Birch Ridge Golf Report: Par 3 Challenge packs the fun

  • By Zac Cowan
  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:40pm
  • Sports

Saturday, we had a lot of fun with our “Augusta North” Par 3 Challenge. The weather held out (for once) and six 3-person teams battled it out for first gross and first net competitions as well as closest to the pins on three holes.

It was windy, and some of the holes played as much as 200 yards, but it was still a great time. Overall, it was a family affair, with myself (Zac Cowan) and my grandparents, Pat and Myrna Cowan, winning with a 3-under 24. Low net went to Gary and Amy Gerfen and their good friend Artero Fena.

Steve Horn and Lisa Parker went to town on the closest-to-the-pin competitions, with Steve winning the ninth for the men and Lisa winning Nos. 3 and 9 for the women. Jared Ramm, one of the last players to enter the event, got closest on No. 3 for men and Mick Reeve took it away from me at the sixth. No women hit the green on No. 6. It was such a great, albeit small, event that next year it is going to be a monthly thing.

Club Results

Weather was bad Monday and no ladies came out Tuesday morning, but we did have a decent showing Wednesday for men’s night. It came down to a chip-off between the teams of Robert Stiver, Monte Roberts, Darell Jelsma and Trevor Baldwin vs. Jay Kriner, Tom Hodel and Jared Ramm. The first to go was Robert Stiver, and right away he stuck his shot close and was the only person to hit the green from the difficult chipping location. Tom Hodel won long drive on No. 2 and Kevin Downs hit it to 8 feet, 11 inches at the eighth to win the big amount of the evening, with a $40 carry-over from last men’s night.

Upcoming Event

Saturday is our final event of the season, the Cold Weather Classic. It is a modified alternate-shot, 18-hole event with a man and a woman on a team. This event has always signified the wrapping up of the season and is a lot of fun, even if it tests a few relationships along the way! The tournament is a shotgun start at 11 a.m., with hot food to follow. Call the pro shop for more information.

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