Alt takes Grainge Memorial in playoff

Great escapes

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2001

The hit and pray. It's not a shot one would see in a golf video or magazine, but if it's working, it's the most valuable shot in the golfer's arsenal.

Dean Alt showed just how important the shot can be Saturday in taking the junior-senior championship flight of the Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Alt finished 36 holes of the two-day tournament tied with Gordon Griffin with a total of 154, so the duo entered a playoff to decide supremacy amongst the juniors and seniors, or those 50 to 59 years old.

On the first hole, a straight, 325-yard par 4, Griffin started by putting his tee shot on the fairway. Alt followed by poking his shot into an awkward position in the right rough.

It was time to hit and pray.

"I only had a gap to get out of that was this big," said Alt, holding his hands about a foot apart. "That was all I could do. Hit it and pray."

Alt lined an iron just short of the green. When Griffin sprayed his approach shot to the right of the green, Alt was right back in the playoff. Both ended up just missing par putts and bogeyed the hole.

On came the second hole, a straight, 375-yard par 4, and another tee shot on the fairway by Griffin. Alt followed with a tee shot that took a nasty hook into the rough on the left. The ball eventually came to rest less than a foot from a tree root.

Alt again served up a classic hit and pray, this time somehow coaxing his approach shot onto the green and drawing a cry of, "Two miracles!" from the gallery. Meanwhile, Griffin followed by pushing his approach shot wide of the green again.

"I had better position on both holes," Griffin said. "I just hit two fat shots. He did an outstanding job of getting out of trouble."

Griffin, on the other hand, soon met with disaster. His chip didn't quite get up on the green. When he addressed his next shot, the ball rolled down the hill a little, resulting in a one-stroke penalty.

Griffin ended up taking a double bogey on the hole, while Alt tapped in for an easy par and his first title at the Senior Tournament in three tries.

The playoff ended a long dogfight between Griffin, Alt and Billy Applewhite for the junior-senior hardware. All entered the 18th hole Saturday tied. Alt and Griffin came up with pars to advance to the playoff, while Applewhite was eliminated with a double bogey.

"It was a great battle between Billy, Dean and myself," Griffin said. "We were all trading the lead back and forth all day. I had a great time playing with those guys."

Rita Botelho had a two-day total of 177 to take the ladies flight. Botelho topped runner-up Lynne Reynolds by three strokes.

A chip-in birdie on the first hole Saturday was enough for Botelho to overcome what she termed a couple of "senior" mistakes.

"There were two times I teed off from the wrong tees and had to take a two-stroke penalty," Botelho said. "I did it once today and once yesterday.

"After I did it yesterday, I told myself it was never going to happen again. It didn't take very long for it to happen again."

Pat Cowan took top honors in the masters, or 60 and up, championship flight with a two-day total of 168. Cowan topped runner-up Tom Allison by one stroke. Although Allison and Cowan were in the same group, Cowan said the two didn't exactly have a heated battle coming down the stretch.

"We were both playing so bad that we didn't think either of us had a chance of winning," Cowan said.

Also Saturday, Carolyn Turkington took the low net in the ladies flight, Roger Jones took the masters first flight, Andy Anderson took the masters second flight, John Tongen won the junior-senior first flight and John Roderick won the junior-senior second flight.

Reynolds had the longest drive on hole No. 3 amongst the women, while Darell Jelsma took long drive honors for the men for the second year in a row.

Closest to the pin on No. 6 went to Pat Bird for the women, while closest to the pin on No. 8 went to Gordon Briscoe for the men.


Pat Cowan putts on the 18th hole to win the masters championship flight of the Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament at Birch Ridge Golf Course Saturday afternoon.

Photo by M. SCOTT MOON

Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament

at Birch Ridge Golf Course

Friday, Saturday

Ladies Flight

Rita Botelho 87-90 -- 177

Lynne Reynolds 89-91 -- 180

Carolyn Turkington 83-98 -- 181

Joe Briscoe 91-105 -- 196

Myrna Cowan 100-98 -- 198

Chiya Bazan 104-98 -- 202

Linda Murphy 97-108 -- 205

Pat Bird 101-107 -- 208

Jane Tongen 106-109 -- 215

Jan Stenga 112-106 -- 218

Louise Schadle 106-120 -- 226

Sharon Keating WD

Men's Masters Flights


Pat Cowan 83-85 -- 168

Tom Allison 80-89 -- 169

John Davis 84-91 -- 175

Mo Redford 87-89 -- 176

Jerry Norris 93-88 -- 181

Dave Keating 88-96 -- 184

Butch Anderson 86-99 -- 185

First Flight

Roger Jones 92-93 -- 185

Phil Turkington 88-99 -- 187

Chuck Rider 97-91 -- 188

Packy Dick 100-89 -- 189

Gordon Briscoe 104-93 -- 197

Dave Stein WD

Secokknd Flight

Andy Anderson 92-88 -- 180

Don McGhee 88-93 -- 181

Carl Christensen 93-95 -- 188

Chuck Obendorf 106-109 -- 215

Clair Schadle 116-120 -- 236

Men's Junior/Senior Flights


Gordon Griffin 76-78 -- 154

Dean Alt 75-79 -- 154

Billy Applewhite 78-78 -- 156

Craig Jung 86-80 -- 166

Bill Burtrum 85-83 -- 168

Mike Hollingsworth 83-88 -- 171

First Flight

John Tongen 81-81 -- 162

Dwight Kramer 84-80 -- 164

Jim Bradford 77-89 -- 166

Darell Jelsma 86-81 -- 167

Jesse Wade 84-84 -- 168

Jim Legner 92-82 -- 174

Bill Fletcher 91-89 -- 180

Jim McWilliams 93-95 -- 188

Second Flight

John Roderick 87-86 -- 173

Rob Salo 90-90 -- 180

Ray Hamby 90-96 -- 186

Bill Davis 88-100 -- 188

E.Z. Hoyez 101-88 -- 189

Richard Atuk 95-97 -- 192

Ken Schaefer 115-114 -- 229

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