Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Josh Manske wins 2013 Bill Franey Open and Championship match set in Supper League!

Josh Manske trailed by one stroke starting the championship nine of the 2013 Bill Franey Open The Algona native posted a three under 33 to win his first pro tournament by two shots over Matt Gute of Carroll. Manske is a touring pro on the Florida based Hooters Tour. He played his college golf at Grand View where he was a 3 time all American.

Manske's 103 total was two shots clear of DMACC sophomore Matt Gute. Corey Bluml finished in third with 107. Other Championship flight scores were Tanner Ludwig 110, Glidden - Ralston teacher and golf coach Chris Nelson 111, former Carroll Country Club Golf Professional Joe Ward 112, two time champion Craig Mertz 114, Eric Butenbach 114, former champion Aaron Ahrendsen 114, Collin Hackett 117, Benet Snyder 117, Mike Badding 1118, Steve "Cuda" Quandt 119, Tom Dentlinger 121 and former Carroll resident John Dukes 122.

Other Carroll Golfers in the first flight were Jeff Heuton 78, Lonnie Lehrkamp 78, Carroll Municipal Club Champion Justin Yetmar 78, Brad Hempstead 79, Chad Kanne 79, Bill Badding, Jr. 79, Andy Reiman 80, DMACC freshman Sam Wilkie 80.

Second flight scores were former Carroll resident Nate Ward 81, Bubba Heisterkamp 81, Joe Pick 81, Bill Badding 82, Carroll Country Club Golf Professional Paul Tigges 82, Ben Badding 82, Jerry Mowrey 83, Mike Franey 83, Kevin Forke 83 and Brad Stork 83.

Third flight scores were John Lohman 83, Troy Auen 84, Chris Nieland 84, Paul Fitzpatrick 84, Wyatt Haukap 85, former Carroll resident Gayle Knief 85, Mark Tigges 86, Tony Tigges 86, Tim Gute 87 and Brian Gossett 88.

Fourth flight scores were Nate Mertz 88, Terry Dickinson 88, Matt Lujano 89, Dale Julich 90, Todd Springer 91, Chad Heuton 91, Jim Gossett 101 and Scott Kanne 106.

The tournament named after Bill Franey, father of Mike Franey of Carroll who passed away in May of 2006 attracted 75 players. The tournament was formerly known as the Al Hoy Memorial, where Franey served as the tournament director for 25 years. In 2006 the board of directors of the golf course renamed the tournament the Bill Franey Open.

Proceeds from the tournament support a scholarship given annually to a student training to be an electric lineman at Northwest Community College in Sheldon. Franey was a lineman for the Midland Power Coop in Jefferson for 31 years and served as line superintendent for another 10 years.

All golfers played 18 holes with the low 16 players qualifying for a final championship nine holes. To qualify into the championship nine players had to shoot a 5 over par 77. Josh Manske won medalist honors in the final round with a three under 33."I thought that golf course was in great shape and I would like to thank everyone who participated said tournament director Mike Franey. Also a big thank you to the golf course, all of the ladies who brought the delicious salads and Jan Whitver and the girls for helping out.

More Bill Franey Open Photos!
Third place finisher Corey Bluml gets some help reading a putt from Shirley Franey in the Championship round! 
The Championship Round Pairings
The final group! Matt Gute, Tanner Ludwig, Josh Manske and Ben Kern. 
Corey Bluml, Eric Butenbach, Chris Nelson and Aaron Ahrendsen
Joe Ward, Craig Mertz, Steve Jordan and Steve "Cuda" Quandt
Tom Dentlinger, Benet Snyder and Collin Hackett
Mike Badding, Papa Joe Champion John Dukes and Dan Vollstedt
Sister Lynda tried to keep Brother John focused in the final round. It did not work in the finals but John had a great day! 
Thanks to the Badding boys for attending this year! 
Troy Auen, Craig Mertz and Mike Franey enjoyed watching Nate Mertz play in his first Bill Franey Open! Good job Nate! 
In the Men's Supper League Playoffs Van Diest Supply was shot down by Volquartsen Custom. Supper League's most mature team Stiff Sticks beat Byronz Boyz. So next week for the Supper League Championship it will be Volquartsen Custom and Stiff Sticks.

