Gorman Wins County Tournament In Playoff

He beat out Brian Silvers who had shot a tournament record-tieing round of 63.

ROCKTON - The Winnebago County Amateur Golf Tournament has been running since 1954. But few of them can match the drama that played out Sunday in the latest tournament at Macktown.

First round leader Danny Gorman was first off the tee at 6:50 a.m. (the second round is not re-grouped by scores following the first round. Golfers tee off in the same groups and at the times as they did on Saturday).

Gorman was coming off a round of 66 on Saturday that had given him a one stroke lead over Jamie Hogan and a two stroke edge on Garrett Ralston. Gorman's game was more than solid again Sunday. He shot a 68. His round was complete shortly after 10 a.m. 

About 45 minutes later Brian Silvers finished up a round for the ages. He knocked in a 25 foot putt on the 18th hole to complete a round of 63. That tied the tournament record which is also held by two other golfers including Kevin Flack last year. (The Macktown course record is 62 set by Dick Jungen in 1931.)

Gorman had already left the course by the time Silvers finished up. A playoff had to wait anyone until the rest of the field of golfers had finished up to see if anyone else could match Gorman and Silvers' 134, two-round total.

No one else did. So after a nearly five hour break for Gorman and more than four hours for Silvers the two golfers returned to Macktown for a playoff.

So what was Gorman's reaction when he got the news that Silvers had shot a 63 to force the playoff?

"I got a text from my buddy Kyle. He heard from Dan so I knew right then that, well I was lucky to have a chance," says Gorman. "I knew that Garrett (Ralston) was going to come in with a low score, so I'm glad we were able to come duke it out and play for it."

In the playoff Silvers teed off first followed by Gorman. Both men left their drives cleanly in the middle of the fairway.

Silvers' second shot hit the right side of the green right of the flag and rolled away from the hole to the fringe on the back-right side.  That left him with about a 40 foot putt.

Gorman's second shot hit just short and left of the pin about 15 feet away from the hole.

Silvers' putt was on-line but just short. That meant the tournament was Gorman's if he could sink his 15-footer, and he did knocking it dead-center.

Gorman has his third tournament win of the summer. He also won the Atwood Tournament and the Ballard Memorial.

He says his nerves were a little on edge during the playoff.  "Absolutely! Way more on edge. That's the most nervous I've been for a tee shot in a while, so it's just all about maintaining that composure and then feeling comfortable in the moment which I've come to embrace and come to enjoy."

Silvers was happy for Gorman and happy thrilled to have shot a 63.  "To do a 63, I've shot 64 in tournaments three or four times. I've never been able to shoot 63. I've always left it short, and on the last hole today it went in and it was a great, great feeling!"

Silvers won the Winnebago County Amateur in 2015.

On the women's side Lutheran High School senior Caitlin Schoepfer improved on her Saturday score of 81 by two strokes with a 79. That gave her the championship by four strokes over Roby Clott. Schopefer was excited about her first ever tournament championship.

"It just makes me feel like the small guy (or in this case woman) can win sometimes," said Schoepfer. "I'm never the one who is supposed to win or like predicted to win, so it's just crazy to me to be like, 'Oh she won today!"

For highlights click on the media player. Following is the final leader board.

134 Danny Gorman
134 Brian Silvers
138 Garrett Ralston
139 Jamie Hogan
140 Ryan Miller
142 Jeff Bushnell
143 Jeff Holmgaard
143 Taylor Brubacker
145 Mike Vansistine

160 Caitlin Schoepfer
164 Robyn Clott
166 Hui Chong Dofflemyer
167 Arisa Thammavongsa
180 Mereva Sholl



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