Monsoon conditions don’t stop senior men golfers

By Ken Bailey
Special to The SUN

Golf is a game that can be played in all sorts of weather, but there is a saying: “Do not mess with Mother Nature.”

Well, Mother Nature played a big part in the recent Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Association scheduled three-day tournament (July 15, 16 and 17) at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club. The summer monsoons scattered raindrops and flashed lightning, along with resounding thunder before, during and after play.

Golf was canceled on the second day of the tournament, but play on day one and day three was conducted on a soggy course with a “cart path only” directive.

The first day of the tournament was played with a two-man best ball format. Pagosa Springs seniors experiencing success were, in the first flight, first net winner (60) in a card playoff, Roger Betts (and partner from Albuquerque), and second net winner (60), Jerry McKee (and partner from Terrero). In the second flight, the second gross winner (79) was Ranza Boggess (and partner from Santa Fe).

In the third day of the tournament, individual play was the game format. In the first flight, Malcolm Rodger was the winner of the low gross score (77) of the day. Also in the first flight, winning first net (68) was Dale Crumpton, and the second net winner (70) was Jerry McKee.

This story was posted on July 24, 2014.