Schlachter is Elegant at Wedgewood
Robert Trent Jones, Jr.’s own golf course designs have scaled mountains, enlivened deserts, ranged across prairies, carved through forests, reclaimed wastelands, and rolled down to the edges of the world’s oceans. Known as the father of environmental golf course design, Jones respects and embraces the land in his work. He describes his courses as “of the earth . . . for the spirit.”
Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, the site of the 2014 SOS Hesler Tournament is an excellent example of Jones’ perfect marriage of earth and the spirit of golf.
In addition to the course, the field experienced climatic diverse conditions to include heat, humidity, torrential rain and finally sweatshirt weather for the final round.
In the senior division, Chicago’s Vance Antoniou carded opening rounds of 72-72, good enough for a one shot lead over Bridgewille, Pennsylvania’s Paul Schlachter and Bob Kain, Gates Mills, Ohio.
Schlachter was able to post the best score of the day with a third round 2-under par 70. His 215 total was good for a one-shot victory over Antonoiu and three shots better that Kain.
The 65-74 age group Fairfield Ohio’s Dan Smith added a second round 71 to his opening 77, only to find himself three shots short of Lynn Martin, Travelers Rest, NC with 73-72 respectively.
Paired together in the final round, Smith and Martin waged an epic battle only to find themselves knotted in a tie at 219. Smith’s second straight 71, as Martin posted a 74. It only took one playoff hole to decide the winner. Smith’s three foot birdie putt sealed the deal.
Dan Smith, Paul Schlachter, Fred Cahall
The grand masters looked to be another Don Wood runaway, as the perennial favorite took a 3 shot lead to the final 18 holes. But Grand Rapids native Fred Cahall had other plans for Mr. Wood. Cahall’s final round 76 was good for a single shot victory over Wood, who struggled to a closing round 80.
The Society of Seniors wishes to thank all of the contestants for making the annual summer pilgrimage to Columbus. And of course, special thanks to Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, one of Columbus’ best-kept secrets. Our members will surely return to their homes around the country with great memories of a course that is definitely top five in the buckeye capital.