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September 23, 2007

Given to Fly: Kaperak is a worthy, but ‘lucky’ men’s city champion

TERRE HAUTE — Anything can happen on the final day at Hulman Links, as Tribune-Star golf columnist Bob Arnett reiterated Sunday, and it nearly did in the final round of the WTHI Men’s City Championship.

Ted Kaperak was fortunate to come away with his seventh title Sunday after carding a rare 76. After his tee shot went to the right side of the fairway, his second shot on the par-4 18th hit the water but skipped toward the green, settling in the front-side bunker.

“That water’s thick,” Kaperak joked afterward.

“It spun out of the water into the bunker. I was real lucky. I’ve seen players play shots like that before, actually try to skip it off the water. A couple years back on TV, I saw a pro do that ... but I was definitely not trying to do that.”

Kaperak, 55, then recovered with a fantastic shot from the bunker that had just a little too much speed, rolling inches from the pin before stopping about 10 feet below the cup. He missed the 10-foot par putt and tapped in for bogey.

Tom Jones, also going for his seventh city championship, had a short chip for par that would have sent the tournament to a playoff had he made it from the tough lie that was below the hole.

“[Kaperak] kind of left the door open a little bit. I thought I hit a really good second shot, but it just ran down the hill a little bit and got in a couple clumps of grass and I didn’t execute a very good chip,” Jones said of a shot that dribbled just to the edge of the fringe.

While Kaperak was happy with his bunker lie on 18, he wasn’t so thrilled on 15 when his shot came out of the sand flat and bounced past the green. He let his displeasure known after the shot and again after the round.

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