The four semifinalists in the 84th annual Pekin Men’s City Golf Tournament have a combined six tournament championships between them.

Tim Sheppard owns five of those titles. He won in 2003, 2004, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Walter Brown won in 2001.

Brian Draher and Kevin Jones are searching for their first city title.

It’ll be Brown vs. Draher and Sheppard vs. Jones at 8:16 a.m. Saturday in the tournament semifinals at Lick Creek Golf Course.

Saturday’s winners will play a 36-hole championship match Sunday, again teeing off at 8:16 a.m. at Lick Creek.

There are 71 golfers in the tournament field, playing in Championship, A, B and C flights and the new Senior Flight for golfers age 60 and older.

Each flight except C has 16 golfers. There are seven golfers in that flight.

Golfers in B and C flights are playing at Parkview Golf Course. The rest are at Lick Creek. 

The first and second rounds of the tournament were last weekend. All of the semifinals and championship matches are Saturday and Sunday. 

“We have 15 more golfers in the tournament than last year, and the addition of a Senior Flight has a lot to do with it. We’re doing all we can to breathe some life into the tournament,” said Cory Proehl, director of golf for the Pekin Park District.

“I was hoping to have two 16-golfer flights of seniors, but one 16-golfer flight is a good start,” Proehl said. “C Flight has some seniors who didn’t get into the Senior Flight.”

Seven-time tournament champion Ed Whitaker is playing in the Senior Flight and has made it to the semifinals. Whitaker won in 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1998, 2000 and 2010.

Amerigo “Sheik” Monti (1934, 1938-43) is the only other seven-time tournament champion. There has never been an eight-time tournament champion.

This is the second year that Championship Flight has been reduced from 32 to 16 golfers and the Friday round in that flight on the first weekend of the tournament has been eliminated.

“I’ve heard positive responses to those changes,” Proehl said. “It wasn’t easy sometimes for guys to get away on a Friday when they’re already committed to a qualifying round and as many as many as four other competitive rounds in the tournament.”

There are the results in each flight and this weekend’s schedule:

 

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

AUG. 10 RESULTS

Brian Draker def. Andrew Snell 3 and 2.

Curt Minkel def. Jack Halstead 6 and 4.

Walter Brown def. Scott Deakin 3 and 2.

Bryce Barnes def. Brian Johnson 3 and 2.

Tim Sheppard def. Gus Kormah 6 and 5.

Danny Cox def. Scott Hooste 6 and 5.

Jason Woll def. Scott Belsly 3 and 1.

Kevin Jones def. Brandon DuPage 4 and 3.

 

AUG. 11 RESULTS

Brian Draher def. Curt Minkel 5 and 4.

Walter Brown def. Bryce Barnes 1-up.

Tim Sheppard def. Danny Cox 4 and 3.

Kevin Jones def. Jason Woll 4 and 2.

 

SEMIFINALS

SATURDAY

Brian Draher vs. Walter Brown, 8:16 a.m.

Tim Sheppard vs. Kevin Jones, 8:16 a.m.

(Winners play at 8:16 a.m. Sunday)

 

A FLIGHT

AUG. 10 RESULTS

Mike Onyun def. Chad DuPage 6 and 4.

Ben Thomas def. Cory Pfanz 3 and 2.

Codey Ernst def. Trent Strong 1-up.

Larry Payne def. Kyle Hamilton 5 and 3.

Josh Ellingson def. Jason Ray 5 and 4.

Ryan Cakora def. Andy Heberer 5 and 3.

Chad Turner def. Brian Shemansky 4 and 3.

Jay Harvey def. Tyler Inselmann 4 and 3.

 

AUG. 11 RESULTS

Ben Thomas def. Mike Onyun  6 and 5.

Codey Ernst def. Larry Payne 4 and 3.

Ryan Cakora def. Josh Ellingson 2 and 1.

Jay Harvey def. Chad Turner 3 and 2.

 

SEMIFINALS

SATURDAY

Ben Thomas vs. Codey Ernst, 8:08 a.m.

Ryan Cakora vs. Jay Harvey, 8:08 a.m.

(Winners play at 8:08 a.m. Sunday)

 

B FLIGHT

AUG. 10 RESULTS

Omar Diaz def. Tim Wiley 2 and 1.

Gerald Hall def. Steve McLeod 5 and 4.

Ryan Stoehr def. Kyndal Heberer 4 and 2.

Mike McClain def. Ken Garls 6 and 5.

Jeff Schneider def. Aaron Moore 1-up (19 holes).

Cody Comstock def. Jake Price 1-up.

David Lannert def. Jarrod Ernst 3 and 2.

Paul Belcher II def. Colby Jones (withdrawal).

 

AUG. 11 RESULTS

Omar Diaz def. Gerald Hall 1-up (19 holes).

Mike McClain def. Ryan Stoehr 1-up.

Jeff Schneider def. Cody Comstock 3 and 2.

David Lannert def. Belcher II 2 and 1.

 

SEMIFINALS

SATURDAY

Omar Diaz vs. Mike McClain, 8:08 a.m.

Jeff Schneider vs. David Lannert, 8:08 a.m.

(Winners play at 8:08 a.m. Sunday)

 

C FLIGHT

AUG. 11 RESULTS

Terry Jones bye.

Dana Herold def. Tom Svendsen 1-up.

John Hart def. Albert Crum Jr. 6 and 5.

Tom Williams def. Brian Marko 3 and 2.

 

SEMIFINALS

SATURDAY

Terry Jones vs. Dana Herold, 8 a.m.

John Hart vs. Tom Williams, 8 a.m.

(Winners play at 8 a.m. Sunday)

 

SENIOR FLIGHT

AUG. 10 RESULTS

Ed Whitaker def. Richard Johnson 10 and 8.

Mike Williams def. John Bussone 3 and 2.

Randy Nell def. Jerry Carson 4 and 2.

Billy Grant def. Ken Stone 1-up.

Al Goss def. Greg Wheeler 6 and 4.

Rob Emert def. Bret Maloney 5 and 3.

Chris Fort def. Jerry Rennau (no score reported)

Dave Cunnihgham def. Mike Gardner 2-up.

 

AUG. 11 RESULTS

Ed Whitaker def. Mike Williams 7 and 6.

Billy Grant def. Randy Nell 4 and 3.

Al Goss def. Rob Emert 5 and 4.

Chris Fort def. Dave Cunningham 6 and 5.

 

SEMIFINALS

SATURDAY

Ed Whitaker vs. Billy Grant, 8 a.m.

Al Goss vs. Chris Fort, 8 a.m.

(Winners play at 8 a.m. Sunday)

 

Steve Stein can be reached at (248) 224-2616 or stevestein21@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.