From Demo Days to tourney play, kick it up – ‘BAM!’

We have a very busy sports calendar coming up in the Four Corners on Memorial Day weekend. While some will be pedaling their expertise, others will be chasing a dimpled ball hoping to capture the coveted birdie or eagle and avoiding a Sergio Garcia-esque meltdown.

We will focus on the latter activity this week.

An annual tradition, dating back to well before I penned this column, is the Morehart-Murphy Auto Center Youth Baseball Golf Tournament on Sunday and Monday at Hillcrest Golf Club.

This is a Colorado Golf Association points event and has an added purse of $500 and an entry fee of $50 per player. It’s a 36-hole individual stroke play format, with the proceeds going to Youth Baseball of La Plata County, and judging by the recent successes of our high school baseball teams (see: Bayfield and Durango High School), this is money well spent to continue the growth of our local sluggers.

Tee times will begin at 8 a.m. both days, and prizes will be awarded on both the gross and net sides of each flight.

Call Hillcrest at 247-1499 to see if room remains to participate.

Another fundraising event that precedes even the Hillcrest stop, the third annual Golf with Grace tournament, will be played Friday at the Glacier Club. Proceeds from this tournament will help support the Grace Preparatory Academy of the Durango Scholarship fund, along with the Academy’s operating needs.

Call 382-0222 or 749-8438 to see if tee times still are available.

A trio of golf club Demo Days are coming to Hillcrest:

Cleveland Golf Demo Day on Tuesday.

TaylorMade Premier Event on Saturday.

Mizuno on May 29.

Spring Four Ball

Saturday and Sunday, at Dalton Ranch Golf Club.

First Flight

1. Rick Rathjen, Ryan Siggins, low gross, 141.

2. Mark and Morgan Miller, 143.

1. Dave Ganevsky, Jim Hollingsworth, low net, 126.

2. Chuck Kuehn, Doug Sitter, 132.

Second Flight

1. Denny Brennan, Chris Engle, low gross, 153.

2. Jeff Markel, Adrian Morse, 162.

1. Darry Ferguson, Vince Tovar, low net, 136.

T2. Larry and Patrick Gaughan. 139.

T2. Mike Kane, Tom Kaufman, 139.

Third Flight

1. Lih Kinoshita, Brett Shaffer, low gross, 154.

2. Dave Lafferty, John Mower, 161.

1. Mark Epstein, Bernie Welle, low net, 129.

2. Dave Potter, Ron Smith, 135.

Ladies Day

Hillcrest Women’s Golf Association, May 14, at Hillcrest Golf Club.

First Flight

1. Patty Crigler

Second Flight

T1. Nancy Barr, Macky Headrick

9-Hole

1. Jean Thweatt, first flight.

1. Pat LeMay, second flight.

As Emeril would say, “Let’s kick this game up a notch! BAM!”

Dave Bray has covered the local golf scene for 32 years. He can be reached at dbray3751@gmail.com.

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