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Monday, August 30, 2021

FOURTH ANNUAL DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

The fourth annual Diamond in the Rough turned out to be a great one.

Fifty four teams of two ladies competed in five flights. Previous tournament record of 61 was broken by two with a 59 by Jamie Cameron and Laurie Makescry, narrowly beating sisters Tori and Haley, formerly Gunkel, now Windsor and Gray respectively.

David Dyson, partner at Barber-Dyson Ford, who is the "silent" title sponsor, came up with a great new idea for the tournament. He donated a great looking ice chest, then, sold chances at $20 for five tickets. Put all the money in the ice chest and, during the party, drew a ticket for all the money (over $2,300!) which was won by Markie Repp!

Final results of all flights. All ties were broken on the scorecard, no splits. Players in each flight drew for the hole number where to start the playoff.


"A"
1. 59 - Jamie Cameron/Laurie Makescry
2. 60 - Tori WIndsor/Haley Gray
3. 61 - Krystal Marshall/Tasha Marshall
4 62 - Rachel Poole/Haylee Poole





"B"
1. 68 - Erin Davis/Rachel Davis
2. 68 - Dana Loffer/Lori Garrison'
3. 69 - Shelly Hollisnworth/Amy Lazarus
4. 69 - Kelly Brown/Shelia Fatridge





"C"
1. 76 - Markie Repp/Bailey Weaver
2. 76 - KC Cerney/Sandy Jennings
3. 76 - Debbie Swindle/Sherri Adamson
4. 76 - Anna Gilbert/Allie Hufnagel





"D"
1. 79 - Meladie Myers/Jessyka Elwick
2. 79 - Christine Hohnke/Lisa 2B Nagle
3. 79 - Chanda Shepherd/Kassy Bonham
4. 80 - Donna Keck/Kate Sullivan





"E"
1. 90 - Mindi Muncrief/Pam Muncrief
2. 91 - Nichole Northrup/Courtney Menefee
3. 97 - Karly Gillispie/Mandy Rush
4. 98 - Dena Hough/Kara Kauk




Other prizes on each hole as the chart below...










Tournament Pictures:

Click Teams for all 54 teams....

Click All Other for all other pics 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

TUMBLEWEED 2021

The playing of the 2021 Tumbleweed was interrupted and saddened due to the passing of one of our friends and member during the posting of scores of the Saturday round. 

Our friend, member and neighbor, Bobby Johnson passed during the the posting of scores of Saturday's round. Our prayers and condolences go to Bobby's wife Brenda and family, who will host a memorial on Saturday the 21st, in their backyard facing hole #6 at 5:00 p.m. 
Back to the playing of the Tumbleweed...

The field was full (72 teams) which were divided in seven flights, which after the first day were as follow: 1st (57-62); 2nd (63-64); 3rd (65-68); 4th (69-73); 5th (74-76); 6th (77-79) and 7th (80-80+)

As usual, the "bump rule" is in effect and players themselves draw for the "bump number" (3 to 5) in each flight. There were a total of four teams bumped to the next flight, with three of them getting in the top four of the next flight.

The final results were as follow:

I Flight
57-57 (114) - Jeff/Megan Brown
57-58 (115) - Keegan/Kinsley Hall
62-60 (122) - David/Rachel Poole (*)
61-61 (122) - Travis/Maranda Stout





II Flight
64-60 (124) - Bill Pascoe/Anna Runnels (*)
63-61 (124) - Steve/Carrie Chambers
64-61 (125) - Toby/Rachel Davis
65-60 (125) - Heston/Amy Brown (bumped for III Flight)





III Flight
65-64 (129) - Chris/Robin Evans
68-63 (131) - Kaleb Keith/Brooklyn Hargis
65-68 (133) - Justin Twyman/Andrea Wise
67-67 (134) - Gary/Kenna Wilson





IV Flight
72-65 (137) - Levi/Cathy Robison
69-69 (138) - Cooper/Ann Cowan (*)
70-68 (138) - Will Malloy/McKenzie Leisher
70-69 (139) - (Tie) David Henry/Sheri Albert
70-69 (139) - (Tie) Kyle Barger/Kelly Asher




V Flight
74-71 (145) - Monty/Patty Lorenz
74-72 (146) - Rayne/Michele Roeser
75-72 (147) - Neil/Christine Hohnke
76-72 (148) - Bruce/Michelle Williamson
78-70 (148) - Frank Mendez/Michelle Robinson (Bumped from VI)



VI Flight
77-74 (151) - Richard/Pinky Anzaldua (*)
77-74 (151) - Scott/Pam Dulaney
79-76 (155) - (Tie) Kurt Davis/Darlis Nace
83-72 (155) - (Tie) Joe Wynn/Mona Alvarez (Bumped from VII)




