Fund-raising golf tournament gets played

Photos by Ray Conner/ Kern Valley Sun
Top photo: (L-R) Cavan Conner, David Derr, Harry Mitchell, and Cory Speight were a foursome that played in the Mt. Mesa Men’s Club Annual Golf tournament. Bottom photo: Greg Figueroa is all concentration as he hits his shot.
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After the tournament, a challenge using a basketball and a can of beer is performed by Mike Smith and Jackie Harkey.

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

They say that the third time is a charm. That was the case for the Mt. Mesa Men’s Club annual golf tournament.

After two attempts to put on the fund-raising event, this past Saturday 70 golfers descended on The Kern River Golf Course to compete in the tournament. The 70 golfers across 17 and a half teams, one team only had two players, arrived early in the morning to try and beat the heat on the course. Playing right outside the canyon the teams checked in before the 7:30 a.m. scramble shotgun start.

There was plenty of excitement on the course as the hoots and the hollers could be heard on every part. The best-ball scramble type format along with handicaps to make the contest more even was played in just over five hours.

In the end, the top four teams were able to win a prize. The other 14 teams enjoyed the chance to support a worthwhile cause. Leading the charge was John Whaley’s team who scored a 49 in the tournament. Coming in two strokes behind was Sheldon Fussy’s team. They were followed by Chase Smith’s team with a 54. Coming in fourth and closing out the prize pool was Cory Kennedy’s team with a 54.6.

From there the team scored ranged from 56 all the way through to 73.2.
The team of Candice Aguilar, Jenna Parker, Jackie Price, and Tasha McIrvin, the only all-women’s team in the tournament came in with this score and held all the other teams up. According to a source that wishes to remain silent, “This team liter-ally held all the other teams up as they told to increase their speed of play a couple of times by the course marshal.”

This is one of the Men’s Club largest fundraisers of the year as they try and fill up their scholarship fund. The first attempt to hold the tournament was in April. At this time there were 23 teams that wanted a chance to win the top prize and bragging rights. The coronavirus shutdown of everything did not make that possible. The second attempt was in May, but once again they were stopped from holding the tournament as golf courses were not allowed to open in a full capacity.

The group decided to make one more attempt to get the golf tournament in and they chose the middle of July as the next date. This time for better or worse Kern River Golf Course was able to put the tournament on for the group. They were fortunate that 17 teams plus two players braved the conditions to help support the scholarship building fundraiser.

The Mt. Mesa Men’s Club Secretary, Ray Conner made this statement, “The group wishes to thank all those that came out to play. We appreciate the time and effort of all the players and hole sponsors they put forth in helping support our scholarship program. Hopefully next year we can play on a date that will be a little cooler and we can build up the number of teams that come to play in the tournament.”

With this one in the books, the Mt. Mesa Men’s Club is already gearing up for their next possible fundraiser. Watch the Kern Valley Sun sports pages for details.

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