Chalk one up for Harlan Menton. He eagled No. 3.

Menton’s amazing shot came on Alpine Meadow’s par-4 No. 3 on July 30th.

An eagle is a miracle on any hole, but especially No. 3 where the fairway parallels Trout Creek in a dog leg. The score card reads 371 yards from the back tees. Harlan says his approach shot of about 170 yards disappeared into a dip near the green. He feared the ball may have rolled passed the flag and down the bank. What a surprise when he, and golf partners, Terry Lamb and Dean Duquette, found it nestled in the cup.

The lazy days of summer have definitely not zapped golfer energy and enthusiasm. Along with local players, vacationers camped at the lake, or gathered for family reunions, are invading the course in high numbers.

For some travelers the golf course is a first, and others a return.

Before going out for their second nine, a California couple came into the clubhouse raving about the view of the Wallowa Mountains from about any fairway. Their trip to the county was encouraged by friends, the Mel Victors, who they’d met as snowbirds in Yuma, Ariz.

For the past two years four gals from McMinnville, who attend the United Methodist Church Camp at Wallowa Lake, have included a couple of days of golf in their itinerary. Each of the two days they played, the quartet wore maroon camp T-shirts, pulled hand carts, and walked nine holes of what they called “a great little course.”

Julie Sears and Christine Eaves, clubhouse employees, who have a chance to chat with sign-ins, say that out-of-towners are a friendly lot and very courteous.

Within the next four weeks two tournaments are scheduled. The JAIP 4-man scramble (for Joseph Athletic Improvement Project), Saturday, Aug. 22, and the Rat Race, Sept. 5 and 6 (Labor Day weekend).

In ladies competition Aug. 4, Cindy Parks/Rochelle Danielson won the two-person best ball.

Men’s Day scores haven’t been posted of late. Oh yes, a correction on a July 23 skins score for Dean Duquette ... he had one skin on #18, not a total of 18 skins for the season, as reported last week. My bad.

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