European golf - Day 2
Wiesbaden’s Shenk defends title, while Ramstein’s Rivera triumphs for first time
By DAVID EDGE | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 8, 2020
WIESBADEN, Germany— Those seeking dramatic finishes got their wish Thursday during the final round of the DODEA European golf championships.
Going into the 18th hole, Wiesbaden’s Clayton Shenk held a two-point lead over Ramstein’s Ben Todman.
“When I teed off, it was not one of my better shots. When I hit the tree, I thought: ‘Oh no, is this where I fall apart,’ ” said Shenk, the defending champion.
It all came down to the final putts from both players. Shenk had to make his first putt to secure the outright title. He did not. Todman needed to make his first putt to secure at least a share of the title. He missed as well.
“As soon as I hit it, I knew that I had done something wrong. I knew then that he (Todman) could come from behind to tie the score,” Shenk said. “When Todman just missed his putt, I knew that I won the championship.”
Shenk finished with 85 points, Todman with 84 and Ramstein’s Micah Webb was third with 76 points under a modified Stableford scoring system.
On the girls’ side of the tournament, Day 1 points leader Carleigh Rivera of Ramstein held off a late rally by Wiesbaden’s Heidi Johnson to win the championship with 25 points to 23 points respectfully.
“I did not think that I would win, not at all,” Rivera said. “There were a lot of good girls here that are amazing. I thought I might get in the top three at the most, but to win the title is so awesome.”
The start of the second day at the Rheinblick Golf Course was marred by fog, wind and rain, causing a 30-minute delay to the start of match play.
Despite the weather, the players were determined to put on a good show.
The lead changed three times in the boys’ tournament, setting up the fateful shots on the 18th.