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Baley Lehr wins 71st Pine Hills Invitational

First father-son champs in event’s 71-year history

OTTAWA — Over the past number of years, the weather has done its best to hamper play at the annual Pine Hills Invitational tournament. This weekend was no exception, as rain forced delayed starts on both Saturday and Sunday, including participants playing just nine holes on the latter, but the 71st edition of the event rolled on through soggy fairways and greens.

Grand Ridge's Baley Lehr, last year's runner-up, did not allow the conditions to affect him throughout the 27-hole championship as he carded an opening round 69 and followed with a solid 33 in Sunday's action to capture the title with a 3-under 102.

Arlington Heights' Robert Renner finished in second, one stroke behind behind the leader. Brian Lehr, the 2009 champion and Baley's father, finished third with a 104, while Joliet's Trent Wallace was fourth (105) and Streator's Josh Gass fifth (106). First-round leader Trey Tussey, with a 67, hooked his opening tee shot on Sunday out of bounds and eventually finished tied for 10th.

The younger Lehr's victory marks the first time in the tournament history that a father and son have won the championship.

"(Saturday) really turned out normal for me, even with the start we had," said Baley Lehr. "We were supposed to start at 7 a.m., but didn't tee off until 11 a.m., but it really just felt like a regular round to me. My goal today was to just come out here and shoot a number. Obviously (Tussey) hitting his first shot out helped, but at the same time I needed to worry about my own game, get birdies when I can and just don't make any big mistakes.

"This is a tournament that I have always wanted to win, and I finally have the trophy in my hands. In fact, this is probably the most important tournament to me each year, because growing up around here, THIS was the tournament."

Brian Lehr said that getting results of who is playing well at a given point isn't as hard as one would think. He also felt he played well after struggling a little coming into the tournament.

"You get results by word of mouth. Everyone is letting you know how everyone else is doing," Brian Lehr said. "I knew the leader coming into today had a rough first hole, and I figured Baley had at least a one-shot lead at that point. He has been hitting the ball and playing really well as of late, so I figured after hearing what had happened on that first hole someone was going have to go get him, but they didn't. It took me a lot longer, 17 years, to win this, than he did.

"I felt really good today and hit the ball solid. I hadn't been playing all that well up until this last week. My putter was really working for me today. I can't hit the ball as far as these kids can, but I feel I can always make up for that with my putter."

Kirk Blakney, of Joliet, won the "A" flight division with a 112, scoring just ahead of Streator's Jake Strabala (115) and Ottawa's Dan Ostby (116). Mokena's John Finnin took home the top prize in the senior division, as his 107 was just better than Mendota's Tom Prescott's 110, and 111s each from Downers Grove's Greg Seelinger and Grand Ridge's Rick Lehr. Chicago's Kim Dong won a two-playoff from Itasca's Steve Bornack to claim the super senior crown.

The shot of the weekend went to B.J. Sipula after he recorded his fifth ever hole-in-one on Sunday. The 62-year old tournament participant since 1974 aced the 135-yard, par-3 sixth hole for the third time in his career.

"It was just my kind of shot," said Sipula. "The pin was in the back corner to the left, and it was just a knock down 7-iron. It went right in on the fly ... it was pretty exciting."

Pine Hills club manager and tournament director Jeremiah Pike said the weather made things interesting to say the least, but that with the help of everyone associated with the tournament, it turned out OK ... especially with a local golfer winning the title.

"We had problems all weekend long, and this was probably the most mentally exhausted I've been in all my life," said Pike with a relaxing smile following the trophy presentations. "But in the end, because of the great volunteers we have and all the extra hours they put in this weekend with the delays, plus all the great sponsors we have, things turned out good.

"It was great to see Baley come out on top today. I think the past few tournaments really prepared him mentally for today, and he went out and played steady until the end."



At Pine Hillf Golf Course, Ottawa

Overall final leaderboard (all flights)

Key: Golfer Sat. (18)-Sun.(9)—Total

Baley Lehr 69-33 — 102

Robert Renner 70-33 — 103

Brian Lehr 71-33 — 104

Trent Wallace 72-33 — 105

Josh Gass 71-35 — 106

Josh Finnin 72-35 — 107

Jon Prescott 71-36 — 107

Lloyd Roth 69-38 — 107

Wesley Zartman 74-33 — 107

Chris Beyer 73-35 — 108

Jeremy DeBernardi 75-33 — 108

Ross Hensen 73-35 — 108

Trey Tussey 67-41 — 108

Scott Atkins 70-39 — 109

Trevor Cushard 74-35 — 109

Matt Dwyer 73-36 — 109

Alex Kline-Weeden 73-37 — 110

Tom Prescott 74-36 — 110

Baxter Teal 73-37 — 110

Mason Kimberly 77-34 — 111

Rick Lehr 77-34 — 111

Brenden Ryan 74-37 — 111

Greg Seelinger 74-37 — 111

Lane Barbier 76-36 — 112

Kirk Blakney 75-37 — 112

Patrick Guilfoule 73-39 — 112

Brian Silvers 74-38 — 112

Jesse Cavanaugh 72-41 — 113

Patrick Cesario 75-38 — 113

Mick Resser 75-38 — 113

Steve Bornack 75-39 — 114

Kim Dong 76-38 — 114

Jake Strabala 79-36 — 115

Dan Ostby 70-46 — 116

Bobby Sipula 79-37 — 116

Jim Zartman 76-40 — 116

Craig Martin 80-37 — 117

Grant Mascal 76-41 — 117

Greg Underwood 78-39 — 117

B.J. Sipula 82-36 — 118

David Newland 80-39 — 119

Jon Silvers 83-37 — 120

Tyler Bernardoni 80-41 — 121

Jeff Clift 81-40 — 121

Shane Dolieslager 79-42 — 121

Dane Lehr 85-36 — 121

Todd Manning 81-40 — 121

Greg Pflibsen 84-37 — 121

Bob Randall 80-41 — 121

Jim Gulbronson 84-38 — 122

Dave Harmon 81-41 — 122

Alex Blumenshine 79-44 — 123

John Fisher 82-42 — 124

Ron Noel 85-40 — 125

Burt Beyer 82-44 — 126

John Hernandez 83-43 — 126

Scott Lilly 83-43 — 126

Scott Wiesbrock 81-45 — 126

Derek Barnes 83-44 — 127

Jimmy Demoss 87-40 — 127

Rob Lehn 85-42 — 127

Bill Serby 86-41 — 127

Jim Foutch 88-40 — 128

Rod Lowery 82-46 — 128

Travis Noto 89-39 — 128

John Gulbronson 87-42 — 129

William Seremak 82-47 — 129

Jim Kintz 86-44 — 130

Curt Trizzino Sr. 84-46 — 130

Dennis Muezenmayer 86-48 — 134

Chris Dye 93-42 — 135

Brian Riffle 80-WD — WD

Nick Dilley 83-WD — WD

Jeff Holmgaard 76-WD — WD

Joe Healy 77-WD — WD

Jason Chobar 78-WD — WD

George Glickley 78-WD — WD

Paul Snook 79-WD — WD

Ed Moltzan 81-WD — WD

David Lee 81-WD — WD

Dan Luhan 81-WD — WD

Merritt Cook 82-WD — WD

Brian Fordon 82-WD — WD

Adam Prester 83-WD — WD

Stew Spencer 83-WD — WD

Mike Mason 85-WD — WD

Jake Serby 85-WD — WD

Aaron Biagoni 86-WD — WD

Robert Anderson 87-WD — WD

Budd Dilley 88-WD — WD

Ted Stone 92-WD — WD

David Ball 102-WD — WD

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