And the winners of the Third Annual Invitational Golf Tournament are ... Jeff Neher and Ryan Goude of Walla Walla, Wash.
In the two-man best ball competition played this past weekend at Alpine Meadows, the first flight twosome edged out another Washington team, Greg Corn and Mark Grigg, by four strokes for a low gross two-day score of 134, which included three eagles.
Second Low Gross went to golfers, George Martinez and Ramon Montoya, another team from the city they liked so well they named it twice. Together they scored a two-day total of 141.
The Corn and Grigg team still came out smelling like a rose in taking first low net with a score of 131. Second low net honors went to Eric Kimball and John Biagi, both Washingtonians, with a score of 138.
Second flight first low gross winnings went to Dan Cornett of Joseph and Howard Talbott of La Grande, with a 159. Second low gross to Dean Duquette and brother, John Duquette, both of Enterprise, 162.
First low net winners were Adam Ward and Mike Harshfield with 137. Second low net went to Jerry Hook and Dick Anderson, 140.
All these low-netters represent AMGC and Wallowa County.
KP Winners (closest to the pin from the tee): Saturday –– Greg Corn, known as “The Legion” in Alpine Meadows circles, holes 1/10, and Dan Cornett, holes 4/13. Sunday –– Dean Duquette, holes 1/10 and Jerry Hook, holes 4/13.
In the closest to the pin on No. 8 with second shot contest, Saturday, Brad Stephens zeroed in within two-feet six-inches Saturday from the cup and Sunday, Ramon Montoya hit the green three-feet 10-inches to the cup.
Kudo’s go to Greg Oveson and the greens crew for a groomed course at its finest.
“This year we had sixteen teams. We’d like to have a bigger turnout, but I think it will grow in numbers as word gets out about what a competitive and fun tournament it is,” said Bill Ables, who chaired the tournament.
Ables extends thanks to all who helped make the Invitational a success, including score-keepers Judy Ables, Rochelle Danielson and Terry Lamb, and to the gals in the clubhouse, manager Sherrie Currie, who also played in tourney, and employees Lori Shane and Diann Isley.
Rochelle Danielson writes a golf column throughout the summer.