Halloween costumes, delicious cookies, fine wine, hot apple cider and fine cuisine along with fun contests, and elusive spiders were all part of a warm, sunny autumn day full of fun golf, and camaraderie at Eagle Point Golf Club’s Halloween Fest on Sunday October 19th. The Franken 9 Couples Scramble, a golf social event, sponsored by LocalGolfer.com, was complete with appearances by many well known Halloween characters.
Spectacular course conditions added to the day as couples competed for bragging rights to the inaugural Halloween event. Eagle Point’s General Manager, Patrick Oropallo, and his crew pulled out all the stops to make the event happen, “It was a good tournament,” says Oropallo. “It was a lot of fun to put together. We look forward to a repeat next year,” he adds. Magic Man Costume and Fun Shop, Henry Griffitts, and Point and Putt Golf. Grizzly Peak Winery hosted a wine tasting on the 3rd hole for the couples as they made their way around the course. LocalGolfer.com’s West Coast Director, Cliff Cowley, was pleased with the turn-out of players for LocalGolfer’s first social event of the season. “We hope to make this an annual event,” said Cowley. “It’s a terrific way to get couples together for an afternoon of fun and friendship. I’m already looking forward to next year. Many thanks to Eagle Point Golf Club, the sponsors and the players.” Spectacular course conditions added to the day. Players were treated to expertly manicured fairways and smooth greens. “Eagle Point is a beautiful track, and perfectly suited for holding tournaments,” added Cowley. Indeed, since taking over the course just a little more than a year ago, owners Bob and Chana Hyer have turned the course into a premier destination golf facility. Designed and once owned byRobert Trent Jones, the course features numerous sand traps and water features making it a thinking man’s course that will test the best while rewarding well intentioned shot making.
After the round, a delicious dinner was prepared for the participants by Chef, Talon Grill’s head chef, while awards were given out for best costume and tournament winners. A collective mood of contentment pervaded the room with many comments of, “That was fun. Let’s do it again next year!”
Tournament Results 1st Gross Steve and Kim Wood 1st Net Robert and Kathy Stassi
2nd Gross Kevin and Jessica Pepper 2nd Net Dennis and Dianne Mihocko
3rd Gross Gary and Yvonne Rigotti 3rd Net Bob and Chana Hyer
4th Gross Dick and Bonni Brekke 4th Net Leroy and Caroline Hein
KP#8 Women Bonni Brekke 10’1” KP #3 Men Robert Stassi 12’2” Closest to the Line: Men- Blaine Allen, Women- Bobbi Becker
Prizes and Awards #3 KP-Men 1 Hour Massage Complete Care Chiropractic
#8 KP-Women Salon Gift Basket & Pedicure
#1 Accuracy-Men $20 Butcher Shop & $25 Hubbards Ace Hardware #1 Accuracy-Women $25 EPGC Gift Card& $50 Magic Man Gift Card
Best Costume-Male-Roger Dinwiddie-Bar Maid/St. Paulie Girl-1 Month Gym Membership & XL Pizza from Pizza Schmizza
Best Costume-Female-Brandi Jewett-Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull-1 Month Gym Membership & XL Pizza from Pizza Schmizza
Highest Score went to-Hmm, we forget!-2 Lessons with Robert Stassi& $50 Gift Card to Golf Etc.
Welcome to the new age, college golfers! We’re ready to watch you!–LocalGolfer.com
Bellevue College’s women’s golf team won the Ann Swanson Cup, Women’s Division, by a commanding 36 strokes, firing a team total of 248 in the one day event held Saturday October 18 at Trophy Lake Golf and Casting Club in Port Orchard, WA . The depth of the Bulldog squad is evident, as sophomore Sam Saleba won medalist honors for the first time this fall shooting an 82. Kendra Meeker and Meg McMullen finished T2 only one stroke behind firing 83’s. Dana Fox carded an 88 while Meredith Johnson finished tied for 9th with a 95. The Bulldogs’ final fall match will be the Walla Walla Invite at Wine Valley GC; one of the state’s top tracks on November 1st and 2nd.
