Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Playing the "old nine" in the first ever Wayne Hogue Invitational at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course last Thursday, Aug. 18, Ty Schatz bested the field by shooting a 1-over-par 36.
A total of 63 golfers turned out for the inaugural event.
The competitors played Black Rock Creek's original nine holes-the par-3 2nd, 9th and 12th holes; the par-4 1st, 10th, 11th and 18th holes; and the par-5 3rd and 13th holes.
The Sunnyside golf course was expanded to an 18-hole facility in the early 1990s. Designers intertwined parts of the old course with the new nine holes, instead of creating a new, separate nine holes of play.
In winning top honors last Thursday, Schatz-a Sunnyside High School graduate-finished three strokes ahead of the runner-up, Tim Burr, who carded a 4-over 39. Jim Reid and Bud Schatz claimed third place honors by posting identical scores of 40.
Although his score wasn't thrown into the prize package mix, Black Rock Creek club pro Jeff Bender topped all competitors. Bender fired a 1-under-par 34.
The Hogue invite low net champion, appropriately enough, was the man for whom the nine-hole tourney was named. Hogue, playing with a handicap of 16, shot a 46. That netted him a tournament best net score of 5-under 30. The second place net finisher, with a handicap-aided 31, was 10-handicapper Marty Drollinger. Claiming third place net honors was Gus Gustafson, a 15-handicapper, who netted a 32.