Weather was grim the first week of April and it looked doubtful we could play “The Masters,” our first MGA tournament of the year. However, mother nature smiled and gave us just enough to play the Friday Par 3 contest and the Saturday competition on April 13.
She did test us, however, with blustery wind, the threat of rain, and cold temperatures. But 70 Bend Golf Club members answered that test, giving us the best turnout in years.
While we didn’t know history would be made the next day when Tiger Woods won his 15th major title, we did know it was a great and fun day for our club. Hats off to the golf staff for getting the course playable (holes 3 and 7 were skipped and 2 had a temporary green) and for providing outstanding support for the event.
The weekend began on Friday with the Par 3 tournament, followed by dinner and a draw for a pro. The pro’s score was combined with the best-ball score for each two-person team for Saturday. Those whose pick had a good day were happy — others not so much.
In the nine-hole Par 3 contest, Chuck Wehrle and Kevin Freihofer won low gross with a score of 21. First place low net was a tie between Scott Hakala and Greg Ewald and Larry Gahr and Rick Colletto, with a score of 21.2.
In the Masters event, Bill DeGree and Jeff Puffinberger won first place with a score of 139, good for $120. Their pro was Xander Schauffele. Second place team was Brandon Kearney and Matt Burgess, only one stroke behind at 140, but good for $100.
Doug Rude and Rich Gagne won low net shooting 132, pocketing $120. Their pro was H. Li. Two teams tied for second, again only one stroke behind, with each team winning $90. Jim Bradbury Sr. was teamed with Jim Hammett, with their pro Dustin Johnson. Andy West and Peter Carlson were paired with Patrick Cantlay.
Third place net money was split by three teams carding 134: Bill Holm and Bill Rich, paired with Ricky Fowler; Earl Seekins and Eric Sultzer with Jordan Spieth; and Rob Moore and Jan Tatala with Thorbjorn Olesen.
KP Winners were Martien Verhaeg 11’ 2” on hole 6 and Kevin Freihofer, 5’ 8” on hole 11. Each won $20.
Martein Verhaeg – KP Hole #6 – 11’2” Kevin Freihoefer – KP Hole #11 – 5’8”
We had a great dinner on Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, with Immersion Brewery supplying free beer. Bottom line: It was a great way to start out our 2019 golf season at Bend Golf Club. Thanks to all who made it such a success!
MGA Spring Guest Day May 18
The second event on the Bend Golf Club tournament schedule for 2019 takes place on Saturday, May 18.
This is a two-player best ball competition, with prizes for the best gross and net scores. There must be no more than 10 strokes difference between team handicaps.
Entry fee is $100 per team. Players and guests must have a current USGA handicap.
Play will be from the blue tees (6,557 yards, 71.2/128) unless player meets rule of 80 (age and handicap totals 80 or more). Then players may play the white tees, (5,950 yards, 68/ 1/124). There will be a handicap adjustment according to USGA Rule 3-5.
The event is a preview of the premier member-guest tournament for the club that takes place over three days, July 11, 12 and 13.
Member-Guest Schedule of Events
7:30 a.m. — Breakfast and registration in Pines Room
9:00 a.m. — Shotgun start
1:15 p.m. — Lunch, scoring and awards, photos of winners.
Players will receive 90% of course handicap. There will KP and HIO prizes with entry. Additional cash games also available.
Players can sign up for this event online using our new ForeTees system on the BGC website. Let’s show our guests our exceptional golf course and wonderful facility. I’m confident that Scott and his maintenance staff will do everything possible to showcase “the best course in Central Oregon.”
On April 16 I sent an e-mail to the six major men’s groups that play on Thursdays, men’s day. We asked group leaders to send us their results each Thursday along with photos of the winners. The photos will go on our MGA webpage (when it becomes operational), posted to our page on Facebook, and included in the Tradition.
I believe this is a great way to recognize our members and build camaraderie. Group leader Chip Cleveland was the first to respond and sent results and a photo to us for posting on April 18. Thanks Chip!
On Thursday, April 18, “Stableford” was the MGA game of the day for all the guys who signed up to play.
LOW GROSS WINNER
1st Place Low: Brandon Kearney – Gross 67/Net 68 — 41 points — $25 payout
LOW NET WINNERS
1st Place: Steve Sheppard – 41 points — $25 payout
2nd Place: Travis McDermott – 39 points — $20 payout
3rd Place: Kevin Freihoefer – 36 points — $12.50 payout
4th Place: Tom Oiler – 36 points — $12.50 payout
The MGA webpage development effort is ongoing. Cody Pinkston brings 22 years of digital communications experience to the table and is our BGC lead on this effort. I’ve offered him the “as needed” services of our communications committee. This includes chair Jim Bradbury, Jay Bennett, and Greg Ewald. Greg has a wealth of knowledge on website development.
No more juggling or changing dates for three of our major MGA golf tournaments: Member-Guest (last weekend in June 2020+), Club Championship (last weekend in August 2020+) and Member-Member (last weekend in September 2020+).
Our tournament committee is going to ask for feedback from participants the Masters Tournament. The purpose is to get feedback for positives and what needs improvement. A major goal is to ensure our tournaments improve every year.
The LGA and MGA have formed a joint planning committee to identify and work together for things that are mutually beneficial to both associations. This has always been a high priority of mine. Committee members supporting this effort are: Karen Stanard and Scott Hakala, presidents of the LGA and MGA, respectively, Nancy Hakala, and Doug Rude.
Lastly, find a partner and sign up for the May 18 Spring Guest Day event and the Spring Best Ball Invitational Golf Tournament in June.
President, BGC Men’s Golf Association