Husby, Miller crowned Club champions
Blueberry Pines Golf Club hosted its Club Championship this past Saturday and Sunday. The Club Championship offers different divisions, in which all divisions include low gross and low net payback. There are also senior (60 and over) flights in both the men's and women's divisions. Plus the championship is flighted by Saturday's scores giving players several opportunities to win. The Club Championship normally begins with the very fun shootouts the Friday before the tournament. Due to heavy rainfall Friday night, this year's shootouts were sadly cancelled.
Now for the tournament itself. The weather was decent, although a fairly difficult wind prevailed both days, with Saturday being quite breezy, which made scoring, well, a difficult task.
Dana Husby jumped out to an early lead on the men's side carding a 39 on his first nine. Four players carded 41s on their first nine including Ron Litzau, 2009 Club Champion, Jim Emerson, 2008 Club Champion, Jerry Wisuri and Jack Schroeder. Dana Husby finished as the first day medalist firing a finishing 9-hole score of 37 for a total of 76. His nearest competitors after day one were Ron Litzau, who came back with a 39, and Jim Novack, firing an even par 36 on the back after a 44 on the front. Both players finished four shots back with scores of 80.
Day two played out much the same as day one. Dana Husby held on to win his first Blueberry Pines Men's Club Championship carding final day scores of 41 and 41 for an 82 and a finishing 9-hole score of 41 for the winning total of 199. His nearest competitors were Ron Litzau and Jim Novack. Ron Litzau, who proved to be the second most consistent player in the tournament, carding 9-hole scores of 41, 39, 39, 41 and 42 to finish just three shots back at 202. Jim Novack, also had a valiant finish by firing the best score of the final nine, a 37, and also finishing with a total of 202. Ron Litzau finished strong for first place low net in the Championship Flight with net scores of 73 and 73 for a total of 146.
In the Men's First Flight, first place low gross went to Andy Williams scoring rounds of 91 and 87 for a total of 178. First place low net went to Ron Usher scoring net 75 and 71 for a total of 146 and also winning the Men's Net Club Championship after a sudden-death playoff over Ron Litzau, who also finished with a net 146.
In the Men's Second Flight, first place low gross went to Mark Schik carding scores of 93 and 90 for a total of 183. First place low net went to Bruce Kinnunen firing net totals of 78 and 77 finishing with a net total of 155.
In the Senior Men's Division, the new Senior Men's Club Champion is Jay Baarstad, who jumped off to a one-stroke lead after day one over Jerry Wisuri, who finished day one with an 85. On day two Jerry Wisuri tied it up after the first nine scoring a 42 compared to Jay's 43. Although, Jay Baarstad pulled away on the final nine with a score of 40 finishing with a two-day total of 167, leaving Jerry Wisuri to finish a close second after carding a final 9-hole score of 43 and finishing with a total of 170.
The new Senior Men's Net Club Champion is Ron Husby, who came back valiantly on day two with an 81 after scoring a 90 on day one. This total was so good, it allowed him to compete in the final 9 holes of the Men's Gross Championship against his son Dana.
In the Women's Division, it was fairly one-sided as Shelly Miller won her sixth consecutive Women's Club Championship firing scores of 86 and 87 to finish with a total of 173, 25 shots ahead of her nearest competitor.
On the net side, former Women's Net Club Champion, Connie Wadman, came back on day two with a great net score of 73 after carding a day one net score of 78 to finish with a net 151 to win the Women's Net Club Championship.
The Senior Women's Division proved to be the most competitive with Connie Bennett jumping off to an early day one lead of one stroke over her nearest competitor Joan Redalen. On day two both gals fired identical scores giving Connie Bennett the Senior Women' Club Championship with a two day total of 215. Joan Redalen finished a very close second with a two day total of 216.
On the net side, Sandy Porter jumped off to an early lead with a net score of 82 and finished stronger with a net 78 to win the Senior Women's Net Club Championship.