FREELAND, MI – Mike Wenglilowski isn’t as good as he used to be, but he’s better than he used to be.
Wenglikowski, 41, joined the elite company of the Saginaw District Golf Tournament on Sunday, claiming his third consecutive District title at Apple Mountain in Freeland.
He also owns three Bay County Championships, with the former Northwood University golfer winning in 2000, 2003 and 2005.
“I’m not as good as I was then, but I’m better than I’ve been recently,” Wenglikowski said. “Back then, you played golf all the time. You’re young.”
Wenglikowski moved to Saginaw in 2010 and took a job at Garber Chevrolet. He also became a dad. Brynn Wenglikowski is 10 years old and studies at Swan Valley.
“Nick Krattiger has three children and I told him it was going to be difficult for him,” Wenglikowski said. “You just don’t play golf as much as you used to once you had kids. I know I didn’t. But now that my daughter is older, I’ve been able to go out more, play more golf.
“So I don’t play golf as much as I used to, but I’m playing golf more than I have in the last two years. I am in a happy medium of playing hard, working hard and spending time with family. And it helps my golf game. So I’m not as good as I was 20 years ago, but I’m better than I’ve ever been.”
That medium has become too much of an obstacle for the rest of the Saginaw County countryside. Only two other golfers have won three consecutive District titles, with Ron Stelter doing it twice. Stelter won from 1962 to 1964 and again from 1968 to 1970. Matt Pumford also won three consecutive Districts from 2012 to 2014.”
Wenglikowski trailed Krattiger by three strokes after the first round, but closed the gap on the 12th hole in the second round. Wenglikowski hit a 3-wood on the par-5 hole for 563 yards. Two shots later, he had an eagle.
“If I hit the 3-wood wrong, I lose two shots instead of winning two,” Wenglikoski said. “That was the turning point in the tournament.”
After a Friday 72 and a Saturday 73, Wenglikowski finished with a Sunday 72 for a 1-over-217. After a Friday 69, Krattiger shot a Saturday 76 and a Sunday 79 to finish second with 224, seven shots behind Wenglikowski.
Adam Jacobs was third with 9 over 225.
“You need patience on this field,” Wenglikowski said. “There are so many places to get into trouble. This is a difficult course.”
Wenglikowski will have little time to celebrate. He tees off at 9:30 am Monday at the Michigan Amateur golf course at Hawk Hollow in Bath.
Todd Essex claimed the Senior title with 236, beating Roger Pumford by three strokes. Saginaw Nouvel sophomore Alex McCarthy finished sixth overall to win the 21 Club title, beating Swan Valley’s Ashton DiBlasi by six shots.
Apple Mountain member Dan Hughes finished a dominant tournament to claim the Legends Division championship by 10 strokes. Hughes, playing off the tees at Legends, shot a 72 on Sunday to finish with a 215, followed by Terry Franz at 225.
Hughes is a four-time District Open Division champion.
The 2023 Saginaw District is scheduled for The Sawmill, and Wenglikowski hopes to go for his fourth straight championship.
“As long as I can do it, I’ll be there,” Wenglikowski said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
Saginaw District 2022
Nick Krattiger 69-76-79—224
Adam Jacobs 74-72-79—225
Nicholas White 74-75-78—227
pumford matte 76-74-78—228
Alex McCarthy 75-76-67—229
Ashton Di Blasi 76-77-82—235
Brian Allen 78-76-82—236
Micah Skidmore 77-85-77—239
Daniel Gladki 76-85-80—241
Justin Bellinger 77-80-86—243
Andres Gladki 78-81-86—245
Hunter Koch 77-86-85—248
Adam Haswell 83-80-86—249
Terry Franz 76-77-72—225
Steve Yockey 76-78-77—231
Eric Frost 77-81-79—237
Steve Soulliere 77-76-90—243
Rick Johnson 80-84-86—250
Paul Gerwin 88-80-86—254
John Kowalewski 87-80-89—256
John Vondette 82-86-88—256
Bill Kundinger 88-80-92—260
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