Team 5A dominates Schell’s Bottle Cap Open

Staff photo by Jeremy Behnke Team 5A won the 2017 Schell’s Bottle Cap Open on Monday at the New Ulm Country Club with a team score of 125. From left: Jim Pettis, Cal Wedmore, Jeff Anderson, Mike Boland and Carl Paa.

NEW ULM — In 2003, Cal Wedmore was a part of a Schell’s Bottle Cap championship team that took first overall.

On Monday, 14 years later, Wedmore was a part of a record-setting five-some that dominated the Schell’s tournament again, this time teaming with Jeff Anderson, Mike Boland, Jim Pettis and Carl Paa to shoot a 125, tying a tournament record in the event.

Perfect weather and teammates made Monday a day to remember for Wedmore.

“We just ham and egg it really well, our scramble team was 5-under and that’s pretty good,” Wedmore said. “I think we had one bogey, so we did really well. Then the A and B player did the same thing pretty much, so we just all played really well together and that’s what you have to do.”

Wedmore admitted that he dressed warm in the morning. As the temperatures increased, he decided to keep this jacket on so he wouldn’t jinx the rest of the team, which was playing well at that point.

“I started with my jacket on and it got warm, but I decided to keep it on and the rest of the guys were like ‘don’t take it off,'” Wedmore said.

Team 5A won by seven strokes. Team 14, which was made up of Matt Holm, Terry Steinbach, Brent Reinarts, Peter Eichten and David Vorwerk, shot a 132. Team 4, made up of Randy Paa, Glenn Untiedt, Mike Maloney, Lee Brandt and Jim Bastian, was third with a 134 and Team 13B (Rob Geistfeld, Craig Larson, Joe Eckstein, Benny Seifert, Bob Webber) finished fourth with a 135.

Team 3 rounded out the Top5 five with a 135. That team was made up of Kyle O’Donnell, Tom Fenske, Ken Paa, Randy Wiltscheck, and Mike Hillesheim.

Team 9A (Jake Holm, Joe Hoffman, Mike Haaf, Eric Converse, Tony Hudson) was sixth with a 135 and Team 9B (Glenn Peters, Josh Anderson, Mert Gustad, Tim Hoscheit, Bruce Gieseke) finished seventh with a 136. Team 10 (Tom Steinbach, Ted Thorson, Ken Mondry, Jim Gibbons, Gary Kruggel) finished eighth with a 136.

Low 2 person best ball: 1st place 59 team A, Jeff Anderson, Mike Boland. 2nd place 60 Team 10: Tom Steinbach, Ted Thorson. 3rd place 61 team 9B: Glenn Peters Josh Anderson. 4th place Team 6: Pat Ubl, Jim Otto.

Low Scramble

1st place 66 team 5A: Cal Wedmore, Jim Pettis , Carl Paa. 2nd place 69 team 14: Brent Reinarts, Peter Eichten, David Vorwerk. 3rd place team 3: Ken Paa, Randy Wiltscheck, Mike Hillesheim. 4th place 71 18B: Larry Hildebrandt, Travis Thorson, Denny Warta.

Longest putt 9: Rick Jensen. Closest to pin 10: Mike Boland. Longest drive 18: Bob Webber.

Team skins: Team 13A: 4 on 2; team 16 6 on 3; team 11B 5 on 5; team 5A 4 on 6: Team 5A 5 on 8; Team 5A 4 on 10; Team 6 8 on 13; Team 5A 4 on 14; Team 13B 6 on 15; Team 11B 6 on 16.