Two regulars at Toppenish’s Mt. Adams Country Club, Eric Holden and Laney Anderson, captured top honors in this year’s Bill Christie Memorial Two-Man Best Ball Tournament.
The two-day competition at Sunnyside’s Black Rock Creek Golf Course was held this past weekend.
The duo jumped out Saturday to grab a share of the first-day lead, carding a 4-under-par 68. After both golfers double-bogeyed No. 1, Holden snared three birdies before the clubhouse turn, with Anderson knocking down a tweeter on No. 4, to give the pair a front side 34. Thanks to two more birds from Holden on the back nine, and pars on the seven other holes, the two closed with another 34.
Also at 4-under on the opening day were the defending champions, David Stokes and Andrew Schutt. Former Sunnyside High School golf team standouts, the pair opened with a modest 1-under-par 35. On the back nine, thanks to birdies from Schutt on No. 10 and from Stokes on No. 18, as well as a shared bird on No. 14, the duo cruised home with a closing nine 33.
Sitting in third with an even-par-72 heading into Sunday’s play, the duo of Kurt Simmons and Mike Putman of Umatilla’s Big River Golf Course made the hardest charge on day two.
Simmons sandwiched a pair of birdies around the bogey the duo absorbed on the par-3 second hole, then after parring the next two holes he posted a rare eagle on Black Rock Creek’s toughest rated hole, the dogleg right, par-5 sixth. Ham-and-egging their way to three more pars, the Oregon linksters got to the turn with a 3-under 33.
Simmons and Putman were two back of the eventual winners at that point. But, with nine consecutive pars on the closing nine, and with Holden and Anderson finishing with a 1-over 37 on the back side, the Umatilla golfers came up a single stroke shy of overtaking the Mt. Adams duo.
Stokes and Schutt remained in the hunt early on Sunday, out in even-par-36. With Holden and Anderson carding a 1-under 35 on the front nine, the two Sunnyside natives were just a shot back heading into the final nine holes of play.
Down the stretch, though, Stokes and Schutt were unable to put up any red numbers, settling for seven pars and two bogeys. Their final day, 2-over-par 74 left the two in third place, two shots behind the winners.
In finishing 35-37 on day two, the 2014 champions got three birdies from Holden – on the par-5 third, the par-4 fifth and on No. 12, a short 107-yard, par-3 hole. Anderson tacked on another bird in Sunday’s round, that coming on the par-4 fourth.
For their two-day, 4-under-par 140 efforts, Holden and Anderson combined to win a payout of $625.
Low net winners this year (actual score minus handicap) were Jim Schlenker and Rick Mitoff. The two Lower Valley golfers posted net scores of 65-60.
1st - Eric Holden & Laney Anderson ($625) - 140
2nd-Kurt Simmons & Mike Putman ($525) - 141
3rd-David Stokes & Andrew Schutt ($425) - 142
4th-Jason Eberle & Trini Madrigal ($360) - 147
4th-Jerry Besel & Troy Wilmoth ($360) - 147
6th-Greg Gustafson & Dave Wilson ($330) - 150
1st-Jim Schlenker & Rick Mitoff ($625) - 125
2nd-Alan Sandlin & Mark Richey ($525) - 129
3rd-Miles Plata & Scott Andrews ($450) - 130
4th-Troy Monholland & Carol Monholland ($360) - 131
4th-Ken Ott & Terry Ostrander ($360) - 131
6th-Mike Nichols & Doug Powell ($330) - 133