Krantz takes Senior Open

After 17 years running, the annual Kitchen Creek Senior Open last Wednesday proved as popular as ever, bringing out 102 golfers despite soaring temperatures.
Dennis “Poncho” Krantz from International Falls was the overall winner with a gross score of 73.
The 64-year-old has been playing in the tournament for years, but this is the first time he’s won it despite coming in second several times before.
“I hit the ball well all day long,” noted Krantz. “I played well and made about every putt I had.”
Krantz said the heat did not bother him at all; in fact, he enjoyed it. But for him, the best part of the tournament is the people and that camaraderie.
“The guys I played with today were very nice people,” he remarked.
Krantz said he plans to use his prize of $75 to play more golf.
Cal Thorpe, who organized the event along with Ken Bekesi, said the tournament, which started 17 years ago as a Wednesday morning retired men’s scramble, was the biggest one to date.
“It was a super day, very warm and humid,” Thorpe said. “The greens were fast but true. It was a challenge.”
The field was made up of about half local golfers and half from out of town. Thorpe doesn’t believe the men come out mainly for the prizes.
“I think [they come out] for the fellowship,” he said. “It’s a nice day of golf and a good meal. The prizes are a bonus.”
Kitchen Creek manager Donna Lee said the tournament went extremely well this year.
“I’m encouraged we had so many compete today given the heat and the fact the numbers have been down in the past,” she noted.
The field was divided into the championship flight, followed by flights #1-#7 based on the golfers’ handicap.
In each flight, there was four cash prizes awarded—$75 to both the highest gross and net scores and $50 to second-place gross and net scores (net scores are calculated by taking the gross score and subtracting the player’s handicap).
The net winner of the championship flight was Terry Martinson with a 68. Second-place gross went to Grant Green (77) while second-place net went to Dave Bondett (70).
In the first flight, Dave Bruyere was the gross winner with a 75, followed by Fred Beck (80). The net winner was Don Zeleny (70) while Blake Cawston was second (73).
All the golfers also were entered into a draw for door prizes from Kitchen Creek, which included Thermoses and pocket knives.