Friday's overnight rains did not dampen the spirits of the golf faithful who traversed the Dalton Ranch Golf Club's
first official tournament of the season - the Hopin' We're Open event Saturday.
When the entrants returned to the clubhouse and the numbers were compiled, the top honors went to the twosome of Denny
Brennan and Chris Engle, who combined for a score of 61.
Randy Egner teamed with Tom Kaufman to finish second with a score of 61.8.
Brad Caskey and Matt Mohi took third at 62.
Aaron Sinberg and Dan Murphy were fourth at 62.7, while Bob Barnhardt and Nick Blaisdell were fifth at 63.
Phil Patterson and Pete Beaudette, along with Chuck Kuehn and Doug Sitter, tied for sixth at 63.2.
John Betka and Chris Quimby were eighth at 63.7, while Adrian Morse and Charlie Peterson were ninth at 64.6.
The first official tournament of the Hillcrest Golf Club season is Saturday with the Irish Embassy Pub 1-2-3 Four
Person Best Ball. The event is the first in a series of 11 scheduled tournaments to determine the top 10 money winners
this season who will compete in the Todd Sieger Shootout on Oct. 2.
There is $500 in added purse money for the Best Ball tournament and an entry fee of $35 per person.
The traditional coffee and doughnuts will be served starting at 7:30 a.m., followed by the drawing for each 4-person
team at 8 a.m.
Ninety-percent handicaps will be used. Scoring will be based on one score on par fives, two scores on par fours, three
scores on par threes - best ball each team - net only.
There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The entry deadline is today, so check with the Hillcrest Pro Shop at 247-1499 to see if there are any more slots
I must jump into May for the next event, and I want to put in a special request for a perfect weather day May 1, as the
seventh annual Golfing for Kids with Disabilities Scramble will be held that day at HGC.
As I recall from last year, Mother Nature was not a team player, so we are asking very politely for some great spring
sunshine and gentle breezes.
Proceeds will benefit local families who have children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism,seizure disorders and complications from premature birth.
Several thousand dollars, collected from previous tournaments, were granted to families in 2009 to help pay for medical
bills, travel to see specialists or for surgeries, along with therapies not covered by insurance.
One of the many prizes will be a limited edition print by one of my favorite artists, and good friend, Rollie Rustad,who was taken away from us all too soon. I will list more of the many outstanding prizes up for grabs, including the
Glacier Club luxury golf vacation available in the silent auction, in next week's article.
To sponsor a hole, or to sign-up, call Pat Smith at 385-3450 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
We are just getting started for what will prove to be a great golfing season.
The Hillcrest Women's Golf Association Open Night event is fast approaching, and I will have more details for you next
In the meantime, dust off those clubs and hit a bucket of balls - Dalton Ranch Golf Club and Hillcrest Golf Club are
waiting for you.
Talk at you next week.