1996 TPC • Goetzke outduals all others, outlasts the weather to claim TPC

Waters, MI, USA
September 13 – 15, 1996
Rd1 – Michaywe (Pines GC)
Rd2 – Elk Ridge GC
Rd3 – Wilderness Valley (Black Forest GC)

In less than ideal conditions, Kurt Goetzke (Canton, MI) weathered the final round storm to win his first TPC title.

Goetzke led after round one and was only one shot off the pace after round two, a model of consistency the entire tournament.

Battling Goetzke over the final holes were Steve Lawler (St Clair Shores, MI) and Jeff Longeway (Livonia, MI), however both would fade once the final groups combined as an eight-some, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Once announced as the champion, Goetzke proclaimed “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

The leader though 36 holes, Karl Nagy (Livonia, MI) produced a less than spectacular final round and slumped to seventh.

The other top five finishers include 4th Todd Statetzny (Dearborn Heights, MI) and 5th Chris Lemmon (Westland, MI).

Noteworthy – Matt Sica (Redford, MI) became the first during TPC competition to make a hole-in-one, acing the 12th hole (189 yards) during the final round. Congrats Matt!

Final Standings

1 Kurt Goetzke 69-76-81 226 (+9)
2 Steve Lawler 74-76-78 228 (+11)
3 Jeff Longeway 71-80-78 229 (+12)
4 Todd Statetzny 77-79-78 234 (+17)
5 Chris Lemmon 75-77-83 235 (+18)
6 Matt Sica 70-81-85 236 (+19)
7 Karl Nagy 73-71-93 237 (+20)
8T Joe O’Dell 80-78-83 241 (+24)
8T Andy Kurncz 74-79-88 241 (+24)
10T Ron Clifton 90-79-80 249 (+32)
10T Doug Granowicz 80-87-82 249 (+32)

Round by Round Leaders

Rd1 Goetzke 69
Sica 70
Longeway 71
Nagy 73
Rd2 Nagy 144
Goetzke 145
Lawler 150
Longeway 151
Sica 151
Rd3 Goetzke 226
Lawler 228
Longeway 229
Statetzny 234

Low Round Scoring

69 Goetzke Rd1
70 Sica Rd1
71 Longeway Rd1
71 Nagy Rd2
73 Nagy Rd1
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