ONCE A PIRATE, always a Pirate. That’s the lesson drawn from Peninsula College’s annual Pirate Golf Tournament, which drew 108 golfers to The Cedars at Dungeness and raised about $7,500 for Pirate athletic scholarships last Saturday.
Former Peninsula head men’s basketball coach Mitch Freeman teamed up with his former Pirate assistant Jon Ing as well as CJ Freeman and Jake Wheeler to take the tournament championship.
After a two-year stint coaching at Corban University in Salem, Ore., Freeman was named athletic director at Skagit Valley College in June.
Freeman’s foursome did about as well as a team can during the four-person scramble-format event, shooting an 18-under-par 54.
Peninsula Golf Club pro Chad Wagner, along with Paul Reed, Bill Evenstad and Alex Atwell, also shot a 54, but placed second via a scorecard tiebreaker.
Everett College men’s basketball coach Mike Trautman joined forces with Nick Fantini, Jake Cummings and Rod Hendricks to finish third at 55.
“Hats off to tournament director Donald Rollman and the staff at Cedars at Dungeness for finding COVID-safe measures to pull this off,” said Rick Ross, associate dean for athletics at Peninsula. “The masks hopefully stopped the spread of particles in the air, but they didn’t slow the spread of golf stories, taunting and other banter associated with this annual celebration of the college’s sports program and its history in this community.”
Ross said the tournament is one of two signature fundraising events put on by the Pirate athletic program each year.
“The sponsors and golfers really came through,” Ross said. “We have 11 Northwest Athletic Conference championship trophies in our case, and I know we wouldn’t have those without the support we get from 7 Cedars Casino and all of our corporate sponsors and Pirate boosters.”
The other team prize, a special “middle-of-the pack award” for the team that places 19th, went to a group that isn’t too familiar with that concept, at least not in the sport of soccer.
But in golf, head women’s soccer coach Kanyon Anderson, who has won nine straight league championships and four NWAC titles, might say it was arguably a win, as he combined with assistant coach Andrew Cooper, Port Angeles High School boys soccer coach Chris Saari and former Roughrider and Pirate Kyle Trussell for a respectable 7-under-par 65.
Head women’s basketball coach Ali Crumb won the women’s long drive, while Cooper and Saari had it dialed in on the par-3s, Cooper winning the closest to the pin prize on No. 8 and No. 11, while Saari won the KP on No. 4.
The men’s long drive went to Matt Winkleman and the other KP to Will Frick on No. 17, where no one managed to take home the 2020 Jeep available as the hole-in-one prize from Wilder Auto.
The Cedars at Dungeness Women’s Golf Association recently crowned its 2020 champions with a two-day test of skill.
“The women took on Ol’ Crabby and the other 17 holes at the Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course for their 2020 Club Championship,” club member Bonney Benson wrote.
Linda Case claimed the overall Low Gross Championship with a two-day total of 170 strokes, seven strokes ahead of runner-up Wanda Synnestvedt.
Yoon Park was the low net champion with a net total of 140 strokes, two better than Jan Clendening.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the women declined to hold a club championship celebration or ceremony.
Benson said play continues through October and to contact the Cedars pro shop at 360-683-6344 for details.
Sports reporter Michael Carman can be contacted at 360-406-0674 or at [email protected].