Last weekend's 24th Cape Coral City Championship enjoyed great weather, great course conditions and good play over the two-day, 36-hole golf tournament.
"It was a great weekend," said Coral Oaks Golf Course golf and tournament director Allen Man-guson. "Everyone we met were very favorable. We have a strong championship past and I think Jonathan Lowrey, who is at Edison State College now, will go on to play somewhere."
Lowrey, a 2012 graduate of Fort Myers High School, fired a final round 2-under-par 70 Sunday to come from behind and win the men's championship flight by five strokes with a 36-hole total of 143. He started the final round two strokes behind first-round leader Tim Murphy, who carded a 71 to take the lead Saturday.
Those were the only scores recorded under par for the tournament.
Oasis High School senior Gina Falvey repeated as the women's division champion. Falvey, who won the high school District A-17 individual title six days earlier, grabbed the lead with a 2-over-par 74 first-round score and coasted to a nine-stroke victory over Amanda Parsons as the competitors turned in matching 84s in the final round. Falvey finished at 158 and Parsons 167.
Only 10 women were entered in the 140-player field, but several indicated they would entice friends to enter next year.
City Golf Championship
at Coral Oaks Golf Course
Sunday's Final Results
Championship Flight - 1. Johnathan Lowrey 73-70-143; 2. Brandon Meyer 74-74-148; 3. Adam Meyer 75-74-149; 4. Tim Murphy 71-79-150; 5. (tie) Yuki Fujii 77-75-152, Anthony Myers 76-76-152; 7. Zack Holton 76-77-153; 8. (tie) Brad Harmer 76-78-154, Jim Marcelak 79-75-154; 10. (tie) Jeff Corlett 81-74-155, Brad Roberts 77-79-155.
12. Karl Meter 78-78-156; 13. (tie) Michael Faulkner 80-77-157, Mike Lawver 77-80-157; 15. Lem Vongpathport 77-82-159; 16. Billy Rummel 79-81-160; 17. (tie) Tyler Doyle 79-82-161, Terry Stokes 79-82-161; 19. Travis McGuire 82-84-166; 20. John Inkster 83-87-170; 21. Robert Butler 86-89-175.
A Flight - 1. Jeff Straus 74-72-146; 2. Mike Christianson 76-73-149; 3. Ted Brown 75-76-151; 4. Mark Ludden 75-77- 152; 5. (tie) Rick Koenigs 76-78-154, Phil Mamone 76-78-154; 7. Ross Lally 78-78-156; 8. Tom Hinkle 80-77-157; 9. (tie) Vince Albany 78-80-158, Jim Leason 76-82-158, Marty Waters 78-80-158.
12. Dan Bumpus 78-82-160; 13. (tie) Jeff Gallagher 82-79-161, Greg Willin 81-80-161; 15. Troy Grabow 78-84-162; 16. Chris Lussier 84-80-164; 17. (tie) Kenneth Holzhauer 79-86-165, Frank Shores 79-86-165; 19. Pete Rowe 86-82-168; 20. Brad Zimmer 88-81-169.
21. (tie) Phil Jackson 85-87-172, Bob Lawler 89-83-172, Will Rucker 84-88-172; 24. Kevin Walsh 88-85-173; 25. David Holzhauer 87-88-175; 26. Mark Formon 91-86-177; 27. Matt Cooke 92-87-179; 28. Frank Seiler 93-89-182.
B Flight - 1. Dee McClelland 78-80-158; 2. Chase Kollmann 76-84-160; 3. John Hoeben 81-81-162; 4. (tie) Archie Copeland 86-82-168, Thomas Caraher 83-85-168, Michael Marcelak 83-85-168; 7. (tie) John Blalock 89-80-169, Terry Horan 86-83-169, Glen Stubbs 85-84-169; 10. Pete Soom 82-90-172.
