The Moila Country Club saw the return of some familiar faces for the Shriner’s annual club championship, as amateur golfers from around the area came together on Saturday for a morning of qualifying play and on Sunday for a round of match play at the Moila Golf Course.
Taking gold on the day was returning champion Caleb Carter, scoring 145 over two rounds of golf. Runners-up were partners Brett King with 147 and Mike Carpenter with 155.
In the senior’s bracket, Brad Haggard came out on top with 169, Tony Smock finished with 172 and Ed Ford scored 173 in a more tightly contested race.
Medalist Carter described what compelled him to participate in this summer’s event.
“I played in this tournament three or four years ago and I won it when it was stroke play, so I saw that they were having the club championship and I felt like since it was a stroke play event again this year, I could play again just for some competition, just to see where I’m at compared to other city golfers,” Carter said. “I played decent. It got windy towards the end both days so I struggled the first day putting, but I played a little more conservative the second day to pull it out.”
In spite of a typically above average game, King was unable to maintain a meager lead from the first day and most of Sunday, following a strong finish from Carter.
“I actually hit more birdies this weekend than I have in a while,” King said. “Playing with the guys I was playing with, I knew Carter was going to be pretty solid, but all of us ended had our good shots on different holes, just ended up that Caleb ended up with three birdies on the last four holes so he got them in when it counted.”
King also touched on why he enjoys events at the country club and other city courses.
“There’s guys like (Brad) Nurski and (Greg) Diederich who golf all over the country, but for me just golfing at the country club in town is the ultimate golf experience, being able to play at a well maintained course in your own town,” he said.
For older golfers, Moila’s next event is a Senior Invite this week, as the Country Club welcomes members with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.