While some solstice events were getting wet in the summer rain on the Kenai Peninsula, the internationally famous Midnight Sun Golf Tournament stayed dry until the last team had holed out sometime around midnight.
"We were lucky I guess and we sure had a lot of fun this year," said tournament innovator and coordinator Sam Best. When the scores were all tallied it was the local foursome of Gary Dawkins, Richard Edwards, Pat Bird, and Cliff Baker that had the winning score of 61 and claimed the bragging rights for the legendary championship scramble tournament.
Players in the Rotary Solstice Scramble gather for the tie breaking chip off, as rain continues to threaten at the midnight hour.
"It's overwhelming," said Baker, "Awesome," agreed Edwards. "I'll tell yeah, this is a special tournament, I think this is my 12th or 13th year playing in the tournament but I've never won it before. We had a great night, no rain, made a lot of birdie putts, and made a great birthday present for me," said Dawkins who has made playing in the event a birthday tradition.
"This was an awesome team to play with, they were really great, and nobody believes you when you tell them in the lower 48 that you were playing golf at midnight and making birdie putts, it's a totally unique experience," said Pat Bird, the only woman on the winning team. Dawkins promised to return next year to defend the title and his bragging rights. Many local businesses sponsor holes and prizes for the tournament, which is a fundraiser for the Soldotna Rotary Club.
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