PERKINS — On a day when birdies were almost non-existent and pars were gold, Lynn Gann straightened out his game down the stretch to win the Cimarron Trails stroke play championship Sunday afternoon.

It was the third time in the last four years the 41-year old Gann qualified for the Stillwater NewsPress city championship. He was the CT match play champion in 2003 and the stroke play winner in ’04 but this might have been the most trying winning round he’s played.

“It was a tough day,” Gann sighed. “The wind was never consistent and it made pars a premium. I only made one birdie (Sunday) — on the par-5 12th hole — and I was lucky to get that.”

Gann shot the best round both days of the tournament — 74-77 — while Eric Smith (154) finished second and Glenn Woods (155) and David McPhail (155) tied for third. Smith could be a “wild card” entry for the NewsPress event if match play winner Gannon Mendez is not able to compete.

Mendez withdrew from Sunday’s stroke play competition because of a sore wrist. He’ll visit a physician this week to determine if the injury might include a bone fracture that would prohibit his play.

Gann had a three-shot lead after the 27th hole but it was chopped to two on the 10th when he posted bogey. His birdie on 12 returned the margin to three strokes before he wobbled around with three consecutive bogeys.

Gann admitted concern at this point, “Sure it concerned me. I wasn’t hitting any greens ... I think I hit only three greens in regulation on the back nine. I was just scrambling all over the place because one time the green would check up your pitch and the next time you’d bounce a long way past the pin.”

On 16 he started a string of three straight pars and the first of these was salvaging a tree-bound tee shot and saving par after a fine sand shot wound up a couple of feet from the pin.

His tee shot was well long of the green on 17 but again his scramble game came to the rescue to save par. Comforted by this advantage he went into the final hole with a three-shot lead.

“It wasn’t a pretty round,” he confessed. “While I only made one birdie, I only three-putted once and when you’re scrambling your putter is your rescue club.”

Cimarron Trails stroke play championship

Final Results

1. Lynn Gann (74-77=151). 2. Eric Smith (76-78=154). T3. Glenn Woods (76-79=155) and David McPhail (77-78=155). 5. J.D. Goad (76-82=158). 6. Mark Wilson (77-82=159). 7. Jason Roberts (83-78=161). 8. Sky Rylant (83-80=163). 9. Gannon Mendez (82-WD).

President’s “A” Flight

1. Tom Bridenstine (-8). T2. Howard Skillman (-3) and Darrell Sadler (-3). T4. Rick Cramer (+1) and Richard Rohlfing (+1). T6. Jack Carnefix (+4) and Frank Pool (+4). 8. Sean Hancock (+8).

President’s “B” Flight

T1. Doug Carlson (-3) and Darrell Bickell (-3). 3. Bob Gee (+4). 4. Lloyd Moorman (+6). 5. Ron Layton (+9). 6. Chris Elliott (+15). 7. Bill McDaniel (+16). 8. Chris Boley (+20).

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