by nathan oster
Ryan Baumeister and Carl Olson emerged as the champions of the Big Horn Redi-Mix Match Play tournament after two solid days of golf last weekend at Midway Golf Club.
Thirty-four golfers competed in the tournament, which featured five rounds of nine-hole golf followed by a championship derby.
Three flights of golfers made up the tournament and each flight was very competitive.
The winners and second-place teams then faced off in the championship derby.
Tom Zierolf and Phil Caines won Flight 3, with Eddie Craft and John Caldwell finishing second.
Dave Walton and Frank Kelly won Flight 2, beating Ryan Baumeister and Carl Olson.
Scott McColloch and his son Michael McColloch teamed up to win Flight 1, finishing ahead of the teams of Gary Pangburn-Wayne Rea and Dave Williamson-Jonathan Baker, who tied for second place.
The top seven teams advanced to the championship derby. In it, all seven teams started on the first hole. One was eliminated on each hole, until only one was left. The last team standing was the Baumeister-Olson team. Finishing in second was the Zierolf-Caines pairing, followed in third by the Pangburn-Rea team.
“We had golfers representing Midway and Green Hills golf courses and Douglas and Casper,” said Eddie Johnson of Midway Golf Club. “Overall, we had a pretty good tournament. Will and his crew did a great job on getting the course ready and we had a few volunteers that worked hard making our golf course very playable and spruced up. Tesa and her crew did a great job in the clubhouse making the golfers feel welcome and managing those things that are not seen. The pork rib dinner prepared by Carmen and Dixie was well received by the golfers and very much appreciated.”
July will be another busy month at Midway. First up is the annual Linda Madden Memorial tourney on July 4. Every year, the tournament sponsors scholarships for local students, and according to Johnson, the format is fun and the golfing great.
“Everyone is welcome to come out for a great time and also for a good cause,” he said.
From there, the spotlight shifts to the Security State Bank Invitational over the weekend of July 12-14.
“We are looking forward to these two events as they are great for our communities and for the golf course,” said Johnson.