11. Brian Duczyminski 84-89-173; 12. (tie) Kelly Byers 82-92-174, Jonathan Fain 89-85-174; 14. Larry Galaviz 87-88-175; 15. Darrin Trawick 90-86-176; 16. (tie) Roger Delong 90-87-177, Matthew Shultz 91-86-177; 18. (tie) Miguel Deharportte 82-96-178, James Harris 88-90-178; 20. (tie) Austin Frische 92-89-181, Larry Lema 90-91-181.
22. Jason Heidig 94-89-183; 23. Daniel Suero 96-88-184; 24. Chris Zimmerman 99-86- 185; 25. (tie) Mike Cautin 96-90-186, Jerry Dycke 96-90-186; 27. John Monge 97-90-187; 28. Bill McConnell 98-91-189; 29. (tie) Ray Holton 97-94-191, Payton Shehane 104-87-191.
31. (tie) Wayne Tufts 90-103-193, Don Faskie 97-96-193; 33. Johnnie Adams 109-86-195.
C Flight - 1. Bob Prout 84-82-166; 2. Chris Spoone 83-83-166; 3. (tie) Wes Dale 84-90-174, Holger Reimer 90-84-174, Ty Tyson 86-88-174; 6. Ryan Cooper 91-84-175; 7. (tie) Howard McHenry 84-92176, Randy McGruther 83-93-176; 9. Vito Mennona 88-89-177; 10. Tony Moulder 88-90-178.
11. Mario Cruz 84-95-179; 12. Curtis Wright 87-93-180; 13. John Evans 92-89-181; 14. (tie) James Brown 98-84-182, Ben Marchese 95-87-182, Tony Walsh 96-86-182; 17. Chris Dowilaby 88-95-183; 18. Pete Seiler 92-93-185; 19. Mark Edward Moore 90-96-186; 20. Bernie Rogozweski94-96-190.
21. Barry Sillie 103-88-191; 22. Tom Rustic 91-102-193; 23. Bob Katler 96-98-194.
D Flight - 1. Norm Gagne 85-91-176; 2. Joe Kowalczyk 178; 3. Bob Michie 95-86-181; 4. Steve Boroski 93-93-186; 5. Richard Maltby 94-94-188; 6. Kip Atley 99-92-191; 7. Jim Burch 90-102-192; 8. (tie) Tom Acken 94-99-193, Ed Crann 102-91-193; 10. (tie) James Farrell 100-98-198, Gary Maschmidt 103-95-198.
12. Charles Sloan 100-99-199; 13. Don Probst 89-111-200; 14. Charlie Dressell 103-99-202; 15. (tie) Rich McDonnell 89-116-205, Chris Moulder 96-109-205; 17. Jim Smith 107-101-208; 18. Alan Denslow 99-114-213; 19. Anthony Genovese114-118-232.
Women's Division - 1. Gina Falvey 74-84-158; 2. Amanda Parsons 83-84-167.
Low Net - 1. Violet Ney 71-77-148; 2. Colette Charpentier 74-77-151; 3. Bettina Diettrich 73-81-154; 4. Kelsey Fallisch 83-83-166; 5. Shelley Gogel 82-83-166.
1. Chris Trout 67; 2. (tie) Stan Geer, Alex Medinis 69; 4. (tie) Doug Dunakey, Todd Evans, Kris Andreu 71.
1. Kris Andreu, Kevin Faber, Tim Faber, Mark Christiano 117.
2. Stan Geer, Tony Moulder, John Blalock, Chris Lussier 119.
3. Doug Dunakey, Johnny Adams, Jeff Gallager, Jim Marcelak 122.
3. Chris Trout, Steve Trout, Mike Stephenson, Dan Bumpus 122.
Closest to Pin - #6, Jeff Gallager; #8, Darrin Trawick; #12, Tim Faber; #18, Mike Faulkner.
"We always encourage an increase in women participating," said Manguson. "This was the fifth year for the women's division. A couple of the girls played the tournament for the first time and enjoyed it, so they said they would try to get their friends to come play next year."
