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Dr. Jonathan Valuck, Oklahoma City, OK

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The final round at The Club at Flying Horse began with a bit of uncertainty due to the forecast of high winds up to 50mph in the early afternoon. Thankfully, Mother Nature gave the players enough time to complete their rounds before any weather situation could become a major factor in the event. It was chilly for sure with a high right around 50 degrees, and the wind brought in the occasional rain and sleet mixture off the mountains of nearby Pike’s Peak.


Senior Division

Dr. Jonathan Valuck credits a new set of irons at the beginning of the season and a stretch of solid ball-striking for his 2023 successes. The Oklahoma City native also won the Society of Seniors’ Jack Hesler Tournament back in July at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, KY, and finished off a wire-to-wire victory this week at Flying Horse. Valuck went 69-69-71 for a 7-under, 209 total.

Stephen Maddalena (Jackson, Mich.) made some noise early and often on the front nine en route to a 3-under 33 to cut into Valuck’s lead. Going back to Wednesday’s round, Maddalena went a staggering 29 holes without a bogey until his 16th hole today. He would finish at 1-under in the final round, and even-par for the tournament at 216. Chris Carlson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) would match Maddalena’s total as the two shared runner-up honors.

Valuck finished all three rounds under par, with the most special perhaps coming today in some tough scoring conditions. After a slow start on the front, Valuck took advantage of the par 5’s, making birdie on No. 10 and eagle on No. 12. Valuck hit hybrid to about 15ft behind the hole and knocked in the putt to all but slam the door.

“The two 69’s back-to-back put some pressure on me to keep it going,” said Valuck. “I was glad to have a bit of a lead and I was hoping that the weather might prevent anyone from going really low. I struggled on the front nine, but righted the ship on the first three holes of the back nine. I saw Steve (Maddalena) shot 33 on the front, so getting the birdie on 10 and eagle on 12 kind of settled me down. I hit a lot of solid iron shots coming in, although I didn’t make any putts. It was nice to walk away with another win at such a great venue. The courses and views were spectacular, it’s a really special place.”

Super Senior Division

Gregory Goode, Salina, KS

Gregory Goode (Salina, Kan.) played steady and strategically sound golf on his way to a win on the Tom Weiskopf layout that was opened in 2006. Goode finished the event ten strokes clear of runner-up Robin Rubrecht (Newburgh, Ind.), however the final scores don’t tell the whole story. Rubrecht applied pressure early on, but Goode was able to seize the momentum after a 50-foot birdie putt on the par 4, 5th hole.

“I knew I was going to have to play well, especially with Robin right behind me, such an accomplished player,” said Goode. “I made a lot of good club decisions off the tee, and was lucky enough to make quite a lot of putts all three days. I hit a lot of 2-irons in the fairway, and putted well, and I think that was the biggest thing. Robin put some pressure on early, and on hole 5, he was about 15 feet for birdie, and then I drained a 50-footer and I think that was kind of a tipping point.”

Asked about the host club, Goode added, “Oh man, this is a beautiful venue, both courses were excellent, the views were excellent, the North Course was quiet and serene, greens were very fast. It was an absolutely breathtaking venue to play a competition.”

Goode would finish the event at +1 overall after posting rounds of 69-74-74 for a 217 total. Denny Fields of Golden, Colo. finished in third at +12.

Legend/Grand Master Division

Sean Forey, Morrison, CO

Sean Forey (Morrison, Colo.) was able put together another solid round on Thursday, finishing the event at +2, 218 following rounds of 67-77-74. George Walker (Fairhope, Ala.) finished in second place at 231. Forey credited the local Colorado knowledge as a major factor for his success.

“Being from Colorado we’re kind of prepared for this kind of weather, and it gave us a big advantage because of the altitude and things like that,” said Forey. “Two fun golf courses we played, in great condition. On Tuesday (-5, 67) I just hit it unbelievably well and only missed one fairway due to hitting a drain cover and bounced into the woods. I somehow still made par. Today I just hit a lot of good iron shots and kept it in play. The course was great, fairways were perfect and greens we rolling very nice.”

Congratulations to David Bell (Peoria, Ariz.) on his hole-in-one on the No. 13 (142 yards) with a 7-iron!

Special thanks to the entire membership and staff at The Club at Flying Horse for their generous hospitality throughout the event, specifically Jake O’Dell, Director of Golf, and his assistants Justin Vaughan and Mack Borowicz, as well as Director of Grounds Scott McHenry and North Course Superintendent Mark Beitel. Thanks as well to Callaway Golf for their sponsorship of the Society of Seniors.