Beurmann defends title at Mich. Senior Open
Friday, July 19, 2013
Ron Beurmann, who shot rounds of 70-69 for a 139 total, beat the heat and the field during a one-shot victory at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, Mich. With his win, Beurmann became the first player in history to win consecutive Michigan Senior Opens.
Beurmann, the 52-year-old Director of Golf at Jackson CC, shot an opening round 70 to start the second day two strokes behind Kevin Muir and Barry Redmond - who both carded 68s in their opening round.
“I had to work for it today,” Beurmann said, “I hit all 18 greens, but I three-putted once and two-putted a couple of other times.”
Playing in searing heat with temperatures approaching 100 degrees, both Beurmann and Muir said they made some great shots to go along with some poor swings and missed putts.
Both Beurmann and Muir played solid golf for most of the day, but a missed 25-foot putt on the 18th hole by Muir gave the $3,000 winner’s check and crystal chalice to Beurmann.
“I just feel very, very, fortunate to have won this championship for the second year in a row playing against so many great players," Beurmann said. “I kind of started out free-wheeling it, but by the second nine I just tried to convince myself to keep on hitting fairways and greens-in-regulation and go for the pars.”
In the super-senior division, Larry Clark a PGA Professional from Traverse City, posted a two-day total of 144 for a one-shot victory over amateurs Joseph Miller of Battle Creek and John French of Bloomfield Hills.