MARSHALL - Nearly 120 men and women showed their support for Marshall schools Monday when they teed off in the 16th Annual Pride in the Tiger Golf Classic. The fundraiser helps support the foundation's general fund; which aids teachers at Marshall schools, public and parochial, to overcome budget constraints and meet supply needs, go on field trips, and improve the classroom experience for students.
The tournament was formatted as a four-person scramble, where each player tees off on each hole. The teams then choose the best of the tee shots is and all players play a second shots from there, and so on until the ball is holed.
The team composed of Chad Wyffels, Jim Christianson, Jon Wyffels, and Alex Christianson shot 16-under-par to take top honors at the tournament. Chad, Jim, and Alex joked after the tournament that the team used only Jon's, who was the youngest golfer on the team, shots for their score. Their 18-hole score of 56 bested the next closest competitors by four strokes.
Photo by Joe Brown
Gary St. Aubin watches his chip go down the fairway on Hole No. 12 at Marshall Golf Club during the 16th Annual Pride in the Tiger Golf Classic on Monday.
Three teams tied for second with 18-hole scores of 60. Jim Hey, Marv Hey, Kevin Kurth, and Atul Mishra comprised one of the three teams. John Pollock, Chace Pollock, Tom Sanders, and Curtis Griffith also carded a 60, and the final team to come in second was Curt Kovash, Brian Bjella, Joe Andries, and Chad Michelson.
Along with the tournament play, there were also mini-games on several holes designated at flag prizes. Longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the pin competitions were available for men and women.
Two golfers also recorded hole-in-ones during tournament play. Eric Eben used an 8-iron to ace the par-3 No. 6, and Pat Jennissen had his ace No. 4.
Pride in the Tiger Foundation executive director Bill Swope anticipated that the foundation would net nearly $10,000 from the event, making it the largest fundraiser for Pride in the Tiger. Teachers will be able to apply for grants from the foundation and the semi-annual funding cycles occur in October and March.
Team Scores: 1. Team Wyffels (Chad Wyffels, Jon Wyffels, Jim Christianson, Alex Christianson) 56; t2. Team Hey (Jim Hey, Marv Hey, Kevin Kurth, Atul Mishra), Team Pollock (Chace Pollock, John Pollock, Tom Sanders, Curtis Griffith), Team Kovash (Curt Kovash, Brian Bjella, Joe Andrias, Chad Michelson) 60; Team Birath, Team B. Schamber 61; Team Blomme, Team E. Ebben, Team Elzenga 62; Team Meyers 63; Team Remme 64; Team Fixen, Team Sweetman 65; Team St. Aubin, Team Thordson 66; Team Fisher, Team Martin, Team Mulso, Team Sherman, Team Zahrbock 67; Team Bowen 68; Team Sanders, Team VanKeulen 69; Team Andries, Team Lee, Team Schneider 70; Team K. Schamber 71; Team Lamprecht, Team Schwarz 75.
Hole 2: Longest drive (women) Kristel Schamber; Hole 4: Closest to pin (men) Pat Jennissen; Hole 6: Closest to pin (women) Erin Jensen; Hole 8: Longest drive (men) Brian Bjella; Hole 10: Closest to pin (men) Daniel Kerwin; Hole 12: Longest putt (men) Steve Gardner; Hole 16: Closest to pin (women) Gayle Birath; Hole 17: Longest putt (women) Kelli Kott.