A beautiful Beaver Island summer day greeted 90 golfers for this
years annual Fourth of July Tournament. Divided into 18
five-person teams, the duffersold and young, good and, well,
the rest of usplayed a nine-hole round of best ball golf
for the cherished bag-and-club trophies.
Tournament director Jerry Sowa welcomed the participants to the
best golf tournament in the state prior to explaining
the ground rules and doling out the scorecards. The only requirements
were for each golfer to account for at least one drive, with no
team member accounting for more than two drives on the day. With
the teams dispersed around the course, two per hole, course manager
John Works Jr. fired his Civil War cannon to signal the start
While the sunny skies, warm air, and light breeze created excellent
playing conditions, Works and his grounds crew have groomed the
course into what many veteran players termed the best shape
ever. Tee boxes were pushed back and pin placements on the greens
were moved to their trickiest locations in an effort to baffle
the would-be champions.
This year the team of Tom and Jerry Charbeneau, Paul Davis, Larry
Laurain, and Bill Detwiler topped the field with a very strong
three-under-par 32 to claim a year's worth of bragging rights.
In addition, prizes were awarded for golfing exploits at every
hole, including the longest drive on hole number one, closest
drive to the pin on the two par 3s, closest to the pin on the
second shot on the other par 4s, plus closest to the pin on the
second shot of the long and challenging par 5 seventh hole.
Afterwards, tourney director Sowa thanked the prize providers.
The merchants on this Island are just tremendous,
he said. We had $50 prizes for nearly every hole and a $200
gravel prize for number nine.
Numerous door prizesgift certificates, calendars, t-shirts
and caps, golf balls, and an authentic wooden golf clubwere
drawn following the tournament as well, again all donated by local
merchants or individuals.
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