The word “bittersweet,” used as an adjective in Webster’s dictionary, can be described as “pleasure alloyed with pain,” and that is exactly how 50 percent of the Gail Beck Invitational lady golfers felt as they played the fairways and greens at Alpine Meadows.
The other half of women in the annual event found the course anything but bittersweet ─ all pleasure, no pain ─ and they’re the ones who get their name in the newspaper.
Tori Suto eagled No. 14 with a 20-foot chip in. She birdied 3, 5, 10 and 15. Other birdies: Susie Coughlin, 15. Carol Marr, 4. Ernestine Kilgore, 13. Panky Hauxwell, 10.
Suto drove a powerful drive on No. 15, First Flight. Mary Lynn Townsend, Union, sent one flying to win long drive, Second Flight.
Winner Closest to the Line on No. 2/11 gave accuracy title to Jacquie Myers, La Grande, First Flight. Again, Townsend showed finesse with her line drive, Second Flight.
KP on No. 1/10: First Flight, Suto, 12-1 Second Flight, Hauxwell, 10-3.
Long Putt No. 9/18: Suto, 7-2. Ernestine Kilgore, 4-foot.
Overall Scores: Suto, Gross 79. Tie: Marr and Hauxwell, Net 70.
Gross and Net Winners:
La Grande Country Club: Jacquie Myers, Gross 94. Nita Baker Net 73.
Buffalo Peak: Kathi Karnowski, Gross 92. Mary Lynn Townsend, Net 89.
Alpine Meadows: Marr Gross, 88. Judy Ables, Net 73.
50/50 Drawings: Hauxwell. Raffle Drawing, Play at Wildhorse, Laidee Ann Wolfe.
Tom Greenawalt provided a $200 cash gift to the invitational. The monies purchased two $25 Texaco gas certificate, two $25 Pro Shop gift certificates and $100 in prize money for overall gross/net.
Other donations came from Wallowa Lake Tramway, Mike Lockhart, two gondola rides. Vesta Jacobs, two homemade pies. Ted Juve, pottery. Buffalo Peak, Kathi Karnowski, basket of golfing goodies.
Men’s Skins Aug. 16 — Dick Anderson, 2 gross/1 net. Jerry Hook, 1 gross/3 net. Dale Johnson, 2 gross/1 net. Gary Marr, 2 gross/2 net. Ashley Prince, 1 gross/1 net. Terry Lamb, 1 gross/1 net.
Blind Partners: Marvin Gibbs/Jerry Hook, Low Gross. Terry Lamb/Dale Johnson, Low Net.
Rochelle Danielson writes a weekly golf column for the Chieftain.