MICHAEL CARMAN’S GOLF COLUMN: Rocky Swartzrock spends his 93rd birthday at Cedars

By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News

LAST WEEK’S COLUMN was written in advance, and I missed out on a late and great story from Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course.

Sterling Epps wrote in with a note on how Robert (Rocky) Swartzrock celebrated his birthday on Monday, May 20.

Like a lot of folks, Swartzrock decided to use his big day to play 18 holes of golf, shooting a gross 95, and then applying his 33 handicap for a net 62

Unlike a lot of folks, Swartzrock played the 18 holes and shot the 95 (net 62) on his 93rd birthday.

The round was part of a 12-member McCammon group competition.

After the round, the group celebrated Swartzrock with birthday cake at Cedar’s Stymies Bar & Grill.

“I’m happy to be teaching the kids a lifelong sport” is a refrain I often hear from North Olympic Peninsula high school golf coaches.

Swartzrock’s love of the game, well into his nineties, is wonderful and really proves the refrain that golf is a game we can play all of our lives.

Girls hoops tournament

SkyRidge Golf Course in Sequim will host the second annual Sequim High School Girls Basketball Tournament on Saturday.

Proceeds will go to the Sequim girls basketball program to help pay for summer tournaments and camps.

The two-person scramble event will tee off with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Cost is $100 per team, and includes green fees, range balls and lunch.

Carts are an extra expense.

Event sponsorships are available, as well.

To get in the game, phone SkyRidge at 360-683-3673.

CASA Golf Tournament

Signups are underway for a Saturday, June 8, golf tournament benefit at SunLand Golf & Country Club in Sequim for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.

Proceeds will benefit foster children in Clallam County.

The tourney is a four-person scramble open to players of all ability levels.

Golfers can sign up as a team or as an individual.

Entry is $50 per player, $25 for SunLand members, and $40 for Peninsula Golf Club members. These member fees include use of cart.

Carts are $15 per person for the general public.

The entry fee includes green fees, prizes and hot dogs at the turn.

There will be prizes for best teams, best drives and closest to the pin on all par-3 holes.

For more information, phone Henry Meyer at 360-683-4783, Val Brooks at 360-565-2644, or SunLand’s pro shop at 360-683-6800, extension 13.

PT Alumni tournament

The annual Port Townsend Alumni Golf Tournament, a four-person scramble event is set for Port Townsend Golf Club on Saturday, June 8.

Cost is $40 per player and proceeds fund scholarships for Port Townsend High School alumni.

There is still room in the Port Townsend Golf Club’s Men’s Club Matchplay Championship. The event will begin this Saturday.

Port Townsend reports skins game fields on Thursdays and Saturdays are getting larger.

Players in gross and net divisions can play for $10, plus reduced greens fees for non members.

Thursday is a nine-hole event, and Saturday is an 18-hole competition. Players will need a GHIN handicap or play as a zero handicap.

For more information on Port Townsend Golf Club events, phone 360-385-4547, or stop by the course.

Over Rhody Weekend, the Port Townsend course held the annual Jim Caldwell Memorial Rhody Classic .

Great weather wasn’t in the cards, but just under 100 players turned out for the Rhody Classic’s two events — an individual gross and net tourney on Rhody Saturday, and a two-person best ball on Sunday

Chimacum golf coach Mitch Black was first in Saturday’s gross division with a 68, followed by Mike Kerns with a 74, and Dean Rigsby with a 75.

Paul Itti was first in the net division, with Buddy O’Meara and Terry Rohring tying for second with 65.

Rita Beebe shot a net 61 in the ladies division, and Jimmy Beebe’s 73 edged the 75s shot by Carrie Beebe and Greg Caldwell in the Callaway Division.

On Sunday, Black and Rigsby teamed for a gross 68, followed by Fred Heywood and Greg Miller with 72.

Brian and Doug Lux paired for a net 58, followed by Doug Collins and Russ Jerabek with 59.

Emily Cook and Vicki Handyside teamed for a mixed-division leading 60.

Doug Lux was the big winner on the day, winning the post-tourney raffle drawing for a golf cart.

Friends of OCS tourney

Players can sign up to play in the inaugural Friends of Olympic Christian School Charity Golf Tournament set for Cedars at Dungeness on Saturday, July 20.

The scramble format event has a 9 a.m. shotgun start ,and the $85 entry fee includes green fees, a bag of goodies, use of cart and a buffet lunch.

Players will have the chance to win a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one on Cedars fourth hole, and a new Nissan courtesy of Wilder Auto Center on the Cedars 17th hole.

Sponsorships also exist.

Diamond Level sponsorships are $1,000, and include on-course GPS advertising, large tee-box and green advertising signs, dominant recognition on course banners and all external advertising (radio, newspaper, posters displayed throughout Sequim and Port Angeles), and free golf for up to four players.

Platinum sponsorships are $500, and include on-course GPS advertising, large tee-box and green advertising signs, dominant recognition on course banners and all external advertising displayed throughout Sequim and Port Angeles, and golf for two players.

There’s also a $100 Gold Level sponsorship with on-course tee-box and green advertising, and external advertising.

To sign up or for more information, stop by the Cedars pro shop, visit www.olympicchristian.org, phone the Olympic Christian School office at 360-457-4640, or email ocs@olympicchristian.org.

Discovery Bay deal

Golfers have until Friday to take advantage of a good deal at Discovery Bay Golf Course near Port Townsend.

If players start after noon each day, they can play 18 holes with a cart for $22.

For more information, phone 360-385-0704.


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

Last modified: May 28. 2013 5:57PM
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