SCHLACHTER TAMES INVERNESS

Paul Schlachter not only mounted a successful defense of his 2014 Hesler win, but his 219 total was a three shot exclamation point over the tough, demanding Inverness Club.

The 2015 SOS Jack Hesler Tournament with a full field of 96 players was treated to four days of Chamber of Commerce weather, and impeccable conditions. Inverness lived up to advance expectations demanding accurate drives, skillful approaches and extreme patience on the exciting putting surfaces.

Although opened in 1903, it was in 1916 that Donald Ross, the most famous and prolific designer of his time, was hired to design the eighteen-hole championship golf course. Today, the story of championship golf in America could not be told without mention of Ross’s architectural influence, or the famous Inverness Club course.

Paul Schlachter

Schlachter opened the competition with an even par 72, tied with Inverness club member Alan Fadel, Toledo. Mantoloking, New Jersey’s John O’Malley was alone in second at 74. Steve Hudson, Birmingham, AL, Bob Kearney, Houston, TX and David Ujihara, Brea, CA were grouped at three-over 75.

The scoring conditions toughened for round two as the brilliant sunshine began to dry out the already speedy greens. Schlachter was able to record a one-over 73 (145) to hold share of the lead with hard charging Hudson, who carded a two-under 70 (145). Windermere, Florida’s Mark Weston also posted a two-under par 70 to add to his opening round 78, good for a 148 total and sole possession of third place after 36 holes.

In the final round, Schlachter was steady in his resolve, posting a two-over 74 good for a 219 total. Hudson and Weston, playing with Schlachter could only watch as each posted 77 for 222 and 225 respectively.

Doug Baker

In the Super Senior division, it was Doug Baker, Austin, TX, who posted the only round in the 60’s with an opening 69. Baker’s three-under was good for a five shot lead over Ron Johnson, Walnut Creek, CA. A group at six shots behind included Jerry Caplinger, Shelbyville, IN, Denny Adkins, N. Myrtle Beach, SC, Gary Kirwin, McKinny, TX and Allan Fugate, Louisville, KY.

Baker struggled in with 79 in the second round only to find himself tied after 36 with Caplinger, who fired a steady one-over 73. Monticello, Indiana’s Dick Hubbard fashioned a nice even par 72, to find himself alone in third heading to the final round.

Baker took the bull by the horns in the final round, returned a score of 76 for a the win. Baker’s 224 total was two shots better at the end than Hubbard (77) and Kirwin, (76).

The Grand Masters division again finished with sweet swinging Don Wood, Louisville, KY at the top. Wood’s 78-71-75—224 was good for a single shot victory over Mills Rendell, Winnetka, IL alone in second at 225.

JOHN WILLIAM KLINE: 1919-2015

John Kline

One of the original seventy-eight members of the Society of Seniors General John Kline passed away Thursday, July 2.

For the past 15 years, the SOS has honored the General with our annual John Kline Super Senior.

This past spring, the event was held at the CC of Orlando. It was the first time John was not on hand to congratulate the Champion.

General Kline’s golf resume includes an impressive 20 USGA championships throughout his career. His runner up finish to General Keith Compton in the 1978 US Senior Amateur was a treasured memory.

From the inception of the Society, John served as membership chairman. For two decades he scrutinized every application for membership. It was said by many, “You had to get through the General before you could join the SOS.”

Services will be held on Thursday, July 9, 1:30 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 2831 Henry T Allen Rd., San Antonio, TX 78208.