Peter Samborsky II grew up in Cincinnati where his father, Peter Eugene “Gene” Samborsky was head golf professional at Western Hills Country Club for more than 30 years. Hanging out at a golf course had its benefits because Pete was proficient enough in golf to receive a scholarship to Wright State University. After earning a business degree at WSU he became an accountant and continued to give a good account of himself on golf courses in the Miami Valley.
He won the prestigious Miami Valley Metropolitan Championship, a 72-hole stroke play event, in 2002 at NCR Country Club and was runner-up to Ron Eubel at Greene Country Club in 2003. Samborsky won the event for the second time when it returned to Greene in 2006 and defended his title successfully in 2007 at Troy Country Club and in 2008 at Piqua Country Club. The only other player to win two Metro titles was Mike Suttman, who did it in 2000 and 2001.
The 35-year-old Samborsky will seek an unprecedented fourth straight Metro crown this week (Aug. 6-9) when the tournament visits the storied Miami Valley Golf Club for the first time.
He will have plenty of competition. Not only will he be challenged by a strong field of 92 other players, but he will have to lift his level of play a notch from what it has been so far in 2009. The man who has had six top 20 finishes in the Ohio Amateur in the decade of the 2000s did not qualify for the event this year. He also had a disappointing performance in the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Moraine Country Club.
On the other hand, he bounced back last weekend to win the NCR Country Club championship on the South Course with a 2-under-par score of 140 in the 36-hole event.
Based on his record, it would be foolish to rule out the possibility of a fourth straight Metro title for the Bellbrook resident. In fact, he probably should be considered the favorite. He has demonstrated many times that he has the composure to put four good rounds together. Two years ago he hung a 62 on the field in the third round at Troy Country Club.
Look for Jeffrey Scohy, the 2004 Miami Valley Match Play champion, to be in the thick of things along with Bob Jones, who won the stroke play crown in 2005.
And it wouldn’t be shocking to see any one of several young players contend. Sam Jandel, the University of Illinois-bound teen-ager who tied for fifth two years ago, is a threat. So are Ben Boyer University of Toledo), Michael Bernard (Wayne High School), Nick Scott (Northmont High School) and perhaps even Alec Tahy, the youngster who made the cut in the Ohio Am last year at the age of 13.
Oh yes, and we should mention that Emma Jandel, who has completed four years with the Ohio State University women’s golf team, will make her second start in the Metro.
Emma, the sister of Sam Jandel and the only woman has played in the event, made the cut in 2007 and tied for 13th. Sam tied for fifth and beat her by six strokes.