on 2,3, and 4 before turning in 37. Kylee Lahners also jumped out of the gate at even through 5 holes. Troy Shedeed was just one back after a steady 38 as the field moved to the back 9. Birdies for Troy on 13, 15, and 18 put a stamp on a career-best 73 and a 4 shot victory over Twon and Chris Hanson, collecting a $200 Visa Gift Card and the Decanter! Chris took the tiebreaker for 2nd based on better back 9 and a $75 Visa Gift Card.
Marcus Zuniga has been putting a lot of time into his game lately and the results are showing. Despite a slow start due to a tough break on #2, he battled back and turned in 41, one back of joint leaders John Mohlengraft and Felix Monjes. The back 9 was all Marcus, as he poured in two birdies vs a lone bogey at 17 for a 76 total and a 6 shot victory over the trio of John, Felix, and Hunter Thain. Hunter claimed the second place $50 Visa Gift Card based on the better back 9. Marcus earned the Decanter and a $200 Visa Gift Card for his victory, as well as a likely promotion to Division 2! Congrats Marcus!
Brandon Geier didn’t have much success on the scorecard in his first APT tournament, but he had a great time and was pumped up for his second event- bringing along a guest as well! This time around, Brandon came out firing from the first tee, posting a career best 9 holes of 37 on the front. He held it together on the back just enough to break 80 for the first time in his life, posting a 79- good enough for a three shot victory over Salvador Montalvo Jr. Salvador also finished 2nd at PGA WEST- wins will be coming for him soon! The trophy and a $200 Visa Gift Card went to Brandon, while Salvador collected a $75 Visa Gift Card for 2nd.
The reigning Player of the Year in Division 5 on his home course was a prohibitive favorite coming in- but that didn’t mean it was easy for Dennis McZeal. Normally accurate off the tee, he said he was struggling all day with the driver and finally put it away in favor of the three wood. His knowledge of the greens got him around in 90, but Tommy Weatherby made him earn it with a birdie on the last to post 91. Dennis had to par the par 5 18th hole and did to hang on by one. He walked home with the trophy and a $200 Visa Gift Card, while Tommy claimed a $50 Visa Gift Card (and some nice skins money!)