Washington Yacht & Country club holds successful tournament

Published 5:54 pm Monday, June 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — Rain couldn’t stop the fun at Washington Yacht and Country club this weekend, as another successful year of the annual tournament is in the books.

Despite a short rain delay for some of the later golfers on Friday and Saturday evenings, all golfers were able to finish their rounds on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.

With tee times as early as 7:30 a.m., the goal was to get golfers finished up and on their way home before any afternoon storms were able to stir up and to get the out of town players home at a decent hour. A good portion of the players came from areas such as Raleigh, Greenville and other surrounding areas to play at the beautiful course on the water.

PGA golf professional at WYCC Andrew Galbraith roamed the course for much of the day checking up on players.

“The tournament went great,” Galbraith said. “For the most part, the weather has been very cooperative. The course is in great shape, and the pace of play has been awesome this year, which has concerned people in the past. Great music, great food, it’s been a blast.

At hole-10 of the course, players were given refreshments and hot dogs from Megan Elks and were given the opportunity to win a jet ski. Each ball cost two dollars for a chance to hit a hole-in-one. Only someone not participating in the tournament could confirm the hole-in-one happened. If you landed on the green, you won a free ball, and if you chipped it onto a circle between the tee and the green, you won a free sleeve of golf balls.

REFRESHMENTS: Megan Elks was delighted to serve some delicious double dogs and drinks at hole 10 at the WYCC golf course on Sunday afternoon. (Mitchell Thomas / Daily News)

The Ladies Golf Association president, Susan Hodges (also the winner of the ladies golf tournament) along with her counterparts, Danielle Rees, Carolyn Strickland, Tara Larson, and Page Wright put on a fundraiser for upgrades to the golf course.

FUNDRAISER: (left to right) Carolyn Strickland, Page Wright, Susan Hodges, and Catherine Mitchell. The LGA organization holds a fundraiser on hole 10 of the golf course Sunday afternoon. A hole-in-one shot would win a Jet Ski sponsored by Park Boat Company.(Mitchell Thomas / Daily News)

“The money we make, we put back into the golf course in some shape, form or fashion,” Strickland said. “This year, we’ve contributed to the purchase of the little things that go on top of the flag that make it easier to find with your range finder.”

Back at the clubhouse, golfers were either wrapping up their day on the course, just getting started, or enjoying lunch.

Heading up the event was Gray Hodges, as he and the Lee Chevrolet dealership is the main sponsor of the tournament.

“We’ve had 122 men’s golfers. We had a men’s flight, a senior’s flight (60+), and super-senior (70+) flight,” Hodges said. “We’ve had some good play. We had about an hour delay yesterday from the rain, but they all finished up.”

Winners of their particular flight’s are — Susan Hodges (Women’s champion), Tom McLean (Super Senior Men’s champion), John Rodman (Men’s Senior champion), and Paul Manning (Men’s champion).

“I played real pretty. I’ve won this thing about eight or nine times,” Manning said. “The first time I won it was 28 years ago, I was 21 years old. I played real good today everything went well.”

It was another successful year according to Hodges and Galbraith, and they look forward to hosting another next summer.

Senior Champion: John Rodman won his flight of seniors on Sunday afternoon at the WYCC golf course. (Gray Hodges)

SUPER SENIOR: In the super senior division Tom McLean topped the rest of his flight to win on Sunday afternoon. (Gray Hodges)

LADIES WINNER: Susan Hodges won the women’s division of golfers earlier this weekend, but was presented with the award on Sunday afternoon. (Gray Hodges)