ENTERPRISE — The seventh-annual Triple Six Golf Tournament was held at Alpine Meadows Golf Course on Saturday, June 27, under blue skies with some wind to add a little challenge.
There were 28 golfers that formed 14 two-person teams, according to AMGC Tournament Director Bill Ables.
“They competed in two flights that depended on each the established golf handicap of each player. So there were seven teams in each flight.”
This unique 18-hole golf tournament consisted of the teams playing the first six holes in the Best Ball format, holes seven thru 12 were played using the Scramble format and the final six holes consisted of the Chapman format. Players were also vying for closest to the pin (KP) on holes No. 1 and No. 4. Lance Homan and Dale Johnson won the contest on these holes, respectively.
The winners in the First Flight Gross (total score) Division were Lance Homan and John Decker (72), who took first place and Mike and Mona Rahn, who finished second with a 79.
In the First Flight Net (handicapped score) Division Mike and Kyle Crawford and Mike Reynolds and Dale Johnson tied for first place with a 69.5.
The top two finishers in the Second Flight Gross (total score) Division were Chad Stangel and Chad Conrad (73) and Tristin Beck and Pat Lynn (78).
The winners in the Second Flight Net (handicapped score) Division were Cole Warnock and Cole Devanderschueren (63.6) and Brian and Amanda Rahn (64.4).
The event offered prizes to the top two-person teams for their nearly all-day, 18-hole efforts.
“A portion of the entry fees goes to the golf course, and the rest goes into prizes,” Ables said. “The tournament went off very well. The weather cooperated. The wind blew some willow catkins down on the green, but everybody just dealt with it. We all adhered to social distancing and COVID rules. I was really tickled with the turnout.”
The Triple Six Tournament was played under three different sets of rules, each of which lasted for six of the 18 holes. The first six holes are played under “Best Ball” rules: just like regular golf, with each golfer on the two-person teams playing their own ball for six holes. The team records only the best of the two scores. The next six holes are played as a “scramble”: The two players on the team each tee off, but then the player with the worst ball position takes his ball to the other player’s better ball lie and hits it from there. The process is repeated until one ball rolls into the cup. That is the single score recorded. The last six holes are played under “Chapman Rules.” Both golfers on the side hit drives. Each plays the other’s ball for the second shots. The best of the second shots is selected and from there the two partners play the single ball alternately until it rolls into the hole.
“It’s a fun way to play golf, although sometimes it can get a little confusing,” Ables said.
Most of the tournaments planned for this year, including the Shriners, have been canceled, Ables said. But there is one coming up — the Elks Tournament on July 18-19. It’s for individual players, rather than teams.
“The Elks Tournament ends with what’s called a ‘Horse Race,’” Ables said. “Each golfer teams up with another player, and after each hole, two teams are eliminated until the last hole. The best team, of course, wins the horse race.”
The fate of the season’s final Labor Day Rat Race tournament is still uncertain, Ables said.
(Note: the date of the Elks Golf Tournament has been corrected. The dates are July 18-19.)