Jack Nicklaus, designer of Old Works G.C., talks to the media about the course he designed 20 years ago from the driving range. BLAKE HEMPSTEAD/CS PHOTO
BY JACKSON WAGNER
The scene was golden at the Old Works on Wednesday afternoon, as Jack Nicklaus returned to the course he designed 20 years ago for an anniversary celebration.
Nicklaus drove around the course, seeing the 18 holes that he designed over 20 years ago for the first time since the grand opening.
“Golf course looks good, they did a nice job taking care of it,” Nicklaus said. “I remembered half the holes probably, as far as what they were, but then I remembered, I knew we tried to use the elements of the old flumes and furnaces, I remember how we tried to use that.”
Clint Choquete, left, Bill Case, Bruce Grabovsky, Cory Donahue, Jake Kelly and Jack Mehrens at the 2016 ACC Men’s Club Championship. Courtesy photo
Cory Donahue and Erin Kelly graduated from Anaconda High in the same class eight years ago. Now, after Donahue’s even-par weekend, they share the title of classmates and Club Champions.
Donahue led by two strokes entering the final day after an even par round of 71 Saturday. He birdied holes seven and eight back-to-back on Saturday to move to 1-under before a bogey on No. 9.
Thunder and lightning loomed large Tuesday night, but the most electric thing at the Anaconda Country Club was the play of Locker Room/Haufbrau. The leaders entering the final week dismantled their nearest competition, Carmel’s Sports Bar, by 16 points to win the second half.
The win sets up a championship showdown between first half champions S&N Concrete and Locker Room/Haufbrau next week.
Erin Kelly didn’t have a full 18 hole round in all season. It didn’t matter. The 2015 ACC Ladies Club Champion defended her crown Sunday afternoon, firing a two-day total of 161 for a 14-shot victory.
The former Montana State University-Billings golfer played her first 18 on Friday, jumping out to a commanding lead with a 4-over round of 77.
The wind almost blew flags out of the hole, setup some huge drives on the way home and some long approaches on the way out, but Brian Boynton managed the conditions, winning low gross as the only player on the night to break 40.
Boynton’s 3-over round of 39 also led to a 7.5-point victory in his individual match.
The sun shined and so did Aaron Haffey Tuesday night at the ACC Men’s League. Haffey fired off a 2-over par round of 37, good enough to earn him a share of both the low gross and low net.
In the gross competition, Haffey split with Brian Boynton at 2-over. Kyle Zimmerman shot a round of 45, net 30, that also matched Haffey’s handicap adjusted score.
On a night when wind ruled and rain came in a close second, four golfers were able to navigate the treacherous conditions in only 40 strokes to share the low gross honors.
Jerry Arneson, Gary Miller, Wade Johnson and Spencer Parks each fired rounds of 4-over par in a wind that nearly blew the Country Club’s sign off its hook.
The top of the leaderboard at the 50th annual Anaconda Country Club Men’s Invitational was littered with Butte golfers after weather-shortened play on Sunday.
Todd Hawke and Gary Dudden of Butte claimed the A Division of the tournament, following up their best ball score of 59 on Saturday with a net 64 on Sunday for a two-day total of 123. Continue reading
On a cool, windy night, a pair of 37’s from Cory Donahue and Spencer Parks were good enough to win low gross at the ACC Men’s League.
Donahue and Parks, both substituting for other teams, fired 2-over rounds on the front nine.
In the final week of the first half of league, leaders S&N Concrete dropped their team match-up by a score of 21-19. It didn’t matter, however, as they still won the first half of league by 5.5 points over Carmel’s Sports Bar.
Richie Potvin led S&N with a 6.5 point win, followed by Wade Johnson, who won his match 6-4. Brian Robbins of S&N shot 39, but it wasn’t enough to beat James Van Vynck, who won the match 6.5-3.5 with a round of 37.