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Blueberry Pines hosts annual Senior tourney

Blueberry Notes

We held our Senior Tournament Monday at Blueberry Pines with flights determined by age and handicap. The age divisions were 50-59, 60-69 and 70-over.

In the 50-59 age division, first place low gross went to Jeff Tweeton of Perham carding a great score of 73. Second place went to Glen Hasselberg of Staples firing a 78. First place low net went to Gary Marjama of Menahga firing a net 66. Second place net went to Jerry Wisuri of Menahga scoring a net 69.

In the 60-69 age division, first place low gross went to Terry McGee of St. Cloud shooting a 78. First place net went to Bill Chapman of Menahga firing a net 67. Second place net went to Arland Waters of Akeley scoring a 71.

In the 70-over age division, first place low gross went to Bob Glimsdahl of Park Rapids carding a 95. First place low net went to Charles James of California firing a net 73. Second place low net went to Joe Doak of southern Minnesota who carded a net 75.

We held our first 3-Hole Little Linkers event of the year on July 17 with five teams competing in a scramble. One group was unable to complete their third hole due to time restraints, so the following results are from the two holes all five teams played. First place went to the team of Brandon McCoy (age 9), Tim Walsh (8), Jack Walsh (8), Deric Reichling (8) and Haley Usher (8) who finished tied with the other first place team of Marcus Benson (5), Matthew Benson (8), Riley Alwin (10), Luke Wurdock (9) and Remington Hagen (9) after both teams scored an 8. Third place went to the team of Marienna Dearstyne (9), Matt DeLaHunt (9), Kalley Clack (9) and Anthony Wurdock (7) shooting a score of 9.

On July 18 we held our first 4-Hole Youth Medalist event of the year with teams competing in a scramble. In the girls division, two teams tied for first place both scoring 17. The first place teams were the team of Sara Kuismi (10), McKenzie Harris (11), Emily Eystad (10), Hannah Williams (12) and McKenna Brandt (11) and the team of Kali Berg (12), Morgan Clements (12), Trisha Johnson (12) and Tasha Maninga (12). In the boys division, first place went to the team of Zach Eystad (12), Jeff Jacobson (11), Don Wurdock (11) and Ryan DeLaHunt (11) scoring a 16. Second place went to the team of Zach Brosdahl (10), Jake Kicker (10), Frank Moren (12), Tanner Neisess (11) and Will Dunbar (12) carding a 17.

Also on July 18, the Advanced Youth 9-Hole League competed in a scramble format. First place went to the team of Brock Clements (16), Katie Jacobson (16) and Heather Brostrom (14) scoring a 45. Second place went to the team of Jason Dennis (14) and Michael Wing (14) who shot a score of 48.

The Men's Night event on July 11 was our first ever double event including individual par 3 derby and a five-hole four-man scramble. A lot of excitement was generated with a $10,000 cash hole-in-one prize offered on the 150-yard shortened No. 18 hole. The hole-in-one prize was sponsored by Coldwell Banker, Clack & Dennis Real Estate. We thank them so much for offering this generous prize. In the First Flight of the par 3 derby, first place low gross went to Tadd Usher with the low score of 29. Second place went to Mark Schik who fired a 30. First place low net went to Ron Usher with a net 27. Second place went to Mark Anderson carding a 28. Third place net went to Lee Davis with a 30. In the Second Flight, first place low gross went to Pat Foss scoring a 32. Second place went to Bob Gack who scored a 34. First place low net went to David Andersen firing a net 27. Second place low net went to Bill Chapman also carding a 27. In the scramble, two teams finished tied for first place and rather than doing a chip off they decided to split the winnings. Finishing tied for first place were the team of Tadd Usher, Ron Husby, Tim Bloomquist and Bill Chapman and the team of Mark Anderson, Dunk Massie, Rob Anderson and Mike Carr with both teams carding the five-hole total of 15. Closest to the pin from the tee on hole No. 13 went to Terry Ristinen, closest to the pin from the tee on hole No. 15 went to Ron Usher and the longest putt made on hole No. 10 went to Don Dearstyne.

