Thirty-Three teams teed it up on Thursday, June 28th, at beautiful Bogey Hills Country Club for the 2018 Pro/3 Senior championship. And for the third time in four years, weather became a major issue with the event.
25 teams had completed play when lightning struck near the course, requiring us to pull in the remaining teams at 5:09 pm. Lightning and rain continued for the next 1-1/2 hours, requiring us to cancel the remainder of the event, as there was little hope of completing the event.
So both the team event and Professional event was reduced to the first 12 holes, which every group had completed. Our new Tournament Management software, powered by Golf Genius, allowed us to easily “re-cast” the event to 12 holes. And, as announced to players on the first tee, any ties would be broken by a scorecard playoff, using the USGA preferred method of breaking ties, using the last 9 holes played, then 6 holes if a 9 hole tie, then 3 holes, then 1 hole.
Four teams tied for first place with a score of 11 under par. The Bellerive team of Rick Meyer, Whity Meyer, Pete Ramey and Mike Tucker took first place, with a score of 63 on holes 4-12. They will retain the Etzkorn Traveling Trophy for one year. The Westwood team of Don Bassman, Ted Kolbrener, Ed Goldberg, and Pro Brandon Coffey took second place, shooting 64. The Sunset Hills team of Tony Gabriel, Ken Highlander, Vic Reznack and Mike Brengard finished third, shooting 66, and the Bellerive team of Earle Weaver, Gary Walshauser, Don Johnson, and Brandon Veld shot 67 to capture fourth place.
In the Pro Competition, Jimmy Bals (Westborough) shot 2 under and won the tie breaker against Craig Liddle (Meadowbrook), also shooting two under. Mike Herbig (Glen Echo) shot one under and won the tie breaker for third place.
Thanks to everyone who played. And many thanks to the staff at the “new” Bogey Hills Country Club for hosting a great event. The new clubhouse is spectacular, the course was in great shape, the Food and Beverage staff did a great job, especially considering numerous groups coming in at the same time when we halted play.
And special thanks to Jeff Nagel, the Bogey Hills District rep, and our volunteers who assisted at the event.