Originally created 12/17/00

Golf notebook



There is a addition to the annual listing of area courses holding club championships in 2000.

The chart at right includes the Augusta Municipal Golf Course for the first time.

Chip Whitaker won what longtime golfers at the course believe is the first-ever club championship at the 72-year-old course.

Club championship tournaments are a staple at almost every course in the country. Of the 25 courses in the Augusta area, Forest Hills and the Aiken Golf Club were the only ones that didn't hold club championships in 2000.

The Aiken Golf Club scheduled a club championship for early December, but cold weather forced the club to cancel it. Forest Hills never has a club championship.

Guy Reid, who has been the pro at the Augusta Golf Course since 1997, wanted to have a club championship at the course from the beginning of his tenure.

However, it wasn't until this year that Reid felt "the course was a point where we could hold a competitive championship," he said.

There was also a numbers concern on Reid's part because the club championship would be a two-day event. All the other club tournaments in 2000 had been 18-hole events.

"Those were drawing in the mid-50s so I figured I had a good base to draw from," said Reid, who drew 48 participants for the club championship.

"I wanted to have a club championship because I've always been of the mindset that for people who support you year round, if you can show them any appreciation, you need to," Reid said.

In addition to the club championship, Reid has introduced another event for members. By keeping track of gift certificate money earned by each player in the previous seven club events, including the club championship, Reid came up with what he called the "Money Winning Championship."

The top eight "money winners" played in an 18-hole tournament a week ago, with Carl Menger coming out on top with a net 64.

Menger, who trailed leader Ray Ford by $10 in gift certificate money won in 2000, passed him with his club championship victory and was the overall leading money winner for the year. Menger earned an additional $100 gift certificate for winning the Money Winning Championship while Ford won $50 for finishing third.

All eight of the club tournaments in 2000 had different formats, the most unusual being a takeoff on the TV show Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

During the round, golfers could use three avenues to improve their score - one mulligan, one throw and the use of Reid or assistant pro Hank Leffler on one shot.

Each group was given a radio. If a player was unhappy with a shot he'd just hit, he could call the clubhouse and ask Reid or Leffler to come and hit it over for them.

Meanwhile, a pair of golfers are club champions at two courses this year. Jan Cross is the women's club champion at West Lake and the Augusta Country Club while Pat Boatwright is the women's club champion at Pine Ridge and Persimmon Hill.

TWIN STATES:

The team of John Bailey and Bill Tripp won the Chick Thomas Memorial, a Twin States tournament played at Midland Valley Country Club in Graniteville, S.C. They shot 62-65-127 to beat out Glen Hurt and Lad Wright by five shots. The first round of the tournament followed a best ball with handicap format; the second round followed a modified alternate shop format.

FERREE MEMORIAL:

The team of Daniel Seawell, Terry Bishop, Scott Floyd and Robert Omar won the Purvis Ferree Memorial Pro-Am at Midland Valley. They shot 121 to beat out the team of Steve Foss, Bill Hardy, Troy Black and Ken White by five shots. The pro winner was David Lamb with a 64. Joe Jackson had 66. Seawell and Brooks Blackburn shot 67s.

FOREST HILLS:

Edward Valenzuela matched his age, shooting a 75. The witnesses were Jim Wicker and Dick Hartney.