Locals among Midway Open winners

by nathan oster

Golfers from Greybull, Worland and Powell were the big winners in last weekend’s Midway Open.

The annual tournament is a three-man best ball event with scores counted from gross and net for part of the tournament and net and net for the other part of the tournament.

“It’s a tournament within a tournament,” said Eddie Johnson, the club president.

Thirty golfers teed off Saturday morning, and when it was over, a familiar pair was on top.  Scott McColloch and his son Michael McColloch, winners of last month’s Security Invitational, added the Midway Open title to their collections.  The two Greybull golfers teamed with Jordan McKamey of Worland to take the gross-net side of the tournament.

Finishing in second was the team of West Hernandez, Wade Hernandez and Shawn Warner, all of Powell.

In the net-net, Aaron Grosch, Andy Anderson and Jacob Craft of Worland placed first followed by the team of Lonnie Koch, Dave Walton and Frank Kelly, all of Greybull.

Several other games were played in conjunction with the tournament.

In the derby, where local golfers are paired with guests and a team is eliminated on every hole until only one is left, Aaron Grosch and Tyler Craft took first, followed by West Hernandez of Powell and Mike Greear of Worland, who were second, and Ryan Tobin and Dave Walton, who were third.

Michael McColloch was the Long Drive winner both days.

In the Closest to the Pin contest, Lonnie Koch emerged victorious on Saturday and Ryan Tobin on Sunday.  West Hernandez was Closest to the Line both days.

“The crew at the golf course worked extremely hard getting the course ready for the golf tournament,” said Johnson. “Lonnie Koch, Bob Fink, Jim Ryles and Carl Olson spent a lot of extra hours working the outside.  The golf course was in great shape and played well over the weekend.”

Johnson also credited the ladies inside the clubhouse for all their efforts and the Basin City Arts Center for providing the meal, which he described as “one of the best we have had out there in a long time.

“I really appreciate all the hard work that everyone did to make this tournament successful.”

There are only a few events left on the 2013 golf calendar, including a twi-night game on Aug. 30, the Midway club championship in September, the Eagles one-man scramble in September and the annual meeting scramble in October.

“The golfing is great, the course is in great shape and there is still plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the summer.  Come on out and have some fun at Midway Golf Club.”