Call out the SUVs, because B.J.Thomas would be proud as raindrops kept falling on their heads during the Navajo Trail Open Sponsors Tournament at the Hillcrest Golf Club last Saturday.
In fact, after several siren warnings, tournament officials called it a day after 16 of the 18 holes were completed and every team received a par score for the final two holes of the fun - albeit soggy - afternoon of golf. That pesky jet stream hanging over the Four Corners brought a prelude to the monsoon season. I just hope, for the sake of this week's NTO, the monsoon takes a siesta, and we have some outstanding weather conditions.
When the tire tracks settled, and everyone was snug in the clubhouse, the final results were posted on the wall of pane as the team of Marc Gockel, Mike Crouse, Jerry Vandiver and Doug Manske finished low gross in the First Flight with a score of 59. Closely behind, one stroke back with a 60, were Ken Kirby, Will Herz, Bob Niggli and John Gilbert.
Devin Schreiner was joined by former Durango High School teammate Keenan Holt, Kurt Berridge and Chandler Marchal for low net with a score of 55.2. David Ledwell, John Lupia, Steve Kramer and Frank Hegenwald finished second net at 57.2.
Mike Kane, Colby Sorenson, Clint Merciez and Scott Smith took low gross honors in the Second Flight with a 63. The Gaughan group of Larry, Patrick, Mark and Sarah came in second gross with a 65.
Jeff Thulson and teammates Shawn Candelaria, Monnie Helling and Eric Jones finished low net with a score of 55.15. Mick and Shirley Crom and Mary Kay Aigner and Steve Woolverton came in second net at 58.1.
Closest to the pin honors went to Shawn Candelaria on Hole No. 5, Les Hahn on 9, Patty Crigler on 12 and Cody Civiletto on 15.
Tournament organizers wished to thank all the businesses and individuals who contribute to the ongoing success of the NTO.
Let's get down to business: The Coca-Cola of Durango-Navajo Trail Open gets under way Thursday with the Pro-Am. Each team consists of one club pro and their group of amateurs on a quest to feel out course conditions that will exist (for the most part) during the 54-hole tournament to follow Friday through Sunday.
Traditionally being a laid-back event, the Pro-Am has brought out some of the best sub-par rounds for the pros. The bar then is set for a handful of pros for the first 18 holes of the Open on Friday.
The real "move" day is Saturday when the pros hit the course early in the day, thus avoiding the heat buildup, followed by the final round Sunday when surprises always seem to pop up or rim out.
A couple of reminders: The Hillcrest Golf Club course will be closed to general public golf Thursday through Sunday. However, spectators are encouraged to come up and follow their favorite golfers as they vie for the top prizes and bragging rights for 2009.
In others news, the monthly Dalton Ranch Golf Club Couples tournament was held Sunday, and first place went to the team of George and Nannine Reynolds and Mary and Van Butler with a score of 122.
The next DRGC Couples event will be July 19th. The Dalton Ranch Golf Club calendar has the annual Columbine Classic on June 25 and The Choker on June 27.