Wednesday, July 12, 2006

"Moose Madness" returns to Valley Club

Member-guest golf July 13-15

The large moose greeting people outside The Valley Club entry isn't just a handsome wildlife sculpture. It's also a sign of mid-July "madness" that invades the club each year.

July's buzz in the clubhouse is The Valley Club's member-guest golf tournament called "Moose Madness." This year's event is the 11th annual and it promises to be good fun.

Valley Club pro Stoney Brown said, "There are prizes to the top team in each flight but this tournament isn't really about the prizes—it's about having a good time."

Practice rounds are held today, Wednesday and then the round-robin flighted tournament for twosomes begins in earnest Thursday, July 13. It winds up Saturday, July 15.

Each twosome plays a total of five nine-hole matches Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning—two Thursday, two Friday and one Saturday. The double shotgun starts kick off the action at 7:30 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 7:30 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. Saturday.

In all, 84 teams are signed up, six in each flight. Winning teams from each of the 14 flights qualify for Saturday's horse race, or moose chase. Two bonus teams or "wild card" teams are also chosen to bring the total field for the horse race to 16.

Starting about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the moose chase will feature alternate-shot play on five holes. Usually a good crowd of spectators will follow the twosomes along the course.

First of all, 16 twosomes and 32 players will show up on the ninth hole. Five teams will be eliminated on the #9 hole, four more teams gone after the #10 hole, three on the #11 hole and two on the #17 hole.

It will leave just two teams battling it out for the top golf shop prizes on the #18 finishing hole. Merchandise prizes go to the top three finishing teams in each flight.

Last year's champs, Charlie Capute and David Pyles, did something unusual after they won the moose chase on #18. They obliged the sun-baked gallery by diving into The Valley Club lake, and then collected their silver moose trophies.

A tournament-record 84 twosomes and 168 players teed it up last year. Second place in the moose chase went to Curtis Gardner and Bob McHugh, while Edward Karner and John Miller captured third place.

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