MICHAEL CARMAN’S GOLF COLUMN: Don’t miss autumn events on area golf courses

I RECENTLY MISSED out on a chance to attend the Alpine Village Oktoberfest celebration in Los Angeles.

Alpine Village is a curious mixture of German supermarket/deli/restaurant and other German retail shops.

A little bit of Leavenworth in Los Angeles, if you will.

A friend sent me a photo from the celebration on Saturday with his beer stein filled with a delicious looking amber-hued malted beverage.

I was instantly envious.

Learn from my mistake, and avoid missing out on the Oktoberfest golfing events popping up on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Cedars Golftoberfest

Sign-ups are underway for Cedars at Dungeness’ Golftoberfest in Sequim on Friday, Nov. 11.

Two-person teams will compete in nine holes of scramble, nine of best ball and nine of alternate shot beginning with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.

There will be three divisions: Gross, Net and Callaway.

Participants will receive a German-style lunch (I can taste the wurst and schnitzel!), cigars, range balls, carts, KPs, beer on every third hole and green fees for $70.

Organizers also promise fun side games and $1,500 in prizes based on a field of 100 players.

Entry forms are available at www.7cedarsresort.com/assets/files/Golftoberfest2011.pdf, by phoning the golf course at 360-683-6344, or by stopping in at the pro shop.

OctoberFest 666 golf

Port Townsend Golf Club will host its OctoberFest 666 tournament, consisting of six holes of Chapman play, six of scramble and six of best-ball play on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The tournament is $30 per player and will tee off at 9 a.m.

To sign up, phone the Port Townsend pro shop at 360-385-4547 or visit the course.

Kings and Queens

On Saturday, Port Townsend will host its annual Kings and Queens Tournament.

The one male, one female team event follows a modified alternate shot format.

Cost is $30 for this tournament as well, and will start at 10 a.m.

A sign-up board is available or you can phone the pro shop.

SkyRidge sets scramble

SkyRidge Golf Course in Sequim will host a Family Scramble Golf Tournament on Saturday.

The two-person, 18-hole medal play event is limited to the first 36 teams, and will kickoff with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Cost is $90 per team and includes green fees, range balls, KPs, team long putt, gross and net honey pots and a tasty lunch.

The event is open to all blood or marital relations, and no GHIN handicap is needed.

There also will be a $5 Skins game.

Carts are $13 per seat.

To sign up, phone SkyRidge at 360-683-3673.

Tiger back on scene

Big week for Tiger Woods as he earned his first new sponsorship deal since his scandal, returned to competitive golf with a promising showing at the Frys.com Open and was startled by a man wielding a hot dog while putting during his final round.

As far as I know, this is the only video footage of the hot dog “toss” at deadspin.com/5848262/the-tiger-woods-hot-dog-assault-was-caught-on-tape.

All uploaded copies of the event on YouTube have been taken down, probably for the same reason broadcasters refrain from showing streakers or drunks who run onto baseball and football fields, i.e., they don’t want to encourage similar acts.

I don’t condone that type of behavior but I will laugh at it.

I yearn for the simpler times when field crashers and Morganna the Kissing Bandit were shown and promptly mocked during games.

Thankfully, it seems that the alleged Hot Dog Tosser was probably a bit over-served in the beer garden and was trying to make a joke and not trying to pull a Monica Seles-like attack.

The PGA Tour does have security out on the course and I would bet that Tiger has his own security, but a look into what happened and how to prevent something similar while still allowing fans to get close to golf’s stars does seem to be in order.

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

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