Lightning livens 50th Baldwin Open as Everett takes title
There was a little lightning excitement at the 50th Baldwin City Open golf tournament Sunday, but in the end it was Kurt Everett who walked away with the tourney title.
Everett, a 1999 Baldwin High School graduate, fired a 2-under-par 68 to claim the Championship Flight trophy. Jay Kreighbaum was second at 71 and Larry Colson was third with a 72.
Two golfers, Jeff Tanking and Gary Griffin, had a near brush with lightning when a bolt hit near them. Both were knocked to the ground. Tanking had a club in his hand and Griffin was in a golf cart with an umbrella when lightning hit somewhere near them, said Marvin Jardon, who coordinates the tourney.
"Checking with them later in the evening, they both were feeling back to normal and were up and around," said Jardon.
The rain and lightning delayed the tournament. Three players, including Tanking and Griffin, withdrew from the tourney because of the weather, leaving a field of 47 golfers.
Brian Wright shot a 78 to win the A Flight, followed by Bob Burkhard and Larry Randel. The B Flight was won by Anthony Chavez with an 84, followed by Roger Landis and Slade Dillon. Dave McCrary won the C Flight with a 95, followed by Dennis Waymire and Ted Madl.
Everett also won the longest drive contest. Kreighbaum won the closest-to-the-pin contest on No. 2 and Verlyn Gilges took the honors on hole No. 5.
The players were also treated to a barbecue lunch put on by Sharon and Gary Keeler.