Women: Faiferlick does it again, Blomker makes it 6
History was made in both the women’s open and senior divisions as the 34th annual Messenger city golf tournament, sponsored by Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota, concluded on Sunday.
Former St. Edmond golfer Kelsey Faiferlick joined an elite group of women with at least four open division titles, earning a fourth straight championship in record-setting fashion.
On the senior side, Diane Blomker became the first six-time champion in any one division, also cruising to an easy win Sunday.
Faiferlick, who will enter her senior year at Park University this fall, set a women’s tournament record with a 30-stroke victory. She finished with a two-day total of 154.
Brenda Hebert was second at 184 and Dee Cummings took third with a 185.
Faiferlick, who carded an 83 after her opening round 71 at Lakeside, joins Heather Frye, Stacey Bergman and Roxanne Kuhlman as winners of four consecutive titles. Kuhlman and Bergman each won five.
“It’s definitely and honor to be associated with those golfers,” said Faiferlick, who plans to return next summer to defend her crown again. “I know they are some really good golfers and I am glad I can be in that group.
“Judd Gibb (FDCC pro) and my father (Justin) have helped me a lot. That’s a big part of why I’ve been able to maintain?(this run).”
Next year, Faiferlick could join Bergman as the only women’s golfer to win this tournament five years in a row. Bergman won each summer from 1993-1997.
Blomker started the day a single shot behind defending champion Peg Christensen. Blomker then turned in an 88 to prevail.
“I had a really good front nine,” said Blomker, who won the senior trophy in 2012 and from 2006-2009. “I was on my home course so I thought I could shoot a 38 or 39 on the back, but I had too many putts.
“I had a great time and I got to play with some outstanding people.”
Next year, Blomker could join Kuhlman as a seven-time champion. Kuhlman has won five open titles and two senior championships, the last coming in 2011.