Local golf team shoots 10 under par
OLYMPIC VALLEY – A local team shot a 10 under par at the Resort at Squaw Creek Thursday in the Lord of the Links golf tournament’s Tipster Classic. The first of three events in the newest kind of golf tour was a huge success, event organizer Chris Ernst, AKA “Uncle E,” said.
The Tipster classic is the inaugural match in the series that goes Sept. 22 to the Old Brockway course in Kings Beach for the Gambler Memorial and then to Marin for the “Mayhem with Moseley in Marin” Golf Tournament Oct. 6.
The Alternative Golf Tour is for the golfer who is out for more than just a low score, according to the event flyer. The four-person scramble competition had a non-traditional format, including Closest to the Big Ass Tree, Closest to the Creek and Closest to the Corona. On the 10th hole participants played a hand of blackjack to determine from which spot the team would tee-off, the closest white tees, the blue tees or the furthest back gold tees.
Billed as an event that was “nothing but a good time for a charitable cause,” the attitude and atmosphere was jam packed with excitement and good golf, Uncle E said. There were 17 foursomes that played the challenging Resort at Squaw Creek course, raising $700 for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
“The course was laid out like a big funpark. Complete with banners, umbrellas, huge sound systems with music at the Tee boxes, theme holes, obstacles and even a blackjack trio of Hotties (dealing hands of blackjack) under the Red Bull tent that turned heads all day,” Uncle E said.
The “new generation of charitable golf events” also included speed golf, skydivers, a plethora of prizes and plenty of libations. “Maybe the funniest of all was the skydivers. They came in fast, collapsing their chutes into a freefall. They were flying parallel to the ground at 40 mph, about 15 feet off the ground, went into a stall and landed,” said Collier Cook of Homewood Mountain Resort, one of the event sponsors.
“One of the longest drive holes, it might have been 18, we had to wear a BOERI (ski racing) helmet when teeing-off. It was much more difficult than you might imagine – the face guard hits your shoulder so you can’t take a full, regular swing,” Cook said.
The Red Bull Skydive Team kicked off the tournament with their daredevil demonstration, skimming tree tops and spectators heads before their precision landing on the second fairway.
The Gambler Memorial is being held in memory of legendary base jumper Frank Gambalie and the Oct. 6 event is scheduled to have Olympic Gold Medal skier Jonny Moseley in attendance and will help raise money for the Reed Unified School District.
For more information on upcoming events, contact Uncle E at 582-9991 or visit http://www.exp-productions.com.
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