GALLATIN – This week, Brian Schnabel played in his very first super senior championship hosted by the Tennessee Golf Association.
After the performance he turned in, it’s probably safe to say he’ll play in a few more in the future.
The Gallatin native displayed a dominating performance Friday to roll past Doug Ryerson 6&5 in the final match of the second annual Tennessee Super Senior Match Play Championship at The Club at Fairvue Plantation.
“I felt really good this week,” Schnabel said after collecting the trophy for his first-ever state title. “I finished strong yesterday and felt confident coming into this morning.”
“My swing was good, I stayed focused and I reaped the results. I love match play. It was a lot of fun.”
Schnabel had one other major tournament win on his resume coming into this week – he claimed the senior division of the Bluegrass Invitational back in 2007.
“Retirement isn’t too far around the corner,” he laughed. “When I fully retire, I’ll probably play in every TGA event that I can.”
Schnabel and Ryerson were all square through three holes, but things quickly changed over the remainder of the front nine.
Starting with a birdie on No. 4, Schnabel won the next five holes to take full control of the match. Ryerson (Mt. Juliet) got one back on the ninth, leaving Schnabel 4-up at the turn.
“The two keys for me on match play are,” Schnabel started, “I always expect my opponent to hit a good shot, so that I’m not surprised by it, and I play aggressive. I try to attack each hole rather than try to save strokes.”
The two players swapped wins on holes 10 and 11 before Schnabel took the next two. He closed things out with a birdie on No. 13.