Alpine Meadows golfers couldn’t have asked for a nicer September Saturday to play the fall tournament scramble. Temperatures not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

All eight four-man teams scrambled to win, but only Team 5 conquered those difficult pin placement putts to put their foursome in the green. Terry Lamb, Dean Duquette, Harlan Menton and Chuck Haines took Low Gross honors with a 67.

Team 7, with players Tristan Beck, Pat Lynn, Marvin Gibbs and Dale Johnson, followed with Second Low Gross of 70.

In the net division (after subtracting handicap) Team 3 –– Jay Butts, James Johnson, Willy Roberts and Casey Barstad –– walked away with First Low Net, 53.

Second Low Net went to three gals and a guy, Lisa Larson, Rochelle Danielson, Nancy and Mac Huff with a 56.2.

The scramble was followed with a dinner of Spuds and Splits ─ baked potatoes with unimaginable trimmings and banana splits, scooped with gooey good toppings.

Afterward, Jerry Hook, board president, took charge of the annual member meeting. He gave a rundown of the 2018 season, thanking employees and volunteers who helped make the golf course more financially sound than it’s been in years.

Ernestine Kilgore, ladies president, expressed thanks to the gals for efforts put forth this year. She also expressed appreciation to Cycle Oregon volunteers.

Kathy Reynolds won a golf membership for 2019 in Drop Ball Raffle.

The course was closed Sept. 17 while the AMGC crew plugged the greens in the process of aeration. Sand was spread on the greens, rolled and raked several times (over and over) into the holes, then watered.

The sanded greens will be bouncy for a couple of weeks which may frustrate golfers. Golf course aeration is a good thing. Healthier turf makes for happier, more accurate putting.

A Pleasant Surprise:

Ray Milligan, accompanied by his daughter Joyce Decker, on a visit to the golf course Thursday where he proceeded to do a little putting on the practice green. Ray, who celebrated his 99th birthday in May, showed he hadn’t lost his touch; he sank his first four putts from a 10-foot distance or more.

Rochelle Danielson writes a weekly golf column for the Chieftain.

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