After losing revenue when several high school golf tournaments were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Tadd Usher was hoping the annual 2-Man Best Ball/Scramble would draw another full field.
As it turned out, golfers were anxious to compete in the biggest tournament of the season at Headwaters Golf Club.
“I was unsure of what kind of participation we’d get. Most of the teams keep coming back, but this year it was hard to gauge,” said Usher, the general manager at Headwaters Golf Club. “I thought maybe we’d get half the number of last year. Within two weeks, the tournament was full and we had a waiting list. Guys were excited to get out and get some normalcy.”
The Scratch Division drew 30 teams for the two-day tournament on June 12-13 while the Handicap Division drew 50 teams on June 13-14. Andrew Israelson and Nate Deziel carded rounds of 63 and 61 for a 20-under par 124 to capture the Scratch Division while Headwaters members Bryce Fazekas and Steve Brown won the Handicap Division in a four-hole sudden-death playoff over fellow members Ron Litzau and Jim Day after both teams ended regulation play with net 127s.
Other current or former members of Headwaters Golf Club also had solid showings on their home course in this annual tournament.
In the Scratch Division, Dana Husby teamed with Jonnie Miller to earn a share of seventh place with a 134 after rounds of 70 during best ball and 64 during the scramble. Tadd Usher and Tate Usher used rounds of 69 and 68 for a 137 to finish 16th while Trent Wilcox and Doug Taylor tied for 21st place with a 141 after following a 75 with a 66. Nevis graduate Nolan Toft teamed with Jake Sovari to share 25th place with rounds of 73 and 70 for a 143 while Cory Brock and John Martin shared 27th place with rounds of 77 and 67 for a 144.
Seven other teams with Headwaters members finished among the top-12 spots in the Handicap Division. Jeff Eberhardt and Randy Leeseberg tied for fourth place at 131, Ian Johnson and Scott Johnson finished eighth at 134, and Joe Wavra and Wayne Nelson tied Ed Talbot and Jim Talbot for ninth place at 135. The duos of Mike Baso and Jason Huus, Jed Ryan and Taylor Schroeder, and Mark Carlson and Walt Leckner shared 12th place at 136.
Other members competing in the tournament were Andy Hilmanowski and Keith Mueller (tied for 16th at 137), David Heijerman and Aron Moses (tied for 16th at 137), David Bash and Jeff Massie (tied for 21st at 138), Mark Ondracek and Kevin Ondracek (31st at 142), Lee Davis and Todd Sanquist (tied for 32nd at 143), Boomer Benham and Jerry Benham (tied for 32nd at 143), Chuck Driscoll and Stan Leach (tied for 32nd at 143), Gary Marjama and Mick Marjama (tied for 38th at 144), Jake Lund and Justin Day (tied for 38th at 144), Kent Cease and Ken Mackley (tied for 42nd at 146), Cory Minor and Travis Kurtz (tied for 44th at 147), Jim Emerson and Todd Zuerlein (46th at 148), and Aaron Johnson and Hogan Johnson (48th at 152).
“It was an amazing tournament. Everyone enjoyed it,” said Usher. “We had a lot of compliments on the condition of the course and everyone loved the new online scoring with up-to-date results. We didn’t have any issues. Everyone kept spread out. It went really, really well.”
Seeing the success of this tournament, Usher is looking at holding another 2-man event either at the end of July or in August.
“We needed this tournament. This is a vital tournament for our course and a big part of our budget. Thankfully we got to have it,” said Usher. “This was the first tournament of the summer for most of the field. This tournament kicks off their summer and they appreciated that we were able to have it. It made them feel like it was a normal summer. I’ll definitely look into having another tournament later this summer.”