Bellevue’s men’s golf team also won their third tourney in a row this fall by taking the Ann Swanson Cup, Men’s Division, at Trophy Lake Golf and Casting Club. Bellevue fired a one-day team total of 291 to win by twelve strokes over Olympic College. Chad Hall was medalist with a 70. He was followed by Brady Campbell and Taylor Smith who each shot 73’s while Jack Strickland rounded out BC’s team score with a 75. Taylor Bolm, who was not part of Bellevue’s scoring team, competed as an individual and finished fourth overall in the individual by firing a 74. Bellevue’s men’s team will join the undefeated women’s team at their final fall outing; the Walla Walla Invite at Wine Valley GC on November 1st and 2nd. The tourney is the final competition in the fall and will feature a deep field with nine of the ten teams in the conference.
The Bellevue College golf program is the obvious gold standard golf program in the NWAC. Both the men’s and women’s teams have won every fall tournament they have entered this fall. The Bulldogs won the NWAC fall league match at Avalon, followed by their win at the Bigfoot Invitational, and now they have triumphed at the Ann Swanson Cup.
Medalist Sam Saleba has continually improved her tournament finishes throughout the fall. Saleba finished 15th at the fall league match, followed by a 6th place finish at the Bigfoot Invitational. Finally, the smiley Saleba, has finished on the podium. Ann Swanson, herself, was on hand to congratulate Sam and the other winners of the event held annually in her honor.
This is Chad Hall’s second medalist honors of the fall season. Chad also won the fall league match guaranteeing him the top individual standing heading into the spring season. Chad Hall is no newcomer to the NWAC golf scene. He was awarded First Team All NWAC honors for his performance his freshman season.
About Ann Swanson
Ann Swanson is a Northwest legend. A life-time golfer, she is devoted to growing the game and dedicated to giving back to the game she dearly loves. She is a member of the Northwest Golf Hall of Fame, the NWAACC Sports Hall of Fame, the Aberdeen High School Sports Hall of Fame, and the Grays Harbor College Hall of Fame. She was chosen Player of the Year by the PNGA and Washington State, has won 30 NW Championships, and has been a finalist or qualified for myriad national and international events.
Currently, she is the Assistant Coach for the Men and Women’s Golf Team at Seattle University. “I’m excited to be involved with Seattle University’s golf program,” says Swanson. “Working with Head Coach, Marc Chandonnet, to help bring a flourishing golf program back to Seattle University is without question a highlight of my career.” In 2012, Grays Harbor College renamed their invitational tournament the Ann Swanson Cup. “I was the first female to play on a community college men’s golf team in the Northwest,” she says proudly. “It’s an honor to be associated with the Grays Harbor championship event.”
Just as mighty with the pen as she is with the golf clubs, Swanson has published two books about women’s golf in the Pacific Northwest. With all the accolades she has received over her career, you’d think she’d act like “she’s all that.” Quite the opposite. Like all golfers who embody the spirit of golf, Ann Swanson is the epitome of humility and integrity. “I have learned that the real magic is not so much in achieving the victories, but rather, what I’m proudest of are the friendships I’ve made, and the remarkable people who’ve touched my life along the way,” she says.
Content and images provided by Grays Harbor and Bellevue college. Ann Swanson bio content provided by Wayne Allyn.
Golf Writer, Keith Cook, provides the Weekend’s Wrap-up of the Winners, Losers, and Other News from the LPGA, PGA, Champions, and European Tours!
BLUE BAY LPGA
HAINAN ISLAND, China /// “Rain, Rain, go away”, but the heavy rains weren’t listening and not only forced tournament officials to shorten the Blue Bay LPGA to 54-holes, but also forced a Monday finish.
The persistent weather delays, the on-the-course, then off-the-course, momentum swings were tough on all the players, however everything fell into place for South African Lee-Anne Pace who played steady golf all week and appeared unaffected by it all.
