Evansville men’s golf qualifier ends in dramatic playoff


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – There’s always something interesting going on at the Evansville Men’s Golf Tournament.

A total of 173 golfers competed for 63 spots in Saturday’s qualifying round. It marks the highest number of tournament entrants since 2008 and the first time two courses have been required since 2016.


There were low marks. Lots of suspense with an 8-man elimination. Even a bit of drama for last place in the main event. Even trying to qualify is never lacking in interest.

Here’s a look at what happened at Fendrich and Helfrich Hills.

Participants ride during the qualifying round of the Evansville Men's Golf Tournament at the Fendrich Golf Course in Evansville, Ind., on Saturday morning July 2, 2022.

Fendrich got several low scores

It should come as no surprise which site gave up the most birdies with 17 players shooting by or better at Fendrich. For comparison, only one reached this mark last year during the qualifications.

Mitchell Johnson and Matthew Godsey paced the field at 6 and under 64. Johnson, a North High School graduate, tallied an impressive 10 birdies, including four in a row to end the day.