In the Runner Up Flight the Carroll Cycle Center/Carroll Country Club Pro Shop beat Linde Equipment. The cycles emptied out the pro shop last week to beat your Bud Light team. Pettitt Hwy 30 Car Wash flattened the tires of Champion Ford. Runner up championship match next week will be the Carroll Cycle Center/Carroll Country Club Pro Shop and the  Pettitt Hwy 30 Car Wash.

In the Consolation Flight Greteman Chiropractic beat Finish Line. Sharp Funeral Home beat Feld Fire Equipment. The final match in the consolation flight will be Greteman Chiropractic and Sharp Funeral Home. 

Congratulations to Mike Loehr for having a hole in one on #17.

Happy Birthday this past Monday to Bud Two Troy Auen and Bud Three Steve "Hans" Auen!

Happy 50th birthday to Karen Kasperbauer! 

A big shout out to Kirby Pettitt who finished second in the Iowa Open a couple of weekends ago. It was a pleasure to watch Kirby play the final eighteen that Sunday at Lake Panorama National Golf Course. Kirby was constantly complimenting the players in his group, talking to and thanking all of the volunteers and even took time to talk to spectators like Kim Hackett, Craig Mertz and myself. Great work Kirby!

Thoughts go out to Russ and Bruce Boes along with all of the fans of Red's Place! So sorry to hear of your fire! 

Best of luck to the Iowa Hawkeyes as they start their 2013 season! 

Stay cool and fairways and greens to all!

This Bud's For you and On Iowa and Go Hawks!

Mike Franey

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sinnard and Bud Two save Bud Light...School is back in session....Bill Franey Open tee times!

What a glorious night to play golf  at the Carroll Country Club last night.

The first week of playoffs kicked off with action in the Championship Flight, Runner up Flight and the Consolation Flight. Championship Flight action saw the Brown Shoe Fit Company bounce the Mid Iowa Team out of the championship contention. Todd Bierl led the way for the shoe company beat Produce Tom Duff. Duff is on a two day golf skid. On Monday Iowa City police were called to legendary Finkbine Golf Course on reports of property damage to the golf course that included excessive divots, driving in the fairway and topped drives. Never fear Mr. Duff there have been many who just could not handle the pressure on the scared grounds of Iowa City Iowa. Have fun in Effingham, Illinois as you get some need therapy from the likes of Jim Selby. Next up for the shoes will be Van Diest Supply Company.

Graddy's Salsa beat Carroll Cycle Center. Nick Fangman beat Head Hog Terry Ruchti and Jeff Scharfenkamp beat Jay Drees. Jamming Joe Hinners the high point getter for the cycles in the loss. Next up for the Cycles will be YOUR Bud Light team.

Byronz Boyz knocked Carpet One out of the championship flight. Bob Gigure beat Colin Bierl, Tony Feldman beat Collin Hackett and Leon Muhlbauer beat Easy Ed Vanderheiden. Brad Hempstead the only spark for the carpets. Next up for the Boyz will be Pat Macke's Verizon Wireless team.

Stiff Sticks trampled past all of the alarms of Feld Security. All winners for the Sticks. Frank Comito pounded Nick Bowdish, Doc Sporrer beat Ron Badding, Randy Hockom beat Bobbie Muhlbauer and Trusty Mike Nelson beat Tiger Tom Simons. Next up for the Sticks will be Andy Reiman and Carroll Glass.

Van Diest Supply, Volquartsen Custom, Verizon Wireless and Carroll Glass all received first round byes. Karl Christensen saved the day in the six against five winner's circle scramble by draining a large money saving putt on the last hole. Looks of confusion were cast on the 11 some last night as many wondered who was playing in that large group. Let me clear it up for you....those be the leaders!

Runner Up Flight action saw Linde Equipment beat Finish Line. Bill Linde led the way for the equipment dealer. Next up for the Linde will be the Mid Iowa Team.

