Tapper brothers claim Galesburg All-City Best Ball title

By Mike Trueblood
Special to Galesburg Register-Mail
The brother combination of Mike and Rich Tapper slipped past the brother team of Mack and Preston Foster starting on Saturday at Soangetaha Country Club and capped their first-ever Best Ball title with a 3-round total of 10-under par 204 to edge the Fosters' by two strokes.

GALESBURG — The finish of the Galesburg All-City Best Ball golf tournament turned into an abreviated version of family feud Sunday at Lake Bracken Country Club.

The brother combination of Mike and Rich Tapper slipped past the brother team of Mack and Preston Foster starting on Saturday at Soangetaha Country Club and capped their first-ever Best Ball title with a 3-round total of 10-under par 204 to edge the Fosters' by two strokes. The Tappers - who shot a 66 on Saturday to create the tie - shot 71 on Sunday. 

The new champs, who had trailed the Fosters by 2 strokes after the first weekend of play at Bunker Links, pulled into a tie after Saturday's round at Soangetaha and emerged with the win in a back 9 battle at Lake Bracken.

"It was pretty close through all 18," said Rich Tapper. We took the lead at No. 4 and pretty much had the lead until No. 13 when they got it all square."

More:Fosters return to top of Best Ball leaderboard in Galesburg's All-City Best Ball Tourney

But the Fosters, who have won the Best Ball five times previously, could not put together a run down the stretch.

"We didn't have it all day," said Preston Foster. "We were all over the place.

"We were 3-over on the front, we double-bogeyed on 15 and Mack birdied No. 16 and No. 17 to get us back within one."

Then Rich came up with the Tappers highlight of the day.

"I made a bomb on 18 — my only birdie of the day — with a 25-foot putt," he said.

That gave his brother Mike, a sweep of the men's All-City tournaments this summer. He also won the All-City men's championship in July.

"It was an ugly day for everybody," said Mike Tapper. "There were a lot of bad golf shots today, but we survived.

"Richard's birdie on 18 is what won it."

Mike Tapper, who normally plays in the tourney with his father Bob — they won the event in 2016 — played with his brother this year when injuries forced his dad to become a spectator.

The Fosters last won the Best Ball in 2014 and have not played together since 2015.

"We lost and hadn't played since," said Preston Foster. "But I hope we play again. It's good to get together."

In the tournament's senior division Jim Snider and Chuck Taylor led wire-to-wire to post a 212 total with a final round 76. That beat runners up Jeff Jones and Jeff Bivens by six strokes. 

All-City Best Ball Golf

Sunday

Lake Bracken CC

Senior Division

Jim Snider & Chuck Taylor 66-70-76-212, Jeff Jones & Jeff Bivens 70-79-69-218, Mark Larson & Randy Chesnut 69-77-75- 221, Mike Duffy & John Dredge 75-76-73-224

Championship Division

Mike Tapper & Rich Tapper 67-66-71-204, Preston Foster & Mack Foster 64-69- 73- 206,Cory Scott & Jake Scott 67-73-69-209 (tie) Dan Perez & Garrett Rush 67-71-71-209, Matt Carr & Blake Carr 69-70-72-211, David Blake & Doug Hendricks 71-72-69-212, Jason Hallam & Jared Hallam 66-76-71 213, Rob Dunn & Mark Mangieri 75-71-69-215, Kyle McGee & Kol Munson 68-76-71-215, Chris Watkins & Tim Smith 66-77-77-220, Randy Conlon & Rob Williams 75-78-72-225, JP Gunther & Caleb Weaver 71-76-81-228, Brad Bernardi & Mike Holloway 76-76-78-230, Jacob Harris & David Fields 77-74-79-230, Pierre Williams & Jamie Dickerson 74-78-79 231, Jeff Kern & Greg Stacey 70-83-79- 232, Aaron Young & Jake Young 78-79-84-241