Making the Turn

A Tale of Two Tournaments

Tradition takes hold at the Peninsula State Park Golf Course during the first week of August with the hosting of the course’s famed Gould/Chomeau Tournament and the hallowed Resorter’s Match Play Tournament. Both draw an impressive turnout of familiar faces – locals and visitors alike – who come out to celebrate a classic and beloved course.

Ferdon Shoots 71 in Gould/Chomeau

Eighty-one players (58 men and 23 women) competed in the 32nd annual Gould/Chomeau “Senior” Tournament on Sunday, August 2. Regardless of the 50-plus age minimum, the tournament showcases some the park’s best regular golfers. Doug Ferdon, summer resident of Baileys Harbor, took the Men’s Low Gross, shooting an impressive 71. With a score of 73, Green Bay resident and frequent Door County visitor Mike Gilliam took the runner-up honors.

In the women’s division, Sister Bay summer resident Joyce Wineinger eeked out park mainstay Betty Chomeau with gross scores of 89 and 90, respectively.

Further Results from the Gould/ Chomeau Tournament:

• Women’s Low Net Winners In Each Age Division:  Elsa Major (50-64), Norma Green (65-68), Sandi Cashmore (69-70), Carol Bell (71-79).

• Men’s Low Net Winners In Each Age Division:  John Larson (50-56), Don Cornwell (57-59), Chris Bungener (60-65), Jim Gelhar (66-71), Dick Berger (72-79), Rudy Carl (80-88), Dick Woerfel (94)

Near Upset For Basch in Resorter’s Tournament

Though steeped in tradition with a historic background, the Resorter’s Match Play Tournament is always sure to surprise and excite. This year was no exception as the 85th annual, four-day tournament took place August 3 – 6. Eighty-eight men competed in six flights divided and seeded by handicap. The men’s field continues to grow and the competition has become unbelievably fierce, boasting its toughest field to date.

The championship flight handicaps ranged from a staggering +1 to -3, while the Men’s A Flight were comprised of -3 to -7 handicaps. Many veteran Resorter’s golfers were surprised to find themselves in lower flights than ever before due to the heightened competition. “I used to play in the championship flight,” said past Resorter’s competitor Brad Lindenberg. “Now I don’t think I would even make the A Flight!”

Local grinder and familiar face to the Resorter’s, Mark Basch, turned a few heads as he worked his way up from his 15-seed into the final round of the Championship flight, against the favored 1-seed and Western Illinois University golfer, Andrew Godfrey. The match was a tightly contested, classic back-and-forth pinning two past champions against each other. After Godfrey scored a birdie on 16, Basch found himself down one going into the final two holes. Both parred the difficult 17th hole. Godfrey finished Hole 18 with a solid par, leaving Basch with a lengthy birdie putt, and an opportunity to tie and take the match into extra holes.

Basch’s putt slipped past the cup, and Godfrey, along with caddie and father Tim, celebrated his second Resorter’s Championship. Playing along with Basch and Godfrey in the consolation bracket were Toby Peabody and Jeff Frey, with the longtime Resorter’s competitor Peabody coming out on top.

Although numbers have dwindled over the years in both the women’s and the junior divisions, level of play held steady with two flights in each. The solid play of Lainie Marshall from Milwaukee Country Club edged out Peninsula Golf Course summer employee Grace Caird for the ladies championship. Junior Christopher Tate won the 12-14 year-old flight, while Jake Mulligan brought home the 10-11 year-old honors.

Other notables of the tournament included a hole-in-one by Michele Caird on hole 17, as she knocked her ball in with a 5-wood on the picturesque, 156-yard par three. Caird’s husband, George, was playing behind her and caught wind of her hole-in-one. As he approached the 17th tee, his playing partner teased him by saying, “Ok, George, you can’t let your wife outdo you!” Witnesses confirm that he then stuck his ball within inches of the hole, nearly missing the first husband/wife dueling hole-in-ones at the Resorter’s, and potentially some national media coverage.

Also, Aaron Gouldin recorded quite possibly the first albatross (double eagle) on #2, on the lengthy dogleg right par five. “I don’t know if that has ever been done before on that hole in the park,” stated course co-manager, Mynn Lanphier. Gouldin hit a booming drive, and sunk his ball into the hole on his second shot from 185 yards out with his six-iron.

Resorter’s Tournament Results:

• Men’s Championship Flight:  Champion – Andrew Godfrey; Runner-up – Mark Basch; Consolation Champion – Toby Peabody; Consolation Runner-Up – Jeff Frey

• Men’s A Flight:  Champion – Scott Jardine; Runner-up – Jim Thiel

• Men’s B Flight:  Champion – Jim Birger; Runner-up – Jim Wenzel

• Men’s C Flight:  Champion – Mark Wierichs; Runner-up – Connor Massie

• Men’s D Flight:  Champion – Chris Bungener; Runner-up – Richard Nehls

• Men’s E Flight:  Champion – Bill O’Kieffe; Runner-up – Gary Miller

• Women’s Championship:  Champion – Lainie Marshall; Runner-up – Grace Caird

• Women’s A Flight:  Champion – Joan Henderson; Runner-up – Sandy Miller

• Junior 12-14 Flight:  Champion – Christopher Tate

• Junior 10-11 Flight:  Champion – Jack Mulligan