Ryan Kinseth and Dean Underberg returned to the winner's circle on Sunday in the 34th annual Messenger city golf tournament, sponsored by Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota.
Playing the final round at Lakeside, Kinseth cruised to a five-shot triumph, winning for the first time since taking the crown in 2005.
Underberg needed three playoff holes to triumph over Dean Wendell in the senior division. It's Underberg's first title since he captured four straight from 2006-09.
Messenger photo by Britt Kudla
Ryan Kinseth hits a tee shot on Sunday evening at Lakeside. For more photos, please visit CU at www.messengernews.net
Underberg also became the first six-time champion in either division. Kevin Ault earned five straight open crowns from 2006-2010. Underberg also prevailed in 2004.
Kinseth, who led from start to finish, shot an even-par 72 over the first 18 holes at Lakeside Sunday. He closed with a two-under 34 on the championship nine, played on the back side at Lakeside.
"It was a pretty good day," said Kinseth. "I had an uneven round to start. Just staying even was big. I thought I hit the ball well."
Men's Open Division
1. Ryan Kinseth67-72-34-173
2. Lucas Peed71-74-33-178
(tie) Austin Morrow72-72-34-178
4. Ryan Reeder75-73-34-182
5. Devin Gallentine74-73-37-184
6. Phil Ruth77-73-37-187
7. Tim Lundberg75-76-39-190
(tie) Chaz Vance75-78-37-190
9. Randy Stults78-75-39-192
(tie) Matt Dutcher77-75-40-192
11. Pat Leiting74-81-39-194
(tie) Jeremy Larson77-79-38-194
(tie) Joe Stonitch77-79-38-194
14. Brandon Kinseth76-78-41-195
15. Ted Hanson76-71-43-200
16. Seth Bockes80-76-46-202
First flight - 1. Michael Fairerlick 158, 1. Buck Yoder 158, 3. Chad Klass 159, 3. Robert Flattery 159.
Second flight - 1. Nate Anderson 164, 1. Mike Fraher 165, 3. Matt Miller 166, Mitch McCarville 166.
Third flight - 1. Justin Mikos 175, 2. Matt Thrams 176, 2. Dan Baker 176, 2. Bryan Messerly 176.
Fourth flight - 1. Doug Brand 182, 1. Jason Kahler 182, 1. Joe Vonsak, Jr. 182, 1. Dan Greene 182.
Fifth flight - 1. Mike Yetmar 189, 2. Rob Mischke 190, 3. Todd Alachniewicz 191, 4. Craig Nekvinda 192.
Men's Senior Division
1. Dean Underberg71-70-35-176
2. Dean Wendell72-71-33-176
3. Rick Jones67-74-37-178
4. Terry Miller82-67-31-180
5. Jon Schuman74-72-38-184
6. Ron Cummins76-75-34-185
7. David Osterberg75-73-38-186
8. Scott Harms73-75-39-187
(tie) John Thalacker79-73-35-187
10. Dave Hanson70-79-39-188
11. Kurt Engell75-74-40-189
12. Jeff Larson77-74-42-193
*Underberg won on third playoff hole
First flight - 1. Rod Kern 153, 1. Tim Dooley 153, 3. Tim Kulow 154, 4. Jim Dalton 155.
Second flight - 1. Kevin Stiles 171, 1. Roger Balke 171, 1. Dean Stuhrenberg 171, 1. Gary Lombard 171.
Kinseth, who turned in a 67 at the Country Club Saturday to take the first-day lead, has now won the Hampton Open and the Lakeside Amateur this summer. He'll play in the Cedar Rapids Open this weekend, a pro tournament. He was one of 15 amateurs invited to play.
Just a few weeks ago, Kinseth took the first-day lead at the Fort Dodge Amateur, but stuggled down the stretch.
He didn't let that happen Sunday.
The Fort Dodge Senior High graduate's 45-hole total of 173 bested Lucas Peed and Austin Morrow, who finished tied for second at 178.
Ryan Reeder was fourth at 182 and Devin Gallentine rounded out the top five with a 184.
Defending champion Phil Ruth followed his opening-round 77 with a 73 at Lakeside and he finished sixth after a final-round 37 for a 187.
Underberg and Wendell finished with 45-hole totals of 176 and each had a chance to win on the first two holes of sudden death.
Wendell missed a birdie putt on No. 10 that would have won him his first title. Underberg had a birdie putt lip out on No. 11 that would have ended it.
Underberg then stuck one close on No. 12 and after Wendell settled for a tap-in par, Underberg sank a 10-footer for his first senior title in five years.
"I thought it was over when I missed that one (on No. 10)," said Underberg, who hasn't played in this tournament since winning in 2009. "I hit the ball well. That final nine was as good as I played all weekend."
Underberg, who was tied with first-day leader Rick Jones at 141 after 36 holes, thought he was in trouble after Wendell chipped in for birdie on No. 14 and Underberg missed a six-footer.
Wendell finished with a 33 on the championship nine. He sank birdie putts on Nos. 10, 12, 14 and 18. Underberg made a birdie on No. 10 then finished with eight straight pars.
Jones shot a 37 on the championship nine and finished third at 178.
The most impressive performance on Sunday was turned in by defending senior champ Terry Miller. He shot 82 at the Country Club Saturday, but rebounded with a 67 on the first 18 holes Sunday and a five-under par 31 in the championship nine, which included an eagle at No. 15. Miller was fourth at 180.