August 23 made an almost complete season of competition for the W.E.L.L. teams. After playing this Wednesday, all teams had played the same number of rounds, including having one bye week. The penultimate standings will be used to drive the match-ups for our last week of play. To make it more interesting, our trusty statistician, Darlis, will match the first and second-place teams head to head. The third and fourth-place teams will play each other, and so on and so forth. Final placings are squarely in the hands of the players.
Working hard to help their team was the pair of Jenny Chandler and Karrie Plate. Both shot a 37, sharing the low gross score for the night. On the low net side, a number of golfers had a good night. Three women had a net of 31: Kim Dimmick (57-26), Ann Jensen (44-13) and Susan Oberle (41-10). Nikki Peters had a net of 30 (49-19). However, the overall low net score was obtained by Barb Weyrich with a 27 (56-25).
The birdies also flew back into town this week ��eight of them, in fact. Hole #2 yielded two birdies, one to Karrie Plate and one to Jenny Chandler. Jenny also birdied #9. Hole #5 graciously allowed two birdies, as well ��one to Kathy Merrigan-Manning and one to Susan Oberle. Another pair of golfers birdied #8: Audrey Ticknor and Pat Flanigan. Indeed, this was Pat's first birdie ever (congratulations). The eighth birdie was gotten by Kelly McKelvey on hole #6.
Our hosts, the foursome of Two Putts, put out four pin prizes. This was done because one of the prizes, having one's ball land inside a trapezoid of rope on hole #1, could be missed by all. If that turned out to be the case (as it did), there were still three prizes to be awarded (now that's forward thinking, don't ya think?). The remaining three prizes were for closest to the red stake (100-yard marker) on #3, closest to the tree marked with a yellow bag for range balls on #7, and longest putt on #9.
Joanne Ustad got closest to the red stake. Liz Merrigan got closest to the tree and Leigh Washburn had the longest putt. The name of the Quackson winner was drawn out of the basket by a "guest" this evening – one who does not have any cells with 2 X chromosomes. The winner was Sue French.
Pat Durkin is the golfer described two weeks ago. Pat has been helping out by watching her granddaughter. This fall her grandchild will start kindergarten in Vermillion. Pat, who spends part of her time delivering flowers for Hy-Vee, gets to go back to milk and cookie time once again. For next time, which golfer worked part time in Vermillion while commuting to Mitchell to pursue training in her chosen profession.
Ace is scored during W.E.L.L. tournament
August 26, the women of the Wednesday Evening Ladies League hosted their annual four-woman best ball tournament. This event draws a large number of golfers from around the region. The staff would like to believe that the golfers come for the outstanding course we have at the Bluffs, but we all know it is really the snacks provided at the turn by the W.E.L.L. golfers, the door prizes that are sufficient in number for everyone to go home with one, and the friendly hosting of our local women (we�re just fun to be around). This year there were 33 teams of golfers (that�s 132 individuals) playing.
There was a pin prize every hole. Actually, it was the same prize on every hole – longest putt. There was some discussion regarding this and the conclusion (correct or not) was reached that this should have provided a chance for every golfer to have a chance at every pin prize. Winning the prizes were: Hole #1 ��Kari Holden; Hole #2 – Jan Culver; Hole #3 ��Julie Lewison; Hole #4 – Jenny Chandler (who�s putting was disparaged by the announcer; guess she showed him!); Hole #5 – Karen Houlihan; Hole #6 ��Shelley Bye; Hole #7 – Helen Boen; Hole #8 – Deb Andersen; Hole #9 – Carol Viet; Hole #10 ��Kelly Heine; Hole #11 – Jan Culver; Hole #12 ��Jan Fiscel; Hole #13 – Jane Uhl; Hole #14 ��Sharon Wilson; Hole #15 ��Sharon Wilson; Hole #16 ��Darlys Zaske; Hole #17 ��Deb Andersen; Hole #18 – Ann Jensen.
One golfer needed no putts on hole #12, In fact, she didn�t need any chips, either. Deb Van Dieman of South Sioux City had a hole in one on #12. Indeed for Deb, whose home course is Covington, this was her second hole in one this season, and third lifetime. She had her first this year on a league night on her home course, which netted her $500 from the league. That should cover the round of drinks!
After all teams completed play, our trusted pros divided the teams into four flights based upon their scores. Prizes, in the form of Bluffs gift certificates, were awarded to the top three places in each flight. In the third flight, the teams placing were: third place – Maloney with a 72; second place – Foulk, also with a 72; first place – Sauler with a 69.
In the second flight, the top three teams were: Zaske in third with a 66, Kendal in second with a 66 and Van Dieman in first with a 66 (that eagle on #12 certainly helped).
In the first flight, the three lowest scores were: third place ��Burnett with a 64; second place ��Kirvan with a 64; Duin with a 64 (helping to make the drive from Billings worth it).
In the championship flight, with scores well under par, the top three finishing teams were: third place, with a 59, Chesley; second place, with a 56, Onson; and first place, with a 56, Cota. (Apologies to anyone whose name is misspelled here. The cards were all that it was possible to go by.)
