Andrew Godfrey overcomes early bogeys to trail Mike Lee by one at Lake-Porter
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent August 3, 2013 11:26PM
Updated: September 5, 2013 7:10AM
ST. JOHN — Even though he won the championship flight of the Lake-Porter Golf Classic in 2010, Homewood’s Andrew Godfrey admitted that he was feeling the effects of a 6:30 a.m. tee time during Saturday’s qualifying of the 2013 event at Palmira.
And it showed, as Godfrey opened the day with three bogeys. However, he bounced back with a pair of birdies to shoot 36 on the front nine. Godfrey duplicated that score on the back nine with another pair of birdies for a 72 — tied with Steve Kwasigroch and one shot behind Crown Point’s Mike Lee for the lead heading into today’s finals of the championship flight division.
“I was really still asleep at 6:30,” Godfrey admitted. “I could have used a Mountain Dew at that moment; I was still trying to find a rhythm at that point. I didn’t get off to a good start, but I fought back and made good birdies coming in on five and nine and then 10 and 12.
“From there, I shot par the rest of the way. I’ve had some success here in the past, and hopefully I can continue.”
Followers of the event would remember Godfrey’s run at the 2010 title, defeating two-time champion Terry Warner in a memorable seven-hole playoff.
Lighting could easily strike twice for Godfrey because also hanging close in the championship flight division is Vince Barker and Warner, who are tied for third with a 74. In the mid-handicap A division, 15-year-old Victor Perez Luna and Lansing Ill.’s Bob Middleton share the lead with an 81.
In the senior division, Mark Barenie and Greg Wolff are tied for first with scores of 73, while Robert Berg shot a 76 in the super senior division for a two-stroke lead over defending super senior champion Tom Czechanski.
“Three or four days ago, the course was very rock hard,” Barenie said. “The rain softened things up, and the ball would kind of stop. The course actually played a little easier for me. The wind was tough and the greens were fast — but the course is in great shape. I had a two birdies and a lot of pars; I’m excited.”
Lee, a Crown Point High School student, said that not having any bogeys was the key to shooting a 33 on the front nine.
“My whole game has really been on over the past week,” Lee said. “I think I played a little too safe on the back nine, trying to guide everything instead of just swining.”
Kwasigorch said he was pleased with the way shot the ball and especially pleased with his putting.
“I made all the par puts I needed to make,” the Munster resident said. “I made a lot of good swings and made some good birdies. I also took advantage of the down wind holes.”