BLACKFOOT — As Shelley native, Tanner Higham stood on the eighteenth tee box he held a slim one shot lead over soon to be pro Jimmy Burnett. After an errant tee shot into the pond on the right side of the fairway, Higham's shot at a Von Elm Golf Championship came crashing down as Burnett's second day 66 carried him to the 2012 championship.
"I knew that Tanner was one shot ahead when I was on eighteen and I had a ten footer for birdie which I thought that I would have to have but Tanner kind of helped me out a bit," Jimmy Burnett said.
Burnett began the day two shots behind Higham and was playing in the group behind the final group so Burnett had an opportunity to post a score and wait.
Burnett shot two under on the front nine and then carded a four under for the final nine holes for his winning score.
"On Saturday I had a couple of shots that got me sort of frustrated so today, I just came out and tried to play every shot the best that I could and just didn't worry about what everyone else was doing," Burnett said.
This was the third try at the Von Elm for the 24 year old Burnett with his best finish being a tie for third place in last years Von Elm. Don't expect Burnett to return in 2013 to try and defend his championship however as he will be leaving for Q school in September where he will be trying for a spot on the Nationwide Tour.
Finishing third in the Championship flight was Cody Scheierman and his 140 while two time defending champion Steve Tarkon shot a two day total of 141 for fourth place.
If the championship flight didn't present enough drama for the weekend, the first flight did as Justin Hagar and Lytle Denny finished in a tie with identical scores of 148 leading to a sudden death playoff. Both men parred the first hole and then both men put their second shots into a bunker on hole number two. Denny had a marvelous sand save, converting the par for the first flight championship.
Clint Younkin and Steve Hays finished in a tie for third with scores of 150 while Brian Atkinson finished fifth with a score of 152.
Patrick Bystrom took a three shot victory in the second flight with a score of 148 while Jody Lowe finished second with a two day score of 151. Don Breding and Mark Weatherington tied for third with 154 while Marty Fehringer and Mike Pickens finished tied for fifth at 156.
Efren Quintero took home the third flight championship with a two day score of 152 while Edward Bisharat and Mike Harris tied for second at 159. Ray Donaldson finished fourth with a 162 and Colby Cronquist and Mike Prohorenko tied for fifth at 164.
In fourth flight action Garth Kegel and Karl Nilsson tied for the top spot as both fired two day totals of 164, Josh Gibbs and rafael Duque tied for third with scores of 168 while Doug Goodwin finished alone in fifth place with a score of 169.
Rounding out the 2012 George Von Elm was the fifth flight with scores based on seventy five percent of their handicap. Once again there was a tie atop the leaderboard as Trevor Goodenough and Ross Jones tied for first place with scores of 141. Third place was also a tie with Dennis William Shipley and Vince Lemere both shooting 145 while fifth place was yet another deadlock with Bill Sensenbach and Rick Jackman both shooting 146.
1-Jimmy Burnett 70, 66 - 136; 2-Tanner Higham 68, 69 - 137; 3-Cody Scheierman 71, 69 - 140; 4-Steve Tarkon 70, 71 - 141; T5-Darren Kuhn 72, 70 - 142; T5-Donavan Ard 70, 72 - 142.
T1-Lytle Denny 74, 74 - 148; T1-Justin Hagar 71, 77 - 148; T3-Clint Younkin 73, 77 - 150; T3-Steve Hays 71, 79 - 150; 5-Brian Atkinson 81, 71 - 152.
1-Patrick Bystrom 75, 73 - 148; 2-Jody Lowe 77, 74 - 151; T3-Don Breding 77, 77 - 154; T3-Mark Weatherington 76, 78 - 154; T5-Marty Fehringer 74, 82 - 156; T5-Mike Pickens 77, 79 - 156.
1-Efren Quintero 72, 80 - 152; T2-Edward Bisharat 78, 81 - 159; T2-Mike Harris 79, 80 - 159; 4-Ray Donaldson 80, 82 - 162; T5-Colby Conquist 81, 83 - 164; T5-Mike Prohorenko 76, 88 - 164.
T1-Garth Kegel 79, 85 - 164; T1-Karl Nilsson 81, 83 - 164; T3-Josh Gibbs 83,85 - 168; T3-Rafael Duque 86, 82 - 168; 5-Doug Goodwin 84, 85 - 169.
T1-Trevor Goodenough 141; T1-Ross Jones 141; T3-Vince Lamere 145, T3-Dennis William Shipley 145; T5-Bill Sensenbach 146; T5-Rick Jackman 146.