Jeff Storm shoots even-par 144 over 36 holes to win the Meadow Lakes Club Championship

For years Jeff Storm has been chasing an elusive dream — winning the Meadow Lakes Club Championship.

Sunday, it finally happened as Storm broke through for the biggest win of his career.

“Twenty-seven years and I finally got one,” an emotional Storm said immediately after sinking a par putt on the 18th hole to secure a five-shot victory. “I had to break Dustin’s leg and Zach had to go pro, but I finally got one.”Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - eff Storm chips onto the 15th green during the second day of the Meadow Lakes Men's Championship. Storm won the event with an even-par score of 144 for 36 holes.

Storm was referring to Dustin Conklin, and Zach Lampert who between them had won each of the last 11 club championships.

As head club professional, Lampert is now ineligible to compete in the tournament, while Conklin is attending school in Portland and not playing in the men’s league this year.

However, Lampert was quick to point out that Conklin’s absence in no way detracts from Storm’s accomplishment.

“Jeff played better than he has played in the past, that’s for sure,” Lampert said. “He’s always been in the mix as one of the top guys, but he definitely played consistently solid for two days which he hasn’t done in the past. I think Dustin was two over last year and Jeff was even this year. It wasn’t like Jeff just won because nobody was here. He played really good golf.”

Storm jumped out to an early lead Saturday with an eagle on the third hole. He increased his lead with another eagle on the 12th hole. Storm bogeyed both the 15th and 16 holes, but closed out the first round with a one-under-par score of 71.

“Saturday I went out and I said ‘I’m going to go at it,’” Storm said. “‘I’m either going to shoot 80 or I’m going to make par.’ I was just playing my style of golf, which is aggressive. In the past I tried to play just to protect the score and try to be there for Sunday and this time I just went at everything.”

The strategy worked as Storm took a two-shot lead into Sunday’s final round. Storm continued to play steady golf on Sunday shooting a one-over-par 73.

“It’s a great tournament,” Storm said. “We all play in the men’s league together and it’s hard going out there and playing people that are your friends. I mean I’m rooting these people on so it’s hard for me to go enemy on them, which is the mindset that I have to have because they want to beat me and I want to beat them, but we are still really good friends.”

Jim Montgomery, who was second after the first day with a round of 73, struggled to keep pace Sunday. Montgomery shot a four over 76 on Sunday to finish with a two-day total of 149, good enough to hold on to second place.

“It was a great day,” Montgomery said. “Any time I can play against these young bucks and compete is great.”

Montgomery added that if Storm had as much time to play golf as he and the remainder of the retired players at Meadow Lakes that he would be untouchable.

“He plays at the most two days a week while the rest of us play every day,” Montgomery said. “He’s just an incredible golfer.”

“Montgomery is impressive,” Lampert said. “Just that he is so steady.”

Lampert added that Scott Grasle, who won the championship flight low net score, and Johnnie Jones, who was the overall low net champion, both played excellent golf as well. Grasle was consistent throughout the tournament shooting net rounds of 70-70 — 140 over the two days.Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Johnnie Jones plays a drive on the 14th hole at Meadow Lakes on Sunday. Jones won low net at the club championships with rounds of 67-67 - 134.

Meanwhile, Jones, who has a 10 handicap, shot gross rounds of 77-77 — 148 to finish with a net score of 134.

“Grasle played really well coming in there,” Lampert said. “But Jones is the one that was really impressive. I don’t think that anybody thinks that Johnnie is a sandbagger at a 10 handicap, but he played really well. I’m so happy for him because he really played good. That’s cool to see and 134 is a pretty low net score.”

Ted Kennedy finished third overall with a score of 74-79 — 153, while Les Bryan was fourth (76-82 — 158).

Dewey Springer won the first flight with a two-day total of 78-86 — 164, while George Lienkaemper won the second flight with rounds of 82-86 — 168.

Clay Smith took low net honors in the first flight with rounds of 71-73 — 144, while Dennis Brockman was low net in the second flight with a score of 68-72 — 140.

“We had good competition,” Lampert said. “All the flights were close and a lot of people ended up playing good golf.”

Meadow Lakes Men’s Club Championship.

Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3

Overall low gross champion — Jeff Storm, 71-73 — 144.

Overall low net champion — Johnnie Jones, 67-67 — 134

Championship flight

Gross — 1. Jim Montgomery, 73-76 — 149. 2. Ted Kennedy, 74-79 — 153. 3. Les Bryan, 76 - 82 — 158.

Net — Scott Grassle, 70-70 — 140. 2. Jeff Brown, 74-71 — 145. 3. Patrick Andrade, 77-70 — 147.

First flight

Gross — Dewey Springer, 76-78 — 164. 2. Todd Goodew, 83-84 — 167. 3. Grant Kemp, 83-85 — 168.

Net — Clay Smith, 71-73 — 144. 2. Mike Close, 75-72 — 147. 3. Al Anderson, 74-75 — 149. 3. Vic Martin, 77-72 — 149.

Second Flight

Gross — 1. George Lienkaemper, 82-86 — 168. 2. Steve Reynolds, 93-85 — 178. 3. Steve Spangler, 90-89 — 179.

Net — 1. Dennis Brockman, 68-72 — 140. 2. Fred Bushong, 71-71 — 148. 3. Kim Bradshaw, 73-78 — 151.

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