Winnebago grad Marcus James Smith wins Greater Rockford Men’s Golf Classic


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — It was a battle in the Greater Rockford Men’s Golf Classic Sunday, as Saturday’s leaders Jamie Hogan and Marcus James Smith went toe-to-toe all day long.

Both players tapped in for par on 18, so they went to a playoff. Smith ended up defeating Hogan in two holes to win the 2020 Men’s City Championship. Afterwards, the Winnebago grad discussed handling his nerves down the stretch.

“You could tell I was definitely really nervous,” Smith admitted. “Especially playing with Jamie because I didn’t know what he was going to do, but I just kept telling myself I could do it, and I just had confidence in whatever shot I decided to shoot and my thing is playoff time. So it was go big or go home.”

This is Smith’s second appearance in the tournament and his first championship. Hogan was denied a record tenth championship in this event.

Smith was the IHSA individual state champion in Class 1A in 2018. He’ll be golfing for Eastern Michigan this coming school year.

Final Leaderboard
279 Marcus James Smith (wins in a playoff)
279 Jamie Hogan
283 Cody Rhymer
284 Garrett Ralston
285 Robert Dofflemyer
286 David Nagel
286 Troy McNulty
292 Kyle Rhymer
292 Brian Silvers
299 Ken Lee
299 Johnny Canova
302 Jeff Holmgaard
302 Mick Hockinson
305 Matthew Smith
306 Jordan Kimmel
306 Matthew Lamarca
307 Justin Christiansen
315 Ben Bathje

“A” Flight Champion: Bennett Baker (298)
“B” Flight Champion: Robert Schoenecker (323)
“Masters Division”: Brian Silvers (292)

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