As we all know, the wind does blow in South Dakota. Wednesday, May 16 was no exception. The temperature, when one could tell what it was without the wind chill, was pleasant. But, there was that wind; not quite gale force but a factor to be reckoned with nonetheless. (Working on my meteorological degree as we speak.)
Undaunted, the women of the Wednesday Evening Ladies League went out onto the front 9 to play a spirited game of golf. Shooting the low gross for the night was Jenny Chandler with a 41. Low net went to Barb Weyrich with a 32 (49-17). Hot on her heels was Nancy Scheidel with a 33 (48-15). Despite the wind the course also yielded four birdies. Teammates Joanne Ustad and Cindy Lavin each birdied#5. Jennifer Steele birdied #6 in style. She drove the ball to within about 165 yards of green. However, she put her second stroke in the sand. Using her experience in escaping from the sand (no comments here on how she got that experience), Jennifer hit the ball to within a foot of the pin. Result: birdie (that's one).
Having a slightly strange experience in getting her birdie was Lisa Sorensen. Lisa birdied #8 in an unusual manner. She hit her drive to the right, where her ball bounced off of the fence by the rock garden, landing on the fringe. Lisa's shot from there hit the pin and dropped into the cup. All in all a removal of four pigs from the tree.
Our hosts for the night were the women of Birdie Bound. Apparently they are appropriately named as two of their members, Joanne Ustad and Cindy Lavin, had birdies. The other members of the team are Ruby Plate, Mary Gauer and Jane Uhl. They placed three pin prizes out onto the course. the first, closest to the pin on #5 was won by Nancy Scheidel. The second prize was for coming closest to the 200-yard marker in the fairway on #6. This was achieved by Julie Lewison.
The teammates of Birdie Bound tried hard for the third pin prize, closest to the sand trap on the left on #9 without going in. However, they went in. Nancy Scheidel came close, but didn't write her name on the prize. Ultimately winning the third pin prize was Jennifer Steele (that's two). To round out the evening Jennifer Steele won the Quackson (that's three).
From the strange-but-true file comes the story of the W.E.L.L championship plaque. The plaque, which lists the team at top of the standings at the end of each season has been missing for some time. However, in cleaning a house that Rusty Jensen owns, in preparation for painting it, the plaque was discovered. Needless to say, it is quite out of date. The last top team listed is from 1999. Anyone knowing which team won in any given year since that time is encouraged to provide that information to our trusty statistician Lamb Chop, I mean Darlis Labahn.
Last, a reminder. In response to calls already coming in from outside the course to ask about our women's tournament, the sign up poster has been put out. If you want to be sure your team has a spot to play (it's Aug. 25) be sure to sign up early. The spots generally all fill up.
Seniors face South Dakota winds
On May 15, the wind blew hard, yet 26 hardy South Dakota golfers came out to challenge the course. In the two-man division, the team of Jerry Sommervold and Jim Grabowski won their match while Ken Beringer and Cleland Cook defeated their opponents.
Winning top place in the three-man team groups once again was Mo Marcotte joined by Quentin Oleson and Maurice Erickson with a 37. Taking second at 38 was Harlan Schott, Dick Kellogg and Llyod Helseth.
Finishing out the final third place with a 39 was the team of Ron Steckelberg, Pat Boyle and Tim O�Connor.
A story about a marvelous 45 foot putt on #7 by Mo Marcotte as told by his buddies saying the ball passed thru an arc of 60 feet or more before disappearing in the cup.
Another brilliant �birdie� putt on #5 goes to Gene Iverson with a straight up the hill 30-footer.
On the day immediately after Memorial Day, the senior men will move their starting time to 9 a.m. for the summer. Remember, if you come to play with us on May 29 and Tuesdays there after, we start in the morning.
Men�s League weekly report
The second week of league play commenced on May 17 with a 3 p.m. shotgun start using 10 boxes on the back nine.
While there was gusty winds and clear skies, the results of the second week in the American division shows the best score for First Dakota with a 15; D&H Enterprises � 13.5; and Multiple Putts � 13.
Lowest individual score went to Rick Haught with an under par 35. Dave Chickering had 37, and Ron Avery, 38. There were several 40s reported.
Seven birdies were recorded for the day. Rick Haught had birdies on #9 and #16.
The National division�s best team score was 15.5 by both Eagles and Barry�s Plumbing. Bluffs Boys recorded a 15 total. Scott Hanson had a 37; Bill Willroth had a 38 twice (two rounds). The next lowest score was 41 reported by Tim Christopherson, Dennis Bruce and Chad Brunick. Seven birdies and an eagle were recorded with Scott Hanson and Chad Brunick each having two birdies; Willroth had an eagle on #15.
Wednesday morning ladies enjoy luncheon
Thanks to John at Cherry Street Grille, we had another great luncheon. There were 21 today and the desserts were again great! Desserts were provided by Judy Gregoire and Lynne Hatle.
Our $5 drawing was won by Marlys Jensen. Remember � you need to be present at the luncheon to win if your name is drawn.
Quarters were won by Barb Boone, Fritz Lefler, Judy Gregoire, Babe Hurowitz and Mary Lea Hennies.
There were 10 golfers today. We played �poker.� First was Fritz Lefler; second, Susan Lyman and we had a tie for third � Darlene Engebrecht and Pat Berglund. We always have fun and hope others will join us.
Dominoes � We were not able to get the results for last week (May 9) but here they are: There were two tables � with 12 players. Low was Barb Boone and high was Thelma Raines.
For this week, there were three tables with 15 players. Great to have so many wish to play. Barb Boone was low and Thelma Raines was high.
Bridge � Last week there were four players and Maryls Jensen was high. This week, high was Glennie Stewart.
There are other games sometimes played � come join in the fun.
Calendar of Events
Monday, May 28:
Tuesday, May 29:
Senior Mens Fun Golf League
8 a.m. � Registration and Coffee
9 a.m. � Shotgun start
11 a.m. � Approximate (Lunch)
Noon � Open Golf
3-Man Scramble League
6 p.m. � Shotgun start
Wednesday, May 30:
8 a.m. � Ladies� morning golf, luncheon and domi noes activities
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, May 31:
Regular Men�s League competition
2:30 p.m. � Registration
3p.m. � Shotgun start, first session
6 p.m. � Shotgun start, second session
Friday, June 1:
Sunday June 3: