By Rick Colvin and Steve Bunn
For the second straight week, no team won a skin in the August 18 Wednesday night scramble on the back nine of Deer Creek. Part of the money collected for the skins game was rolled over, meaning that the pot for the August 25 skins game will be larger than normal, which is to say lucrative, at least by LMGA standards.
The skins pool was already larger than normal because no skins were awarded the previous week and 32 players turned out, each contributing to the prize pools for low score and skins.
The winning team of Eric “Mitch” Mitchell, Pat Dalbey, John Landuyt, and Brian Morton shot a 6-under 30 to win by one stroke over three teams that came in with 5-under 31s. The winning team parred the short par 3 No. 12 and then reeled off six birdies in the remaining eight holes.
With so many teams in the field, it was decided that the second-place team would take home a share of the prize money, setting the stage for a high-stakes chip-off from the front of the 18th hole to the pin, 60 feet away. Each team chose two amateurs for the contest. Johnathan “JJ” Johnston putted from off the green to 3 ½ feet to give his team of Deer Creek superintendent Pace Anderson, Jon Bokina and Lawton Davis solo second.
Johnston’s chip eliminated the team of Tournament Director Andrew Ward, Bobby Balmes, Rick Colvin, and Rick Cricenti and also the team of Oakridge Assistant Pro Jason Donley, Mark Lastner, Mike Mella and Ron Thomas.
The last Wednesday night scramble of 2021 is scheduled for September 1. Sign up the day of by calling the course clubhouse between 9 am and 3 pm. Tee off is 5:45 pm.