Park Hills hosted their annual Member-Guest tournament this past weekend.
It was a smaller turnout than normal for the annual Park Hills Member-Guest tournament, but it was still a highly successful event. “There were just lots of conflicts this year,” explained tournament director Kenton Ladenburger. There were 16 two-man teams entered, each of whom had more fun than the Griswolds at Walley World.
A full three days of golf were included in the price of admission, as well as four meals prepared by the fine Park Hills staff.
The weather cooperated, with Saturday being just a little warmish by the end of the day— but Sunday was as pretty a day as one could hope for in the middle of July in Kansas.
On Friday, golfers got in some practice rounds. Even guest golfers who might have played Park Hills in the past needed to familiarize themselves with the new 9-hole layout. Some visitors were favorably impressed with the improvements that are on-going at Park Hills. “The course is SO much better now than it was when I played it last year,” said Tim Nichols from Redding CA— who incidentally was awarded the prize for “guest-who-traveled-the-farthest.”
The first official event of the tournament was a par 3 scramble late Friday afternoon. John Stineman and Marion Fiegel took first. No one believed Stineman’s claim that he had to use driver on every hole.
Players hit from random tee boxes cleverly set by Park Hills’ excellent new course superintendent Jason Ferrell, with input from tournament committee member John Mathes.
Each hole was between 65 and 145 yards in length, and required even long-time members to hit shots they had never seen before on the course.
Runners-up in the par 3 were Bill and Gary Skaggs and Kenton Ladenburger/ Larry Myers. Following the par 3 competition, players were fed the first of several delicious meals on the weekend.
Flight play proceeded Saturday and Sunday, with players being treated to lunch both days, and a tasty buffet Saturday night. Players were allowed to bring additional guests to the Saturday night soiree, which turned into a nice social evening.
The format for flight play was 8 holes of scramble, 8 holes of low-ball and 2 holes of alternate shot each day. Play alternated between blue and white tees, so there was plenty of variety.
Winners of the flight play were as follows:
1. John Mathes/ David Cirger
2. Scott Strong/ Scott Eleeson
1. Dillon Ezell/ Gabe McCullim
2. Neil DePew/ Tim Nichols
1. Bruce Kempton/ Jon Harrel
2. Bob Blasi/ Ray Hitt
There were huge prizes available for holes-in-one on the par 3s ($5000 cash, a John Deere riding mower, Kindle Fire HDX etc.) However, tournament organizers shrewdly protected themselves from having to pay off by stationing gorgeous women as “observers” at each par 3 hole in order to distract the golfers.
The ploy worked, as no holes-in-one were recorded on the weekend. However, Scott Elesson (#2) and John Stineman (#8) did win prizes for being closest to the pins.
There were also several eggs paid out on the weekend.
#2 (2) Scott Eleeson/Scott Strong
#3 (3) Bill and Gary Skaggs
#5 (3) Team Skaggs
#7 (3) John Mathes/ David Cirger
#8 (2) Vince Wilczek/ Derrick Wilczek
#12 (3) Don Hommertzheim/ Danny Meyers
A wonderful time was had by all, and plans are already underway for next year’s tournament.