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Birchmont Super Senior Championship: Trapp makes successful return to Birchmont

Jim Trapp of Tucson, Ariz. stopped defending champion Bryant Barnes of Shawnee Mission, Kan. to win the Super Senior Championship Saturday at the Birchmont. Pioneer Photo/Pat Miller

In 1961 Jim Trapp played in his first Birchmont and four years later he entered his second.

This week he made it back for his third Birchmont appearance.

"It's been 45 years since I've been here," Trapp, of Tuscon, Ariz. said. "Murray Williamson is a friend of mine and he talked me into entering. I'm happy that he did."

Saturday afternoon Trapp capped his 2010 Birchmont by capturing the Super Senior title with a 1-up victory over defending champion Bryant Barnes of Shawnee Mission, Kan. The golfers were deadlocked heading into No. 18 but Barnes opened the door by pushing his drive into the trees on the right side of the fairway.

It took Barnes four shots to find the green while Trapp was 15 feet right of the pin in two. When Barnes missed his bogey putt he officially yielded the crown.

"The errant tee ball on No. 18 was the difference," Trapp said. "Bryant is a great golfer and he has played in enough big-time tournaments to be able to make a great swing when he needs one. He did that all day."

Trapp started on fire and enjoyed a 4-up lead at the turn on the strength of a 2-under-par front nine.

"But I got careless on 11 and 12 and lost them with bogeys," Trapp said. "When you are old it's hard to maintain your concentration and before I knew it Bryant had tied me."

The deadlock continued through 15, 16 and 17 but the tide turned in Trapp's favor when Barnes misfired on his tee shot on 18.

"It was a great tournament on a great course," Trapp said. "The real winners were all of the golfers because of the unsung heroes. Kudos to the club house staff, Rick Grand and his pro shot associates and, most importantly, to superintendent Tom Johanns and his staff.

"The course was in tremendous shape, especially considering all of the rain they had to deal with," Trapp added.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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