The Ladies' Night event on July 12 was Flag Night plus low gross and low net. First place low gross went to Myra Haldorson firing a 44. First place low net went to Penny Turner with a net 34. The flag winners were as follows: Myra Haldorson (closest to the pin from off the green on No. 10), Betty Haukebo (longest putt made on hole No. 11), Barb Scheicher (closest o the pin from off the green on No. 12), Shirley Potter (longest putt made on No. 13 and longest putt made on No. 18), Kim Marjama (closest to the pin from the tee on No. 14), Dolly Dissmore (longest putt made on No. 15), and Vera Staus (closest to the oak tree on drive on No. 16).

The Men's Night event on July 18 was individual low gross and low net. In the First Flight, Rory Smith blitzed the field carding a 2-under par score of 34 for first place low gross. Second place went to Ryan Steinert who carded a 37. Fist place low net went to Gary Marjama with a 33. Second place net went to Eric Castren carding a 34. In the Second Flight, first place low gross went to Ron Usher carding a 43. Second place went to Rory Palm who fired a 44. First place low net went to Russ Weappa firing a net 31. Second place went to Tim Bloomquist carding a net 36 and winning a scorecard playoff over Ken Shepersky. Eric Castren remains on top of the Men's Night money leader list. Closest to the pin from off the green on hole No. 1 went to Gary Marjama, closest to the pin from the tee on hole No. 8 went to Gary Marjama and the longest putt made on hole No. 9 went to Tim Bloomquist.

The Ladies' Night event on July 19 was a par 3 derby. There were no holes-in-one this year. First place low gross went to CD Fish firing a 31. Second place went to Deb Gens who carded a 32. First place low net finished in a three-way tie broken by a scorecard playoff. First place low net went to Cathy Reich with a 22. Second place net went to Karen Weappa and third place net went to Dolly Dissmore. Fourth place went to Penny Turner with a 23. Closest to the pin from off the green on No. 1 went to Dolly Dissmore, closest to the pin from the tee on No. 8 went to Betty Haukebo and the longest putt on No. 9 went to Karen Weappa. Karen Weappa overtakes CD Fish and Dolly Dissmore for the lead on the Ladies' Night money leader list.

Tip 1of the week: Square your face to your path. If your face is square to your path, the ball will fly straight. If your ball is starting to the left and curving to the right, your club path is going to the left and your clubface is square or open to the target. Remember your arms control the path of the club and your hands control the face angle.

Tip 2 of the week: Bounce your way through the deep grass around the green. Use your sand wedge for those deep grass shots around the green. Open the face to allow the bounce of the club to skip through the grass rather than having the leading edge of the club cutting into the grass. Play the shot similar to a bunker shot.

If you need more help with your golf game, please contact Jim, the PGA golf professional on staff here at Blueberry Pines, or call your local PGA professional.

Good luck and good golfing.

Check out our 18-hole Joel Goldstrand test of golf and experience our state of the art UpLink GPS systems on board our club car cart fleet here at Blueberry Pines Golf Course. Our five sets of tees make he golf course playable for golfers of all levels. Enjoy summer and enjoy Blueberry Pines today. Book your tee time at 564-GOLF or (1-800) 652-4940.

This season we are rotating Couples Night events every other Friday with Headwaters Country Club. These Couples Night events are non-competitive with the emphasis on meeting new people and spending a social night dining with new friends and old friends alike. Scores are not posted, again emphasizing the non-competitive event, although we will have a couple of hole contests on the course (such as longest putt or closest to the pin). Winners are drawn out of a hat at the end of the night. There is just no reason not to join in and play in our Couples Night here at HCC or Blueberry Pines. The next Couples Night at Blueberry Pines will be a four-person shamble on Friday, July 20 with a shotgun start at 5:30 p.m. Remember you must sign up by 3 p.m. the day of the event. We hope to see you all joining in the fun!

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