The victory for the 33-year old Pace is her first on the LPGA tour and comes with a nice first place check of $300,000, but also comes during a hot streak for Pace, after Pace’s victory just last week in South Africa on the Ladies European Tour.
“I look back at last week and how I actually played better toward the end,” Pace said. “So, I thought, just do the same thing.”
Pace finished the tournament at -16 under par, three shots ahead of Germany’s Caroline Masson and five shots clear of Americans, Jessica Korda and Michelle Wie.
The Race to the CME Globe is a season-long points competition in which LPGA Members accumulate points in every Official LPGA Tournament. At the end of the season, the winning player will be named the “Race to the CME Globe Champion” and takes home $1 Million Dollars – the largest payout in the history of Women’s golf.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas /// Michael Allen fired a bogey-free round of -6 under/66 on Sunday to capture the title by two-strokes at the AT&T Championship in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. Allen’s impressive final round 66, was made even more so, with his down the stretch finish of -4 under on the back nine, closing out the field with his birdie on the par-4, 18th to capture the title.
With the win, the 55-year old Allen wins for the second time this season (his seventh overall victory since joining the Champions Tour) and cashes a first place winner’s check of $292,500.
The week also finished with a bit of a downer and a significant loss of drama for next week, when the chase for the season long Schwab Cup Title – ended abruptly one week ahead of the build up to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona. With his T-6 finish, along with Colin Montgomerie’s finish outside the top-10, Bernhard Langer locks up enough points to secure the Schwab Cup for 2014 – no matter next week’s results.
However, let’s not blame Langer . . . maybe just the Schwab Cup format, because Bernhard Langer’s year has been amazing with 5 tour wins – and in 17 of his 20 starts this year, finishing inside the top-10. Dominant doesn’t even come close to describing Langer’s play this year on the Champions Tour. The 2014 Schwab Cup will mark the second time Bernhard Langer has won the award (2010) and brings with it a $1 million dollar annuity.
THE McGLADREY CLASSIC
SIMONS ISLAND, Georgia /// American Robert Streb wins the McGladrey Classic in a three-way playoff, against fellow American, Will MacKenzie and Zimbabwean, Brenden de Jonge, with a birdie on the second extra hole.
The birdie on the second extra hole was just one of 10-birdies Streb made on Sunday, and came after Streb fired a final round of -7 under/63 to take his place as clubhouse leader. Strobe’s 63 brought him into the clubhouse at -14 under for the tournament and nearly 90-minutes ahead of the overnight leaders who were still on the course. Streb waited nervously, but when both MacKenzie and de Jonge also finished at -14 under, he knew the three-way playoff lay ahead.
MacKenzie’s bogey on the first playoff hole eliminated him from contention and when Streb hit it to four feet on the second playoff hole – the par-3, 17th, it was only a matter of time. De Jonge, who hit safely onto the 17th green, just missed his birdie putt and Streb “calmly” holed his to win the tournament.
”I was pretty nervous, but managed to work it out, and things went in my favor,” Streb said.
With the victory, Robert Streb wins for the first time on the PGA Tour and earns a cool $1,008,000 dollars.
ISPS HANDA PERTH INTERNATIONAL
PERTH, Australia /// Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen began Sunday’s final round with a three shot lead, but after a slow start, his lead had dropped to just one over a charging Victor Dubuisson after Olesen bogey’d the par-3, 12th hole.
The bogey, and probably the reality of the tournament slipping away, must have been a wake-up call for the Dane because a bounce back birdie on the par-4, 13th and another birdie on the par-5, 15th sent a message to the field, he wasn’t about to give in. Olesen finished the final six holes, on the tough 7,131-yard Lake Karrinyup Golf and Country Club course, at -2 under par to close out the victory at an impressive -17 under tournament total. Victor Dubuisson, finished solo second at -14 under.
With the win, Thorbjorn Olesen wins for the second time on the European tour and pockets a nice first place prize of €198,300 (~$251,000).
BIO: Keith Cook is a Writer and Contributing Editor for localgolfer.com. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumnus living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer