Despite heat, Baldwin Open players stay the course
The annual Baldwin Open Golf Tournament attracted 42 participants last Sunday despite temperatures hovering around 100 degrees.
The tournament, which was sponsored by the Baldwin Golf Association, gave local golfers an opportunity to play two nine-hole rounds on sand greens. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners of each flight.
"Even with the weather like it was, we still had a good turnout," Marvin Jardon, treasurer of the association, said. "But I'm sure there probably would have been more there if it hadn't been so hot. The heat seems to keep them away."
Andy Black had the best round and shot a four under par for the day. With that performance, his score of 66 earned him the winner's spot in the Championship Flight.
Shorty Burgess, Matt Grammer, Jay Kreighbaum, Larry Randel and Larry Colson all tied for second place with a score of 70.
The winner of Flight A, with a score of 76, was Gary Griffin. Bruce Neuenswander won Flight B after a final score of 83. A score of 93 was enough for Jason Franklin to claim the winner's spot in Flight C.
On his way to claiming the top spot in the Championship Flight, Black also added a couple of other wins to his title. He won the longest drive contest on hole No. 7 and the closest to the pin on hole No. 2.
"He had a very long drive," Jardon said. "He cleaned up pretty well for the day."
Dick Brown also won a closest to the pin contest on his drive at hole No. 5.
Jardon said a majority of the golfers were from Baldwin, but there were some from surrounding towns.
"We did have some outsiders," he said. "There's just not many open tournaments around."
Each golfer paid a $30 entry fee. Some of the entry fees went to pay for the barbecue dinner catered by the Keelers of Baldwin and some went for course maintenance. But Jardon said a majority of the $30 was used for the monetary prizes.
Even though the prizes are awarded to just a few participants, Jardon said even the ones that didn't win the flights enjoyed the day.
"I think everybody had a good time," he said.