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Heat plays factor at Schell’s Open

August 27, 2013
By Jake Calhoun - Journal Sports Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - The 90-degree heat was a burden to many of the golfers who took part in the Schell's Bottle Cap Open on Monday at the New Ulm Country Club.

The mixture of the laden heat with beer tasting stations at three different holes made for a tough competition for those involved.

"I think the heat did take a toll on people to some extent," said Todd McKeeth, captain of Team 9A.

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The winning team of the 2013 Schell’s Bottle Cap Opener includes Todd McKeeth (left), Kyle Marti (second from left), Larry Holm (center right), Frank Bode (right) and Craig Larson (not pictured).
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McKeeth and Team 9A - comprised of Frank Bode, Craig Larson, Kyle Marti and Larry Holm - won the event with a team score of 131.

"I don't think this score is as low as it normally is to win the tournament,"?said McKeeth, who is also the girl's golf coach at New Ulm High School. "I'm sure the heat had something to do with that."

McKeeth and Co. beat Teams 3B, 8A and 16 - all of whom tied with 132 - to take first, which gave them a payout of $250 each in cash. Second-place winners got $210 each while third got $170.

"We had a lot of putts lip out that could have gone in - we could have been five, six strokes better than where we were," McKeeth said.

Aside from the beer-tasting tents spread throughout the golf course, McKeeth said the players most likely were more concentrated on staying hydrated more than anything considering the toll alcohol can take on the body in hot weather conditions.

"I know we were filling up our water cups everywhere we had the chance," McKeeth said.

Fatigue set in toward the end of the event, which was when temperatures reached the mid-90s without clouds to alleviate the heat.

Each team had a "scramble team," which was comprised of the C, D and E golfers counting the best shots and best scores to go toward the team score.

McKeeth and Bode were the A and B golfers, so their scores counted regardless.

"Frank and I just did a nice job of not both screwing up on the same hole, per se," McKeeth said. "I?don't think either of us really had terrible holes, but it just seemed like one or the other of us did well all day."

McKeeth and Bode both tallied four "net eagles," meaning they both shot birdies on the same hole.

"We never lost any strokes between [Bode] and I," McKeeth said. "We were always either pars or better, [so] our net score just kept adding up and I think we ended up 12-under between the two of us."



1. Team 9A (Todd Mckeeth, Frank, Bode, Craig Larson, Kyle Marti, Larry Holm) - 131

2. Team 16 (Gene Roth, Rob Geistfeld, Don Olson, Ken Mondry, Tom Kirchberg) - 132

3. Team 3B (Mike Goldammer, Ted Marti, Larry Hildebrandt, Nate Windschitl, Rick Kamm) - 132

4. Team 8A (Brian Weiss, Jerry Boddy, Bill Reitter, Chad Schmidt, Craig Murphy) - 132

*Cash prices for tiebreakers decided by beer-tasting competition after golf rounds concluded



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