By Rocky Wilson

Wallowa County Chieftain

Seventy-two golfers, some as young as 11 years of age, participated in a “scramble” golf tournament last Saturday at Alpine Meadows, in Enterprise, where nearly $3,000 was raised to support sports at the Joseph schools.

In scramble events, all four members on a team tee off on a given hole, make shots from the best of those tee shots, and then make shots from the closest vantage to the pin until the ball ends up in the cup.

Lance Homan of Joseph coordinated the event and said a total of 18 teams of men, women, mixed players, and even adults and children played under warm, sunny skies.

The low gross team for the tournament was the foursome of Homan, from Joseph; Greg Oveson, of Wallowa; John Decker, of Enterprise; and Jason Gorham, of Cove.

That foursome recorded a score of 58 shots on a par 71 course.

Garnering low net honors for the day was the Kevin Warnock family, of Joseph. That mixed team of Kevin, Donna, Mariah, and Christopher Warnock netted a score of 69 strokes during the 18 holes of competition.

Also claiming individual honors in a tournament where more people went home with prizes than those who went home without prizes were Enterprise golfers Chad Stangel and Austin Livingston. Stangel earned closest to the pin honors on the first hole and Livingston claimed the same distinction on the fourth hole.

Proceeds for the event went to the four-year-old Joseph Athletic Improvement Project, a small contingency of people committed to upgrading athletics at the Joseph school.

To date, the JAIP has provided funds to resurface the school track and bought new wrestling, track, football, and volleyball uniforms.

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