SOUTHINGTON — Dave Mikosz made it an even dozen championships at the Southington Country Club this summer.
The 72-year-old retired Southington fire captain has now won 12 club titles that span four decades.
The tournament was played in a match-play format. It stretched over three weekends due to bad weather and scheduling conflicts.
In the finals, Mikosz edged out Mike Giannetti.
“On the last round, I closed out the final on the 16th hole,” Mikosz said. “I was three up with two to go.”
Mikosz’s secret weapon? His short irons.
“I chip in a lot,” Mikosz said. “You have good days putting and bad days putting. My best part of my game is chipping. When I’m playing, people would rather see me on the green with a long putt than a chip.”
Practice makes perfect, and not many know the Southington Country Club course better than Mikosz. He’s been a member since 1969 and is on the course just about every day.
“I step out my backyard and I’m on the seventh green and eighth tee,” Mikosz said.
”Obviously, he’s a very steady golfer,” said Harry Kastner, the general manager at Southington Country Club. “He’s consistent; he has a tremendous short game. Get him off the tee, he’s going to win the hole. He comes out and practices short game when he’s not playing a round. He loves golf and is passionate about it.”
Mikosz noted that age and experience have their benefits.
“The older you get, the more you see how the game is played,” Mikosz said. “You have to play to your capabilities. I play the course; you have to beat the course. That’s why I like match play. You can lose a couple of holes and still win the match.
“The course is a short course,” he added. “It’s not 6,000 yards from the blue tees. The greens are small and, if they are dried out, they are very fast and almost unplayable from certain pin locations.”
There were a total of five champions crowned at Southington Country Club this summer. Mikosz captured the Championship Flight. Joe Coppola won the Net Flight and Richard Mola the Gold Flight.
In women’s action, Josephine Coppola claimed the women’s gross title and Cheryl Lombardo had low net.
As for Mikosz, who won his first Southington title in 1981, he’ll be back to defend.
“My goal is to try to win it next year and the year after,” the champ said. “If I win it in two years, that would give me a championship in five different decades.”