Houghton captures Kenai Peninsula Senior Open

Houghton captures Kenai Peninsula Senior Open

Michael Houghton won the Kenai Peninsula Senior Open on the third playoff hole Sunday at Kenai Golf Course.

Both Houghton and Keith Stuart tied with a two-day, net total of 130. Houghton had rounds of 8-over-par 80 and 74, including a nice eagle on No. 11 on Sunday, that computed to 130 with his handicap of 12. Stuart had rounds of 76 and 86 with a handicap of 16. Stuart looked to have the tournament in hand before the infamous gully on the par-4 No. 18 handed him a nine to force the playoff.

The duo both made par on the par-3 10th the first two times. The third time, Houghton made another par, while Stuart took a bogey.

There also was drama for third place, with Charlie Kahakauwila, Bobby Bush and Bill Haese each firing two-day nets of 136. The trio also used No. 10 as the playoff hole. Bush notched a par, while the other two made bogey, to take third. Kahakauwila then topped Haese on the second playoff hole to take fourth.

Here are the other two-day net scores from the tournament: Mike Osif, 137; Pat Bowen, 140; Skip Dove and Gary Brumley, 141; Tom Reese, 144; Kirk Hyman, 147; Chuck Ruppenthal, 149; and John Gibson, 161.

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