Rubis claims Seniors title
It wasn’t the best timing for Fargo’s Tim Rubis, after he was told by his doctor last Monday that he needed hip-replacement surgery.
The news came on the same week Rubis was going to play in the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament’s Senior division, but he was battling the pain which came with a degenerating hip.
Instead of opting out of the tournament, Rubis had a cortisone shot to help deal with the pain.
Rubis earned his second Pine to Palm Senior’s championship Sunday at the Detroit Country Club with his 1-up victory over Craig Stein. His other championship came in 2011.
“Without that cortisone shot, there was no way I was going to be able to play,” Rubis said. “It was big.”
Rubis played a total of five rounds over the course of the week, including his qualifying round of two-over par 73.
His opening round victory of 5 and 4 over Jim Brothers was followed by three straight 1-up wins, including his quarterfinal triumph over defending champion Scott Linnerooth.
“I had some good, close matches which came down to the last holes,” Rubis said. “And Craig (Stein) is a very good golfer, as well.”
There were not a lot of birdies in the Senior’s championship match, as Rubis played even par golf with two birdies and two bogeys.
Rubis built a 3-up lead after Stein fell into trouble on holes 13 and 14, while he was able to close it out with a lob wedge shot from out of the rough 60-yards out, to put it to within 10-feet of the cup.
Rubis was also grateful for his caddy, his son Matt.
“Matt used to caddy for me when he was younger, so it was an inspiration having him caddy for me (Sunday),” Rubis added.
Eden Prairie’s Rob Harris won medalist laurels with a four-under par 67, but lost to Stein in the semifinals 5 and 4.