Based on one of the largest Black Rock Creek men's club season opening turnouts in recent history at the Sunnyside golf course, it might be fair to say that local golfers were itching to hit the links.
A total of 63 golfers showed for Sunday's three-man scramble competition, surprising when you throw in the fact they played in drizzles of rain for the first hour or so.
The damp weather, however, didn't dampen the competitive spirits of the men's club members. When all was said and done, a total of four teams hit the clubhouse with tournament-low scores of 7-under-par 65, with three other squads only one stroke off the winning pace and another three teams within striking distance with scores of 67, 68 and 69.
The first of the four squads that posted a 65 was led by 2-handicapper David Stokes. His team was rounded out with Paul Hart and Dan Clark.
The second team to shoot a 65 was comprised of Bob Hall, who like Stokes enters the 2006 season with a handicap of 2, as well as Chuck Mattocks and Troy Monholland.
Gary Hutchins, a 3-handicapper, and Dean Schuler and Marv Bonny made up the third squad to fire a 65.
Rounding out the low scorers with a 65 of their own were Perry Uchida (a 7-handicapper), Dana Carr and Doc Storslee.
The three teams that finished one stroke off the winning score, with identical 66's, were comprised of Ty Schatz, Ron Kroger and Ron Van Gundy; Eddie Joe Risk, Steward Rogers and Stan Davis; and Bud Schatz, Randy Boast and Joe Herber.
The team with the eighth lowest score (67) was made up of Scott Askin, Wally Flores and Max Wickham.
Shooting a 68 was the trio of Erick Holden, Loran Hancock and Art Pittillo.
The one other squad to break 70, with a 69, included team members Terry Mathews, Arlo Holbrock and Lynden Andreasen.
The first place net finishers (actual score minus handicap) was the trio of Jon Bright, Chuck Trimm and Mel Herigstad, who recorded a net score of 50.02.
A total of $970 worth of pro shop credit was paid out to the top finishing gross and net placers.
Hole prize winners this past Sunday, earning a $10 pro shop credit in the process, included Kino Arambul for KP honors on No. 9 (12-1), Juan Guerrero for KP honors on No. 12 (1-4), Gary Wells for longest drive on No. 13, and Jon Bright for KP honors on No. 17 (6-0).