Twenties get their kicks at Peninsula Park Six

An easy Sunday round of the short course kicked off the week’s big event: the Resorters Tournament at Peninsula State Park Golf Course. Winners in both the men’s and women’s divisions – Andrew Spengler and Amy Gehrke – carded scores of 1-under par, 17s. Mike Popiel and Kevin Briel finished with 18 seconds. Twenty players took part in the event on the six-hole, par-3 course along Highway 42.

Spengler, a top golfer in NorthBrook, Luxembourg, cleaned up Sunday’s contests, winning the Skins game, longest putt at #6 and closest to the pin at #1 and #2. Jim Wenzel won the prize closest to the pin on the fifth hole and Gehrke sank the longest putt at #4.

PGA General Manager Jason Daubner delayed the start of the three-day tournament by two hours due to heavy rain early Monday morning. At 9 a.m. he sent out the first groups of the day: the foursome of the women. Before games, he reminded players that if a ball landed in a puddle, they would have a free drop of the occasional water.

From the 74-strong field, Daubner only had to withdraw two players – one due to injury and one due to illness.

The 97 year old Matchplay tournament attracts many of the same holiday makers and local players each year. Grouped by handicaps, the men played in divisions A through H and in the championship class that year, and the women competed in championship and class A titles.

Daubner said he knew people were busy but would like to see more young players in the tournament. Only one junior golfer competed this year: a player from Madison who won free rounds of golf with his father just for signing up.

Play golf to support baseball

Egg Harbor Men’s Club pre-registered 31 teams for its annual golf outing on August 27, and there’s still room for more.

Event organizer Eric DeJardine said the $70 entry fee buys each player 18 holes of golf, a lunch from Jimmy John’s and plenty of chances for prizes for outstanding results or for winning games on and off the course.

DeJardine is asking teams and individuals to register by August 20 or so for the 10 a.m. shotgun start a week later at Idlewild Golf Club. To reserve a tee time, send an email [email protected] Players and teams do not have to pay their fees until the day of the excursion.

That entry fee helps the Egg Harbor Men’s Club maintain and improve Egg Harbor’s men’s league baseball field, said DeJardine, who is 39 and has played for the Egg Harbor Indians for 22 years. In recent years the association has helped cover the cost of a new beer stand, scoreboard and covered shelters. It also helps pay for insurance and umpires, supports Egg Harbor Little League’s field improvements, and provides scholarship assistance to outstanding ballplayers.

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