Dave Haar and Joanie Schmaltz, long-time members, terrific supporters and definitely more than once a week golfers at the Hettinger Country Club (HCC), teamed up to win the “Bulls & Babes” Mixed Doubles Golf Tournament at HCC this past Saturday, Aug. 13.
By TED UECKER
Hettinger Country Club
Dave Haar and Joanie Schmaltz, long-time members, terrific supporters and definitely more than once a week golfers at the Hettinger Country Club (HCC), teamed up to win the “Bulls & Babes” Mixed Doubles Golf Tournament at HCC this past Saturday, Aug. 13. This tournament began nearly six years ago, when a local lady wanted to play in a golf tourney with her husband. So Ted Uecker and Uecker Yards started the “Bulls & Babes” Mixed Golf Tournament. It ran for about three summers, then Cori Lien and Western Frontier Insurance Agency ran a similar formatted mixed tourney called the “Bucks & Does” for a few years. Now the “Bulls & Babes” is back at HCC!
Once most everyone arrived (we had a few show up a little late!), a terrific crowd of 44 male and female golfers (or 22, two-person mixed teams) hit the local links for nine holes of alternate shot golf. It’s played exactly as it sounds – one person hits a shot, then the other, alternating in to the hole. The temperature was a perfect 75 degrees, with a light wind to keep the bugs away. And the music was playing outside for everyone to enjoy! Playing steady, Haar and Schmaltz led the way with a score of 42, followed closely by four teams tied for second with 43s (but due to the tiebreaker handicapped holes, places were decided as follows): Second – Diedre and Dirk Mack, third – Christina Maier and Dylan Chadwick, fourth – Denise and Steve Turner, and fifth – Jackie and Dave Muggerud. Rounding out the top six in the two-person alternate shot format was Tenille Guthrie and Todd Shirek with a score of 45.
Once everyone enjoyed the tasty Beef sandwich, potato salad, and chips compliments of Kennedy’s Fresh Foods (plus fresh cucumbers from Cindy Arndorfer’s garden and a terrific dessert via Penny Nash), the golfers were sent back out into the warmer afternoon as eleven, four-person mixed scramble teams. Again, Haar and Schmaltz’s team, along with Chris Koch and Danielle Feland, came in first with a score of 32! Following on their heels were four teams tied for second with scores of 33, but according to the tiebreaker, came in as follows: second – Alyssa Fitch, Kane Melling, Myra S, and Kortney Kinsfater; third – Penny and Colle Nash, Tenille Guthrie and Todd Shirek; fourth – Wanda and Wade Hoherz, Jules and Barry Melling; and also fourth (they had identical scores on each hole), Brooke Slater, Matt Schneider, Christi & Garret Schmitz.
Each of the teams who placed in the top six in the two-person alternate shot format and the top 4 in the four-person scramble format received part of the $1,000 added purse from Producer’s Hybrids and Uecker Yards Inc. Even last place in both formats received a cash prize. A grand total of $1,480 was paid back to the placers, as part of the entry fees were also given back.
In addition, there were prizes to be won on every hole including closest to the pins, closest second shots, longest made putts, longest and shortest drives. Each winner received some form of hats, balls, coasters, towels, artwork, can coolies, kid’s toys, etc. from our sponsors. The most noted shots were Dylan Chadwick’s sensational 32-foot 1-inch putt on hole one; Diedre Mack’s and Christi Schmitz’s bombing drives on hole four; Myra’s closest second shot to 61” on hole two; Alissa Fitch’s and Dirk Mack’s closest to the pin shots on hole eight to 15’; and Chris Koch’s closest second shot on hole seven to three inches! There were amazing shots happening most everywhere at HCC on this terrific day!
In addition, once people came off the hole four putting green the first nine, they came to the practice putting green for three chances to putt a ball into a circle about 25 feet away. This was the Producer’s Hybrids Putt Off! The following putted one of three into the circle and received prizes from the sponsors for their efforts: Steve Turner, Christina Maier, Kortney Kinsfater, Gwen Praus, Kalen Manthei, Mel and Laura Frank, Todd Shirek, Jackie Muggerud and Garret Schmitz. During the second nine, the golfers had a chance to chip three balls into another circle (the Uecker Yards BullChip!), with the following doing so: Barry Melling, Denise Turner, Kortney Kinsfater, Matt Schneider, Todd Shirek and Tenille Guthrie. They each received a prize from our sponsors. Gregg Jacobson chipped two of three balls inside the circle and Myra chipped one of hers in the hole!! For their dazzling efforts, they each received Uecker Yards beach towels, Producer’s Hybrids golf balls and can coolies.
The overall tournament award, a blown glass art piece in the form of a horned bull, sponsored by Uecker Yards and ordered/purchased locally on Main Street at KB Jewelers in downtown Hettinger, went to Dave Haar and Joanie Schmaltz for their 18 hole combined alternate shot and scramble score of 74. Diedre & Dirk Mack finished in second overall with a score of 77; Tenille Guthrie and Todd Shirek were third at 78.
Special thank you to Uecker Yards and Producers Hybrids, their local representatives Ted Uecker and Kalen Manthei for their $500 added purse gift, numerous SWAG prizes, and goody bag gifts (balls, tees, steel water bottles, and sharpie markers) at registration. Thank you to Kennedy Fresh Foods for sponsoring the scrumptious beef meal for lunch. Thank you to the Hettinger Country Club for hosting the event, from the grounds crew workers to the bartenders and clubhouse manager (Sonja and Matt). A terrific time was had by most all; especially Dave & Joanie!
The next event at the Hettinger Country Club is their member-only, Club Championship on Saturday, Aug. 27. This year’s event includes a free lunch and no entry fee. There will be championship and handicap divisions for men and women. Plus, everyone who plays will be entered into a drawing for a free 2017 HCC membership! The last event of the golf season is the “Last Bash Scramble” on Sept. 10. Come see us. It’s nice out here.