Schatz and Hall win 2006 Bill Christie tournament


Andrew Michels (foreground) and Ty Schatz (background) line up their putts on the ninth green.

Since 1985 they have been gathering at Black Rock Creek Golf Course to participate in the Bill Christie Golf Tournament.

The format is a two-man best ball event and the payouts are based on gross and net scores.

The net score is figured on what the golfer actually shoots minus his handicap and the gross score is the best score on each hole from the two-man team.

Nine places were paid out to the gross winners and nine places were paid out to the net winners. First place received $800, second place received $550 and third place received $440. There were no cash pay-outs, instead winners received credit at the pro shop.

Forty teams turned out for the tournament held this past weekend.

Ty Schatz and Bob Hall won the tournament for gross score. Hall and Schatz were leading after the first day when they shot a three-under 69. They finished the second day of play with a 65 for a combined two-day score of 134.

Keith Best and Hank Chafin charged into a second place tie with the father and son team of Andrew and Kirk Michels. Best and Chafin shot a 75 on the first day but came back with a 5-under-par 67 on the second day to claim a share of the second place honors.

Bob Greene and Steve Smythe tied for fourth place with Doug Federspiel and Nate Bridges.

On the net side of the scoring, Scott Davis and Bob Van de Graaf shot a 60 on the first day. That score was good enough for a share of first place until the second day of play. Davis was sporting the crimson and gray of the Cougars as Van de Graaf sported the Huskies colors. A late Saturday night helped contribute to the team's melt down as they dropped down in the standings and finished up tied for seventh place with Miles Plata and Loren Hancock.

"That's the fun of it," Davis said of his team's first day lead. "You still have to go out and shoot the next day."

Dean Benson and Rick Holt shot a 60 on day one and a 61 on day two for a total of 121.

Bruce Damaskos and Dan Angotti place second after shooting a 61 on the first day and finishing with a 65 on day two for a total of 126.

Randy Boast and Justin Bos finished tied with Doug Rowell and Scott Andrews for third place. Both teams shot a 127 for the two-day tournament.

"This has been one of the best years since I've been here," Black Rock Creek golf pro Jeff Bender said. "We added RC's Casino to it and the guys really enjoyed the meal up there and the poker tournament. They were able to go there after playing, have some fun and then come back here and check the scores."

Bender has been the pro at Black Rock Creek for five years.


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