There’s a new front-nine record from the championship tees at Spring Creek Golf Course, and a 2019 St. Bede Academy graduate owns it.
John Potthoff, who has grown up working and playing at the course, fired a 29 — 6-under-par — Sunday while playing in a foursome with Mike Heuser, Ian Legner and Potthoff’s brother, Nathan, who’ll be a junior at St. Bede in the fall.
Nathan said his brother was calm but laughing a bit after a couple of the long putts he made.
He broke the old record, a 31 from the back tees, which was held by five people. But his round didn’t have a perfect start.
“The first hole, when I didn’t know I was going to do that well, I pulled my second shot left onto the second tee box and got up and down from there,” he said. “That was the biggest scramble.”
Following that pitch and putt for par, he bounced in a wedge shot from 60 yards out for an eagle after a long drive down the left side of the fairway on the par-4 second hole.
He made a 40-foot putt for birdie on the par-5 fourth and another medium-length birdie putt on the par-five sixth, and made short putts for birdies on Nos. 5 and 7.
Nathan said his brother hit everything down the middle from No. 2 through No. 9 and got up and down easily from just off the green on Nos. 8 and 9 to complete the low nine.
“I think the best part was he only had eight putts,” said John’s dad, Jack.
John Potthoff, who’s on his way to the University of Illinois to study engineering, wound up with a 2-under-par 70 for the day.
He said his lowest previous score from the championship tees on the front nine was even-par 35, and his best from the regular tees was 33.
The previous record of 31 had been matched by Steve Marini, Michael Argubright Jr., Nicholas Potthoff, Fred Steele and Jeremy DeBernardi. Steele still holds the record on the par-37 back nine from the blue tees, a 32.
Jim Moskalewicz holds the 18-hole record from the championship tees, a 67.
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