Don’t ask Bridgewater Head Professional Dave Carich if lightning can strike twice in the same place. He is a believer. Briar Ridge’s Gary Sowinski knocked off Carich on the second playoff hole to win the 2012 Indiana PGA Senior Championship. Seventeen years ago, Sowinski needed just one playoff hole to beat Carich in the 1995 Indiana PGA Northern Open.
In the early stages of the final round it didn’t look as though a playoff would be needed to determine the outcome. Carich, enjoying his second summer as a senior player, built on his opening round 67, adding birdies on Honeywell Golf Courses holes 1, 2 and 4 to move to 7-under par and take a four shot lead over Sowinski and Ft. Wayne’s Quinn Griffing.
“I just had to keep playing and just kept looking at playing the best I could,” said Sowinski of Carich’s early onslaught.