by nathan oster
Bob Fink and Chuck Hopkin emerged victorious in the championship derby, which was the culminating act of the Big Horn Redi-Mix Match Play held over the weekend at Midway Golf Course.
The tournament attracted 20 two-man teams, for a total of 40 golfers, and featured 45 holes of golf that preceded the championship derby.
Golfers were arranged in four flights according to their combined handicaps.
Jim Marshall and Dave Williamson of Worland won Flight 1, followed in second by the Midway-based team of Mike Longshore and Gary Pangburn.
In Flight 2, the team of Bob Fink and Chuck Hopkin, representing Midway, took first. Second went to the team of Ken Johnson and Eddie Johnson, also of Midway.
The Midway domination continued in Flight 3, as Curt Massey and Al Madden captured first place, followed in second by the team of Carl Olson and Dave Walton.
Bob Holden and Dennis Swafford of Worland won Flight 4, nipping the Midway-based team of Ron Boyd and Mike Yeager.
The championship derby consisted of the four first-place wininers of the flights and the next three highest point totals from the match play. One pair of golfers was eliminated per hole with a winner decided on Hole No. 7. Fink and Hopkin placed first, followed by the Holden-Swafford team in second and the Johnson-Johnson pairing in third.
Some lucrative hole-in-one prizes were available, thanks to Lisa’s, Pab Good Trucking, the Bank of Greybull and Overland Express. While there were a couple of very close shots, no one was able to collect the $10,000 prize.
“It was a great weekend for golf, the course was in great shape and the people that worked to make it a successful weekend did a great job,” said Eddie Johnson, who handled publicity for the tournament. “The golfing was challenging but a lot of fun. This was the first “major” of the year for Midway Golf Course and there are more tournaments to follow.”
The next event at Midway will be the Linda Madden Memorial Tournament on July 4. Those wishing to play need to get signed up at Midway or call 568-2255 for more information.