Blue Heron seniors mix it up
STEVENSVILLE — A familiar saying among golfers is that “it never rains on the golf course.” Not true this spring and summer for we had plenty of rain on Kent Island. But during a rain free opening on a bright and sunny Monday morning last week, 88 players from the Blue Heron Senior Men’s and the Blue Heron Ladies’ Golf Leagues were signed up to compete together in their annual ninehole golf tournament. Despite a heavy rainstorm the night before that thoroughly saturated the county’s Blue Heron Golf Course, and a forecast of thunderstorms later in the afternoon, 79 players actually came out and the tournament went on.
The tournament was a mixed four-person scramble that teamed two men and two women players based upon their personal handicaps. Each team began play on one of the 18 holes on the course and played a “best ball” or “captain’s choice” format. This format allows each team member to hit his or her succeeding shot from the previous ‘best’ shot selected by the team captain. This pattern if followed on each hole all the way to the green until the ball is holed. A single score for each hole is recorded. Using at least two required drives from each member of each team, the contest was a close one.
The third place team on the front nine, recording a score of 34, was made up of Bill Walker, Norman Fraley, Andrea Akers and Anita Snyder. The second place team on the front nine, also recording a score of 34 but winning the more difficult holes, was made up of Charlie Schwan, Steve Dombkowski, Cindy Culp and Sue Orr. And the first place team on the front nine, recording a score of 33, was made up of Dave Letke, Milt Stewart, Lynn George and Irene Fares.
The third place team on the back nine, recording a score of 33, was made up of Ron Taylor, Conrad Levesque, Ellen Kalas and Nancy Kinney. The second place team on the back nine, recording a score of 32, was made up of Tony Rossi, John Bennett, Millie Hemstetter and Rosalie Lewis. And the first place team on the back nine, also recording a score of 32, but winning the more difficult holes, was made up of Gini Laszewski, Sue Heller, Amy Fidanza and Mike Burnside.
In addition to the overall scores, skill shots for the longest drive and the shot that was landed on the green and closest to the pin, were contested. The longest drive on the front nine for the men was Don Trotter and Andrea Akers for the ladies. The closest to the pin shot for the men was Chuck Hall and Andrea Akers for the ladies.
The longest drive on the back nine for the men was Bob Crafton and Gini Laszewski for the ladies. The closest to the pin shot for the men was Carl Eberline and Debbie Gill for the ladies.
Following the competition and prior to the awards presentation, the players enjoyed a wonderful fried chicken luncheon, supplemented by an astonishing array of salads and desserts provided by the ladies. Acknowledgement was given to the president of the ladies golf league, Jeanne Freiberg, and the president of the senior men’s golf league, Chuck Hall, for organizing the event. Also, kudos to the course professional Eric Beaufait and his grounds keeping crew led by Paul Masimore for opening the course and making it ready for play.
Senior tournament first place front nine winners, from left, Dave Letke, Lynn George, Irene Fares
Senior tournament first place back nine winners, from left, Mike Burnside, Amy Fidanza, Gini Laszewski and Sue Heller.