Golf tourney sees close finish

A full field yielded an even closer finish at Kitchen Creek’s “anniversary” tournament yesterday.
Just five points separated the top 10 teams as Tom Foley, Paul Morrison, and Tony Penkoff earned top spot with 106—one more than the foursome of Jim Ballard, Doug Currie, Blake Bruyere, and Bob Armit.
Under the scoring system, teams took their top two finishes at each hole, with a bogey worth one point, a par worth two, a birdie worth three, an eagle worth four, and a double-eagle worth five.
Colin Wielinga, Rick Payne, and Penny McComb were third with 104 points.
In fourth and fifth place, respectively, also with 104 points, were Mike Sinclair, Steve Kosowick, Conley Thayer, and Barb Asplund and the foursome of Mel Larson, Shawn O’Donnell, Fred Sinninghe, and Dave Hyatt.
The tournament drew 134 entries divided into 34 teams of four.
“Everyone liked the format,” said club pro Steve Wood, who organized the tournament after last year’s event—held to celebrate the club’s 75th anniversary—drew rave reviews.
“They had a lot of fun. Because the teams were chosen at random, people got a chance to play with others they hadn’t played with,” he noted.
Despite a shotgun start, the large field had to do a lot of waiting between holes under sweltering conditions.
“It’s not too bad. We like waiting on every hole. It’s so cool out as you can see,” joked Sam Harnett as he towelled his face before teeing off at #12.
“Closest to the pin” prizes were won by Bryce Coyle (#5), Greg Ward (#7), Konrad Sobkowicz (#11), and Jean Dick (#13).
Mike Dick (#5), Greg Ross (#12), and Mel Larson (#12) captured natural skins at $200 each.
Murray Georgeson (#3), Paul Morrison (#6), Doug Currie (#9), Laura Bruyere (#11), and Andrew Crook (#14) won respective net skins at $80 apiece.