The LMGA held their 3rd annual Pro/Am Ryder Cup tournament on May 30th and 31st. One Hundred and three hearty soles showed up at Mahoney Golf Course Saturday, the 30th on a cold, breezy day. Golf balls felt like you were hitting rocks and the wind knocked down any good shot that got hit. The team representing Mahoney played the team representing Pioneers while the Holmes and Highlands teams squared off against each other in 9 individual matches and 8 doubles matches. At the end of the first day Mahoney had a sizeable lead with 13 points to 9 for Highlands, 8 for Holmes and 4 for the Pioneers teams.
On Sunday the Mahoney team faced the Holmes team and the Highlands team played Pioneers. Again, the Mahoney team had their way with the competition scoring 11 ½ points to finish with a final score of 24 ½ to win the tournament by 7 ½ points over the 2nd place Highlands team who finished with 17 ½ points. The Holmes team edged the Pioneers team to finish 3rd with 13 ½ points to 13 points. So, after spending 2 years at the Pioneers Clubhouse, the trophy will be engraved with a new name and will be moved to the Mahoney Clubhouse where it will reside for the coming year.
The LMGA would like to thank the Pro’s at each of the courses for being the Captains of the teams and helping to set up matches and scheduling for the event. We also want to thank John Benson at Mahoney Golf Course and Denis Vontz at the Highlands Golf Course and their staffs for providing a first rate venue on which to play. The courses were in excellent condition, the greens were smooth and manicured and the pins were in difficult but accessible locations; well, 35 of them were. They also helped provide a first rate meal at the end of each days round. We would also be remiss without a special thanks to Denis for ordering the team shirts and along with his people, preparing the food for the pre-tournament reception on Friday night. We also want to thank Callaway for supporting our opening night reception by setting up a demo day for the members as well as all of the members that came out to play to make it a truly fun event.
The next LMGA event is the 2-man B-B-Q to be held at Mahoney Golf Course on June 20th. This is a 2-man best ball tournament with an 8:00am shotgun start and terrific bar-b-que meal to follow. Members can sign up on-line at lmgagolf.org or by picking up an entry blank at any of the public courses.
One last item that cannot be passed by: Congratulations to Bill Staehr for making a hole-in-one on #6 at Mahoney on Saturday. GOOD SHOT!