While many golfers groused about their scoring on the second day of the Peninsula Senior Amateur Grainge Memorial Golf Tournament, they couldn't complain about the weather. Most still enjoyed the two days of sunshine on Thursday and Friday and the well-kept greens at Birch Ridge Golf Course.
"The weather was perfect both days, and today was awesome, awesome, awesome," said John Davis, one of nine golfers of the 29 entered in the tournament to shoot better in round two than in round one.
Davis followed his first-round 97 with a second-round 92 for a 36-hole score of 189, and with his handicap, took first place in the Master's Flight with a net score of 141.
Davis' 141 also stood up as the men's overall low net score for the tournament. In the men's Championship Flight, Mo Redford and Bill Burtram went to a sudden-death playoff as both players finished at 168. Redford won on the third hole of the playoff. While his net score of 140 was lowest among the men, Redford was not eligible to win both awards, leaving Davis in line for the low net prize.
In the Women's Flight, Chiya Bazan proved one of the most consistent golfers in the field, putting up back-to-back 89s to win the women's gross scoring title by 19 strokes.
In the Junior Senior flight, Billy Applewhite shot a 36-hole score of 163 for the top gross score of the tournament.
"I had a good front nine, but I had three double-bogeys on the back," Applewhite said of his round. "The course is in great shape, the greens are great, Tom (Walsh, the Birch Ridge golf pro) did a great job. I think the course was fair to everybody. I was lucky to win."
Davis said that while it's fun to play in a tournament, the competition can also cause a golfer to tighten up something that doesn't help a golfer's swing, which needs to be loose and smooth.
"I didn't even golf my handicap (Thursday)," Davis said. "I beat my handicap today, but yesterday I was three long. If I had golfed the same as today, I would have had a really good score."
Still, Davis said it was enjoyable to get the competitive juices flowing.
"It's a great bunch of guys and gals. Everybody knows everybody, for the most part," Davis said. "... Everybody's rooting for the other guy hoping he comes in second."
Peninsula Senior Amateur Grainge Memorial Tournament
Thursday and Friday at Birch Ridge Golf Course
Results with round one, round two, total gross and total net scores.
Mo Redford 75-93168 140
Bill Burtram 81-87168 146
Darrell Jelsma 86-87173 147
Pat Cowan 85-89174 148
Bob Bush 89-89178 148
Jerry Norris 79-91170 152
Ray Hamby 97-94191 157
Ken Liedes 90-81171 161
John Davis 97-92189 141
Dave Stein 89-99188 142
Dave Keating 96-91187 143
Andy Anderson 93-105198 152
Don McGhee 97-97194 154
Roger Jones 95-105200 158
Gordon Briscoe 103-112215 159
Chuck Obendorf 106-111217 161
Sam Best 122-120242 184
Junior Senior Flight
Steve Horn 95-93188 148
Eddie Sibolboro 91-85176 154
George Stein 88-90178 154
Gary Davis 99-111210 154
Billy Applewhite 80-83163 155
Steve Dexheimer 84-96180 164
Chiya Bazan 89-89178 136
Lisa Parker 101-96197 149
Sharon Keating 107-112219 149
Jo Briscoe 101-109210 152
Louise Schaedle 116-117233 153
Tanya Boedeker 116-112228 154
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