Scott Lytle (Championship), Gordon Schiring (Senior) and Mark Williams (Silver) won titles at the 2021 SNGA Tour stop at Las Vegas Golf Club on Oct. 22, 2021. Greg Pyszko (Net), John Bobroski (Senior) and Walter Sabati (Silver) won net championships.–by Bill Bowman, Las Vegas Golf Insider staff.
Scott Lytle saved the best for last as he cruised to a three-stroke victory in the Championship Division.
Lytle made the turn at even-par following an early bogey and a late birdie on his first nine holes.
Then came the turnaround as he came home in five-under-par 31 that included birdies on his final three holes to seal the victory.
It was Lytle’s second SNGA win in a two-week span and third overall. He teamed up with Kyle Meade to win the SNGA Tour Four-Ball title two weeks ago.
Lytle, who said he was shocked when he won his first title–the Southern Nevada Amateur in June–said SNGA events have helped his game drastically.
“The reason why you play in these type of events is to help you identify your weaknesses,” he said. “If you play with your buddies at your home course all the time, you don’t always see those weaknessses.”
He said this round was one of those that could have gotten away…but didn’t.
“Playing the first nine on this course in even-par I’m not thinking I’m even in contention,” he said. “Then I made about a 15-footer on the third hole, our 12th hole, and once that went in it kind of loosened me up and I finished strong.”
Lytle, who works for an investment firm out of San Francisco, said he’s had more free time on his hands in the last year or so.
“I pretty much travel for a living but with the pandemic I haven’t traveled nearly as much,” he said. “It’s certainly helped me have time to work on my golf game.”
Scott Lytle, 67
Ryan Anderson, 70
Robert Belz, 72
Greg Pyszko had five natural birdies and eight birdies overall in a roller coaster round in winning the Net title with a two-under-par 70 total.
It was Pyszko’s third individual SNGA title and fourth overall as he also won an SNGA Tour Four-Ball title two weeks ago, partnering with Brian Marks to win.
He said the path to victory certainly had its ups and downs. And they started earlier in the week.
“I played a practice round here on Wednesday with Brian (Marks) and shot an 84,” he said. “I just couldn’t hit my driver. I changed drivers today and hit it much better and I guess that was a big factor.”
He added overcoming a slow start was a key.
“I got off to a bad start with two bogeys on the first two holes,” he said. “But I came back with two birdies in a row (three counting a net birdie) so I got back on track and played pretty solid the rest of the way.”
Greg Pyszko, 70
Steve Holloway, 73
John Diclaro, 74
Gordon Schiring bounced back from a double bogey early in the round with an eagle on the next hole to post a two-shot victory in the Senior Division.
It was Schiring’s first gross title of the year following a net title in April.
Schiring said his game is finally coming back around as he won six total times over the 2018 and 2019 seasons but has struggled since.
“I played real solid today,” he said. “I only had two hiccups with the driver. The greens were tricky but for some reason I could see the lines really well and made a lot of six or seven footers to save par. Putting definitely saved me.”
And then there was that double bogey.
“That wasn’t my finest moment,” he said. “After the hole we were going around the corner and I told David Cook that I was happy with that bogey save. Then he said, ‘Uh, I think you had a double’ and I realized he was right. I had an extra chip in there. I made a nice up and down for the double, otherwise it’s a triple. Then he said ‘Well, just go make an eagle and erase it’ and that’s what happened.”
Gordon Schiring, 70
Robert Futrell, 72
Todd Roberts, 73
John Bobroski had two natural birdies and a net birdie on the first nine holes en route to a one-under-par 71 total and the Senior Net title. It was his first individual SNGA victory and follows a two-man title he won a couple weeks ago with Scott Gardner in the SNGA Tour Four-Ball event.
He said the day didn’t have the best of starts, but he kept fighting.
“I hit a bad drive on the first hole and made a double bogey and that included making a 25-footer,” he said with a laugh. “The rest of the day it was all good. I knew there were birdies out there and I made a couple and it all worked out.”
He reflected back to the team title he and Scott Gardner picked up as a key.
“Everything is starting to come together little by little,” he said. “I just need to have good putting days like when I shot 29 on the back nine when we won that two-man event.”
He’s now adjusting his goals.
“First it was the two-man title,” he said. “Then it was the net title this week. Next stop is an individual gross win.”
John Bobroski, 71
Michael Andrews, 72
John Turk, 75
Mark Williams put two birdies on the scorecard on each nine and won for the second time in SNGA action.
Williams won his first title in 2019, the net crown, at this same event.
“I was very surprised I won,” he said. “I played fair today and had four birdies that kept me in it.”
He added a two-over-par score usually doesn’t win with the talent in this division.
“I guess nobody really stepped up and got hot on the course so I guess they are going to give it to me,” he said with a laugh.
He said the win definitely has him thinking positive.
“Winning gives your ego a little boost,” he said. “And it gives me confidence going forward.”
He said overall it was the putting that helped him win that first gross title.
“My putting was pretty good,” he said. “I didn’t have any three putts and had a few putts that just hung over the edge and could have gone in.”
Mark Williams, 74
Bruce Chamberlain, 75
Seamus McGill, 75
Walter Sabati birdied three straight holes on his first nine and three of four on his back nine to come away with a two-shot victory.
Sabati also won this event in 2018 and said his victory came in part because of a new routine.
“I’ve been getting more flexible,” he said. “I’ve gone to a place called Stretch Lab because I can’t turn the way I used to. I’ve committed myself to going there and getting better.”
He said it’s paid off.
“It’s helping me to feel more limber,” he said. “As I get older, I can’t turn as much and this is helping me with that. In fact, I had an eagle putt today on a par-5 and I usually can’t get to the par 5s in two. It was a good feeling.”
He said this week everything just came together.
“I put the ball in play, hit greens and putted well,” he said. “It was a good feeling to play solid golf. It’s tough to win here because the talent is so good.”
Walter Sabati, 70
Tony Troilo, 72
Joel Washinsky, 73