MICHAEL CARMAN’S GOLF COLUMN: Clallam County best ball tournament to debut next month

By Michael Carman

ELECTION DAY LOOMS less than two weeks away and while the eventual victors will be sworn into office over the next few months, an inaugural golf event will make its Clallam County debut in November.

The first Clallam County Best Ball Tournament will be held at SunLand Golf & Country Club in Sequim on Saturday, Nov. 17, and wrap up at Peninsula Golf Club in Port Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 18.

A 10 a.m. shotgun start will kick things off at SunLand and a 9 a.m. start will open the final day of play at Peninsula.

Entry fees are $160 for the general public and $100 for members of SunLand and Peninsula.

Food and course prizes are included.

Players will compete for a $4,800 purse based on a full field of 60 teams, and there will be daily honey pots for players to go after.

Ladies are encouraged to form teams and compete; eight teams are needed to have a separate division for women.

Entries can be picked up at Peninsula Golf Club or phone and SunLand Golf & Country Club.

Halloween tourney

The Peninsula Lady Golfers will hold their Halloween tournament on Oct. 31 at 9:30 a.m.

Costumes are encouraged for the event.

Starting in November, the Peninsula Ladies will tee off at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Members and guests are welcome.

Ladies helping ladies

Staying in the neighborhood, SunLand Golf and Country Club’s ladies golf groups have presented the Olympic Medical Center Foundation with a $4,500 donation to provide breast imaging for local ladies without health insurance and without the ability to pay for mammograms.

Funds were raised in a number of ways during their recent “Drive For the Cure” Golf Tournament: generous contributions from participants, the sale of pins and candy bars and pledges on the net number of birdies and pars made by teams.

An anonymous Sunland member also donated $1,124 in three-to-one matching funds.

The golf game was a scramble and included prizes for straight drive, long drive and closest to the pin.

Finishing in first-place in the 18-hole tournament with a 74 was the team of Cheryl Coulter, Marie White, Linda Collet and Blossom Leslie.

The team of Marine Hirschfeld, Hilda Duncan, Effie Bentley and Nonie Dunphy were second with a 76.

Maggie Gustin won straight drive, Marine Hirschfeld and Effie Bentley won long drive, and Kathleen DeJong won closest to the pin.

Nine-hole tourney winners (via a card-off) with a 40 were Mary Kubas-Meyer, Gwyen Boger, Kathy Wheeler and Linda Fortney

Sue Elvert, Betty Armstrong, Sabra DeRocha and Hazel Proctor were second with a 40.

Boger won straight drive, Armstrong and Fortney won long drive and Kathy Benedict won closest to the pin.

Glow golf outings

Friday night glow golf events have started at Discovery Bay Golf Club near Port Townsend and will continue “until conditions force us to cancel.”

Play normally tees off at 7:30 p.m., but the tee time will likely move up as darkness descends earlier and earlier each week.

Golfers are asked to arrive 30 minutes early to get their glow ball equipment and meet their teammates.

Cost is $10 for the nine holes plus a fee for the night golf equipment.

Golfers should bring a flashlight to navigate potential pratfalls like sand traps and wooded areas.

Single players are welcome, and if you have foursome together, that’s your team.

Phone the clubhouse at 360-385-0704 to get in the game.

Also at Discovery Bay, $10 golf Saturdays will begin this Saturday and continue through November.

Golfers can play their choice of nine or 18 holes for $10.

Port Ludlow specials

One week remains for golfers to take advantage of Port Ludlow Golf Course’s October special — 18 holes with cart, lunch at Niblick’s Restaurant (soup and a half-sandwich) and a sleeve of Callaway Diablo golf balls for $49.

If you play in October you’ll also be entered into a drawing for two free rounds with a cart at a later date.

Port Ludlow is also donating 10 percent to breast cancer charities on all pink merchandise purchased this month.

PT tourney a big hit

More than $6,000 was raised to support athletic programs at Blue Heron Middle School in the inaugural Port Townsend Redskins Booster Club/Team PT Golf Tournament held recently at Port Townsend Golf Club.

The team of Steve Kraft, Randy Maag, Todd Hulbert and Scott McKay took the gross title and Warren Enfield, Bob Gooch, Dave Larsen and Don Moody were net champions.

Sports were absent from Blue Heron until successful fundraising efforts and a matching contribution from the Port Townsend School Board put teams back on the field this year.

Future seasons are contingent on fundraising efforts like this tournament and an ongoing sign sponsorship program for the Blue Heron gym.

Seton Construction served as the main sponsor of the tournament and Gary’s Auto and Truck Sales and Randy Maag of Bankers Life and Casualty in association with Price Ford Lincoln of Port Angeles, sponsored hole-in-one prizes.

To become a booster, or for any information regarding sponsorship opportunities, phone Bob Carter at 360-385-9550, Kelli Parcher at 360-301-3551, or Mark Grant at 360-301-4340.

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Golf columnist Michael Carman can be reached at 360-417-3527 or pdngolf@gmail.com.

Last modified: October 23. 2012 5:12PM
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