All the exceptional work by the Mens Golf Association Board and volunteers, the golf shop, particularly head pro John Thorsnes, and our wonderful ground crew is paying dividends as our summer golf fun swings into gear.
Beginning last fall, when we put away our sticks, these people have been working hard to get our course ready, schedule tournaments and support our MGA activities.
Now, it is gratifying to see those tournaments attracting more entrants, with our golf groups red hot and rolling, and lots of pleased people enjoying “The best golf course in Central Oregon.”
And now, ForeTees is coming online and guaranteed to make our life easier. I am also pleased with the launch of a new MGA webpage on the Bend Golf Club site.
Our intent is one major golf tournament each month. In the spring we feature the Masters in April, the one-day member guest in May, and our premier event, the member-guest scheduled for July 11 and 12.
I reported on the Masters last month in this column. This month let me cover the what I call the “mini member-guest” that took place May 18. It was an 18-hole competition, two-man teams, with a net best ball format.
I am pleased to report that participation in the event increased by 48 percent with 38 teams.
There were two flights with many hotly contested matches. A putt made or missed made all the difference as each division finished with only a two-stroke spread between first and fourth.
There was a tie for first in the A flight between Tyler Juhola and his guest, Jonathan Davis, and Lindsay Walllace and Ian Mclean, with scores of 65, good for $155 for each team.
Third place was also a tie and only one stroke behind at 66, with Harry Paik and Bob Gorham sharing the honors with Cody Pinkston and John Jensen, with $100 to each team.
Fifth place tied at 67, with teams Dave Borkowski and Tyson Hall and Rob Moore and Adrian Krueger, each team receiving $60.
In the B flight, scores were equally close again only two shots apart.
First place honors were taken home by Ken Lin and his guest Ben Nichols, with the low for the day, 63, good for $170.
Second place was a tie at a razor thin 64, with Greg Ewald and Stephen Ebner sharing honors with Neal Hueske and Andrew Jones, for $125 per team.
Fourth place was jammed with three winning teams, again close at 65. Each team received $70, including Scott Hakala and Paul Klotz, Bill Ross and Paul Roberts, and Bill Anderson and John Bushnell.
KP winners were Lindsay Wallace and Ian Mclean, 1’ 7” on hole 3 and the same duo on Hole 11 at 3’ 7”, each good for $30.
We all enjoyed another great lunch and camaraderie after the event.
As we do for all our tournaments, we’ve sent out a survey to get feedback on the “positives” and “negatives” you witnessed as a tournament participant. Our goal is to make our tournaments better every year. So give us your feedback, please.
Our June event is a Two-Person Best Ball on Saturday, June 15, with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. There will also be KPs, lunch, and free beer. There will be three divisions: member-member teams with an entry fee of $120, member-guest entry of $135, and unlike most of our events, an opportunity for anyone to play with a guest-guest division with entry of $150. This is a good deal for outsiders, $75 each to play our great course, with lunch and refreshments.
While some of the details for our marquee event, the Member-Guest Invitational, are still getting ironed out, most of the July 11 to 13 schedule is decided.
It begins with a practice round on Thursday, July 11. This is always a good idea for our guests to get a feel for the course.
There will be more details next month here and on the website, but just let me tell you there are two days of competition on Friday and Saturday, a par 3 contest, $100 credit for Titleist/FootJoy products, a putting contest, a horse race, and our usual great dinners and lunches. Get your entry in — cost is $750 per team.
Golf Groups and Other Items of Interest
The golf shop has asked us to support a policy of no more than two company carts per foursome. This policy is needed for two very important reasons: To minimize damage to our course and to ensure availability for later groups, some of whom may need the carts to play. Please help support this new policy.
It is expected we will be playing the new tee on hole #11 sometime in June. It is going to be an exciting new challenge and will eliminate the somewhat crowded situation between the 10th green and the present tee on #11.
Beginning the first Thursday in June and every first Thursday of the month thereafter, I will be available to take pictures of the group winners. Specifically, that includes the Hakala Group, the Cleveland Group, the former Patterson Group, the Mikkleborg Group, and the Kearney/Sultzer Group. If there are others please let me know via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am pleased to announce that Larry Patterson has volunteered to serve on the MGA Tournament Committee effective May 20. Larry brings a wealth of golf knowledge and experience to the table and I’m confident with his addition our tournament planning and execution will only get better.
I want to extend our deep gratitude to the LGA for the support they provided at our Spring Guest Day golf tournament. These ladies were responsible for collecting scorecards to expedite results. Additionally, they took care of a complicated cart situation, helping staff and everyone.
We, want to extend our gratitude to the following ladies: Connie Newport, Carol Mack, Kay Miller and Nancy Hakala. A very special “thank you” to all!
Lastly, remember to sign-up for the “Spring Invitational Best Ball” Tournament on Saturday, June 15.
President, BGC Men’s Golf Association