Though the Baltimore Putting Championship hasn't been around for long, it has become something of a tradition for Tom Kersch and his family.
Kersch; his son, Tommy; and his wife, Carol, have participated in the competition every year, most recently Wednesday at Mount Pleasant Golf Course in Baltimore, where Tom Kersch won in the adult division.
“I couldn't believe it,” the Baltimore resident said. “I think the course that they lay out is pretty tough. I just happened to have the feel right this year.”
In 2013, Tommy Kersch won the junior division, which is for competitors 17 years old and younger.
Tom Kersch shot a 1-under-par 17 at the nine-hole championship to finish first in the adult division this year, in which Tommy, 18, also competed. Kenny Dotter and Joe Ryan were second and third, respectively, after a playoff to break a three-way tie.
Chase Wassel shot a 1-over 19 to win the junior division, Ryan Petrunyak finished second, and Grant Zangwill came in third.
The Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. partnered with local equipment manufacturer STX to create the competition in 2012. The proceeds from the event go toward BMGC's junior golf program. The winner of the championship in each division receives a voucher for 25 free rounds of golf at any of the corporation's five courses.
The championships had 141 participants this year, with 122 in the adult division and 19 in the junior division. The golfers compete in a qualifying round, with the top finishers moving on to the finals. Tom, Tommy and Carol Kersch were among the 31 golfers in the final round in the adult division.
“This is the first year I've come close to winning it,” Tom Kersch said.
Tom and Carol Kersch got to enjoy some free golf last year when Tommy Kersch won the competition, earning a voucher. With Tom Kersch winning this time, the family doesn't have to worry about paying for a round anytime soon.
“This year, to keep it going, I wanted to make sure one of us try to win it,” Tom Kersch said. “We got lucky.”