Redi-Mix tourney led by local golfers

by nathan oster

Midway Golf Club hosted the annual Big Horn Redi-Mix tournament last weekend. Twenty-eight golfers made up 14 teams to compete in the match play tournament and Midway golfers had a great weekend.

Players from Sheridan, Nevada, Casper, Douglas and Worland competed in the event. The tournament was divided into three separate flights with the top two finishers in each flight plus the next highest point winner competing in the championship flight following match play competition.

The flight winners for the tournament were:

Flight A — 1, Jeff Vail and Mike Greear (Worland); 2, Mike Longshore and Andy Anderson.

Flight B — 1, Bob Fink and Chuck Hopkin; 2, Dave Walton and Carl Olson.

Flight C — 1, Dennis Swafford (Casper) and Bob Holden (Douglas); 2, Frank Kelly and Jim Ryles.

These six place winners and the next top point winners, Dave Williamson and Sterling Stroffle of Worland, competed in the championship derby. A pair of golfers is eliminated on each hole until the final two play the final hole. The winners of the championship derby were all from Midway with Frank Kelly and Jim Ryles placing first followed by Dave Walton and Carl Olson for second and Bob Fink and Chuck Hopkin placing third.

The tournament provided some great competition for the golfers. All golfers had a chance at a $10,000 hole-in-one sponsored by Overland Express. There were only two deuces on Saturday but there were six on Sunday. Golfers had a legitimate shot at the hole-in-ones, but did not get the ball in the cup. Meals were provided for the golfers by Carmen Olson.

“The course was in great shape and the grounds crew along with a bunch of volunteers had it ready for the tournament,” said Eddie Johnson, a member of the club. “The clubhouse personnel did an outstanding job of keeping thirsty golfers served and providing food during the course of play. This is always a competitive tournament and it is nice to see the amount of people that show up and play. While it was down a few teams from last year, it was a great success for our course.”

The next event is the Linda Madden Memorial tournament on July 4. This annual event gives scholarships to local students each year and has grown since its inception. All golfers are invited to play in this four-person tournament.

Midway is also planning a ball-drop fundraiser for Saturday, July 19 at 1 p.m. Bob Hawkins will be flying a helicopter with numbered golf balls in a net and dropping them on the driving range of the golf course. The ball that lands closest to the pin will share a 50/50 split of the proceeds raised by the selling of tickets. Tickets are going to be $20 each and there will be a limited number of golf balls sold. Interested people can get a hold of the clubhouse or a member to see about buying a ticket.