McLeansboro GC Wins the Tony Stevens Cup
Whittington, IL - It was a warm, sunny day at Rend Lake Golf Complex for the Tony Stevens Cup. Seven teams competed against each other to hoist the trophy at the end of the day. Each team played nine holes of four-ball, nine holes of Chapman alternate-shot, and nine holes of foursomes.
McLeansboro Golf Club #1 came in as the leaders after the four-ball round with a score of six-under (-6) par. Partners Austyn Downen and Shayne Downen provided the team a score of four-under par, which was paired with partners Bryan Warren and Chris Hopfinger’s score of two-under par to get their team on top. Rend Lake Golf Complex would sit behind McLeansboro with a score of four-under (-4) par. Benton Country Club would sit in third after the four-ball with a score of two-under (-2) par.
Next, the teams would play the Chapman alternate-shot. Both Benton Country Club and McLeansboro Golf Club #1 would put together round scores of six-under (-6) par. The team of Jimmy Giacone and Craig Zinzilieta brought in a score of four-under par, while teammates Nate Sanders and Scott Sanders provided a two-under par score for Benton. The team of Shayne Downen and Jeff Gray found a round for McLeansboro of four-under (-4) par, and Austyn Downen and Nate Neal gave a score of two-under par. With a combined score of twelve-under (-12) par, McLeansboro Golf Club #1 would remain on top of the leaderboard. Benton Country Club would move ahead into second with a total of eight-under (-8) par. After two rounds completed, McLeansboro Golf Club #2 and Green Hills Golf Club would sit tied for third at two-under (-2) par.
The teams hit the course for the final time in the foursomes round. McLeansboro Golf Club #2 put together the best performance of this round with a score of even (E) par. All three pairs for McLeansboro shot even par in this round. Green Hills Golf Club pulled together the second best round score of one-over (+1) par. The side of Brandon Bullard and Matt Hefley really helped out their team by shooting one-under par. McLeansboro Golf Club #1 did not find quite the success they had in the previous two rounds, by turning in a score of four-over (+4) par. This would bring down their total score to eight-under (-8) par.
McLeansboro Golf Club #1 would finish the day triumphant as the 2023 Tony Stevens Cup Champions with a score of eight-under (-8) par. McLeansboro Golf Club #2 would be runner-ups at two-under (-2) par. Green Hills Golf Club finished in third at one-under (-1) par.