By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News
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Port Ludlow Golf Course will host the sixth edition of the annual Peninsula Cup on Saturday, May 17.
The popular event matches 10-man teams in medal play action.
Each team will use the eight best scores, two of them gross and six of them net, to find a worthy champion.
Action will tee off at 9 a.m. and entry fees are $42 without use of a cart and $52 with a cart.
Primary sponsor 7 Cedars Casino returns, along with Sound Community Bank and Les Schwab Tires.
The event was started by golf enthusiast Ray De Jong, who has stepped back from organizing the competition this year.
Port Ludlow resident Tom Jones has stepped in to run the event and is seeking to recruit some North Olympic Peninsula golf pros to compete in a separate, skins game.
The winner of the skins game would win the ability to direct a donation to the youth golf program of their choice (likely an area high school program).
This is a fun event that builds relationships and friendships amongst the participating clubs.
If you would like to be considered for your club’s team, get in touch with your pro shop as soon as possible.
SkyRidge Golf Course in Sequim hosted and won the event last year, the fourth time in five years that the home course claimed the cup.
Discovery Bay report
Discovery Bay Golf Course general manager Randy White checked in with an update on some clubhouse renovation work and some course maintenance information.
Spring is in fine form at the course near Port Townsend.
“With help from men’s club volunteers, the greens were aerated last week,” White said.
“Fairway top-dressing will proceed as conditions allow.”
He also joked that the course’s “daisies were sprayed so golfers will not need to use yellow balls all summer.”
The daisy issue really only affects a certain corner of the course with some patches popping up elsewhere, so don’t worry, you’ll find your Titleist.
White also noted that this year may be the earliest the course has been able to allow carts off the cart path and on fairways.
Inside the clubhouse, White said that members Greg Miller and Rich Boyd “have been working hard to get our 1,000-square foot sundeck back in service for the season.”
Miller and Boyd pulled out the old, rotted boards and laid down some new, treated timber, and also relocated the stairs so the deck is easily accessible.
They also expanded the men’s locker room, putting in a new tile floor and put a fresh coat of paint on the clubhouse dining area.
“Keeping with the family tradition of Discovery Bay improvement, Greg’s wife Wanda has been adding her special touch, landscaping the area near the practice green,” White said.
For hungry golfers, The 19th Hole at the clubhouse is now open serving a limited menu of deli sandwiches, wraps and hot dogs.
White said that more items will be added as the season progresses.
The club has also applied for a beer and wine license and hope to be approved by early May.
Relay event postponed
A Relay For Life benefit golf tournament set for Port Townsend Golf Club on Saturday, April 26, has been postponed.
The course will instead hold a blind draw scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start in its place.
Cost is $25 per player with $10 green fees for nonmembers.
Save the date in May
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula’s 23rd annual golf tournament and fundraiser is planned for SunLand Golf & Country Club on Friday, May 9 (the Friday of the Sequim Irrigation Festival).
The four-person scramble event will include lunch and then 18 holes of fun for a great cause.
Presenting sponsor is 7 Cedars Casino and the lunch sponsor is Olympic Ambulance.
Other sponsors are being sought. If interested, contact Janet Gray at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 360-683-8095.
Support PC athletes
Peninsula College supporters will have the opportunity to participate in two rewarding pastimes, helping to fund scholarships while playing golf at the Pirate Athletic Association golf tournament, set for Friday, May 23 at Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course in Sequim.
A scramble format is planned with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
Prizes for low gross, net, long drive and closest to the pin will be awarded, and other prizes will be drawn.
Lunch will be served on the course, and a meal will follow play along with a brief prize ceremony.
The tournament offers opportunities for business owners to be hole sponsors and to enter teams.
Sponsor packages start at $250.
The entry fee for individual golfers is $100.
For more on sponsoring or playing in the event, phone Freeman at 360-417-6467.
Players also can register for the tourney on line at www.brownpapertickets.com under “Pirate golf.”
Young Jordan Spieth faltered with two bogeys and Bubba Watson capitalized with two birdies late on the front nine and cruised to a relatively-easy Masters win on Sunday.
Spieth having his tee shot fail to stay up and missing the green before trickling into in Rae’s Creek on No. 12 pretty much sealed the deal on Watson’s second green jacket.
The drama was subdued down the stretch, minus marveling at Watson’s go-for-it approach — like his astonishing 366-yard drive on the 13th hole or the 200-yard approach shot he hit through a small gap in the pine trees on No. 15 and landed behind the green.
Play it safe with a three-shot lead with four holes to play?
That’s just not Bubba golf.
Emotional moments followed as he took his victory stroll up No. 18 and embraced his wife and son after putting out.
Then he donned his second green jacket and fulfilled his media obligations .
After that, the good-old southern boy inside the Bagdad, Florida, native came out and decided he was hungry.
So he and his wife and pals celebrated with a trip to that staple of southern-fried goodness, the chain-eatery Waffle House for some late-night eats.
I hope Watson follows through with his previously stated intention and has Waffle House cater the Champions Dinner before the first round of the Masters next year.
Everybody should wear a bib. No need for gravy stains on those green jackets.