2009 TPC • Kurncz off schnide, finally captures TPC title

Oregon, OH, USA
September 24 – 27, 2009
Rd1 – Lilac GC
Rd2 – Raisin River (West) GC
Rd3 – Heather Downs CC
Rd4 – Maumee Bay State Park GC
Rd5 – Detwiler GC

It may have taken 15 years, but Andy Kurncz (Fenton, MI) is finally a TPC champion.

Kurncz’s 74 was four back after the opening round, but his stellar 63 in the 2nd vaulted him into the lead, one he would carry the rest of the way.

Although he never held the lead, runner-up Jeff Pretzer (Macomb, MI) applied pressure to Kurncz over the final two days.

A victorious Kurncz declared “A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.”

Coree Raden (Caledonia, MI) led with 70 after the first round, however he played less than excellent golf the rest of the way and faded to 11th.

Last year’s TPC champion Karl Nagy (Simpsonville, SC) finished his title defense in 6th position.

Other top five finishers include 3rd Bruce Kruckeberg (Shelby Twp, MI), tied 4th Steve Lawler (Macomb Twp, MI) and Brent Pretzer (New Haven, MI).

Noteworthy – Thursday’s 2nd round tournament average of 67.00 was the lowest in TPC history.

Final Standings

1 Andy Kurncz 74-63-74-75-73 359 (+3)
2 Jeff Pretzer 71-68-81-71-76 367 (+11)
3 Bruce Kruckeberg 74-66-76-80-72 368 (+12)
4T Steve Lawler 73-66-78-81-72 370 (+14)
4T Brent Pretzer 77-63-74-85-71 370 (+14)
6 Karl Nagy 79-74-71-79-72 375 (+19)
7 Jeff Longeway 78-62-76-78-83 377 (+21)
8 Jim Hartigan 77-69-78-84-74 382 (+26)
9 Ron Clifton 83-63-84-77-77 384 (+28)
10 Kurt Goetzke 79-69-79-82-78 387 (+31)
11 Coree Raden 70-72-82-84-81 389 (+33)
12 Dan McKay 82-69-87-83-78 399 (+43)

Round by Round Leaders

Rd1 Raden 70
J Pretzer 71
Lawler 73
Kruckeberg 74
Kurncz 74
Rd2 Kurncz 137
J Pretzer 139
Lawler 139
B Pretzer 140
Kruckeberg 140
Longeway 140
Rd3 Kurncz 211
B Pretzer 214
Kruckeberg 216
Longeway 216
Rd4 Kurncz 286
J Pretzer 291
Longeway 294
Kruckeberg 296
Rd5 Kurncz 359
J Pretzer 367
Kruckeburg 368
Lawler 370
B Pretzer 370

Low Round Scoring

62 Longeway Rd2
63 Kurncz Rd2
63 Clifton Rd2
63 B Pretzer Rd2
66 Lawler Rd2
66 Kruckeberg Rd2
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