Ah, mid-July in the Wood River Valley, when Moose Madness invades The Valley Club and the winners of the 120-player golf tournament get ready to jump in the lake.
Valley Club golf director Stoney Brown plans to have 60 two-man teams teeing it up starting today, Wednesday for the club’s 16th annual Moose Madness Men’s Member-Guest golf tournament.
It’s one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer at the private club, Brown said. By the time all the shots are done and the tournament comes to its exciting conclusion Saturday, you’ll be sure to hear shouts of “Lake! Lake!”
With such urging from the sizable flotilla of spectators in golf carts, and their own excitement about winning, and the heat of the July day, the winners will find jumping into the lake by the final green completely irresistible and the Moose Madness tradition will likely continue.
Jack Dies and partner Bob Dunn did it last July near the green of the 386-yard par-4 18th hole after winning the Moose Rut five-hole alternating shot elimination round over Jeffrey Batt and Gary Morgan.
In third place last year were Chris Stephens and Ken Herich. Tying for fourth place were the teams of John Morris and Doug Shurtleff, and Jeffrey Lohmann and Chuck Leimbach.
Brown explained the format this way: He said, “Each team is comprised of a Valley Club member and their guest. Guests come from not only the valley but the entire country as well. Teams tee it up for a practice round on Wednesday and start the tournament on Thursday, July 14.
“The format is a round robin event with 10 flights of six teams each. Each team in the flight will play a nine-hole match with the other five teams in their flight with nine points up for grabs in each match. Basically, each team plays 18 holes Thursday, 18 holes Friday and nine Saturday.
“After the final nine-hole match on Saturday, the flight winners (total points leaders) will meet in 10-team shootout to determine the overall champion for the 2011 Moose Madness. Saturday evening is the awards dinner where the champions and flight winners will be honored.”