NEW ULM - Darren Anderson had a good day on the breezy Monday of late August.
In fact, he had a great day.
Anderson shot his best round of the year with a 72 and his team - Team 5B comprised of him, Ron Schmitz, Bill Reitter, Chad Schmidt and Mike Haaf - won the 2014 Schell's Bottle Cap Open on Monday at the New Ulm Country Club.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
The winning team of the Schell’s Bottle Cap Opener was Team 5B, which is composed of Bill Reitter, Ron Schmitz, Darren Anderson, Chad Schmidt and Mike Haaf.
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"Darren shot lights out," Schmidt said. "He kept us in it the whole time."
Both of Team 5B's A-B players birdied the last two holes, which was complemented by birdies on the last two holes by its scramble team to help it finish with an event-best 128. The winners were each given $135 of credit at the golf shop at the NUCC as well as $240 each in cash.
Taking second place, worth $120 in credit and $200 in cash, with an overall score of 130 was Team 13 - comprised of Josh South, Larry Hildebrandt, John Wolkerstorfer, Rollo Lentz and Rick Loose.
Team 5B's scramble team of Reitter, Schmidt and Haaf shot a 5-under 66, which tied Team 13's scramble team for the lowest of the event. However, 5B won in a scorecard playoff.
Schmidt said his short game worked best for him and his teammates, primarily thanks to putting, which he said was "out of the norm."
"Those guys won it today," Anderson said of his scramble team. "I've played in this a few years, but my scramble team has never been under par until today."
This year, the Open housed 25 teams of five players each with the top-8 finishers receiving prizes.
Schell's Bottle Cap Open
1. Team 5B (Darren Anderson, Ron Schmitz, Bill Reitter, Chad Schmidt, Mike Haaf) - 128
2. Team 13 (Josh South, Larry Hildebrandt, John Wolkerstorfer, Rollo Lentz, Rick Loose) - 130
3. Team 3 (Ed Hayes, Mike Bode, Wayne Stolt, Scott Arlandson, Wayne Anderson) - 132
4. Team 4 (Randy Herzog, Brad Castleman, Mert Gustad, Dave Christiansen, John Fitterer) - 132
5. Team 18B (Brad Wieland, Glenn Untiedt, Steve Henderson, Josh Sabatino, Eric Bode) - 133
6. Team 18A (Tim Rahe, Tim Schultz, Frank Bode, Paul Sabatino, Larry Holm) - 133
7. Team 15A (Lou Geistfeld, Brady Windschitl, Duane Ristau, Allen Affolter, Syl Mallak) - 134
8. Team 10 (Dick Price, Jim Schmidt, Peter Eichten, Dan Berg, Rick Kamm) - 134