After last week’s column and my attempt to explain the lack of interest in golf tournaments, the Shriner’s come along and prove otherwise.
Turnout for the CJD Shrine golf tournament included 74 golfers, which made up 18 teams of men and women spilling over on Alpine Meadows fairways.
The Shriner’s has always attracted golfers, but the tournament became notorious for its all-day into the night ordeal, creating a reason not to enter the fundraiser.
The Shriners eventually saw the light, eliminated mulligans by the bushel, and in turn, sped up the game. This year teams played the 18 holes in six hours.
Although local Shriner’s Club membership is down from earlier times, those who are members work hard to make their “once a year money maker” a success.
Sam Wade, who has been tourney chairman for ages, claims he has lots of help from his family, friends, Shriner members and Alpine Meadows crew.
“We have great support from the golfers too. Several teams return year after year,” said the always smiling Wade. “Not only can these guys and gals hit the ball, they have a lot of fun even when they don’t. In fact, we call the tourney ‘Hit and Giggle,’ and there’s lots of giggling.”
This year’s scramble winners: Randy Slinker, Nathan Slinker, Kyle Crawford and Josh Harman, 59. One stroke behind the No. 1 team was Gordon Higheagle, Levi Taylor, Frank Taylor, Easton Powaukee, and Mike Bisbee, 60. Third Place Tie: Tristan Beck, Pat Lynn, Justin Bird, Dean Duquette, 61. Dennis Kennedy, Matt Alandt, Bob Payant, Rob Payant, 61.
Ladies Longest Drive, Becky Collman. Men’s Longest Drive, Marcus Bridges. Ladies KP, Amanda Weselak. Men’s KP, Matt Alandt.
A Hole-In-One was a tournament highlight for the small crowd who witnessed Matt Alandt, of Meridian, Idaho, make his first-ever hole-in-one.
His team had played 4 holes when they made the turn at the clubhouse. Teeing off No. 1 Alandt watched as his 135 yard drive went high and landed on the green uphill from the flag, rolled back and dropped in the cup. For a moment he stood paralyzed, his eyes grew big, his mouth opened wide, then he began to dance.
Golfers: Perhaps we should put “giggle” back in our game.
Rochelle Danielson writes a weekly golf column for the Chieftain.