The inaugural Beachview Member-Member Tournament, brainchild of incoming association president Jay Allen, was fought on a sunny, windless Saturday morning, Jan. 29.
Fifty stoked golfers were paired, randomly, into two-man teams, when Allen picked names out of a basket at the clubhouse on Friday. Allen's wife Carol wrote down the pairings, as a dozen anxious golf "auditors" looked on, wondering who their partners would be.
In his pre-match instructions Saturday morning, Club Professional Scott Hatto emphasized that the ball must be played as it lies, and that all putts must be holed out, no matter how short. There would be no "gimmes" and no teeing it up in the "Murray grass." Beachview women are known to adhere strictly to these fundamentals.
The Beachview Steakhouse & Tavern dining room was packed on Saturday evening with tired golfers, beautiful women, a busy open bar and a sumptuous food table overflowing with colorful fresh vegetables, a variety of cheeses, beef meatballs and sliders, gnocchi, salad, fresh salmon, stuffed peppers and other delicious creations of renowned chef, Mike Price. No one left hungry and the ladies were presented with red roses by tournament director Allen on the way home. (Gee, wonder if Carol gets fresh flowers from her Beachview "Romeo" on a regular basis?)
Association president Bill Fellows stepped forward to thank the Beachview restaurant staff, Mike, Mike, Tammy and Kevin; Hatto's golf staff, Mike and Allen; and president-elect, Jay Allen. That's a lot of Mikes and Allens!
The championship prize for low net score, a beautiful, engraved glass Luc Century trophy, went to Dick Codair and Dan Keys with an amazing 16 under par score of 54. When asked who was the "horse" and who was the"rider" of the twosome, the two teammates pointed to each other. It was not clear if they were pointing to the "horse" or the "rider."
Codair said the key to victory was that they "didn't shoot themselves in the foot" with net bogies or worse. He also noted that Keys chipped in twice, once from a sandtrap! Keys said Codair chipped in as well. Without those three miraculous shots, they wouldn't have been champions. Codair and Keys also earned 12 Fedex Cup points each for their victory. However, Dick Chocol, Rich Rompala and Rene Lohser continue to lead in year-to-date Cup standings, in that order.
Two teams tied for second place in the Member-Member, with a net score of 56: Chuck Bye/Jim Mulka and Jack Tukey/John Boynton. Tukey and Boynton also ham-and-egged their way to the low gross score of the tournament, 74, with a Tukey birdie on #18 offsetting a team double bogie on #13.
Ironically, the high team net score of the tournament, 66, was posted by Rich Rompala and Bob Byrne, who carry Beachview's lowest and highest handicaps, respectively.
In closing, Fellows declared the inaugural Member-Member Tournament a great success. This format will likely become the fifth major club tournament on next year's schedule and in the years to come.
Pictured from left are Scott Hatto and Bill Fellows alongside tournament winners Dick Codair and Dan Keys.