VII Flight
82-75 (157) - Dewey/Reta Coats (*)
80-77 (157) - Tate/Jana Finnell
80-78 (158) - Jerry/Karen Sizemore
81-80 (161) - Brian/Andrea Carnes





CLOSEST TO PN PRIZES:
#5 - McKenzie Leisher
#7 - Frank Mendez
#10 - Jeff Rule 
#13 - Stacy Fox
#17 - Rusty Wilson

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

2021 OILMAN'S RESULTS

Thirty six teams participated in the tournament. Where there is the same score, ties were broken by scorecard playoff. The results were as follows:

A:

48 - Moran Equipment
51 - Belter Construction
51 - BOP Ram






B:

55 - ARC Energy
56 - GAS
57 - Bird Equipment







C:

61 - Powell's
61 - Tthru Tubing Solution
62 - Hughes Specialties






D:

65 - Steve's Diesel
65 - Garrison Financial
67 - Odis Crane

 





Mike Wilson scored an albatross on #4... later in the day, Blake Johnson aced the temporary Par-3 #3 from 144 yards.
















Thursday, July 22, 2021

TRES HILL MAKES HISTORY

For the last few years, it has been our juniors who have been "putting Elk City on the Map"... Tres, Ryder Cowan, Tate Trotter, and previously Berek Dyson, Keegan Hall, Joby Gray. We have two State Highschool 4-A Championships.... but Tres takes the lead as the best junior ever to come from Elk City. 

Earlier in the year, he won the individual title in the Oklahoma 4-A Championship with an 8 under par total of 208. He won by one. Third place was over 20 shots behind. Tres was two behind with eight holes to go, but played steady with three birdies to win by one.


Now, earlier today, he won the State of Oklahoma Golf Amateur Championship. Tres won six matches in three days. In the championship match he was three down after 10 holes, and came back to win one up.  

During his high school golf days, he won several tournaments. In 2019, he won the Club Championship over several seasoned players, by scoring 70 and 65. Winning by two. In 2020, he was second to the man he beat in 2019 (Dustin Gunkel, who was part of one of the teams that won a state championship in the 90's). 

I met Tres the second day of work in 2011, it was the end of winter. He was 7 or so and was playing with a Kinsley Hall, about two years his senior. Kinsley went to school on a golf scholarship three years ago. You could see then that he was an "upcoming good golfer". Short, compact backswing, and great

follow strong follow through. His putting was always good, and he is
one kid (okay, young man) who practices his weaknesses to get better all the way around. As the years went by and he began beating everyone regularly, including me (*) when he was about 13, everyone knew he was someone special. 

This is by far the biggest win anyone from Western Oklahoma has ever had, no one from Elk City. Not even close; and at 18 years of age, he has to be among the youngest winners of this famed amateur championship.

In closing, Tres has not only proven to be a great player, but he is the


"complete package", as he is as good kid (okay, young man) as he is a golfer... actually better!


Tres will be attending Oklahoma City University.

(*) One of my greatest pleasures as golf professional is to share time with kids who want to compete. And I always make them play for something. Our usual bet was that the loser would have to smell the shoes of the winner at the end of the round. All I can say is that his mom never taught him to deodorize his golf shoes!





Sunday, July 18, 2021

2021 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

The 2021 Club Championship was won by senior golfer Mike Wilson who had rounds of 69 and 66. He won by two over Justin Twyman.

David Dyson won Senior Championship as well as the "A" Flight 

Robert Lakey won the Super Seniors Flight

Here are all the results:

CHAMPIONSHIP:

135 - Mike WIlson
137 - Justin Barrick
141 - Andrew Albert






"A"

143 - David Dyson
147T - Quint Nichols
147T - Ricky Nagle






"B"

152 - Kallen Nichols
162 - Gabe Edney
164 - Justin Ediger






"C"

178 - Dennis Cates
205 - Alan Beck







"Golden Seniors"

148 - Robert Lakey
163 - Craig Phelps
169 - Dave Bank

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

REMEMBER THE TITANS

 REMEMBER THE TITANS…


I was recently sent a story about Kamaiu Johnson, a young black golfer who had been invited to play in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, but, because of a positive Covid-19 test the week before, he had to withdraw. According to him, it had been a “dream come true”, but was obviously disappointed. However, he won’t have to wait long for his “dream” of playing a tour event to come true, as organizers of the Honda Classic in March, have extended him an invitation as well.

That said, surely “his dream” is not to only play in a tour event as a sponsor’s exemption, but to get good enough to actually qualify for a tour, where his efforts and skill will earn him a place in the field, and not through a sponsor’s exemption. I wish him well, but the story that is worth telling and teaching our youth, is the story that actually made this invitation to Kamaiu possible, or even a thought of it.

This story, not taught by anyone, involves many great golfers of the past who were denied the opportunity to play with the big boys of their time because of the color of their skin.

