Sumner wins Carl Spackler Open with ace

Warren’s Ken Sumner (right) captured the 2019 Carl Spackler Open on Sunday at the Angels Crossing Golf Club in Vicksburg, Michigan.

VICKSBURG, Mich. – Warren’s Ken Sumner, courtesy of a dramatic hole-in-one, captured the 2019 Carl Spackler Open title at Angels Crossing Golf Club on Sunday.

The tournament origins date back to the early 2000s, when organizer Greg Long, his brothers and friends from Warren County had the idea. They decided to start a mini-tournament and named it the Carl Spackler Open. For those who aren’t movie buffs, the name is a tribute to Bill Murray’s character in ‘Caddyshack.’

The event has more than doubled in size since its original beginning and features over 100 members, including a good number from the Warren area.

Sumner’s ace helped carry him to victory in a scoring system that, unlike a traditional round of golf, awards points for eagles, birdies, pars, bogeys and so on.

Sumner finished with a total of 204 points for his three rounds, edging Don Justice, who finished with a score of 201.