FOR YOU, GRANDPA
Andrew Huseman stayed cool in the sweltering heat and finished an emotional day with the championship he’d been hoping for in the second annual Travis J. Habhab Lakeside Amateur men’s golf tournament on Sunday.
Huseman shot an eight-under par 100 to easily earn top honors here for the second time in four years at Lakeside Golf Course. Prior to last summer, this event was named the Lakeside Amateur.
Already in control of his own destiny, Huseman closed with a four-under 32 on the back nine to finish a commanding seven strokes ahead of both Cory Cummins and Randy Stults.
“This felt different,” said Huseman, who helped Ankeny Centennial to a Class 4A boys state golf title in 2013. “I wanted this one for my grandpa (late Hall of Fame FDSH athletic director Dutch Huseman, who passed away this past April).
“I’d been thinking about him and the (local events)?quite a bit leading up to this tournament and this summer. (Winning in his honor) is my motivation.”
Over the last nine holes, Huseman birdied 10, 12, 13, 15 and 18. The Arkansas State University junior-to-be accumulated nine birdies and 17 pars on the day to go along with one bogey.
“I didn’t play that great, but I was pretty comfortable out there,” Huseman said. “I was coming off a good season in which I had six top-five finishes at Arkansas State with one championship and two runner-ups (individually in meets).”
A year ago, Huseman took second place in this event, carding a 105. Back in 2013, Huseman also recorded a 105 en route to the title.
As a freshman in college, Huseman helped Indian Hills Community College to their fourth NJCAA Div. I crown in five seasons.
Cummins scored a 36 on his last nine holes, including an eagle on 18 and a birdie at 12. Last year, Cummins also tied for second in this tournament with a 105.
“The heat didn’t really bother me, because I’m lazy and rode in a cart,” joked Cummins, who lives in Lehigh. “I just made a lot of pars (Cummins had 16 total pars). This was my fifth time out this year.
“I thought the course was in beautiful shape.”
Stults wrapped up play with a 35 en route to his best-ever performance in the event, notching birdies on 10 and 18. The Otho resident tallied 20 pars and four birdies.
“I made a lot of pars and didn’t get into a lot of trouble,” Stults said. “(Lakeside course superintendent) Chad (Graaf) and his staff always do a great job with this tournament.”
Rounding out the rest of the leaderboard were Ryan Reeder (108), Jeff Peterson (110), Alex Wendell (112), former St. Edmond standout Eddie Doyle (112) and past Lakeside Am champions Ryan Kinseth (112), Kevin Ault (113) and Neil Doak (113).
Nearly 100 golfers competed in Sunday’s event, which included the 18 regulation holes followed by the championship nine.