Medina Journal-Register — Shelridge turf boss Brad Balschmiter and his crew stepped into the spotlight again just a week ago when they brought back life to a drenched and soggy golf course and permitted the club’s major event to go on.
The Second Annual Shelridge Open was waiting in the wings when a Friday night storm poured an inch and a half of rain on the course in bursts with wind and lightning. It was the climax of a super hot and humid week and the week end forecast was promising. But Friday night the grass was soaked, sand bunkers were full of water and good sized tree limbs littered the expanse. The rescue effort was hard work, but Saturday’s tee-off went as scheduled and golfers enjoyed a great week end.
Even the tournament produced a special adventure when Sunday’s final day produced a tie and a playoff among three teams for the big prize. All three teams ended regulation with net 128 for the two days The trophies finally went to Mike Morris and Brian Branka, gaining their triumph on the second extra hole. Butch and David Stupnick captured second place and Neal Hermann and James Tee took third. The list of placements is as follows:
PALMER FLIGHT —Brett Decker and Alex Misiti 129, Dale Lawton and Mike Fleming 132, Matt Bush and Mike Paul 136, Charles Kudel and Ryan Winchip 138, Bruce Foley and Jim Rippe 145.
NICKLAUS FLIGHT — Mark Rydza and Leo Delaney 132, David Boice and Jeff Boice 139, Ryan Neidrauer and Jim Neidrauer 145.
PLAYER FLIGHT —Neal Herman and James Tee 128, Jim Scapelliti and Dom Scapelliti 131, Tim Moriarty and Tom Moriarty 134, Kyle Monti and Mike Rippe 137, Paul Misiti and Marty Wolk 146.
HOGAN FLIGHT —Randy Parker and Sam Scapelliti 131, Jim Klino and Jeff Heitzenrater 132, Bob McDonald and Mark Gortzig 133, Jeff Marasco and Jeff Pohlman 137, Randy Coleman and Jim Stevens 140.
JONES FLIGHT — Frank Vekich and John Vekich 129, Rob Dennis and Eric Greenlief 138, Kim Houserman and Kevin McNeill 141, Tim McPherson and Dan McPherson 146, Paul McPherson and Tom McPherson 146, Cliff Braman and Bob Robertson 149.
With the “open” now bring history the month of August looms large and will be one of the busiest months in club history with regular golf, special events, club championships and charity tourneys. Tomorrow brings the Larry Schrader Memorial and Sunday the Parent-Child Championship and those two will draw the curtain on July.
One week from tomorrow golfers will honor the memory of Arnie Barnett for the sixth year. The popular Barnett was a teacher and proceeds from the yearly tourney go to scholarships and to help kids with special needs.
The list of championship tests is impressive in August and the following events will determine who are the season’s very best: Couples championship Aug. 11, Senior championship for men over 50 on Aug. 17-18, ladies club championship on Aug. 24, men’s club championship on Aug. 24-25.
And in between all this heavyweight action, on Saturday, Aug. 17, the spotlight will fall on a popular food and golf event called “Nine and Dine”. One humorist has another name for the event which is pure fun. He calls it “Hit and Giggle”.