The first official competition of the 2005 season at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course didn't live up to its name this past Sunday.
The weather for the Frost Bite Scramble, which drew 15 four-person squads, was anything but chilly. Temperatures soared to as high as 70 degrees on Sunday.
The favorable conditions resulted in some extremely low scores being turned in. All 15 teams shot under par.
The lowest scramble team total was a 16-under-par 56, posted by the Pendleton, Ore. foursome of Levi Herman, Gary Graybeal, Howard Headley and Kevin Hegman.
The Oregon squad had individual handicaps ranging from a 1 to an 8.
The second place finishing team in the annual kick-off event at Black Rock Creek was one stroke back of the winners with a 15-under 57. The runners-up, Sunnyside's Bob Hall, Bud Schatz and son Ty, and Adam Syverson, had the lowest aggregate team handicap in the tourney. The younger Schatz and Syverson are scratch golfers with handicaps of 0, while Hall is a 2-handicap and the elder Schatz has a handicap of 7.
Third place finishers in the 18-hole competition, with an 11-under 61, were Kirk Michels and son Andrew, Mark Koreski and Chuck Garner. The foursome hails from the Lower Valley.
In the net scoring column (actual score minus handicap), the top placing team carded a combined score of 55.75. The net winners, all regulars at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club, included Simon Masias and brother Danny, Mike Garcia and Felix Cordova.
Posting a net score of 56.50 were runners-up Doug Rowell, Mike Nichols, Marv Bonny and Paul Warden. The third place net finishers, with a score of 57.40, were Carlos Cortez, Baldy Cortez, Dana Carr and Rueben Perez.
Hole prize winners in Sunday's tournament included Benny Lopez for longest putt on No. 1, Chuck Garner for closest to the pin honors on No. 9, Ty Schatz for longest drive on No. 13, Simon Masias for closest to the pin honors on No. 15 and Mike Harris for closest to the pin honors on No. 17.
Black Rock Creek's next weekend competition is slated for this coming Sunday, when the local men's club takes to the course for a scramble-format tourney.