You can call them the Unheralded Titans of the Game, who, against all odds, never gave up trying to play this great game for a living. I am sure many other black golfers -or minorities-, with less internal fortitude, gave up the chase to swim upstream the river of discrimination.

Not these men who never teed it up against those names familiar to most golfers who have read a little golf history, like Jones, Sarazem Hagen, Nelson, Hogan, Snead and later, against Palmer, Casper or the early days of Nicklaus, but never quit trying.

I don’t know about you, but I do like stories with a good ending. This one is in the 18th fairway, and even though it started with a few bad holes, has scored many birdies and eagles afterwards and when it is all finished, the score will be under par. If the last 70 years are a measuring stick, you can see a very happy ending.

There are a lot of names who young golfers, black or white, should learn about. Names at the end of this post who paved the way for the likes of Lee Elder, Jim Dent and Jim Thorpe, then to Calvin Peete, and later Tiger Woods, Harold Varner III, and Cheyene Woods among others, all of whom can now enjoy the success that these titans forged with their determination to just play this wonderful game against the best. They didn't want any “special” treatment, "just" equal treatment. I am sure they even helped people like Rod Curl and Lee Trevino among others.

The PGA of America was founded in 1916 and an organized tour started soon after. In its starting years, the players were club professionals. It was a time in history where golf was not popular and was mainly for the rich, so there weren’t any public golf courses. Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead were four years old when the PGA of American was founded, and one William Powell, was born the same year as the PGA of America.

It was also a time when you could not make a living on tour with the small purses. You played for the trophy so you could get a better club job and give many lessons, and perhaps give some exhibitions where you could make some extra money as well. It was also a time when golf professionals were not treated as well. In the eyes of club members, they were not much better than the caddies. They were only given access to the course, but not the clubhouse or locker room: “change your shoes in the parking lot, eat meals at the caddy house, collect if you win, and go home. Thanks for the show”.

When the PGA of America was founded, they had a “Caucasian Only” rule for tournament play. Probably no one knew of the rule at the time because there weren’t many good black golfers then that we know of, until one black golfer, Dewey Brown, became the first black member of the PGA of America in 1928. But, the tournament rule was not changed.

As the interest in golf grew in America, a good percentage of black golfers began playing and enjoying the game, they began knocking on the doors of the PGA of America to be allowed to play with the “big boys”.

It was not until the mid-50’s, when Horton Smith (winner of the first Masters and third Masters and many other tournaments), then president of the PGA of America helped change the rule to allow black golfers in any tour event “if the club where it would be played at, allowed black players”.

It doesn’t seem like much of a “positive change”, especially nowadays where if you don’t like something you demonstrate in front of the offending club or try to boycott sponsors of a particular tournament. But the truth is that the PGA of America did not have the influence it now has, and there was no way they could dream of boycotting a club, especially when it was the members who put up most purses.

Finally, on September 11 (yes, 9/11) of 1961, the PGA of America eliminated the “Caucasian Only” rule. Too late for some, but the change was historically significant and a great move to equal opportunity to ALL golfers with any skin color, started to take shape.

In some places, like the deep south, it took longer. For instance, Augusta National did not change its rule of “no black golfers” in The Masters Invitational tournament until 1970, though no black golfer qualified until Lee Elder did for the 1975 Masters, becoming the first black golfer to ever play in the famous event. As it turned out, it was also the first time a professional Mexican golfer qualified for the Masters, as Victor Regalado qualified as well.

You must realize that the tour with equal opportunity for all, where skill is the primary qualification, as you now know it, would not have been possible without the courageous fight of men who wanted nothing special, just share the same fairways as the greats you have read about.

If you want to enlighten your knowledge and perhaps encourage younger people to know more about the game’s history, as uncomfortable as it may be, please look them up: Charlie Sifford, Ted Rhodes, Pete Brown, Bill Spiller, Dewey Brown, and William Powell, a pioneer, the first black golfer to design, build and own a professional golf course in the United States (Clearview Golf Club in Ohio).

No story is ever finished, and no matter what, I rather study the men who made the story and how they faced and overcame their obstacles, and not think who put obstacles for them, or for what reason. I had the opportunity, pleasure and privilege to meet two of these golfers, one of the pioneers, and one who began taking advantage of the fruits: Charlie Sifford and Jim Dent, and I can attest that both were true, true gentlemen. Plus, both were great golfers. In Sifford’s case, even though Charlie was past his prime in 1973 when I met him, he still won the Raleigh Cup series against much younger golfers.

Golf, the tour and all minority golfers are better off because of these titans and those who believed in them, and yes, it’s okay to remember them!






