Tap House wins Cove Classic in record style – Methow Valley News
It took extra time to decide which team would win the 18th edition of The Cove Classic Golf Tournament at Windhaven Golf Course last Saturday (July 10).
But EA Weymuller’s light touch on an impromptu 10th hole chip-off made the difference, and the Twisp River Tap House’s freshman entry capped a record-breaking day to claim first place in fundraising. annual for The Cove.
The Classic is an annual nine-hole golf tournament, featuring a four-person team scrambling format, which began in 2003 and was played every year except 2014 when it was canceled for the first few days. of the Carlton Complex fire.
Over the years, the tournament has raised over $ 150,000 to support the community non-profit association that manages the Methow Valley Food Bank, and also oversees the Aid and Assistance Fund, Friday Food, Christmastime programs. Eating Mall and Neighbors Helping Economically Underprivileged Neighbors of the Upper Valley.
In addition to a round of golf, The Cove provided a lunch and refreshments for golfers, team photos and a skills competition for long and precise trips.
Stewart and Amy O’Farrell of the Twisp River Tap House signed on as the tournament’s freshman sponsors and assembled a squad that also included locals EA Weymuller, Sid Zielke and Parks Crownover. They walked the course with a record 25 strokes (five under par), equaling Lloyd Ritchie’s All-Phase Dry Wall team.
Weymuller’s playoff chip from the seventh tee to the sixth sloping green edged the All-Phase team’s effort, and the Tap House team took first place to also win a night package provided by Sun Mountain Lodge. A Bear Creek Golf trip awaited the second place team, and a Hometown Pizza package went to the third place team consisting of Andrew Carr, Silas Shaw, Riley Dickinson and captain Robby Sigler.
In the scramble format, each player hits a tee shot, the team then chooses to take the best lie for their second shot, and so on until the final putt in the cup. Each team must use at least two discs per member somewhere in the nine-hole round, which can complicate strategies as the round progresses.
O’Farrell was happy with the victory. “The team got together at the last minute,” said the captain. Zielke was a final addition to bring the team to the required four players. “It was just one of those days the ball went where it needed to go,” said O’Farrell.
Dickinson won the men’s long haul competition on the seventh hole. Hudson Wengerd won the Women / Children Long Journey Award; and Rick Mills took home the closest precision honors to the pin on the fifth hole. Everyone won a free barbecue dinner at Bear Creek Golf Course on Friday night.
Cove Executive Director Glenn Schmekel was also pleased with the event. “Everyone had a blast playing on the Windhaven course, and The Cove was fortunate enough to receive approximately $ 8,000 to support their programs,” he said.
COVID concerns and protocols have reduced the Classic’s participation levels in 2020 and 2021, but the field appears to be a full 15-team tournament in 2022. The tentative date is Saturday, July 9. Contact The Cove at 997-0227 or email thecovecares @ gmail.com for more information and to join the 2022 mailing list.