Idaho State Stroke Champions to Match Play Champions
The IGA/TimberStone Men’s Match Play Championship had one of the strongest fields that the Idaho Match Play Championship has seen in a while. Defending champion, Graysen Huff was looking for his second title and was coming on strong. Huff started out strong winning 9 & 7 over Kenny Walker of Boise. It was hard to step up on the tee to play one of his good friends Hunter Ostrom, which Graysen ended up winning the round of 16 going 2 & 1.
Defending Idaho Men’s Amateur State Champion, Derek Bayley, was on the same track as Graysen by winning his first match 5 & 4 Eric Peterson and moving onto win the round of 16 9 & 7 over Hayden Ritter. Temperatures were rising on and off the golf course! With the combination of the heat and having to play two matches in one day, golf was draining physically and mentally.
Danny Hopioi, who is a member of the BSU Men’s Golf Team, made it to the quarter finals, but had a challenging match in the round of 16 against Jesse Hibler. Danny won 2 & 1 and had to play Graysen Huff in quarter finals and witnessed Graysen Huff shoot the course record of an eleven under par 61. Unfortunately that match ended for Danny 5 & 4.
Joshua Gliege just finished up his freshman year at Texas A & M, and started out winning 6 & 4 over Reed Burroughs. In the round of 16, Gliege took the match to 19 holes with Phillip Kennedy who just won the four-ball championship. In the quarter final match, Josh Gliege played Derek Bayley and it ended with Bayley winning 3 & 2.
In the final match, Graysen Huff and Derek Bayley were once head to head again but in a different format. In the 2016 Men’s Amateur, Huff and Bayley were both going after the trophy. Bayley was up early in the match by making birdie on the first hole, while Huff made an easy par. Fast forward to hole number four par five, and Graysen was off the back of the green attempting an eagle chip. He ended up hitting the flag stick and the ball rested just outside of the hole, and both players halved the hole to move forward with the match. Hole seven, both players were in fairway hitting their second shot hoping to be putting for eagle, but Derek fell short and ended up in the hazard. Bayley took his drop, and was able to put it within seven feet hoping to save par but Graysen had a two put birdie that moved the match back to all square.
At the turn, Derek Bayley was two up and hoping to make a run at it. On the eleventh hole, Bayley made a clutch chip in birdie to put the pressure on Graysen. After Derek made the chip, Graysen was looking at a chance for birdie himself but was unable to seal the deal so he settled with par. Grasysen won the fifteenth hole, so he was looking to keep that momentum going on the sixteenth. Both players hit a great tee shot, but Derek hit the green in two and Graysen ended up flying it just off the back of the green. The match ended on the sixteenth hole, and both players put great effort. Congratulations to Derek Bayley for winning two Idaho State Championships in a little under a year!
Rupert Defeats Defending Champion Rod Skyles to take the 2017 Senior Idaho Match Play Championship @ TimberStone.
Bret Rupert, 1999 Idaho State Champion (stroke play) added a Match Play State Championship to his resume by winning the Senior Match Play Championship over the Memorial Day Weekend at TimberStone Golf Course. To get to the final match, Rod Skyles made short work in the quarter-finals defeating Pat Inglis 7&5 and in the semi-final match eliminated Bob Lutz 8&6. Rupert got to the final match by defeating Mike Rawls 6&4 in the quarter-finals and in the semi-final match prevailed over Dan Pickens 4&3.
The final match began with the players halving the first four holes with fours. Rupert went 1-up on the 5th hole when Skyles made bogey, but Rod got it back on the 7th hole squaring the match. Rupert won both the 8th and 9th holes with pars as Skyles struggled. Rupert held on to the lead over the back nine, winning the final at 3&1.
The 2017 Idaho Match Play Championship @ TimberStone had the strongest field in recent memory and in addition to the Senior Division, included the Men’s Division and Women’s.
For complete results of all Senior Men’s Match Play CLICK HERE.
For a recap of the women’s championship, please click here for the results.
Tags: Bret Rupert, Derek Bayley, Graysen Huff, Rod Skyles, TimberStone Golf Course