All in all, a grand time was had by all. Everyone is invited back next year. Thanks to all the golfers for making it enjoyable, the staff at the Bluffs for their help and professionalism, to Nace Huska for once again organizing the tournament, Darlis LaBahn and Marty Sorensen for managing the prizes and snacks in the clubhouse, and all the W.E.L.L. golfers for the snacks and friendly atmosphere.
Calendar of events
Sunday, Sept. 3
The Bluffs 10 year anniversary.
Four Person Scramble.
3 p.m. – Shotgun Start (9 holes).
6 p.m. – Happy hour and dinner.
Tuesday, Sept. 5
Senior Mens� Fun League plays today!
8:30 a.m. – Registration with coffee and donuts.
9 a.m. – Shotgun start.
11 a.m. – Lunch and prizes (time approximate).
4 p.m. – VHS golf match vs. Lennox.
Wednesday, Sept. 6
8 a.m. – Ladies morning golf, luncheon, and activities begin.
8:30 a.m. – Tee off.
Noon – Lunch/games.
12:30 p.m. – Dominoes.
5 p.m. – Wednesday Evening Ladies League.
5:45 p.m. – Shotgun start.
Thursday, Sept. 7
Men�s League Tournament (second round).
Also, Men�s Club Tournament; tee time must be arranged with the pro shop staff.
Saturday, Sept. 9
12 p.m. – Coyote Cup Tournament.
1 p.m. – Betas golf outing.
Senior Men�s Fun Golf League
Thirty-two golfers turned out for a nice Tuesday morning of golf. The winning team of Harlan Schott, Quentin Oleson and Jim Reed shot a 35. Two teams had a score of 37. The first team on a tie breaker was composed of Ken Beringer, Vern Holter, Dick Gregory and Guy Button and second team members were Shorty Hanson, Lloyd Helseth, David Zimmer and Bob Lund. Bob Solomon, Van Pierce and Dick Burbach shot a 38 and Pat Boyle, Cleland Cook, and Berwyn Svoboda had a score of 39.
Four birdie putts were made: Vern Holter sunk a 15-foot putt on #2; Berwyn Svoboda had a 30-foot putt on #2; Cleland Cook shot a 33-foot putt on #5; and Quentin Oleson sunk a 51-foot putt on #4.
Men�s League weekly report
The Men�s League played the final regular season 13th week using 12 tee boxes on the front nine, on another hot day for golfers.
The results of the American division show the best score for Multiple Putts with 18.5, securing their #1 standing. PIK – 15.5, and Here for the Beer – 15, tied for fourth place in the standings and will have to meet in a special match to determine who will be in the League Tournament.
Low individual score of two under par 34 went to Bill Powell who netted a 32. Dave Chickering carded a 35. Gary Larson was at par 36 (net 30), Matt Carda, Bill Willroth, and Steve Ward had 38 each.
The division recorded was 12 birdies, two each by Powell and Chickering.
The National division�s best team score was an 18.5 by Char Bar. First Bank & Trust, and Americlean tied with 16.5
Again, there was a lot of low scoring in this division. Nick Hovden came in with a 32, and and Rick Haught was at 34, followed by Mike Billiet with 35. Tom Schaack carded a par 36 and Don Harris had 37. Mike Wettstein played both sessions with 37 and 38 rounds, Adam Chandler was at 38, and Bob Boone and Billy Willroth came in with a 39 each.
Twenty-one birdies were recorded with Hovden having four (holes 2, 3, 4, and 5); Billiet, Harris, and Wettstein recorded two each.
The top four teams in the standings of each division will face off (reverse seeds) in the two week League Tournament, Aug. 31 and Sept. 7.
Men�s League standings
Multiple Putts 183.5
Bluffs Boys 175
Grave Diggers 174
Here for the Beer 159.5
Missing Links 147.5
Midwest Homes 138.5
First Dakota 138
Fox Pizza 125
Serious Six 125
First Bank & Trust 185.5
Bogey +. 152
Bank of the West Ins. 140
Char Bar 138.5
Coldwell Banker 138
Wells Fargo 134.5
Wednesday Evening Ladies League (WELL) Standings
August 23, 2006
Points Possible % Points
Team Won Points Won
1. Two Putts 65 80 81.25%
2. Mollies Follies 62 80 77.50%
3. Birdie Bound 61 80 76.25%
4. Bertha�s Babes 53 80 66.25%
5. Tee�d Off 51 80 63.75%
6. Bluff Babes 49 80 61.25%
7. Dew Whoppers 36.5 80 45.63%
8. Wedgies 36.5 80 45.63%
9. Chixs with Sticks 36 80 45.00%
10. Iron Maidens 36 80 45.00%
11. Lucky Shots 35.5 80 44.38%
12. Drive U Crazy 34 80 42.50%
13. Whatever 33 80 41.25%
14. Sand Yappers 30 80 37.50%
15. Rough Riders 26 80 32.50%
16. Par-Tee Girls 21.5 80 26.88%
17. Lopez Sisters 14 80 17.50%