It was easy to see Falvey's enthusiasm for Coral Oaks. After her round was over she stayed to help gather and record scores in the men's flights.
"I love it here (at Coral Oaks)," said Falvey. "They've always taken care of the juniors here."
Lowrey was playing in his first City Championship. He plans to play in the Southwest Amateur tournament next month.
"I hit a lot of greens today," Lowrey said Sunday.
He had four birdies for the day along with two bogeys. On the 18th, he chipped in from just off the green to finish with the final round's only score under par.
Three-time City Champion and current PGA player George McNeill is a friend of Lowery's.
"He (McNeill) has helped me a lot. Just (Saturday) he reminded me that he won this tournament three times," said Lowery.
Lowrey is not the first teenaged player to win the City Championship. Dean Hofer won the title as a senior at Mariner in 2010 and Bishop Verot grad Connor Arendell shot a course record 66 and tournament 36-hole record 136 to win in 2007.
Clear blue skies greeted the first day of competition.
Murphy, the first-round leader in the championship flight with a 71, is a part-year resident, who hails from the Cincinnati area and lives in South Fort Myers five months of the year.
"It was special, but not surprising," Murphy said.
His best shot of the day occurred on the short par-4 eighth hole.
"I used a 4-iron and shot within 12 feet of the hole for an eagle. I missed the eagle putt, but still got a birdie."
Brandon Meyer, 17, was three strokes off the lead after one round with a 74. Earlier in the week, Meyer led Bishop Verot High School in the district tournament by winning the individual title. He and several others from this field competed in the Class A Regional tournament on Monday at Coral Oaks, hosted by Mariner.
"I had a solid game," Meyer said. "I came out to practice for regionals, but it's a tournament, so, of course, I would like to win."
Of the five men's flight leaders and the two-section leaders of the women's flight - seven people in all - four of them won first place.
The women's flight along with men's C and D Flights were completed earlier in the day.
Flight C winner Bob Prout (166) won in a sudden death playoff over Chris Spoone. The women's net winner was Violet Ney (148).
In D and A Flights, Norm Gagne (176) and Jeff Straus (146), respectively, held onto their first-round leads. Gagne won by two strokes and Straus by three.
Straus was pleased with his performance and also with the overall results in his flight.
"I shot a smooth 32 on the front nine, so I was quite a bit ahead," he said. "Then I shot 3-over for the final two holes."
In the end, he shot an even-par 72 for a two-day total of 146.
The three other A Flight places (2nd through 4th) were won by members of his group - Mike Christianson (149), Mark Ludden (152) and Rick Koenigs (154).
"We don't have a name for ourselves, but we've been playing together every Saturday for the past 20 years," Straus said.
Among a group from Minnesota that brought five players to the tournament, two took home awards. Former NFL runningback Ted Brown won the lowest senior award in A Flight with a 151, and Glenn Stubbs did the same in the B Flight with a 169.
"Jon (Monge) told us about this tournament and we thought it would be great to come," said Brown. "I just purchased a home here in Cape Coral in May, so I'm familiar with the area."
Brown shot a 75 for the first round, one shot behind Straus at the halfway mark.
"There was some good scores shot in the B Flight," said Manguson, "and a lot of good scores in A Flight."
In B Flight, Dee McLelland shot an 80 for the second round to win the flight by two strokes with a 36-hole total of 158. McLelland starting playing golf about 15 years ago, and one of the first tournaments he played was the City Championship.
"I didn't have a handicap or even clubs," he recalled. "So I had to ask a friend for clubs and for an evaluation so I could play here."
McLelland has been a sponsor for the tournament, and has played every year since. Now a resident of Fort Walton Beach in the panhandle, he and his wife make the trek every year.
"We plan our year around this tournament. Allen (Manguson) and the staff have been fantastic," he said. "This is the best, well-run tournament I have ever been a part of."
Freelance writer Jonathan Blikstad contributed to this report.