May 24, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 21

Petersburg golfers win at Muskeg tournament

A group of Petersburg golfers seized the day last weekend as three teams from the borough took the top spots at the Bobs’ IGA 9-hole scramble at Muskeg Meadows Golf Course in Wrangell.

The team of Randy Littleton and George Woodbury won the event on Saturday, May 19 after shooting a net score of 28(-8) on the par-36 course. Fellow Petersburg residents Ray Pederson and Rodney Littleton took the top score on Sunday with a net score of 26(-10).

Muskeg Meadows’ Grover Mathis said the two-man best-ball tournament was well attended both days, though weather conditions contributed to reduced competition on Sunday.

“We had 22 players on Saturday, but only 12 on Sunday because conditions were a little tough thanks to the weather,” Mathis said. “Two-person best-ball is a little more difficult than your average game. Each of the players had to get at least two drives in, and the tough conditions of wind and colder temperatures made it even more difficult for the players.”

According to Mathis, a group of players from Ketchikan also took part in the weekend rounds of golf, which included a number of players from Wrangell as well.

“Jim Shoemaker (of Northland Services) brought up a contingent of four players, and we had the four Petersburg players, as well as 12 players from Wrangell,” Mathis added.

While the team of Pederson and Littleton were the clear winners on Sunday, the competition was a little heftier on Saturday with the big shots coming from the teams of Pederson and Walt Payne, and Rocky Littleton and Pete Nilsen, who shot net 29(-9).

“Saturday was exciting because we had to have a tiebreaker for three teams,” Mathis said. “There was only a difference of three strokes net between first and last place, so it was a good, close tournament.”

Wrangellites Wayne and Chris Ellis took the No. 4 spot in Saturday’s competition with a score of net 29(-9) as well.

The straightest drive honors went to Pete Nilsen on Saturday with a 9-foot 1-inch finish, while Ray Pederson drove a 10-footer on Sunday. Wayne Harding took home a $50 gift certificate to Bobs’ IGA during the grand prize gift drawing on Sunday.

The next event for Muskeg Meadows will be this weekend, May 25-26, as the 5th Annual Brian Gilbert Memorial Golf Tournament kicks off.

The event, which is sponsored by the Wrangell Medical Center Foundation, beginning in earnest on Friday, will feature a weekend of participants touring the Stikine River, casual golf on Friday night, a poker tournament at the American Legion hall, competitive golf on Saturday morning, and the WMC Foundation dinner and auction that evening.

Miss Alaska 2011 Katy Lovegreen is scheduled to make an appearance at the dinner auction.

For more information about the tournament, call Muskeg Meadows at 874-4653.

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