Your Bud Light team beat Greteman Chiropractic. Steve Sinnard and Troy Auen saved the day for your Bud Light team. Sinnard beat Clint Cummings and Bud Two beat Carroll Country Club Pro Paul Tigges. Good news for Paul he did not hit someone else's ball. Bud Three Steve Auen was beaten by Charlie Vauble and Gary Subbert beat Captain Mike Franey scratch. A formal investigation has been launched into Subbert's handicap as he never missed a fairway and made an off the green birdie putt on hole #1. Good shooting Mr. Subbert. If this captain has to lose it might as well be to another fellow Hawkeye fan. Next up for your Bud Light team are the cycles of the Carroll Cycle Center who the beers beat one week ago. The cycles were revving their pipes last night at the corner table about their future success. In the end it came out that Captain Terry Ruchti and Jay Drees are not going to be present next week. I can only imagine what ringers will be brought in. You heard it here and I do quote "Did you hear that Bud Light beat the Carroll Cycle Center next week!"

Champion Ford and Budweiser tied their match. The playoff for ties was established in the opening announcements from Pro Paul Tigges although misunderstood by some. Each team was able to select a player from the other team to play the #1 hole to determine who would advance. Monument Man Loren Boyce was front and center on the first tee waiting. A man hunt ensued and Fred Dolezal was found in the bar sipping on a cocktail. Dolezal's comment was "I am not playing I am sitting in here drinking." Once that statement was over heard the fords selected Dolezal to play. So Champion Ford advances on with a no show victory in the playoff. A person with knowledge told this report that even though the lack of responsibility shown the 2014 sponsorship is not in jeopardy for the King of Beers. The question that remains is who will be the captain of the team. Next up for the car company will be Carpet One.

Pettitt Highway 30 Car Wash beat Feld Equipment. Next up for the car wash tokens is Feld Security as they attempt to extinguish both Feld teams in just two weeks.

A big report shout out to Paul and Brian for all their work on the brackets to have everyone involved even us who are totally committed to battle for the runner up flight championship.

Hawkeye Nation lost a true fan on this week as Pete Peterson was laid to rest at the Lake City Cemetery on Monday. One of the great stories that wife Sandi told me was that Pete would tell people that he played for Iowa and indeed he did as he played the trumpet in the Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band! My sincere condolences go out to wife Sandi, son Mark, daughter Keeley Sinnard along with husband Steve, granddaughters Somer and Shay Sinnard and grandson Alek Sinnard.

Things of Interest.........

-It must be good to be Carroll Country Club President as Chad Kanne has won just about everything this summer. Kanne won the 4th of July Derby with partner Paul Tigges, won the PGA Championship pool and won the Papa Joe calcutta. With this financial success associated with the club presidency I can only imagine an increase of applicants for the job. Thanks Chad and the entire board for what you have done for our club.

-The Farmer Joe Pick and the Junkyard Dog Cuda Quandt beat long time subscriber, top local amateur, highly successful and more veteran golfer Craig Mertz and Mike Franey on Sunday at the Carroll Municipal Golf Course by one point. You would have thought it was the two established players biggest win as they marched around with their chests pumped out telling anyone they could find. Glad to provide so much enjoyment to the farmer and the dog. Both golfers are competing in the Carroll City Senior Tourney today at the Muny Golf Course. Details of their rounds will come in upcoming editions.  

-It was good to see Joel Harris out at the club last night enjoying his Yaki bowl entree. Joel remains on the DL for team Budweiser following a successful lip surgery. Joel is the only lip that remains around these parts after Louie the Lip's departure from Prairie Meadows on Friday night.

Tee times are being taken for the 8th Annual Bill Franey Open Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Jefferson Municipal Golf Course just south of Jefferson.

-Mark your calendars for September 23! The Iowa Golf Association Member Play Day at Glen Oaks will be held that day and if you have a four some that would like to play call Chad Kanne or Paul Tigges. They are going to set up some games for club members that day. This invitation is open to anyone who has a IGA handicap.

-Congrats to Kirby Pettitt for tying for 4th in the Herman Sani Golf Tourney over the weekend.

-This weekend is the Iowa Open Golf Tourney at Lake Panorama National Golf Course. Players of interest in the field will be former club pro Nick Schon, Paul Tigges, Wade Pettitt, Ben Pettitt and Kirby Pettitt.

