Cory Donahue and Erin Kelly graduated from Anaconda High in the same class eight years ago. Now, after Donahue’s even-par weekend, they share the title of classmates and Club Champions.
Donahue led by two strokes entering the final day after an even par round of 71 Saturday. He birdied holes seven and eight back-to-back on Saturday to move to 1-under before a bogey on No. 9.
He rattled off nine straight pars to finish at even, two strokes clear of Clint Choquette and Curt Gannon. Gannon finished birdie-birdie for the 73, while Choquette also birdied the par 5 18th.
On Sunday, Donahue used his length of the tee for a couple of easy birdies on the outward nine, firing off a 33 to maintain the lead. Choquette did his best to stay close, as birdies on holes six and eight led to an opening 34 and a three-shot deficit.
A bogey-bogey start to the back for Choquette derailed his club championship dreams slightly, as Donahue played the first eight holes of the back nine at even.
Donahue finished with a double bogey on the par-5 18th, which pushed him back to even par on the round. His six shot lead entering the final hole provided more than enough cushion, as Donahue earned his first Club Champion honors.
Choquette, who shot a pair of 73’s, followed Donahue in second and won the Championship Flight.
The second-best golfer in the Kelly family, Jake, shot a 75 to win the First Flight. Bruce Grabofsky had three bogeys and 15 pars on his way to a 74, good enough to win the Second Flight.
Bill Case and Jack Mehrens rounded out the winners of the afternoon flights with totals of 170 and 175, respectively.
In the morning, Pete Reisenauer, Dan Edwards, Mick McKenna and Roy Lorengo each won their respective flights.
Donahue earned closest to the pin honors on hole No. 2 on Saturday and Mark Brownback had the best shot on No. 8. Kelly hit the furthest drive on No. 6.
Sunday morning saw Pug Martz and Bob Matosich win closest to the pin honors, with Pete Reisenauer pounding the long drive on No. 6.
In the afternoon Dennis McKenna had the best shot on No. 2 and Bill Buckler won closest to on No. 8. Donahue hit a massive drive on his way to a birdie.
Saturday deuces: Bill Sprauer, Brian Boynton, Joe Ungaretti, Curt Gannon (2), James Van Vynck, Duane Smith, Steve Tuss, Sparkey McLean, Mark Brownback.
Sunday deuces: Ken Parks, Bob Matosich, Dennis McKenna, Duane Smith, Bob Shaw, Joe O’Brien, Curt Gannon, Clint Choquette, Mark Hodges, Jack Mehrens.
Derby winners: Jay Stergar and Joe Mehrens, Curt Gannon and Dave Hebert (2nd), Tim Krum and Brian Robbins (3rd)