It’s fair to say that golfers who missed playing scotch ball last Friday night missed a “blue ribbon” opportunity. It was the perfect evening ... not super cool, but a pleasant time to be on the golf course. Six couples challenged one another for the lowest score, enjoyed each other’s company during a barbecue/potluck, and still had time to make it home to relax and enjoy the sight of a blue moon. Oh yes, Terry and Cheri Lamb won low gross. Bill and Judy Ables, low net.

July proved a busy month for Alpine Meadows. Curt Nebel, clubhouse manager, found himself constantly on the move from restaurant/bar to taking greens fees and renting carts.

“I love ‘busy’ and AMGC loves it too,” says Nebel, who is doing a great job in his transition from lumber to golf. Julie Sears, in the kitchen, also found little time to chat. Orders for salads, sandwiches, burgers and fries were flying out from players on the turn, or 19th green.

Lady golfers are preparing for their annual Invitational scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 11. The tournament is special this year, in that it will be in honor of the late Gayle Beck, a lover of golf and a diligent booster of Alpine Meadows.

The welcome mat not only includes an invite to gals from eastern Oregon golf courses, mainly in Baker and La Grande, but to any woman in the county who’d like to play. The cost of $30 includes 18 holes of golf, a luncheon, and door prizes. A raffle ticket purchase could win you a Stay & Play at Wildhorse. There’ll also be a 50/50 drawing, and baskets filled with Oregon’s homegrown goods. You don’t have to be a low handicapper to play, just nerves of steel. Carol Marr can place you on a team, or you can bring your own group.

Tuesday’s Ladies’ day winner: Cindy Parks, who came in with the lowest two-day eclectic score. Some gals didn’t turn in their scores, so no prize golf balls for you.

Thursday’s Men’s day: Harlan Menton and Ashley Prince were winners in Blind Partners with a combined score of 140. Dean Duquette leads club for the season with 18 skins.

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