Alpine Meadows Golf Course swarmed with golfers over the Labor Day weekend — a weekend that proved “perfect weather friendly” to Rat Race couples.
The turnout of 94 golfers was the largest participation in the tournament’s history. On a nine-hole golf course, that’s a lot of people, but with an experienced committee, AMGC personnel, JD Hagan and greens crew and many on-the-spot volunteers, the tourney was a huge success.
The 2021 First Low Gross Coveted Awards in the three flights went to: Cats — Chris/Carla Greenough of La Grande, with a score of 148 for the two-day tournament. Rats — Lloyd/Nita Baker, also of La Grande, 168. Cheese — Tristen Beck/Desiree Nash of Enterprise, 179.
First Low Net Awards in three flights went to: Cats — Larry and Kathy Mauer, 132. Rats — Craig and Terri Smith, 142. Cheese — Terry Hughes and Kim Hulse, 144.
The tournament paid three places in each category.
Sole Survivor Winner, a five-hole competition: First, Craig and Terri Smith. Second, Gary and Karen Graybeal. Third, Scott and Carol Franks. This was a good golf match to observe. On the No. 5 green, and deciding hole, Smiths and Graybeals tied, but because this was a “net player” year the Smiths had a one stroke advantage.
Saturday Best Ball: First Place Team: Chris/Carla Greenough, Emmitt/Shirley Cornford and Matthew/Paige Twomey. 2nd Place Team: Albin/Chris Presley, Don/Peggy Westfall and Carey Lewis/Lesa Bunten.
Saturday’s Fairway Games Winner: Mens’ Long Drive: Cats — Alan Stephens. Rats — Randy Spear. Cheese — Kevin McCarthy. Womens’ Long Drive: Cats — Cally Goss. Rats — Wendi Schuening. Cheese —–Cami Renteria. Closest to the pin (Saturday): Carla Greenough and Don Westfall. Closest to the pin (Sunday): Ann Smestead and Kari Carter. Accuracy: Men — Mark Herman. Women — Cally Goss. Putting contest: Men — Warren Wilson. Women — Cally Goss. Mini-tournament (Friday, nine-hole): Cats — Alan and Carol Stephens. Rats — Cedric and Kathy Shanks. Cheese — Tristen and Desiree.
Winner for free entry 2022 — Andy and Nancy Muncy.
“A big thanks to Cindy Parks and Bob Williams who solicited gifts from hometown merchants, and were able to get a hold of some golf pros to donate prizes for our raffle, such as a left-hand putter from Phil Mickelson — just kidding,” said Carol Marr. “Also we want to thank Bill Williams, Chuck Haines, Mike/Kathy Reynolds, Rochelle Danielson and several volunteer golfers who helped make the tournament so successful.”