Last Saturday ten four person squads took to the hills at the Battlefield Golf Course in quest of birdies and eagles.
After all the shots were fired and the smoke cleared the squad with the most accurate marksmen was Errol Heindel, Jason White, Jim Stokes and Dale Sweigart with a 21 under par 51. Wow!
Second place honors went to Allen Pelfry, Steve Creaseman, Steve Anderson and Doug Brookshire with a 53.
The third place team was Tim and Pat Stephens, Jack Hissom and John Trumbo with a score of 55.
In the special events closest to the pin on hole No. 6 was Madison Central Golf Coach, Tim Stephens, and the longest drive on hole No. 9 was Paul Miller.
After play the players gathered on the verandah for a delicious array of hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, hot wings and pizza and beverages. This wonderful repast was furnished by Uncle Charlie’s, Sonny’s Barbecue, Buffalo Wild Wings and Cici’s Pizza.
Chairman Errol Heindel, who is SR Vice Commandant of the local Marine Corps League said the scramble was a success and raised between $2,500 and $3,000 for local children and conducting military funerals.
There were fifteen fewer players in the tourney this year than last year but more generous hole sponsors so the scramble was a better fund raiser. Hats off to all you golfers and generous sponsors for helping make this world a little better place to live. Mahalo!
GREAT WIN FOR MICHELLE WIE AND THE LPGA
Over the weekend Michelle Wie finally lived up to the hype everyone has been expecting from her and won the US Women’s Open title for her first major victory. She faltered on hole No.16 with a double bogie and saw her lead shrink from three to one. Ouch! She responded with a fantastic downhill putt of twenty-five feet on No.17 for a birdie to get back to a two stroke advantage which was her final margin of victory. Wow! The putt of her life
This was not only a terrific win for Wie but for the LPGA as well. I believe it will draw more spectators to the ladies tournaments and get more viewers watching them in tournaments and eventually bigger purses.
My favorite lady Pro, Stacy Lewis made eight birdies on the final day to record more birdies in the final round than any man or woman has ever made in a US Open. Stacy may stay number one for quite a while but she had better watch out for her friend Michelle Wie who is on the move up.
In 2008 Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Qualifying School. Hardly anyone noticed because a 19-year-old Wie finally earned her card. At the time Stacy was a little frustrated with it but she said that now seeing the business side of things she gets why Michelle has had the attention. Everybody wants to know what she’s doing. She has that Wow! factor.
Wie’s biggest improvement in the last two years has been her putting. Her Solheim Cup Captain veteran Marge Mallon gave her a tip. Mallon shared her own past struggles and preached confidence. She said she convinced herself that she was the world’s best putter. Wie started telling herself I’m a really good putter and now she believes it. Rather than looking at a putt, thinking, oh, I need to make this, Wie stands over the line asking, how can I make this?
Wie ranked 119th in both putting categories in 2012, she is now fifth. Wow! No wonder she is winning again.
Watching Michelle Wie in the future and Tiger Woods returning to action is going to be very, very interesting. Golf’s viewing audiences are certain to pick up and maybe more people will take the game up. Golf needs a shot in the arm and maybe it just got it.
Congratulations Michelle and you da lady! Mahalo!