MICHAEL CARMAN’S GOLF COLUMN: Cedars at Dungeness has a Presidential special

By Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News

ON THE HEELS of last night’s State of the Union address and with a holiday weekend dedicated to our nation’s commanders in chief on tap, Cedars at Dungeness has a President’s Day weekend special for the golfing portion of the electorate.

The nation has had 44 presidents, and in honor of all of them players can get their green fees, the use of half of a cart, range balls and a “gourmet” burger lunch all for $44 this weekend at the Sequim-area course.

Golfers should take note that the special is valid after noon from Friday through Monday.

His love of hoops is well-known, but our current president also enjoys a regular round of golf, having played more than 100 times since taking office.

Detractors take offense at that number but golf has long been a staple of the presidency. An October ESPN the Magazine article claimed that 15 of the past 18 office-holders have played the sport.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was pegged for playing about 800 rounds across his two terms, to put time away from the Oval Office in perspective.

Arctic Open successful

Port Townsend Golf Club’s first major of the season, the 27th annual Coors Light Arctic Open sponsored by Marine View Beverages, was a smooth success.

I did jinx the two sunny days that had been forecasted for the event in my column last week, but this tourney is meant to be played in all manner of weather, so Saturday’s short-lived mid-morning mist didn’t faze the competition.

On the tourney’s second day, Port Townsend assistant pro Gabriel Tonan likened Sunday’s overcast weather to a typical April day.

Long a two-day best ball event, Port Townsend Golf Club opened things up a bit this year, flipping Sunday to a two-person scramble.

This allowed teams to go low on Sunday and make a move up the leaderboard, according to Tonan.

Port Angeles golfing mainstays Mark Mitrovich and Gary Thorne partnered up and won low gross honors with a two-day total of 128.

Low-net winners were Jerry Spieckerman and Dan Owen with a 111.5.

First division (below a total 34.5 handicap) winners were Hazli Katsikapes and Jesse Mohrbacher with a gross 138, edging out Mike and Brian Lux who shot 139.

Taking low net honors in the first division were Paul Itti and Bret Roberts with a 112.

Randy Holeman and Jeremiah Fountain teamed for a gross 156 to take second division honors, with the father-son tandem of Roger and Scott Ramey shooting a net 119.5 to top the second division.

Vicki Handyside and Wanda Synnestvedt scored a net 121 to finish on top of the ladies division.

Tonan thanked the out-of-towners who came to play, pointing out folks who ventured over from Issaquah, Seattle, Clinton, Bainbridge and Port Angeles.

He also praised Arctic Open sponsor Marine View Beverages who stepped up with some donation items for a raffle during the event that raised $500 for junior golf.

Port Townsend’s next event is a men’s club tourney on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Phone the course at 360-385-4547 for more information.

Memorial brunch

Peninsula Golf Club member Paul Reed checked in with a sad note “for Leo Bourget, one of the more colorful character’s to ever grace the fairways at PGC.”

Bourget recently passed away and a memorial brunch will be held for him at the Port Angeles course from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.

A celebration of life for Bourget is set for the Four Seasons Ranch community center from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Peninsula happenings

Reed previously sent word that the club came into being in 1927 as a nine-hole course before an additional nine was added in the mid 1970’s.

I’m interested in doing an origins piece for each North Olympic Peninsula course, so I was appreciative of this tidbit.

This past fall, a deep-tyne aerification was conducted on the greens by longtime course superintendent Merle Pearce and his staff.

Peninsula greens, like most courses along the west coast are made up of predominantly Poa Annua grass.

Aerification helps with drainage, control of thatch (all the dead grass and organic junk that’s built up but hasn’t rotted away) and improves the overall health of the greens.

Head up Golf Course Road and over to Lindbergh to play the course, I can attest it is a fun, rewarding, and challenging course which offers some great views of the Port Angeles Harbor, Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains.

I recorded my longest-made putt ever on the course back in a high school match, a twisting, right to left putt from about 50 feet.

And yes, it was for . . . bogey.

Peninsula Golf Club will have a booth at the KONP Home Show on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24, if you want more information. You can also phone the pro shop at 360-457-6501.

Hanley aces SunLand

Jim Hanley notched his fourth career ace and second on SunLand Golf & Country Club’s No. 5 hole during the club’s Super Bowl Scramble on Feb. 2.

Hanley used his driver and a Bridgestone ball to ace the 148-yard hole.

His first ace on the hole was with a 3-wood and a Titleist DT from 161 yards on May 16, 2003.

“What a difference time and temperature has on playing this game,” Hanley said, adding, “I’m proof that you don’t have to be good, just lucky.”

Yasumura buys rounds

Sequim golfer David Yasumura carded a single on the 145-yard No. 8 hole at Cedars at Dungeness with a Srixon ball.

It was his third ace of his career and was witnessed by Paul Ryan, Brian Anderson and Cary Richardson.

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Golf columnist Michael Carman can be reached at 360-417-3527 or pdngolf@gmail.com.

Last modified: February 12. 2013 6:22PM
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