It was a small but determined group that gathered Saturday at Green Valley to participate in the annual Seniors Tournament. Event organizer Dean Hoover said “We had thirteen players who were willing to brave the wind and the hot weather.”
On a day when a 35 mph gust was seen as “hey, the wind is laying down a bit!”, scoring was a challenge. Some of the seniors were seen steadying one another on the putting surfaces by holding onto one another’s belts. (Ba-dump CHING!)
The conditions were even tougher considering that, in addition to being extraordinarily hot, it was also not cool. Nonetheless, the linksters persevered and completed the course. Perhaps the highlight of the day for many was the tasty lunch provided by the Kiwanis Club.
The tournament is flighted by age, with a roughly equal number of golfers in each flight. It is never certain what the flight-ages will be, because it is dependent upon how many golfers show up, and what their relative ages are.
This year, with only 13 golfers, there were just two flights, and the age break was at 73.
Winner of the youngsters’ flight, and posting the low score of the day, was John Gatz with an 80. Gary Talbott shot 85 for 2nd place and Bob Householter had 89 to take 3rd among the junior seniors.
In the more experienced flight, Don Belden was the winner with an 88. Also with an 88 but losing the tiebreaker was Darryl Horst. Wendell Howell posted a 92 to take 3rd place in the senior senior flight.
Hole prizes were awarded as well. The long drive hole was #5, which runs directly into the teeth of Saturday’s howling south wind. Ed Kasselman bombed one an estimated 265 yards to take the junior senior long drive competition and AG Boley was in the same neighborhood to capture the senior senior’s long drive.
Boley also was closest to #2, knocking it stiff with a sand wedge and a tailwind. Dean Hoover ran in the longest putt on #9 to claim the prize there.
So another Green Valley Seniors Tournament is in the archives. It will go down in Pratt County golfing lore as “the year the wind won the tournament.”