Schmitmeyer holes out from 117 to win tournament

Michael Schmitmeyer, a Memorial High Schol grad and former University of Findlay standout golfer, won his fourth East of Chicago Golf Championship on Sunday in dramatic fashion.

Holing out from 117 yards on the second sudden-death playoff hole, Schmitmeyer captured the title over Josh Veith in the championship match.

Going into the 17th hole Schmitmeyer held a 2-up lead, but Veith won both the 17th and 18th holes.

They tied the first playoff hole, sending it into another extra hole. They then each split the fairway on the 20th hole of the day. Schmitmeyer was first to play on the 420-yard par-4 second hole.

He stood 117 yards from the pin and holed out for an eagle. Veith — two yards closer, —  hit the green  and Schmitmeyer retained the title.

His win makes it six out of the last eight East of Chicago/Dr. Pepper Championships that a St. Marys Roughrider has won.

This is Schmitmeyer’s fourth title. Dominic Guarnarri, now head golf coach at the University of Findlay, has won two.

Both players began the final round with a pair of birdies to tie the first hole of the match. Schmitmeyer then jumped out to a quick lead with a par on the third hole and  birdies  on the fourth and six holes to take a 3-up lead through six holes.

Veith made a birdie on the ninth and the two golfers tied the next seven holes.

The tournament, formerly known as the Dr. Pepper Championship, was postponed for several weeks because of weather.