Hodges wins third straight Hamilton City Golf Championship, eighth overall


HAMILTON — Kyle Hodges admits he doesn’t golf much competitively these days. The usual family and job obligations are priority number one.

But Father’s Day weekend on the links grants him a free pass.

Hodges fired a 3-under-par 66 at Potter’s Park Golf Course on Sunday to capture his third straight — and eighth overall — Hamilton City Golf Championship. 

“I lost my dad about five years ago,” said Hodges, who held back some emotion. “He was my biggest fan. So, yeah, I do think about this tournament always being Father’s Day weekend every year. I’ve got two little girls now. Today hits differently.

“The pre-round routine is to go out to the cemetery and see dad. He always used to caddie for me in this tournament. It’s different not having him here. He would have liked how I played today.”

The 2005 Hamilton High School graduate carded a 72 in Saturday’s first round at Twin Run Golf Course and two-day total of 72-66—138.

“It’s still fun,” Hodges said. “Even though you have a job and a family now, it’s still good to come out and play competitive golf. I don’t get that opportunity much anymore. It’s a little different playing in a tournament than it is playing with your buddies on the weekend.

“You only get so many stabs at something like this. It’s good to put up a real score during a tournament and compete like this. You can’t fluff the ball up like you want to.”

Hodges won the city championship in 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2016 to go along with the most recent three straight.

Jacob Brownley (69-71—140) entered the final round atop the leaderboard. Brownley and Hodges were battling for the top spot most of the day Sunday, but it was when Hodges knocked in an eagle put on Hole 14 that proved to swing the momentum. 

“This weekend was a blast,” said Brownley, a 2019 Lakota West graduate. “This is just the second time playing in this city tournament. There are some good players out here. It’s always good to come out here and play.”

Brownley, who recently graduated from Ohio Dominican, clubbed a 69 at Twin Run on the first day to take a two-stroke lead over Daniel Moorehead heading into the final round.

“Yesterday (Saturday) was a lot of fun,” Brownley said. “I hit the driver really well. Didn’t get off to a great start, but my putter came around in the back nine. I knocked in a few birdies. I felt good coming into (the final day), but I lost a little bit off the tee. I just didn’t make enough putts.

“Props to Kyle. He played well once again,” Brownley added. “He’s a tough competitor.”

Pete Betzold (73-73—146) took third, while his son Greg Betzold (74-73—147) finished a stroke behind him.


Eddie Baker’s 68 at Potter’s Park on the second day helped him secure the Flight A championship. Baker finished with an 84-68—152

“I wasn’t feeling the best, so I swung the club a little easier,” Baker said. “It’s crazy how the game of golf works when you change it up a little bit and do what you do. I ended up playing better that way.”

Joe Brannon (82-72—154) grabbed second in Flight A, followed by Trace Thomas (82-74—156), Chris Dickey (82-75—157), Matt Hurst (83-74—157) and Eric Cook (82-76—158).

Andy Cooney fired a 74 in the final round to take the Flight B crown. Cooney finished with an 88-74—162.

Tyler Webb (89-78—167), Dean Westerman (89-81—170) and Brady Koger (91-80—171) placed second, third and fourth, respectively.

“My short game worked today,” Cooney said. “(Potter’s Park) is a shorter course, so if you spread it around off the tee a little bit, you can use the wedge and get some putts to get around here.

“I just wanted to play well enough to get some skins and win some money,” joked Cooney. “I had a horrible round (Saturday), but I bounced back.”

Cooney especially enjoyed the bounce-back this past weekend. Exactly a year ago, he was in an intense battle with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma and mourning the loss of his father.

“This tournament last year was therapy to cope with what was going on,” Cooney said. “It’s something to get away from life for a bit. This weekend was no different. It was a good one.”



Longtime area golfer Gordon Willins had to make a quick adjustment for Saturday’s first round.

Unaware that the city tournament’s opening round was at Twin Run, Willins went to Potter’s Park to warm up on the practice greens. When Willins was informed the first round wasn’t at Potter’s Park — and instead at Twin Run — he hightailed it over to Twin Run to make his tee time.

Willins left his clubs on the practice greens at Potter’s Park.

“I had to do what I had to do,” said Willins, who put together a makeshift set from his trunk and used a random golf bag.

Willins fired a 74 on Saturday, which tied him for fifth place with Greg Betzold and Gunner Koger heading into Sunday’s final round at Potter’s Park.

Willins finished the tournament with a 74-82—156.


Championship Flight

Kyle Hodges 72-66—138

Jacob Brownley 69-71—140

Pete Betzold 73-73—146

Greg Betzold 74-73—147

Derik Piazza 77-73—150

Dave Sullivan 76-75—151

Andrew Schwartz 73-78—151

Daniel Moorehead 71-81—152

TJ Wilson 79-74—153

Vincent Whitehead 79-74—153

Jarrett Hodge 76-78—154

Steven Moore 81-73—154

Reid Ruhl 78-77—155

Mike Robbins 80-76—156

Gordon Willins 74-82—156

Gunner Koger 74-75—159

Kevin Moneace 81-79—160

Jerry Leshner 79-81—160

Eric Roberts 80-82—162

Nick Spurlock 80-83—163

Marty Hubbard 81-87—168

Flight A

Eddie Baker 84-68—152

Joe Brannon 82-72—154

Trace Thomas 82-74—156

Chris Dickey 82-75—157

Matt Hurst 83-74—157

Eric Cook 82-76—158

Jeff Mobley 82-77—159

Tyler Richards 85-75—160

Dave Mosley 86-76—162

Derek Morner 85-77—162

John Turner 83-79—162

Mike Henderson 84-79—163

Randall Mayes 86-79—165

Tyler Cookman 82-83—165

Mike Nobis 83-83—166

Rich Sherman 86-81—167

Ed Smith 84-84—168

Brandon Richards 83-88—171

Flight B

Andy Cooney 88-74—162

Tyler Webb 89-78—167

Dean Westerman 89-81—170

Brady Koger 91-80—171

Seth Hodge 89-84—173

Bruce Gilmore 95-79—174

Joe Spradling 92-82—174

Austin Sapp 88-86—174

John Geyer 91-85—176

Roger Reece 93-84—177

Jason Pate 94-85—179

Rick Graf 90-90—180

Sam Madden 91-90—181

Ed Sapp 93-88—181

Scott Baker 91-91—182

Rick Hyde 96-95—191

Derek Stinson 99-92—191

Richard Hilton 108-99—207

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