MICHAEL CARMAN ON GOLF: Area courses hosting Super Bowl-inspired tournaments

By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News

A BUNDLE OF nerves is what I will likely be reduced to for Super Bowl XLVIII, the biggest Seahawks game I will ever have witnessed stateside.

I was “studying” abroad in Thailand in 2005-2006, and was only able to catch the Hawks on Monday Night Football, in the playoffs and in the Super Bowl.

There’s a great story involving a beer and fried chicken “bribe” that convinced the non-English speaking security guards to let me into a girls dormitory lounge in the middle of the night to watch those playoff games, but I’m pressed for space.

I’m excited and I’m not the only one, judging from the amount of licensed apparel sported by my fellow North Olympic Peninsula residents.

Seahawks excitement has even spread to our area golf courses.

Super Bowl Bash set

On Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, Cedars at Dungeness in Sequim will host a Super Bowl Bash tournament, a four-person scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

That start time will give fellow Nervous Nellies like myself a great way to occupy their time and mind as the clock ticks closer to that 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

The event has handicap and Callaway divisions, and will include KPs, green fees, range balls, a seat on a cart, two squares on a betting board, breakfast sandwiches and two drink tickets.

Cost is $65 for the public, $45 for members and employees.

It’s cheaper for those looking for some more exercise, $55 for the walking public, $35 for walking members.

There is also an optional $40 per team honeypot.

The event is open to amateurs with a valid USGA handicap, those without handicaps and professionals.

Only one pro can be on each team, and all pros will play to a zero handicap.

Entries are available at Cedars’ pro shop or by phoning 360-683-6344, ext. 1, or 800-447-6826.

The deadline to get in the golf game before the biggest football game is Friday, Jan. 31.

SunLand 12th Man

The public can take advantage of 12th Man Fever at SunLand Golf & Country Club in Sequim with $12 green fees and $12 cart rentals this weekend and the weekend of the biggest game.

Additionally, those who spend $12 in the golf shop (including green fees) will be entered to win a Russell Wilson Seahawks jersey.

Meythaler fires 68

SunLand member Mark Meythaler carded a four-under-par round of 68 on Tuesday, Jan. 14, to beat his age of 69.

Meythaler told SunLand Golf Pro/General Manager Tyler Sweet he was “in the zone,” and the round was punctuated by holing out for eagle on the par-4 16th hole.

The round marked two firsts for Meythaler: The first time he has bettered his age and the first time he reached four-under par for 18 holes.

Nice shooting, Mark!

First tourney in charge

Port Townsend Golf Club Director of Golf Gabriel Tonan hosted his first tournament as head man last Saturday, getting a large turnout of 40 Men’s Club members for a Kick Off The New Year 3-person scramble.

“It was a great day,” Tonan said.

He added that he received “a lot of support from the members and patrons of PTGC in my debut golf tournament.

“I couldn’t have asked for better weather, course conditions (all mowed the day before by Scott Nelson and Scott Ramey) or participation from the members at PTGC.”

Scott Nelson, Chris Holloway, Adam Barrows took gross division honors with a 57, while Al West, Chad Woodley, Kurt Lake claimed net honors (no score given).

Signups are underway for the Port Townsend track’s 28th annual Coors Light Arctic Open presented by Marine View Beverages.

The 36-hole best ball format event is set for a 10 a.m. shotgun start Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9.

A practice round to help golfers acclimate to the conditions is set for Friday, Feb. 7.

Entry fee is $200 per team and includes play, lunch served on the course both days, range balls and special hole-in-one prizes.

Daily cash honey pot and skins games are also planned.

Phone the Port Townsend golf shop at 360-385-4547 to get in the game.

Port Townsend is still holding weekly skins games.

Nine-hole skins games are set for Thursdays and Saturdays for $10, plus reduced green fees for nonmembers.

Finish play before dark and compete to win.

Winter Links

SkyRidge’s Winter Links Open is a four-person, 27-hole event, played from the links-style course’s green tee boxes.

An 8:30 a.m. shotgun start is planned for the Saturday, Feb. 1, event at the course in Sequim.

Cost is $160 per team and includes golf, food, range balls and a chance at four KP prizes.

An optional honey pot is available for $80 per team.

Carts are $15 per seat.

Phone SkyRidge at 360-683-3673 to sign up or for more details.

Disco Bay visit

I ventured down to Port Townsend last Wednesday with a dual purpose, cover the Sequim-Port Townsend basketball doubleheader and stop in for an update on all the going’s on at Discovery Bay Golf Course.

I had a great visit with Randy White, the course’s general manager and have a lot of solid information to pore over and include in next week’s column.

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

Last modified: January 21. 2014 5:22PM
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