The Bluffs Bulletin Board Ladies have Derby Night
The Wednesday Evening Ladies League capped their season Sept. 1 with the traditional Derby Night festivities. For those not acquainted with the format, it is drop-out couples golf, played by pairs of women, plus a lot of heckling. That is, we play in pairs, matching high and low handicap golfers to even things out (determined by our illustrious statistician, Darlis).
We play in groups of pairs with the duo scoring the highest on each hole eliminated from further competition. Those eliminated are reduced to merely watching, drinking and heckling. The winning twosome from each group are then brought together to play for the championship. All tie scores are decided by a chip-off, the spot being selected by the (sore) losers remaining.
With that in mind, we sent out 14 pairs of golfers to start on holes #1 and #6. By the time the groups starting on #1 had finished, the group starting on #6 had only managed to eliminate four of their seven pairs. Thus, then playing hole #1, the winning duo from the second group was selected by elimination of two couples, one by high score and one in a chip-off.
The winning duo from those starting on hole #1 was the pair of Jennifer Steele and Mary Kaye Zimmerman (combined handicap of 34). The winners from among those starting on #6 were Susan Oberle and Sue Navrat (combined handicap of 36.5). These pairs were headed for a showdown on hole #9. Before reporting the strange duel that took place, it should be mentioned that the third place teams, those remaining to the last hole in each group before bowing out, were Kathy Merrigan-Manning with Shelly Brunick (Shelly was on the winning team last year � together with Susan Oberle) and Nancy Christopherson with Amy Hammerstrom.
Back to hole #9. Both teams had good drives. Steele/Zimmerman in the fairway and Oberle/Navrat almost to the weed patch in the right rough. Jennifer Steele hit her team's second shot which landed fair, just beyond the long grass cutting across the fairway at the end of the weeds. Sue Navrat, meanwhile, hit her team's second shot.
By this time the light was getting dim and following the flight of the golf balls was becoming difficult. Sue hit what was deemed to be a good stroke, which by sound, clearly hit at least the tops of the cattails she was trying to clear to go at the green. No one saw the ball emerge (or not emerge) from the weeds. People went to look for the ball.
Meanwhile Mary Kaye hit her team's third shot over the green. Unable to find the ball, Susan O. dropped behind the weeds and hit to the green � only to land in the sand. Other golfers raced their carts up to the green to watch the final showdown.
At this point Nancy Scheidel was seen to flash (the lights on her cart, that is). Strangely, there was a ball already on the green � the one that belonged to Susan Oberle (Nike with a blue S on it). No one could explain its presence, not believing Sue Navrat's shot could have landed there. Anyone having information on the appearance of this ball is encouraged to report that information to 677-7058. You can provide this as an anonymous tip.
But, back to play. Sue Navrat hit out of the sand, Susan O. onto the green. Jennifer Steele chipped her team's ball onto the green 10-12 feet from the pin. Problems now surfaced.
It appears that all of the golfers' putters had mysteriously disappeared from their bags, forcing them to search elsewhere for clubs. At this point (to help you out) Steele/Zimmerman are laying four to Oberle/Navrat's 6. Mary Kaye Zimmerman, who earlier in the evening missed a 6-inch putt, clinched her team's victory by sinking the putt from 10-12 feet.
Congratulations to the winners; Nikki Peters also deserves special mention for her exceptional heckling ability and continued goodwill despite long odds. See everyone next season.
Calendar of events Tuesday, Sept. 14
Senior Mens� Fun League plays today!
8:30 a.m. � Registration with coffee and donuts.
9:30 a.m. � Shotgun start.
11:30 p.m. � Lunch and prizes (time approximate).
Noon � Open golf (make your own tee times).
Wednesday, Sept. 15
8 a.m. � Ladies morning golf, luncheon, and cards activities begin.
8:30 a.m. � Tee off.
Noon � Lunch/games.
12:30 p.m. � Cards.
5 p.m. � Ladies Day.
5:45 p.m. � Make your own games.
Thursday, Sept. 16
2:30 p.m. � Registration for men�s league tournament (third round).
3 p.m. � Check for shotgun tee-off times arranged by league officers and/or pro shop attendants.
Friday Sept. 17
5 p.m. � Weekly social and golf (come out and join in the fun and food).
Golfers play poker
on lovely day
Oh what an absolutely beautiful day on Sept. 1 for Ladies Morning Golf.
We had clear blue skies and a nice cool breeze � perfect! But you can�t believe or imagine how hard it was to keep your mind on your golf swing because you�d be thinking how pretty the course was. Never try to keep more than 300 thoughts in your mind during your swing. Yeah!
Pat Pratt and Lynne Hatle had charge of the golf game which was poker. Sixteen ladies played. Prizes were: Full house by Edith Nelson; straight by Barb Boone; three of a kind (seven) by Helen Brown, Meryl Reed and Joan Holter; three of a kind (six) by Pat Berglund.
Cherry Street Grille served 38 ladies raspberry pecan chicken and summer salad � oh, so good! Dessert was bars of many kinds served by June Wagner, Ellie Davis and Jan Uhl.
Jeanne Van Balen and Pat Steckelberg were co-chairmen. This way they have hopes of getting things right. June Anderson was a guest. Thinking of fall activities, a sheet was passed around so that all who were interested in round robin would sign.
The $5 drawing was won by Anita White and $10 by Pat Steckelberg. Vaneta Youngworth�s name was drawn for the flowers and Deannie Christopherson and Joan Berringer won the tomatoes and cukes.
Mary Bartels was in charge of two tables and 12 dominoes players. 1. Double blank � Judy Gregoire; 2. Blind Bogey � Vaneta Youngworth; 3. Blind bogey � Ann Stewart.
There were three tables of bridge. Registration drawing � Ellie Davis; high score � Glennis Stewart, who was our chair lady; travel prize � Dorothy Reed; low prize � Jan Uhl.
Scheduling conflicts complicated the scheduling for the second round but with some special accommodations all the matches were completed by Sept 4.
The two divisions were split into two flights � Red and Blue.
Individual best scores, under 40, were John Hemmenway (36) and Gary Prosser (36, net 30); Bill Willroth, Mike Brewer, and Jon Dimmick, (37 each); Greg Bates (38); Mike Wettstein, Rick Haught, and Brent Yager (39 each).
The Red flight found #1 seed West Side Inn overpowering #8 Ace Hardware 17.5-5.5; Bogey+ won over Multiple Putts in a playoff tied match; #3 Hy-Vee defeated #11 Eagles 14-9; and #5 First National squeaked past #13 Coldwell Banker 12.5-10.5.
The Blue flight was a different story as #1 Bluffs Boys captured a 12-11 victory over #8 Still Smokin�; #7 PIK did the same 12-11 past #2 Char Bar; #4 Recuerdo�s/Miller Lite def #5 Grave Diggers 14.5-8.5; while #6 Serious Six just barely bested #3 Texas Roadhouse 13-10.
Third round playoffs were on Sept. 9 with shotgun times at 3 and 6 p.m. or arranged by the league officers or their representatives.