Duffer's Alley

Duffer's Alley Week of July 16, 2014

One of the highlights of Cleveland’s golf season is the annual trek to Detroit to play in the Motor City Eagles Golf Tournament. For the last 20 years our First Lady of Golf, Margaret Brown has led Cleveland’s contingent. The tournament was formerly known as the Bard Young Memorial Tournament. Played this past weekend (July 12th and 13th) on two of the Detroit area’s finest courses, Whispering Pines and Fox Creek, the tournament welcomed 20 of Cleveland’s finest golfers. Teams representing the Highland Skin Train, The Cleveland Chapter of NNGA and Match Limited arrived ready to represent. Little did the host city know that Cleveland would make the tournament its own. Christine Easter (163) and Sandi Carter (197) let everybody know that women’s golf in Cleveland is very much alive, finishing 1st and 2nd in the lady’s flight. Ron English and Michael Gaines also earned spots on the victory podium, bringing home 1st and 3rd place trophies in Super Seniors with two day totals of 156 and 164 respectively. Other Cleveland trophy winners were: Shorne “Little Pro” Mitchell, 2nd in Championship Flight, shooting 144; Tommy “Moon” Connelly just missed a first place trophy by three strokes as he shot a very respectable 160, good for third in the Regular Seniors and Eric “Bam Bam” Payne let the world know that his game is one to be reckoned with as he finished 2nd in 1st Flight by one stroke, with a score of 167. Not only did we show off our golf skills, the Cleveland contingent looked good too. William “Bill” Tell and Ollie Davis who along with the aforementioned Eric Payne have cornered the market on golf attire. The brothers were resplendent in their iridescent blues, and burnt orange matching shorts, shirts, belts, caps and shoes.

News from other tournaments: Akron’s own Mr. Kappa Alpha Psi, Joe “Joe Pat” Patterson, was the host and Mayfair Country Club in Fairlawn, the site of the 64th Annual Tiretown Scholarship Golf Tournament, held July 11th and 12th and sponsored by the Tiretown Golf Club. The club was organized for the purpose of providing an environment where people of Color could learn and play the game of Golf. The tournament is renowned nationally and attracts golfers from all over the country. Former Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Clay Dixon (another Kappa Man) was one of a host of community leaders who participated in this year’s tournament. The winning team this year was Elmore and Brook Banton, Dryce Basicta and Eric Brico who shot a team total of 12 under. More importantly the tournament continues to provide scholarships for Akron area students. We salute Tiretown for its commitment to young people. Leroy Melton (yet another Kappa) was the medalist of the Cleveland Area Retired Administrators Tournament.

Until next week, keep it in the short grass and remember to shift your lead hip toward the target to start your downswing.