Thursday, June 25, 2020

RESULTS FATHER'S DAY TOURNAMENT

A:
56 - JEFF BROWN - HESTON BROWN
58 - GARY PHILLIPS - LUKE PHILLIPS
60 - DAMON BUTCHER - BRAYDEN BUTCHER
61 - 3 TIED AT 61









B:
63 - BRAD HARGUESS - JOHN HARGUESS
63 - DAVID DYSON - BEREK DYSON
63 - DAMO BUTCHER - BRYCE BUTCHER
64 -  TEAMS TIED AT 4

C:
67 - ANN COWAN - MICHAEL COWAN
67 -  BOB MILLER - CASEY MILLER
67 - BOB MILLER - DREW MILLER
67 - CLARK CALAWAY - CADAN CALAWAY
67 -  JUSTIN TWYMAN - COOPER TWYMAN
67 -  KELLI JORDAN - BLAKE JORDAN
67 - ROBERT KEITH - KALEB KEITH
67 -  CHARLIE KAUK - AARON KAUK
67 -  BOBBY JOHNSON - BLAKE JOHNSON

D:
70 - AL CARNES - BRIAN CARNES
70- JACK COODY - JESSICA COODY
70 - JEFF DONAGHEY - BROOKLYNN HARGUIS
70 - MELVIN FLUTY - SARAH COPELAND
70 -  RICK NAGLE - NIC NAGLE
70 -  TONY MIKLES - JUAN LOPEZ
70 - TYLER WINDSOR - TINSLEY WINDSOR

E:
74 - JAMES SMITH - CAMERON SMITH
74 - JOE CANSLER - LOGAN CANSELR
74 - LYNN BROADBENT - JARED BROADBENT
74 - SCOTT GARRISON - SAM GAARRISON
74 -  STACEY GRAHAM - GRANT GRAHAM

F:
78 - JOE WYNN - JOEL WYNN
78 - MICHAEL SLOAN - EASTON SLOAN
78 - STACEY GRAHAM - [AIGE GRAHAM
78 -  LEEDON WISEMAN - RHET WISEMAN


For all Tournament Photos, click =>> 2020 Father's Day Photos

Saturday, June 6, 2020

RESULTS MEMBER GUEST 2020

A:
57 - TRAVIS POOLE - HESTON BROWN
58 - TYLER WINDSOR - TYLOR CAMERON
59 - MARK FAIRCHILD - BATLIN GOAD
59 - JOREY PRICE - RODNEY SKINNER










B:
62 - CARTER MUNCRIEF - JESSE FERRELL
63 - CORBIN DYSON - BRIAN HUTCHINSON
63 - TRAVIS STOUY - ROD STOUT
64 - ANDREW ALBERT - MICHAEL RAPELLA








C:
65 - ROCKY ANDRESEN - JARED ANDRESEN
65 - BRAANDON THOMAS - REGGIE REDWINE
66 - AARON KAUK - BRET MATLCOK
66 - DAVID SCHNEBERGER - STEPHEN DOBSON







D:
69 - JEFF RULE - BRIAN BUSBY
69 - DANNY DELEON - D.J. DELEON
69 - DARRELL DUNN - BOBBY DUNN
69 - NEIL HOHNKE - WILL MALLOY










E:
72 - LIZ JOHNSON - BRETT JOHNSON
72 - SCOTT GARRISON - TERRY LATHAM
73 - ANN COWAN - MICHAEL COWAN
73 - JOE WYNN - CAMERON BUMGARNER











For all photos tournament click =>> 2020 Member-Guest Photos

Monday, May 25, 2020

RESULTS MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

A:
59 - KEEGAN HALL - TOBY DAVIS
60 - MIKE CLINTON - HESTON BROWN
62 - MARK FAIRCHILD - ANDREW ALBERT











B:
65 - RICKY NAGLE - JOREY PRICE
65 - TYLER WINDSOR - TORI WINDSOR
66 - DANY DELEON - BRIAN HUNT











C:
69 - TERRY STONE - JONATHAN GORE
69 - LOGAN GORE - NATHAN GORE
69 - MIKE WILSON - JOSH MORN











D:
72 - JUAN LOPEZ - ANDY PEFFER
72 - JACK COODY - U.V.WILLIAAMSON
72 - KOBE FOLEY - MALCOM NEWTON











E:
75 - BRANDON THOMAS - LEEDON WISEMAN
75 - TATE FINNELL - DARRELL DUNN
79 - MATT WILHITE - SONNY MASKESCRY












For all tournament photos, click =>> 2020 Memorial Photos

Saturday, May 23, 2020

HAMMON ALUMNI RESULTS

This annual tournament keeps growing. This year fourteen teams participated.

                                                                                T. WILLIAMS           57
C.R. WILLIAMS
M. WILSON
T. PINKSTON











T. TROUT        58
B. WALKER
D. DUGGER
J. DAVIS






















For all tournament photos, click =>> 2020 Hammon Alumni Photos