Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Moose Madness returns to The Valley Club

Member-Guest golf tourney this week


It's been so hot, you might as well jump in the lake.

By tradition, only the winners of the Moose Madness golf tournament at The Valley Club earn the opportunity to jump in the lake after the final hole of the 45-hole Men's Member-Guest golf tourney each year.

Sometimes they do, and sometimes the winners just savor their Moose Madness trophies without getting wet.

That will be decided late in the afternoon of Saturday, July 14 when four days of golf come to their conclusion in the finale of the 10-team shootout to settle the overall champions for the 2012 version of Moose Madness.

Valley Club golf director Stoney Brown will have 60 two-man teams teeing it up starting today, Wednesday, July 11 for the club's 17th annual Moose Madness Men's Member-Guest golf tournament.

Moose Madness is one of the most highly anticipated events at the private club, Brown said. "It's the biggie," he added.

Last year's finale came down to a chip-off at the green of the North Course's 386-yard No. 9 hole. Winners were Valley Club member Blair Hull and Jim Lodas from Birnam Wood Golf Club in Santa Barbara, Ca. In second place were club member Mike Quinn and John Suydam.

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 12.

"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 2012 Moose Madness. Saturday evening is the awards dinner where the champions and flight winners will be honored."




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