It may not be as well-known as the U.S. Open, but the Triple Six tournament held the last day of May at Alpine Meadows excited fans from near and far — as near as Enterprise and as far as Wallowa.

Seriously, Triple Six is a competitive 2-person team event, but with this year’s lower participation the day’s play leaned more to “spendy” fun.

The tourney gets its name from an 18-hole mixed format: 6 holes scotch ball, 6 holes best ball, and 6 holes scramble. You’d think it would take a math professor to keep score, but the Bill Ables/Gary Marr team did a good job, both with golf and low gross score of 71. Dan Cornett/Howard Talbott finished with 2nd low gross, 74.

Alpine Meadows hosts several tournaments during the season, one being the Elks Tournament tentatively scheduled June 20-21.

Over the years the BPOE has drawn a huge field of excellent golfers to the Enterprise course — Ray Milligan, longtime local resident and original owner of Milligan Motors, being one of them. His golf swing has won him many first-place prizes, Elk sole survivors and Oregon tournaments. Not only has Milligan been a low handicapper, his love of the game in the ’60 motivated him to be instrumental in the long-term stability of Alpine Meadows. In respect to his role the AMGC Board of Directors recently presented him with a lifetime membership.

Although Lady Golfers won’t host their invitational tournament until August, they’ve been playing some mean games on Tuesdays. Game chairman, Carol Marr, seems to have “no heart” when she sets the game of the day. Last week, the gals groaned when they were limited to “three clubs and a putter,” but it didn’t bother Judy Ables and Sherri Currie’s scores of 99 gross. Two weeks ago the gals played “Three Blind Mice,” a game that eliminates 3 unknown blind holes after completion of 18 holes. Carol Marr and Cheri Lamb won their flights. Also, Marr and Cheryl Kooch added their names to the “Birdie” tree, Cheryl, #1, and Carol, #4.

Congratulations to the winners.

And, words to non-winners: take more time at practice range.

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