Bay County Golf Course

Dan Neering, Recreation Manager

584 West Hampton Road
Essexville, Michigan 48732
Voice: (989) 892-2161

2008 Senior County Touranment

Well...the 2008 Senior County Tournament proved to be a successful event again under the new format that was added last year.  We had another good tournout of contestants and some good competition in each age group.

Just as our Men's tournament is divided into flights, our Senior tournament is divided into age groups.  The groups consist of 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70-older.  A champion is determined from each age group.  However, we still have our traditional overall champion who wins a season membership for the following season.  To ensure all age groups compete at a level playing field the 50-54 and the 55-59 age groups play from the blue tees.  Ages 60-64 played from the white tees.  While the 65-69 and the 70-older age groups play from the red tees.

With each age group battling each other our overall winner came from the 60-64 age group.  This gentlemen was the defending champion as well.  The following are our 2008 Senior County Champions:

2008 Senior County Champions.....Joe King.....Tim Horner.....Tom Rezler.....Gary Kinsey.....Fred Kotewa




 Senior Age 60-64 County Champion


Round 167  -5

Round 2  74  +2

TOTAL  141  -3

Joe defended his crown of overall champion against a highly competitive field.  Joe shot an incredible 31 on the front nine on Saturday to lap the field which allowed him to coast to his back to back victory!  We can't wait to see what he does in 2009!  Great Playing Joe!



2nd placeRon Marande74+76=150

3rd place Tim Corcoran75+78=153

4th place Richard Chapman  81+73=154

5th place Ben Blissett 81+74=155

Bill DeWyse (156), Dave Dietlein (160), John Richardson (163), Fred Leonard (165), Robert Langenburg (169), Tom Pytlik (170), Charlie Schwartz (171), Gary Kendall (173), Mike Morris (174), Mike Race (174), Tom Cauchy Jr. (182), Gene Ayotte (185), John O'Polka (192), Richard Linton (WD)


2008 Senior Age 50-54 Champion

Tim Horner

Round 1  77  +5

Round 2  74  +2

TOTAL  151  +7

Tim Horner is a familiar face at Bay County along with the other twenty-five Horners' that play golf.  All joking aside Tim played a steady 36 holes and beat out Terry Horner by 2 strokes.  We are impressed with Tim's play since he spent most of the summer on his Harley!Nice Playing Tim!




2nd placeTerry Horner77+76=153

3rd placeGerald Schroeder80+82=162

4th placeBrian Atkinson 82+91=173

5th placeMark Werner 99+102 =201


2008 Senior Age 55-59 Champion


Round 176  +4

Round 2  73  +1

TOTAL149  +5

Tom is one of the best ball strikers you will ever play with.  He hits the ball down the middle and on the green day in and day out.  Tom is a 5 time County Champion (1974, 75, 77, 80, & 89).  His game is a model of consistency that always gives him the opportunity to be there on Sunday.Tom defended his title by beating Mark Baranek by 5 strokes.  Another County Championship for Tom! 




2nd placeMark Baranek76+78=154

3rd placeSteve Graczyk75+84=159

4th placeJohn Janke79+84=163

5th placeJohn Goik84+80=164

Louis "Chip" Kiesel Jr. (166), Dave Herber (166), Tim Roberts (176), Don Herek (180), Stu Jahr (180) 


2008 Senior Age 65-69 Champion

Gary Kinsey

Round 1  76  +4

Round 2  79  +7

TOTAL  155  +11

Gary Kinsey accomplished his goal.....he beat out Gene Rhode (Six time Senior Champion) by 1 stroke.  Tied with Gene going into the final round Gary held on and scraped his way in by edging out Mr. Rhode.  We want to congratulate Gary on his performance and his infectious smile!  Good going Gary!!



2nd placeGene Rhode76+80=156

3rd placeRichard Jeffers 77+82=159

4th placeStan Harwood82+80=162

5th placeRon Gobeski83+80=163

Donald Drouin (169), Fred Hubert (169), Frank Badalamenti (172), Jack Kerkau (172), Jim Meylan (172), Dave Cox (182), Buck Prevost (186), Thomas Grange (188), Bob Muszywski (WD)


2008 Senior Age 70-older Champion

Fred Kotewa

Round 1 72     E

Round 2   76  +4

TOTAL  148  +4

Fred is a staple out at the golf course.  He plays all season long and a great guy to have at your course.  He is a good farmer too!!  Fred played a great tournament this year beating out defending champion Jack LeSage by 8 strokes.  Fred had a chance to run for the overall title, but came up a little short.  Great Playing! 





2nd placeJack LeSage80+76=156

3rd placeRobert Katt  82+80=162

4th placeTom Bliss81+84=165

5th placeJerry Kukla86+83=169

Bob Darbee (170), Gale Sullivan (170), Bill Musolf (173), Cletis Adams (176), Gerlad Tackman (176), Ron Kochanny (180)


Views from the Senior Championship.....



 A Special Thank You goes out to all participants for this year's event.The new format continues to be a success and we strive to build this tournament year in and year out.  Hope to see all of you next season.

Happy Golfing,

Brent Goik

Recreation and Golf Course Supervisor