Boy, how he showed up the men
Waloway, 15, wins club title at Little River
Sunday, July 14, 2013 7:00 PM
MARINETTE - Garrett Waloway was getting in some good practice for Junior Tour golf events. Then, he found himself in the thick of the race for a coveted Little River club championship.
Garrett Waloway and his father, Cary (right) watch a tee shot during the Little River club championship Sunday. Waloway, 15, became the youngest club champ in Little River history.
Special to the EagleHerald/Pete Kretz
Waloway made Little River history Sunday by becoming its youngest golfer to win a club title. The 15-year-old will be a sophomore at Marinette High School this fall.
Hours later, the magnitude of the two-day, 36-hole victory was still sinking in.
"It kind of took awhile to actually realize I won," Waloway said.
Saturday, Waloway fired a 4-over-par 74, good for second, one stroke behind Jim Wagner.
"Once I shot the 74 I knew I'd be in the hunt," Waloway said. "I actually wasn't nervous today. I hit it good yesterday so I was confident today."
Waloway fired a 75 on Sunday to card a 149, three shots ahead of Matt Marineau and four shots ahead of Wagner.
"I hit my driver real good," he said. "I hit it straight all day. I didn't putt or chip very well today. My short game was off."
But he hit 13 greens in regulation, and usually had a short iron to the green.
Waloway's Sunday round included two birdies. On the Par 4 10th, he blasted out of a fairway bunker to within 8 feet of the pin and sank the birdie putt.
Thinking he needed a birdie on No. 18 (Waloway actually would have won with a bogey), Waloway crushed drive, then hit a 3-wood to within 71 yards of the green - a perfect distance for his 60-degree wedge, which rolled two feet past the pin for an easy birdie.
"I hit a perfect drive," according to Waloway. "When I got over it with a 3-wood I was confident. I hit it perfectly."
His caddy was his father, Cary, who gave helpful advice, especially reading putts.
Wagner, the 2008 club champ, is always one of the golfers to beat.
"I didn't think I'd be able to beat him," Waloway said. "Matt Marineau, all those guys - I didn't think I'd beat them. It was good to beat them because Jim, he's one of the best around here."
Waloway's nine-hole average was in the low-40s this spring. He was 9-over-par this weekend.
"The best two rounds I've ever had," he said. "Now you've just got to take that and move forward and keep shooting that. Now that you did it here you've got to do it other places."
Wagner's wife, Michelle, won the Little River women's title with an 87 in the one-day gross division. Laurie Olsen was one stroke back, and she was the net winner.
Marineau and Joey Collard previously won Little River club titles at age 18.
Little River club championship
Garrett Waloway 74-75 - 149
Matt Marineau 78-74 - 152
Jim Wagner 73-80 - 153
Fred Stubenvoll 76-78 - 154
Denin Bieberitz 77-80 - 157
Ken Gressel 78-84 - 162
Michelle Wagner 43-44 - 87
Laurie Olsen 44-44 - 88
Sue Lund 45-46 - 91
Janet Diemer 45-50 - 95
Marlea Spaude 49-47 - 96