GOLF: Duke Streeter Invitational marks 20th year

By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News

THE ANNUAL HIGHLIGHT of the high school golf season, the Duke ­Streeter Invitational boys golf tournament, will tee off at Peninsula Golf Club at noon Friday.

Pitting three two-person teams against other schools in scramble format play, this year's edition of the ­Streeter is the 20th annual competition.

I had a blast playing (poorly) in the ­Streeter in 1999 and 2000 and have written up a recap of the event a time or two in the past, so I know who Duke ­Streeter was and why a tournament is held in his honor.

Port Angeles boys golf coach Mark Mitrovich has put on the tourney for the past 20 years to honor his friend and longtime golf partner.

Born in Wenatchee in 1919, ­Streeter got his start in golf at age 9, caddying for the princely sum of 2 cents a hole.

Streeter moved to Forks in 1937, working in the timber industry, including a 25-year stint loading logs for Fitts Logging Co.

He joined Peninsula Golf Club in 1960 and was noted for playing and walking 72 holes a day, only breaking down and using a cart starting in 1988.

Mitrovich met ­Streeter nearly three decades ago and was impressed by his support of junior golf, particularly his gathering of used balls to donate to high school and youth players.

“He felt it was important to get kids involved because they will be the ones to carry the game on,” Mitrovich said.

Streeter was no slouch on the course, recording 18 holes-in-one in his lifetime and shooting his age 24 times, the first a 69 at age 69 and the last a 74 at age 74.

He played his last round of golf on March 9, 1995, before succumbing to pancreatic cancer nine days later.

Mitrovich started up the event that spring.

“I thought it would be a great tribute to come up with a unique tournament, a different format than any other high school tourney in the state,” Mitrovich said.

Mitrovich has kept the tourney going by himself financially in recent years, spending out of his own pocket on KP and long drive prizes, and for that he should be applauded.

“I've heard more and more players say its the highlight of the year, and that is really satisfying and rewarding,” Mitrovich said.

Shelton is the four-time defending champ of the event and will participate Friday, but the High Climbers lost much of their team to graduation last June, opening things up for a new title holder.

Mitrovich thinks recent Tim Higgins Memorial Invitational-winner Class 4A Central Kitsap is the favorite, but his Port Angeles Roughriders and Sequim should make some noise.

The girls version of the event was held under sunny skies last week at Peninsula, with Sequim taking top honors as a team and the tandems of Sequim's Alex McMenamin and Brianna Kettel tying for second with Port Angeles' Dana Fox and Chloe Brown after shooting 78.

Hospice Scramble

A four-person scramble and raffle to support the efforts of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County will be hosted by the Cedars at Dungeness Lady Niners on Thursday, May 15.

An 11 a.m. shotgun start will get things going, and female golfers in Clallam County (and I would expect they wouldn't turn away a Jefferson County resident) are invited to participate.

The tournament is being held in appreciation of all the support and assistance Volunteer Hospice has provided lady golfers and their families who have passed away.

For more information, phone 360-808-3440.

Callaway/Adams demo

The Cedars at Dungeness will host a Callaway/Adams Golf demo day featuring the companies' 2014 lines from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 14.

Appointments can be made by calling 360-683 6344.

Make an appointment and receive a free hot dog.

Anyone who makes a club purchase also will be put into a drawing to win a new Callaway Mack Daddy 2 wedge of his or her choice.

Grad party tourney

A Graduation Party Golf Tournament benefit for the Sequim High School Class of 2014 is set for Cedars at Dungeness on Saturday, May 24.

Funds raised will go toward putting on an alcohol- and drug-free party after the Sequim High Class of 2014's graduation ceremony.

The four-person best-ball scramble tournament will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

The tournament fee is $75 per player and includes golf, range balls, power cart and dinner.

Prizes will be awarded to the top teams, and there will be a competition for long drive and closest to the pin.

A new car from Wilder Auto will be given to the person who hits a hole-in-one on the 17th hole.

Sequim High School golf team members will be auctioned off to the highest bidders to add a fifth player and improve your team's chances of winning.

Hole sponsors and putting greens sponsorships also are available.

For more information, phone Garrett Smithson at Cedars at Dungeness at 360-683-6344, ext. 4 or email ggsmithson@7cedarsresort.com, or phone Meg Pinza at 360-930-4510 or email candlefish46@gmail.com.

YMCA, Peninsula team

A new YMCA Youth Golf Academy for youth ages 8 to 14 will be offered in a partnership between Peninsula Golf Club and Olympic Peninsula Family YMCA.

Participants will learn and develop golf skills under the leadership of experienced Peninsula golfers.

The academy will run from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays from May 19 to June 27.

Cost is $45 for YMCA members and $60 for the public, with registration open until May 10.

To sign up, phone Lee Routledge at the YMCA at 360-452-9244 or email lee@olympicpeninsulaymca.org.

SunLand demo days

A TaylorMade demo day is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at ­SunLand Golf & Country Club in Sequim.

SunLand will be custom-fitting for the new TaylorMade Jet Speed driver and more.

Join Merchants League

Teams representing local businesses and merchants are forming for this year's edition of the Cedars at Dungeness Merchants League.

Each team is comprised of a minimum of four and a maximum of 10 golfers per roster, with four players designated weekly.

The league meets every Thursday for a nine-hole competition at the golf course, located at 1965 Woodcock Road in Sequim at 5:30 p.m.

After play, results are announced at the course's Stymie's Bar and Grill, and a weekly donor prize drawing is held.

League dates run from May 8 through Sept. 11 and include two qualifying periods of eight weeks each and a three-week playoff.

The playoffs culminate in a banquet for all participating teams and the presentation of the league champion.

Team sponsorship is $100 and includes four seats for the final banquet.

Weekly green fees and competition fees are $25 per person.

Competition is head to head with players of similar skills.

Established handicaps through USGA are not required but will be established during play for league participation.

Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with prior years' teams having priority.

For more information or to enroll a team, phone Cedars at Dungeness head pro Garrett Smithson at 360-683-6344 or email ggsmithson@7cedarsresort.com.

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Golf columnist Michael Carman can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5152 or pdngolf@gmail.com.

His column appears Wednesdays.

Last modified: April 29. 2014 6:04PM
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