Special to the Leader & Times
Yucca Ridge Golf Club had its ninth annual Men’s Open Championship golf tournament this past weekend, and despite the heat and blustery winds, it was business as usual for one player.
Tyler Brungardt took home the championship for the fourth straight year at Yucca Ridge, carding a seven over par 147 for the two-day total. Brungardt led the field after the first round Saturday shooting two over par 72. Derek Fuller and Johnny Obholz finished the first day tied for second. Tyler Stebens finished fourth after Day 1.
The wind died down for Sunday, but the heat was still on the pack to try and catch Brungardt for the lead.
Fuller had a good day and carded an 82 in the second round to pull away from Obholz, but it was not enough to catch the leader.
Brungardt stayed consistent for the second round to finish with the title. Fuller finished second with a 176. Obholz finished third and Stebens finished fourth.
This is Brungardt’s fourth straight win in the Yucca Ridge Open Championship.
"We have five-year plaques hanging on the wall with our winners’ names on them, and each plaque has five names on it," course superintendent Trent Kitch said. "His name is up there in four out of the five slots on one plaque, so he’s definitely looking forward to next year.”
The next event at Yucca Ridge is a two-person alternate shot format tournament scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27. Call Kitch at 482-0243 for info on this tournament or golf at Yucca Ridge.
Yucca Ridge is a links style public access golf course located four-and-a-half miles north of Liberal off of U.S. Highway 83.