‘Snake’ defends Kitchen Creek title

Except for a debacle on the 10th hole, where he hooked his tee shot and bogeyed the 284-yard par-four, it was smooth sailing for “Snake” Krawchuk yesterday en route to claiming another Kitchen Creek Club Championship.
Krawchuk won the two-day tournament, which featured 81 golfers, by five strokes.
The win was even more impressive considering Krawchuk had a bull’s-eye tattooed on his back as the defending champ.
“I do have to say that I enjoyed defending it,” said Krawchuk, who also won the Senior Open for the fourth-straight time earlier this summer.
Jim Ballard wound up in second place on a countback after having tied Greg Tighe and Gerry Hercun at 150 after 36 holes.
Tighe took third while Hercun finished fourth.
“I was playing well right from the get go,” said Ballard, who also was runner-up at both the Senior Open and the Memorial Tournament (won by Kevin Webb) this season.
“It didn’t matter what I did today [Sunday], ‘Snake’ was going to win. Tighe had got within one, but that as close as we came,” Ballard added.
Krawchuk held a three-shot lead over Tighe heading to the back nine yesterday, but Tighe drew within one with a birdie while Krawchuk bogeyed the 10th.
But three-straight bogeys on the 14th, 15th, and 16th holes sunk any chance Tighe had of snatching the title away from Krawchuk.
“You get on that bogey train and it’s sometimes hard to get off,” noted Krawchuk.
Still, Tighe said he was pleasantly satisfied with his play both in the tournament and all season long.
To go along with his third-place finish at the club championship, Tighe came second at the inaugural Heron Landing Men’s Open, was third at the Senior Open, and finished fourth at the annual Kitchen Creek Classic.
“I’m quite happy with the way it worked out. It could always be better, but overall I’m happy with how my season went,” said Tighe.
“It’s always nice at the season’s end tournament to hear your name called in for the winner’s circle,” he admitted.
But once again it was another “Summer of Snake,” who led the way with two victories this season. The other golfers now will have to wait until next year to try to topple the 53-year-old.
“We’ve got to wait one more year to knock him down,” joked Tighe.