There’s a lot of activity early on this season at the Hettinger Country Club.
By TED UECKER
Hettinger Country Club
Golfers Heat Up At DUV Sanitation’s Annual Beer ‘N Brat Tourney
DUV Sanitation, the local sanitation company in Hettinger, once again sponsored their annual “Beer ‘N Brat” Golf Tournament at the Hettinger Country Club on Saturday, June 11. It was 98 degrees (and that was in the shade!). Good thing (as it always seems so far this year) the wind was blowing at its usual 20-30 mph clip. This was by far the largest crowd for the “Beer ‘N Brat” that we’ve seen for quite a few years. Out of 48 total golfers, Hettinger had 24, Lemmon brought 14, Bison had 6, plus one each from Scranton, Bowman, Watford City and Minnesota.
The format for the opening nine was a two-person team playing “better ball,” where each golfer plays their own ball through the hole, and the team score for each hole is the least of the two. Josh Anderson and Josh Sackman from Lemmon won the opening round at a steady one under par (they were three under with two holes to play!). Another Lemmon team comprised of Willard Barnes and Preston Zorc came in second at a respectable one over par. The teams of Jeff Boynton/John Pretzer and Greg/Jared Jacobsen tied for third at two over; and the teams of John Mattern/Bob Bowen, Bob Jackson/Colgan Huber, and Ted Uecker/Terry Lien tied for fifth at three over par.
After an amazing skinless brat lunch with all the fixins’, including beans, macaroni salad, potato salad, scruncheroos and brownies – it was back out for the second nine. This go round the first place two-person team was paired up with the 24th place two-person team; to go out and play a four-person scramble. Then the second place team was paired up with the 23rd place team, etc. The scramble team who shot the best at five under par was the team of Lemmon-ites including Willard Barnes, Preston Zorc, Monty Starkey, and Buddy Bender. In 2nd place at four under par, was Josh Anderson, Josh Sackman, Jackie Muggerud, and Cindy Arndorfer. Third place honors went to Dan Jackson, Dale Kari, Garret/Mike Schmitz, also at four under. In 4th place was the team of Ted Uecker, Terry Lien, Mark Praus, and Jamie Schwartz at three under.
Hole prizes were available to be won for each of the two nine-hole rounds. Mark Praus and Jeff Boynton were closest to the #7 pin; Mel Frank and Monty Starkey made the longest putts on #1; Matt Schneider and Josh Sackman stroked it deep on #9; Logan Drolc, Jared Jacobsen and Garret Schmitz hit it tight on #5; and Dale Kari and Mark Praus (again!) were closest to #8.
It was a terrific day for HCC. People were out trying to play golf, while enjoying the competition with their friends. Yes, it was a little windy. And a little hot. But the brats were tasty. And the beer was cold. We even made some new friends!
Thank you to DUV Sanitation for sponsoring this terrificly formatted tournament; to Hettinger Country Club for hosting the event; to Smith Drug and Clothiers for bringing over a lot of really terrific prizes; and to all of the golfers. We enjoy you. Come see us again.
Next up at the Hettinger Country Club is a Women’s Scramble June 21; Mixed Couples league June 22; Men’s Scramble June 23; Hettinger Invitational June 25-26; Big Bang Scramble July 2; Shirek Memorial Scramble July 3. Come see us. We’re a public course. It’s nice out here.
Schweitzer and Skogen Blitz The Competition at the 2nd Annual Dacotah Bank Open
Garret Schweitzer and Seth Skogen, both employed by Dacotah Bank, teamed up to dominate the golf links at the 2nd Annual Dacotah Bank Open on Saturday, June 4. Dacotah Bank, a banking institution with roots in Aberdeen, SD, and branches in various area communities including Hettinger and Lemmon, sponsored this tournament for the second year in a row. Playing nine holes at the ever-improving Lemmon Country Club in the morning, followed by lunch and nine more holes at the Hettinger Country Club, the twenty-eight male and female golfers enjoyed the handicapped format, where each player plays their own ball through the hole. In addition, the Chicago Scoring System with handicaps was once again utilized, where eagles counted for 8 points, birdies scored 4, pars 2, bogeys 1, and everything double bogey and over 0.
In the team competition at Lemmon for the opening nine holes, Schweitzer and Skogen finished first with a whopping 15 points! They say that Schweitzer chipped in three times! They were followed by John Mattern/Wayne Kling and Josh/Jeff Sackman, who tied for second with 6 points. Individually Schweitzer, not surprisingly, led the way with 10 points, followed by Josh Sackman with 6. As for the hole prizes, Rob Warbis made the longest putt to a difficult #4 pin placement from 117 inches; Shelly Lyon made an outstanding teeshot on #8 to 77 inches; Josh Sackman hit his second shot on #5 to within 50” of the cup; and Ted Uecker got his second shot closest to the #9 cup at 99 inches.
Once everyone bucked the wind to Hettinger (yes, every time we have a golf tournament so far this year the wind has to blow a minimum of 25 mph!) and enjoyed a terrific lunch from Kennedy’s Fresh Foods, the second nine was on at the Hettinger Country Club! Travis Ellison (another sandbagger from Dacotah Bank) and his running mate Scott Peterson scored the most points at HCC with 9. In second place, was the team of Colgan Huber and Patty Weber from Bison with 4 points. Individually, Ellison scored 10 and young Ty Warbis 4. As for the individual hole prizes in Hettinger, Colgan Huber was closest to the pin on #8; Ellison had the closest second shot on #5; Schweitzer was closest second Shot on #7; Craig Johnson had the longest drive on #6; and Shelly Lyon made an amazing putt on the 4 green!
Overall, combining the total team points from Lemmon and Hettinger’s rounds, Garret Schweitzer and Seth Skogen took high honors with 16 (as you can see, they didn’t fair quite as shiny in Hettinger with 1 team point!). There was a three-way tie for second (really?) between the following teams: Sheri and Ted Uecker, Ellison/Peterson, and Sackman’s. Coming in fifth overall, was Mattern/Kling.
Although our total number of golfers (28) was down considerably from the inaugural event a year ago when we had 44 (as June 4 was also Hettinger’s City Wide Rummage Sale & StreetFest, a huge Fishing Derby Tournament at Shadehill and a Denver Broncos Golf Tournament in Denver), we all enjoyed the $2,000 added purse from Dacotah Bank, the friendly competition on both the Lemmon and Hettinger golf courses, the lunch and the friendships further cemented. Next year, we will definitely pick a less windy Saturday that hopefully works for most everyone’s busy summer schedule’s.
Special thanks to Dacotah Bank for sponsoring and supporting the tournament; to both the Lemmon and Hettinger Country Clubs for hosting the event; to the committee of Mike Lyon, Dale Bender, Brett Odenbach, and Rob Warbis for organizing, promoting, running and scoring the tournament; to all of the hole prize sponsors; and to Kennedy’s Fresh Foods for the lunch.