Golf: Glenn Przybylski storms to Naperville City Championship
By Kevin McGavin For Sun-Times Media July 28, 2013 7:14PM
Glenn Przybylski holds the championship brackets trophy after shooting a combined 145 to win the Naperville City Golf Championship at Springbrook Golf Course on Sunday. | Sean King~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 29, 2013 10:41PM
Five feet separated Glenn Przybylski from his first Naperville City Golf Championship.
Looking for his seventh consecutive par on the 18th hole Sunday afternoon at Springbrook Golf Course, Przybylski calmly drained the tester to complete his level-par 72 round.
Trailing playing companion Cody Sundberg by six shots while on the ninth tee, Przybylski earned top honors in the Championship Flight with a two-day total of 145, one over par for the 36 holes.
Sundberg, who made the turn in even-par 36 to remain four-under for the tournament, unraveled on his inward nine with a 42 to fall by a shot.
Ryan Miller, the defending champion, had the low round of the day — a one-under 71 — to finish third, two shots off the Przybylski total, with Dave Clark placing solo fourth with a 148 total.
“I didn’t think I had a chance (making the turn), because (Sundberg) was playing really steady,” Przybylski said. “Eleven kind of opened the door for all of us.”
After the two leaders three-putted No. 10 for bogeys, Sundberg hit his tee shot in the left water hazard on No. 11.
He then compounded his error by hitting his third shot in the water fronting the green on the par-5, ultimately making double-bogey 7.
“Eleven is kind of a gimmicky hole,” Sundberg said. “I have only played the course twice. I hit a wedge on my layup. I didn’t know the water came that far out. That was just a mental error.”
“I felt it was game on, so to speak,” Przybylski said.
Przybylski seized his chance, slicing his deficit from five shots to two by making a brilliant sand save for a birdie 4 and a three-shot swing.
The Franfort resident would make nothing but pars the remainder of the back nine, while Sundberg dropped shots on No. 12 and failed to get up-and-down on consecutive holes — Nos. 16 and 17 — as Przybylski had back-to-back one-putt pars on the two holes to take the lead by one.
Sundberg applied the pressure on Przybylski by sinking a clutch seven-foot putt to save par at the last, but Przbylski read the left-to-right knee-knocker perfectly.
“I played it about a ball outside (the left edge),” Przybylski said. “I wasn’t trying to catch (Sundberg on the back nine). Knowing the pins were in some difficult spots, I knew birdies would be tough.”
After playing his first 27 holes with six birdies against two dropped shots, Sundberg managed only four pars on his inward-nine 42.
“I got a little tired,” Sundberg said. “The wind kind of beat it out of me (on the back nine).”
Handicaps were employed in the other five flights.
Rick Garcia fired a net 140 to overcome overnight leader Dave Clark in “A” Flight by two shots.
Greg Holland, a nine handicap, fired a two-round total of four-under 138 to capture “B” Flight by a shot over Doug Wurfl.
At Naperbrook in Plainfield, Brian Dixon denied Bill Grabowski in a sudden-death playoff to win “C” Flight.
Bruce Richmond obliterated “D” Flight in winning by nine shots, and Paul Pavesic had the low net in “E” Flight with a five-under 143 total.