EATON — Jake Tinsley does not just hit a golf ball — he launches it. In his first Eaton Country Club Championship finals, Tinsley took advantage of this by defeating defending Club Champion Tim Garber on Sunday, Sept. 2.
“I was a little nervous to start off,” Tinsley said, “but after a few holes it felt like a normal round of golf. I was really hitting the ball well and in control of my game. Tim did not have his best day, so I was able to win several holes right away which calmed my nerves.” Then with a smile, Jake said “it was fun playing in front of family and friends. Eaton Country Club is such a great place to play golf and make friends.”
Tinsley started playing golf when he was around 6 years old, at ECC, by joining his great-grandparents, Jerry and Hilda Curtis when they played.
“The reason I play golf today is because of the family atmosphere at ECC and playing with my grandparents,” he added. “Winning at ECC is very special since they were members their entire lives.”
Tinsley later continued with golf by playing on the Defiance College golf team, and was a two-time all-conference player his junior and senior years.
Garber complemented Tinsley on his good play. “Jake took control of the match early and displayed great golf etiquette as true gentlemen. That helped make the match bearable, as I did not play my best.”
After laughing that off, Garber added “Jake will win a lot more championships if he keeps playing — he is a great golfer.”
Garber has now made the finals two years in a row, something not done very often. He is in charge of the ECC pro shop and oversees course maintenance.
Eaton Country Club’s Men’s Championship has a long-standing tradition of club and family members following the match, and this year’s match was no exception with a large group following the players during their match.
Eaton Country Club welcomes the public to the restaurant, driving range and has open golf several times through the week. Call 937-456-6922 for more information.