“It all started here.”
The inscription on Doug North’s cap from St. Andrew’s famed course said it all Sunday.
The brother combination of North and Carson Whittington captured the 47th annual Crestmoor Invitational Best Ball tournament. It was the first time they paired up as a team, as Whittington reached the 18-year-old minimum age threshold.
North, 2007 Creston High School graduate and former No. 1 golfer at Southwestern Community College, teamed with his younger brother, a four-time state medalist and 2013 Class 3A individual champion for the team champion Panthers. Whittington will golf at Kirkwood Community College next year.
The local duo shot 12-under par 132 in the 36-hole tournament hosted for 47 years by Phil Tyler and a Crestmoor committee. Instead of cash, prizes are an assortment of pork chops.
North and Whittington finished one shot ahead of two-time defending champions T.J. Redding and Chad Dryden, who shot 133 this year after a near-record 125 in 2013.
(The record is 124 by Bob Whittington and Nate Topp in 2004 and Tim Haskell and Brian Haskell in 2007.)
North’s cap carried an appropriate inscription because the two brothers started playing at Crestmoor when they moved to Creston from Michigan when North was 10 years old and Whittington was only 4. They literally grew up on that course.
Another perennial contending team with local ties — CHS graduates Ryan McKim and Clark Kuntz — took third at 137. McKim recently moved back to Iowa from Oklahoma, while Kuntz lives in Tallahassee, Fla.
Tom McAfee and Matt Hammersmith of Kansas placed fourth, also at 137.
Tying for medalist honors on Saturday, when rain interrupted play for about an hour, were the teams of North-Whittington and McKim-Kuntz. Sunday medalists were North-Whittington and Dryden-Redding.
Crestmoor Best Ball
Par - 72-72 — 144
Championship flight — 1. Doug North-Carson Whittington, 132; 2. T.J. Redding-Chad Dryden, 133; 3. Ryan McKim-Clark Kuntz, 137; 4. Tom McAfee-Matt Hammersmith, 137; 5. Terry Hannah-Brenden Hannah, 140; 6. Keith Moore-Ken Moore, 143.
A flight — 1. Ryan Schuetz-Ray Wachwasuck, 140; 2. Steve Moeller-Larry Wagner, 141; 3. Rick Carter-Bryan Mostek, 142; 4. Tom Sedlock-Pat Bax, 145.
B flight — 1. Bob Snodgrass-Larry Shimono, 141; 2. Randy Thorsen-Darren Thorsen, 143; 3. Dustin Doss-Rich Loehnig, 144; 4. Mel McKie-Corey McKie, 148.
C flight — 1. (tie) Ken Markley-Jeff Chromy, 151; Russ Wood-Chris Franklin, 151; 3. Bob Tietz-Leonard Leimbeck, 152; 4. Mick Bennett-Joe Davis, 153.
D flight — 1. Tom Short-Steve Roberts, 161; 2. Jerry Smith-Jeromy Smith, 162; 3. Dan Pederson-J.T. Welsh, 163; 4. Scott Cowley-Charlie Huttles, 163.
E flight — 1. T.J. Stalker-Chad Rieck, 177; 2. Bill Krejci-Jack Moffitt, 178; 3. Don Foley-Ed Miller, 179; 4. Nick Jannings-Brandon Cross, 185.