Golfers scramble for low scores at TJ tourney

The summer season is fast winding down and the last big tournament for the Pondera Golf Club is right around the corner.

Golfers will blast off the tee boxes on Aug. 28 at the PGC in the annual Todd Johnson Memorial tourney beginning at 9 a.m.

The two-person scramble event will have teams playing 27 holes. The tournament is limited to 45 teams.

Over the years this tournament has become a golfer’s favorite and almost a reunion, if you will, as it draws former graduates from outside the area to come back and tee it up one more time for the “TJ” as it has become to be known.

The entry fee is still only $35 per player.

For this, you get to play 27 holes of golf and chomp down on a pretty good dinner after. There is also a deuce pot to enter and a bunch of cool prizes to be given away.

Another reason this tournament is popular is because it uses a modified Stableford scoring system.

For example, instead of marking a five for a par at the first hole, the scramble team would put down a zero. A birdie (4) would be good for three.

An eagle will get you five points and if you pull some luck out of your golf bag and score an Albatross, a double-eagle two on a par-five hole, the team would score eight points.

Going in the other direction, which you don’t want to do, a bogey would be a minus (-1) one on your score card. And, if you know you are going to score more than a bogey, you might as well pick up for that hole, the most you would take is a minus three. This also helps to speed up play.

Nevertheless, it’s best to try and avoid the -1 and -3 scores. But, that looks better than marking down a natural double bogey, which would be a six on a par four hole.

Be prepared to spend the day on the PGC course having fun. Golfers are flighted after they play the first nine holes.

Seniors and women golfers play 18 holes.

Proceeds from the tournament go to a scholarship fund for Cowboy and/or Cowgirl golfers.

Last year, young guns Lane Judisch and Ryan Eisenzimer teamed up and fashioned a round of +26 over the 6,516 yard PGC layout to capture top honors.

For more information about the tournament and to enter a team, contact Ryan VanDyke at 278-7575 or 278-7041 or call the PGC at 278-3402.