The 23rd annual June Scramble was held last Saturday and a new team emerged as champions. After several years of domination by the "Dream Team" and the "Chenault/Weaver Team," the team of Pat Cowan, Jenifer Cowan, Curtis Smith and Matt Waller shot a 10-under-par score of 60 to win the A Division.
Jenifer and Curtis grew up on the course their dad built and came to play all the bounces just right. Pat Cowan, owner of the course, played on the very first June Scramble winning team. Matt Waller was a ringer that Curtis brought from Anchorage.
Together they had the right stuff to win this tournament and will have to defend their title next year.
Winning the B Division for the second year was the team of Gary Dawkins, John Lansing, Phil Stefanides and Paula Crowley with a score of 65. As two-time winners of the division they will probably have the honor of being elevated to the A Division.
One other note is that the team of CPAs did not finish last for the first time they have played this tournament. Maybe they will have to make a trade down for next year.
1. Jenifer Cowan, Pat Cowan, Curtis Smith, Matt Waller -- 60; 2. Tim Walsh, Mark Mattaresse, Mo Redford, Gene Granath -- 61; 3. Dean Alt, Wendy Alt, Jim McWilliams, Rob Smithwick -- 62; 4. Doug Marshall, Tom Reese, Greg Duggan, Jeff Hahn -- 62; 5. Jay Kriner, Bill Frazier, Jo Blanchard, Drew Kriner -- 64; 6. Dick Cockroft, Big Al, Mike Azzarra, Paul Sopchak -- 66; 7. Derrick Eagle, Gary Stackhouse, Matt Mattaresse, Nolan Rose -- 66; 8. Charlie Weimer, Paul Buxton, Mike Hollingsworth, Darrel Jelsma -- 67.
1. Gary Dawkins, John Lansing, Phil Stefanides, Paula Crowley -- 65; 2. Rich Riggs, Paul Ostrander, Wayne Ferris, Mark Glascoe -- 67; 3. Jerry Maddox, Carolyn Turkington, Ray Simiutis, Sam McLane -- 69; 4. Pat Bird, Jan Stenga, Lynn Reynolds, Chiya Bazan -- 70; 5. Dave Stein, Duke Mattison, Greg Horton, Sam Best -- 70; 6. Phil Turkington, Kevin O'Fallon, Dave Grove, Chick Kishbaugh -- 71; 7. Chuck Obendorf, George Stein, Bob Lambe, Janice Turter -- 73; 8. Judy Walsh, Linda Murphy, Terri Mattison, June Stuckey -- 78.
Several things have been happening in the Junior Golf scene. Monday, another group of golfers went to tackle Eagleglen Golf Course and, once again, the peninsula golfers made an impact. The course was under some construction and they played 17 holes, skipping a par 3.
Taking second place out of twenty golfers in the 15 to 17 age group was Nick Horn, who shot a 73. Nolan Rose finished sixth with a 78 and Matt Mattaresse finished 11th with an 80.
Joshua Lansing finished seventh out of 19 golfers in the 13 to 14 age group with an 84. In the 6 to 9 age group, Taylor Jackson took first place among nine golfers shooting 37 for nine holes.
A special thank you to Mike Rose and Scott Jackson, who transported our junior golfers to this tournament. Next Monday is the PGA Junior Qualifier at Settler's Bay. The top two finishers in the age groups will advance to the regional qualifier in Sand Point, Idaho.
The finals will be held in August at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach, Fla. Good Luck to all the juniors.
The Junior Golf Program is in full swing at Birch Ridge. Sixteen golfers participated in the beginners group and learned all aspects of the golf swing including putting and chipping.
They received education about the rules of golf and watched a movie by the USGA entitled "The Spirit of the Game." Class on Friday featured a barbeque, prizes and Robbie Anderson was the winner of a set of golf clubs.
Next Monday will be the second week of the advanced camp conducted by Tom Walsh, Dean Alt and Gary Stackhouse. Call the pro shop to register for this week of education, golf and fun.
Twelve couples turned out for a great night of golf and played three holes of scramble, three holes of scotch doubles and three holes of best ball. Low gross went to Tom and Judy Walsh with a score of 37 and low net went to John and Linda Lansing with a 14. The next couples night will be July 1.
Thirty-two players showed up to challenge for bragging rights on Men's Night. The team of Duke Mattison, Derrick Eagle, Dan Murphy and Ray Hamby won with a 4-under 31. Monster driver Drew Kriner won the long drive again, Duke Mattison was closest on No. 6 and Steve Hammerstrom was closest on No. 8.
Midnight Sun Scramble
The Rotary Midnight Sun Scramble will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. This is a great tournament that features fun, food and golf in celebration of solstice. Call the pro shop to register.
One of the special features of Birch Ridge has been the unique 150 markers on several holes. Time and Mother Nature had taken their toll of these signs and we want to extend a special thank you to Dean Alt for rebuilding, painting and replacing the signs.
If you see Dean, thank him for all his hard work.
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