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Local golf: Bob Jacobs takes one-stroke lead in Porter Am

Updated: October 23, 2013 6:51AM



CHESTERTON — Bob Jacobs played 15 holes at Valparaiso Country Club on Friday with an eye toward Sunday.

Jacobs thought he’d be in the final group in the Porter Amateur and he figured he’d need the practice at a course he admits he doesn’t always play well.

Jacobs was right on about being in the last group, but it wasn’t always a sure thing.

Jacobs shot a 3-over 75 Sunday in the third round of the master’s division at the Brassie Golf Club and he’s in the clubhouse with a one-stroke lead with a three-round total of 6 over par. The finish figures to be a good one. Jeff Gilbertsen, after an even-par 72, is one stroke back, while Chris Schultz, a long hitting former college baseball player from LaPorte, is three behind after shooting 74.

Rick Roberts had the round of the day, shooting a 2-under 70 — with a back nine of 3 under par. He climbed into fourth place.

After nine holes, the day wasn’t looking very good at all for Jacobs.

The wind was up, gusting around 25 miles per hour at times, turning Brassie, a links course, into a veritable beast.

Jacobs made the turn at 41 — with five bogeys and four pars. Instead of panicking and trying to force the issue, he took the opposite approach.

“I just told myself it was only nine of 72 holes,” he said.

That did the trick.

He made three birdies on the back side, finishing with consecutive birdies to get in the clubhouse with a one-stroke lead over Gilbertsen.

“That helped ease the pain of a not-so-good front side,” he said.

Gilbertsen, whose best finish in this event is fourth, was solid all day.

He made nine pars on the front side — and then a couple of bogeys and two birdies on the back side.

He called it a “plain Jane round.” His big problem was trying to get putts to drop.

“I can’t complain,” he said. “That was a pretty good score. It was tough out there.”

Schultz had the same kind of round that Jacobs had.

He shot 40 on the front side and then played the back in 2-under par.

Part of the allure of this tournament is that each course offers a completely different challenge. Valparaiso Country Club is tight and narrow, with plenty of trees and slick greens. Gilbertsen, with the exception of last year when he hit four wrong balls (eight penalty strokes), has typically played it well.

In the women’s division, both Natalie Achten, the defending champion and Sandra Teal, the second-round leader, are tied with a three-round total of 261. Achten shot 86 at Brassie while Teal shot 89.

“The wind was brutal,” Teal said.

Neither player made a birdie and neither said she had a particularly good feel for yardages in the wind.

“Anything between a gap wedge and an 8-iron was killing me,” Achten said.

Bryan Brown and Jake Goldsmith are leading the championship side of the open division. Brown shot a 76 at Forest Park to climb back from a three-stroke deficit.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Masters Division

Bob Jacobs 73-72-75-220

Jeff Gilbertsen 73-76-72-221

Chris Schultz 80-69-72-223

Rick Roberts 75-81-70-226

Ryan Kramer 70-75-80-226

Larry Achten Jr. 78-78-73-229

Tom Newton 70-79-80-229

Chris Fischer 75-82-75-232

Jason Schwerdt 74-82-77-233

Scott Vidimos 81-79-76-236

Kevin Pastrick 71-80-85-236

Brad Bobrowski 75-85-77- 237

Cortie Wilson 74-86-78-238

Greg Chrustowski 72-89-81-242

Chuck Welter 84-79-81-244

Randy Lee 82-78-89-249

A-Flight

Tom Wells 84-77-80-241

Gregg Boardmann 76-88-79-243

Rex Werner 79-85-79-243

Nick Ladra 80-85-79-244

Tylar Blosfield 84-78-82-244

Jeremy Shaffer 83-87-80-250

Michael Marshall 83-84-83-250

Ryan Kotys 80-90-81-251

Kent Ludington 81-88-84-253

John Selman 86-84-86-256

Brandon Hamill 78-86-94-258

John Kelley 88-89-82-259

Bill Williams 81-93-88262

TJ Kalin 90-92-84-266

Douglas Meece 83-108-85 276

Grant Stockwell 92-91-95-278

Ben Husiar 100-132-123-355

Open Division

Championship Flights

Bryan Brown 84-87-76-247

Jake Goldsmith 80-88-79—247

Eric Richardson 83-83-82-148

Dave Clifford 84-85-80-249

Anthony Shields 88-87-75-250

Barry Rippe 84-88-79-251

Ron Radtke 82-83-86-251

Barry Corsbie 87-90-80-257

Kyle Krol 83-86-88-257

Bill Lockhart Jr. 88-87-85-260

Jeremy Belko 82-93-90-265

A Flight

Logan Lucas 88-93-80-261

Todd Martinson 91-87-86-264

Brian Boedeker 80-102-83-265

James Smith 85-97-85-267

Travis Hamilton 84-98-87-269

Frank Crider 93-88-88-269

Matthew Simmons 92-89-90-271

John Marshall 85-97-93-275

Brian Hoeppner 92-90-94-276

Harry Ruwersma 84-97-95-276

Mike Wells 89-90-97-276

Joe Kramer 86-92-99-277

David Twilla 98-83-97-278

B Flight

Tom Horne 89-96-95-279

Marshall Hoffman 91-94-86-271

Kevin Selby 89-95-91 275

Mike Hutton 98-92-96-286

Kevin Imbody 95-097-94-286

Joseph Slamka 100-99-93-292

Carl Kantor 96-100-98-294

Mark Stymiest 102-92-102-296

Michael Thomas 105-103-94-301

Hank Rozinski 100-112-96-308

Women’s Division

Natalie Achten 84-91-86-261

Sandra Teal 86-86-89-261

Denise McDermott 86-92-87-265

Barbara Young 86-88-92-266

Donna Howell 89-91-88-268

Julie Leonard 83-96-92-271

Michele Loudermilk 87-92-94-273

Louise Cholette-Haley 93-85-100-278



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