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June 2016

May 26, 2016

The 2016 Bill Christie Memorial Golf Tournament will go down as a record breaker. The two day best-ball tournament featured TWO holes in ones during the weekend event. On Saturday, Yakima’s Russ Arbuckle aced the par 3 107 yard 12th hole with a wedge and on Sunday, Sunnyside golfer Bob Hicks rolled the ball in with a driver on the 177 yard 9th hole. Arbuckle’s ace, his 10th, was witnessed by Joel Elder, Tony Whitley and Laney Anderson and for his efforts, he won a new set of Taylor Made irons. Hicks scored his ace on Sunday, a day too late for the 2016 Ford F-150 offered by Tom Denchel Ford which was the prize on Saturday but he did collect $240 for his efforts. His hole-in-one was witnessed by Bill Combs, Wally Flores and Alan Sandlin. It was Bob’s third ace in his career. Low Gross for the tournament was won by Andrew Schutt and David Stokes who posted (67-71) for 138 and Net honors went to Yakima’s Russ Arbuckle and Joel Elder (63-61) for 124. Full tournament results can be found on our web page under tournament results.

   A quick check of Max’s Group shows Chuck Mattock winning the month of May with over-all point (Stableford) totals by 5 strokes over Doug Hall and 6 strokes over Gene McIntire. Max Wickham was quick to point attention to last place contestant, Troy Monholland. Thanks Max!

   The Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Association will have a busy schedule this month. On June 2nd, the tournament is headed to the Walla Walla Veterans golf course before visiting Black Rock Creek on June 16th and finishing the month at the Pendleton Country Club on June 28th. Black Rock members are urged to turn out for these senior events as our participation numbers are currently so woefully light that our team scores are not being registered. Contact BRC’s Representative Terry Ostrander for more information.

   On Tuesday, June 14, BRC will once again host a ‘Flag Retirement’ ceremony featuring the Yakama Warriors. Members are invited to attend and participate in this moving retirement ceremony. The event will be held near the pond on hole 9 and will begin at 8 pm. Two years ago, the Warriors assisted us in retiring our unserviceable American flags. If you have never participated in final honors for our flag, you are urged to attend this brief ceremony. The Yakama Warriors will provide the Honor Guard and Warrior John Smith will play ‘Taps’ at the conclusion. Master of Ceremonies will be Warrior Corky Ambrose. Members are urged to bring their unserviceable flags for disposal.

   Over the last few years, some members of BRC have voiced concerns over a tree at the corner (dog leg) of the 14th hole. While some would like it to be removed, others object. To address this issue, the Board of Directors at BRC has elected to poll the membership on this subject by having them vote on the issue. Hence, you will soon see a locked ballot box in the clubhouse. One member, one vote! Ballots will be accepted for a reasonable period allowing all members to have the opportunity to vote. Ballots must be signed at time of submittal. If the vote favors the tree removal, an anonymous donation will cover the cost. The removal project would take place before the end of the year.

   If you’re doing nothing on the 4th of July, please come out and join use in a small 4th of July couples tournament. Participants usually bring a potluck dish and some decorate their carts. It is a good time and the weather is excellent. Also, it’s not too early to start thinking about the BRC’s Couples Tournament. It will take place on July 16th and 17th. The Chapman event will have a Shotgun start both days. Entries must be received by July 13th and if you would like more information about the event, contact our Pro Shop.

   A quick time check show a schedule of the following events:
         Max’s Group (Mon +Thurs)   8:30am
         Weekend Gangsome (Sat-Sun) 8:30 am
         Women Day (Tues) 9:00am
(These times will change as summer approaches. Contact Pro Shop for up to date start times!

It is not too early to start thinking about this year’s Banana Belt, coming up in August.

Quote of the month:

Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character.
-Arnold Palmer