Fairways and greens to all! On Iowa and Go Hawks!

Mike Franey

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bud Three on fire....Greene County says Yes.......Playoffs set without Bud Light!

The playoffs are set for the Carroll Country Club's Men's Supper League and your Bud Light team has failed to qualify this year. The top seeds who all will receive a first round bye are Van Diest Supply Company, Volquartsen Custom, Verizon Wireless and Carroll Glass. Three teams from every flight made it into the bracket to try to win a Men's Supper League Championship. The remaining teams will battled it out in the runner up flight and the consolation flight. A big shout out to Paul Tigges and Brian Billmeir for making the brackets include everyone.

Your Bud Light Team beat the Carroll Cycle Center last night on the wings of Bud Three Steve Auen. Auen shot an even par 34 on the back nine and fleeced Rick Vanderheiden 14 to 4. Mike Schulz tied his match with Head Hog Terry Ruchti. Craig Mertz and Mike Franey suffered losses to Corey Bluml and Jamming Joe Hinners. The cycles qualified in third place.

Van Diest Supply Company tied the Mid Iowa Team. Team leader Dirk Glynn gone to Russia and missed the action in week 15. Aaron Pick beat Junkyard Dog Steve Quandt to the chemicals. Ed Catfish Tomka pounded Nick Bowdish to lead the Mid Iowa Team. Ryan Mortgage Milligan beat Papa Joe Pick who dodged son Aaron last night. Produce Tom Duff and Brad Pick tied their match.

Graddy's Salsa earned second place in the flight by one point over third place Mid Iowa. Mike Loehr led the salsas. Clint Cummings shot his best round to beat Nick Fangman. Fangman hit the wrong ball in this match.

In the PGA Flight Volquarsten Custom suffered a loss to Linde Equipment but still remained on the top of the flight. Chad Kanne and Jeff Boeckman led the way for the gunners. Chris Nieland was beaten by Bill Linde.

Brown Shoe Fit Company makes the playoffs despite a week 15 loss to Community Oil. Jerry Janson and Chico Kanne were the MVP's for the oil jobbers.

Corey Bluml was low gross. Steve "Hans" Auen was low net. Carroll Cycle Center and your Bud Light team shared low net team. Steve Quandt was closest to the pin and Produce Tom Duff nailed the longest putt.

Over in the Phil Mickelson Division Verizon Wireless tied second place Stiff Sticks. Karl Christensen lead the way for the cell phones. Magic Mike Nelson was the leader for the sticks.

Byronz Boyz qualified third in the US Open Flight despite a 34 to 38 loss to Budweiser. The King of Beers are entrenched in turmoil that features former Captain Pat Malloy appealing his suspension. Who does he think he is......A-Rod? Joel Harris has been put on the DL for a couple of weeks. Pat Malloy was the champion golfer with a win. This victory is still not enough to save Mr. Malloy.

Carroll Glass remained on the top spot even with a beating from second place Carpet One. Collin Hackett was the all star for the carpets. Benton Snyder comes down off his under par string. Good shooting the last few weeks Mr. Snyder.

Feld Security won a tie breaker to earn the third spot over Pettitt Hwy 30 Car Wash.

Collin Hackett was low gross and low net with a three under par 34. Carpet One was awarded low gross. Jon Sturm was closest to the pin and Giddy Up Wyatt Haukap drained the longest putt.

The next four weeks will determine the Men's Supper League Champion. Good luck to all!
Here are the brackets!
The Uncle Bruce player of the week is Bud Three Steve Auen with his best performance and carrying your Bud Light team to victory over the cycles.

Just Saying.........

Happy Birthday Mama D - Caryl Dukes!

Happy 30th Anniversary to Juliann and Mark Walter!

Happy Birthday to Somer Sinnard!

Condolences to the Janson family on the loss of Jerry's father.

He made several trips to the Carroll Country Club as a guest chef. Those dinners were enjoyed by all. My sympathy goes out to Matt and Jenna Lujano on the loss of her brother Dino.

Congratulations to the residents of Greene County for approving the casino referendum and inching closer to the possibility of gaming in Greene County.

That is a wrap for week 15. Fairways and greens to all! Mike Franey