Taylor Noel comes from nowhere to win Lake-Porter Golf Classic
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent August 4, 2013 10:16PM
Terry Werner tees off on three during the Lake-Porter golf tournament at Palmira Golf Course in St. John, IN. | John Smierciak~for Sun-Times Media ORG XMIT: glflake-PTB-080513-10
Updated: September 6, 2013 6:21AM
ST. JOHN — When the last four golfers of the championship division reach the 18th hole of the Lake-Porter Golf Classic, the winner usually emerges from that group.
The 2013 running of the tournament at Palmira took on a different twist on Sunday as Taylor Noel from Lake of the Four Seasons came from five strokes back after Saturday’s qualifying to shoot a 70 for a total score of 146, edging two-time champion Terry Werner by two strokes.
Finishing in a three-way for third with 150 was Andrew Godfrey, Steve Kwasigroch and Saturday’s leader Mike Lee.
“I was very consistent today; three birdies and just one bogey,” said Noel, a Boone Grove High School and University of Tampa graduate who won the 2012 Gary Amateur and competed in the Lake-Porter for the first time. “I had an eight on 17 yesterday and bogeyed the 18th — Today my thought was to not shoot an eight on the 17th hole.
“I parred 17 and 18 today, which was a good way to finish. I owe a great deal of thanks to my coach (Rick Roberts from Rio’s Country Club in Valparaiso). This feels really good.”
What did in Werner was his tee-shot on the 18th, which went into the water. He settled for six strokes, while Noel carded a three.
“I had one bad shot; that’s the game of golf,” Werner said. “I played good golf all day, but you can see what one bad swing will do for you.”
In the Mid-Handicap A division, Victor Perez-Luna shot a 75 to finish with a 156, beating out Bob Middleton by three strokes.
“After shooting bogey on my first two shots, I started feeling less pressure,” Luna said. “I just kept trying to get my shots in the fairway. I’m not a very good putter, but I was consistent with my irons that gave me puts from mostly ten feet in.”
In the Senior division, Crown Point’s Greg Wolff captured the title, shooting 75 for a total of 148, edging Mark Barenie by just one stroke. 2010 champion Kirk “The Minnow” Smith finished third with 151, and defending champion Frank Katsinis finished fourth with 152.
“It was hard work,” Wolff said. “It would have been a lot easier working a double shift. All four of us were very close all day. I was five over par after eight holes, but I played two under par the rest of the way. Mark bogeyed his last two holes, and I parred them.”
The Super Senior division was decided by a playoff as Tom Czechanski won for the second year in row, edging Aldo Buffone by one stroke on the first hole. Buffone shot a solid 75 Sunday, while Czechanski shot a 78 — the same score he shot on Saturday.
“I played real steady today, and some good things happened today,” Czechanski said. “I parred the playoff hole and Aldo bogeyed — that was the difference.”
In the female division, Nina Nicpon shot an 84 to finish with 164, two strokes ahead of Caroline Kupchik, who shot an 87.