Wrangell takes Petersburg in golf tiebreaker
More than 20 golfers from Petersburg and Wrangell toughed out harsh weather last weekend to take part in the 2013 Ryder Cup tournament at Muskeg Meadows. Wrangell won the tourney after a tiebreaker on Sunday.
Wrangell held tightly to the 2013 Ryder Cup this past weekend as the Borough’s combined teams defeated Petersburg for victory during the annual tournament held May 18-19 at Muskeg Meadows golf course.
The tournament, which followed a series of four different mini-tournaments over the course of the two-day event, featured Wrangell beating their neighbors to the north by 8-2 score on Saturday – and forced a tie-breaker on Sunday which local golfer Eric Kading broke with a shot on No. 1 between the champion box and back to the green on No. 9.
Saturday’s format combined an alternate shot competition and best score, while Sunday consisted of a two-person “best ball” scramble and best individual score.
Wrangell was devastating on Saturday with the 8-2 landslide, though Petersburg caught up on Sunday with an 11-11 tie. It was during the Sunday event that Kading delivered the tiebreaking shot against Petersburg player Ray Pederson – with Kading using another Muskeg Meadows member’s club.
Club manager Shannon Booker said the hearty golfers that took part in the tournament braved the elements to play both days.
“We had 20 people come out the first day and battle through heavy wind, rain and just miserable conditions,” Booker said. “It was a very wet course, and on the second day it was more of the same with wind and rain. It was also very cold. We had 16 on the second day, so that was still pretty good.”
Booker added that Kading took a few tries to get the tiebreak and the win for Wrangell.
“It took about six attempts before Eric finally got his ball onto the green,” she said. “The first attempt, he was about two inches from the green. But, he was using someone else’s club, so he eventually got it.”
The Wrangell Medical Center will hold their annual Brian Gilbert Memorial Tournament this weekend, with casual golfing on Saturday, and the tournament proper to be held on Sunday. According to Booker the entry fee for the tournament includes a prime rib platter at the WMC auction and dinner at the Nolan Center to be held Sunday night.