The promise of sunny weather brought 25 golfers to Lakewood for the Feb. Acepot. The day started out chilly but even so you could tell it was going to turn out to be a beautiful day. The $365 in the ace kitty probably encouraged players to show up as well! There was a nice field of 15 Pros, 9 Ams and 1 woman. I decided to run a straight 27 hole format instead of the traditional two rounds of 18. We play the regular 18 hole course and then add holes 1, 2, 3, 5 short, 6, old #11, 12, 17 & 18. With the 27 hole layout everyone gets almost the same number of aceruns and we can finish with enough time to do something else with the remainder of the afternoon. So far I've only heard postive feedback about the change.
Shooting a hot, hot score of eight under (73) and finishing in first place ($60) in the Pro division by six strokes was Wayne W. Tied for second ($35 each) at two under (79) were Brandon from Bellingham and North Park regular Brewster. Rounding out the pro payout were Toby C. and Eric M. who tied for 4th place ($18 each).
In the Am division Lakewood local Brian H. eked out a one stroke win shooting a five over 86, good for $30 worth of scrip from HazeDiscs. Justin G. ended up in second ($20) at six over followed by Chuck E. ($14) at eight over and Ken S. took last place cash ($8 scrip) with a nine over par 90.
Finally, in the one person women's division Theresa J. shot a twenty two over 103. Theresa also had the highlight of the day. Her first ever ACE came at an opportune time on the tree protected hole 3 in the short position. I heard that it was pretty much a straight shot at the chains with just enough turnover to sneak through the branches and nestle into the basket for the hole in one. I wish I had been there to see it. Theresa collected $365 for that sweet shot.
I had the pleasure of playing the round with Gibson, Ernie, Greg and Dave S. I started off with some nice birdies and was feeling very much "in it" but struggled with some bogies later in the round to finish at one over for the day. Gibson shot a noteworthy six OB penalty shots for the round, that's a lot for Lakewood folks.