Resorters Golf Tournament: Schomer perseveres for Men's Execs title
Daryl Schomer certainly earned his way to his first Resorters title in the Men's Executive Division on Saturday.
The 38-year-old from St. Cloud had to go through defending champion Tim Peterson of Lino Lakes during the semifinals in the morning. That afternoon, he battled through a match against Lakeville's Kevin Farley that was never separated by more than one hole.
In the end, Schomer found himself hoisting a trophy after coming away with a 1-up win over Farley.
Schomer sizzled in the early morning semifinals, notching six birdies to take down the defending champion, Peterson.
He said he didn't play as well in the afternoon's final. "I was tired and I had some trouble with the windy conditions," he said. "But I had a good short game."
He made it to the semis last year and had advanced as far as the quarterfinals in the Regular Men's Division
"This is one of my favorite tournaments of the year," he said after his big win. "I like the family atmosphere of it and the people you get to meet every year."
Schomer used a par win at the 14th to take a lead he wouldn't relinquish in the championship match. Farley had four holes to try and get it back, but he couldn't do it as the two players halved Nos. 15, 16. 17 and 18.
Schomer was locked in during his 4-2 win over Peterson earlier that morning. He birdied Nos. 2, 6 and 8 to shoot 2-under on the front. Schomer didn't slow down after that, adding birdies on Nos. 10, 12 and 14 to end things after 15.
Farley got to the championship by taking care of Alexandria's Mike Lueck in 19 holes that morning. He used a strong back nine to get the win.
Farley trailed by a hole heading to the 10th tee box. That's when he took off, using a birdie win to square things up. He added par wins on Nos. 12 and 13 to take his biggest lead of the morning at 2-up.
Lueck was able to answer back with par wins on Nos. 14 and 16 to get things even again. That's exactly how they went into the 18th, where both players parred to force a playoff.
Farley was able to strike quickly once they got there. Lueck opened the door with a bogey on No. 1, and Farley took advantage with a par that moved him onto the championship.
MEN'S EXECUTIVE DIVISION
Darly Schomer def. Tim Peterson, 4-2
Kevin Farley def. Mike Lueck, 19-holes
Schomer def. Farley, 1-up