Olson, Roods winning combo at SSB Invite

by nathan oster

Golfers representing seven different states converged on Midway Golf Club last weekend for the annual Security State Bank Invitational.

The two-man, best-ball tournament is one of the club’s largest events of the year.

Twenty-eight teams competed, playing 18 holes Saturday and another 18 Sunday.

“Everybody had a good time,” said Jim Core, the tournament organizer.

The golfers who enjoyed themselves the most, in all likelihood, were Shawn Roods of Billings and Carl Olsen of Basin, who with a -28 won this year’s net title. With three teams finishing at -23, a scorecard was used to determine second through fourth.

In second was the team of Steve Grosch and Gordon Neumann, both of Worland.

Third went to father-son team of Jim and Clint Core of Boise, Idaho.

Another father-son team, Troy Ford of Arizona and Alex Ford of Colorado, placed fourth.

Fifth place went to a pair of locals, Bob Fink and Chuck Hopkin, who came in at -22.

In the gross scoring, the team of Chris Bundren and Jeff Vail, both of Worland, captured first place with a -13. Tyler Watts and Nick Kasperik of Gillette were second at -9.

Several golfers participated in a derby on Saturday afternoon in which an out-of-town golfer was paired with a local golfer to form seven teams. One team was eliminated on each hole until there was only one left standing.

That turned out to be the pairing of Chris Bundren of Worland and Tom Zierolf.

Nick Kasperik of Gillette and Chuck Hopkin of Basin placed second.

In third was the pairing of Tyler Watts of Gillette and Mike Larchick of Basin.