Craig Scheibert and Sam Till Jr. captured the 2019 Senior and Super Senior Match Play titles at Old Oakland Golf Club in Indianapolis, IN. Scheibert, Carmel, defeated Dave Williamson 3 & 2 after a birdie on the 16th
hole. Till Jr. defeated Skip Runnels 2 & 1 who was the first seed going into the match play bracket.
“To win my first state title at 63, it means a lot personally,” Scheibert said. “I put a lot of effort into over all these years.”
With Cinderella Man, his favorite movie, in mind, Scheibert got off to a quick 2-up lead and never fell behind despite Williamson battling back to all square early on the back nine.
“I kept humming my favorite movie, Cinderella Man, scenes from that movie,” Scheibert said. “It kept me going through the day as well as the other five rounds this week.”
With the match square on the 12th
tee, Scheibert won holes 12, 14, and 16 to reclaim his front nine lead and finish off a 3 & 2 victory.
Till Jr. got off to an early front nine lead and was 3-up after seven holes. Runnels battled back and cut the lead to just 1-up but was never able to get back to all square. Till Jr’s mindset changed throughout the round coming down the stretch.
“When you get up a couple holes you’d like to make a birdie and make it three,” Till Jr. said. “Once I was coming down the stretch, then I was just trying to hit the green and two putt and make him beat me with a birdie.”
This year was Till Jr’s first year competing in the Super Senior division. The switch of divisions turned out well for the 66-year-old from Fort Wayne, IN.
“This tournament is physically taxing,” Till Jr. said. “It’s very hot out there. To beat somebody like Skip [Runnels], he’s a hall of famer and it is very gratifying for me.”
The Championship Match in the IGA Match Play division is set for tomorrow morning. Joey Ranieri will face off against Steve Walters Thursday morning at 8 a.m.
Ranieri defeated Brooks Synder 4 & 2 while Walters defeated Austin Vukovits 3 & 2 in the semifinals.
Find final results from all match play divisions and tomorrow’s matches here:
Super Senior: https://iga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/iga19/event/iga1953/index.htm