Brodie tops field at Ski Town

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— Rick Brodie is planning on getting a lot of mileage out of the new pair of golf shoes he won at the third annual Steamboat Classic Golf Tournament.

"I play golf one or two times a year, whether I want to or not," Brodie said. "So these shoes should last me about 20 years or so."

Brodie won the shoes by hitting his ball the closest to the pin on one of the holes over the weekend. He also recorded the top score at the tournament, which benefited the the Doak Walker Care Center and the Rotary Community Service Grants.

"It was very successful," hospital spokeswoman Christine McKelvie said. "We are already setting dates for next year."

Brodie recorded the top individual score of 168.

The tournament used the Stableford scoring system, which awards golfers points based on their hole score and handicap. It also tends to level the playing field between the top golfers and those like Brodie who play once or twice a year.

"Some golfers like it, some don't," Brodie said. "But it gives hack golfers like me a chance to win."

Brodie was followed in the individual standings by another local golfer Curt Weiss in second at 166 and Jeff Jensen followed in third at 158.

The individuals may have stolen some of the spotlight at the event, but it was the team scores at the tournament that drew the most heated competition of the weekend. Teams of four players battled for top prizes in a modified best-ball formate.

Each team could use the best drive off the tee, but then each golfer had to play the hole out from that point.

Taking top overall honors was the team of Weiss, Adam Carrnell, Larry Wonnacott and Troy Wonnacott. That squad finished in first place in the 36-hole tournament with a combined score of 343. Brodie's team came in second at 322. He was joined by Chris Perkins, Doug Robinson and Chuck Willard.

"The key in any best ball is having a guy that can hit the ball a long way off the tee," Brodie said. "We had Chuck and he really helped us out."

The team of Charles Drahota, Jerry Drahota, Jeff Jensen and Bud McMahon cane in third with a combined score of 315.

The tournament opened on Friday with 180 players teeing off at the Sheraton and Haymaker Golf course for 18 holes of play. On Saturday, the two groups traded places and played another 18 holes of golf.

On the first day the team of Mario Ariano, Drew DeGrassi, Matt Elam and Tom Stacy took top honors at the Sheraton with a combined score of 159. Weiss's team boasted the best score at the Haymaker by shooting a 175.

The winners on the second day included Brodie's team with a score of 169 at the Sheraton Golf Course. The team of Rob Zantner, Rocky Ariano, John Elam and Steve Irwin recorded the best score at the Haymaker with a score of 165.

"It's just a great tournament," Brodie said. "It's a lot of fun for all of the golfers involved and I hope it will continue in the future."

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