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Chinook holds Club Championship, takes down Beaver Creek 20-12 in Ryder Cup

 

September 23, 2020

The 16 members of the Chinook Golf Club 2020 Ryder Cup team pose for a picture prior to the start of the 27 hole tournament against the Beaver Creek Golf Course from Havre. The Chinook Club needed 16.5 points to regain ownership of the traveling trophy and did just that winning the Cup 20-12.

The Chinook Golf and Country Club put the finishing touches on a abnormal season this past week. Wednesday saw the conclusion of the Mens and Womens Club Championships. Saturday was the annual Ryder Cup Team Tournament in which Chinook defeated Beaver Creek Golf Course 20-12 to regain the traveling trophy.

The Chinook Golf Club Men's and Women's championships were held over the course of two Wednesdays. The front nine was played on September 9 and the back nine September 16.

The Mens Championship featured four flights including a Championship, First, Second and Third. The Womans Division had a single flight.

The overall winner and Club Champion for the Men is Mike Seymour. The opening nine holes Seymour went out with a 43. The back nine he played very well, shooting an even par 36 for an 18 hole score of 79.

For the Women the club champion was Barb Eslick. After opening with a 45, Eslick came in with a 40 for a total score of 94. Finishing second for the woman was Toni Collins. Toni went out in 46 and came in with a 49 to finish one stroke back at 95.

Second overall for the Men was Jay Eslick with a 42-40 82. Eslick won the First Flight with his round. In a tie for third overall was Brent Schellin with a 39-45 84. Schellin was the 2nd Gross winner in the Championship flight. Also finishing third overall was Kody Farmer with a round of 43-41 84. Farmer was the winner of the Second Flight.

Shane Patascil was the Championship Flight Net winner with a score of 69.32. Logan Terry was the Championship flight 2nd Net winner with a 75.72.

Matt Williams was the 2nd Gross winner in the First flight with a 43-43 86. Dan Harry was the first flight Net winner with a 67.4, Matt Finley was 2nd Net at 68.96.

Kendal Harwood was the 1st Net winner with a 63.02 and 2nd Gross winner with a 47-45 92.

The winner of the Third Flight was Roger Fisher with a 59-51 110.

The Overall Net champion was Kody Farmer with a 57.32. 2nd Overall Net was Harwood (63.02). Third Overall Net was Jay Eslick (64.62).

The Milk River Cup, a challenge between the Chinook Golf Club and teams from courses in Havre date back to the 30's and 40's. The competition between the two towns has been played for the most part but has had several years where the Cup wasn't played.

The latest incarnation has become known as the Ryder Cup and resumed play four years ago with the Beaver Creek Golf Course in Havre.

Beaver Creek narrowly edged out Chinook in 2017, earning a 1 point victory 20.5-19-5 in Havre. Chinook hosted the event in 2018, winning back the trophy in dominate fashion with a 33-3 win.

Beaver Creek regained the top spot on the trophy again in 2019 with another one point win 20.5-19.5.

This past Saturday 16 players from each club squared off at the Chinook Golf Course for the 2020 Ryder Cup. The event features 9 holes of Best Ball, 9 holes of Alternate shot and 9 holes of match play with the 16 players from each side squaring off in head to head matches.

Chinook won the best ball format 5.5-2.5 and also won the Alternate Shot format with a score of 6.5-1.5. Chinook needed just 4.5 of the 16 points available in Match play but won 8 to secure the Cup with a 20-12 victory. The 20201 Ryder Cup will be played at the Beaver Creek Golf Course in Havre next September.

Despite the new normal the Chinook Golf and Country Club made it through the season. The course is still available to play, weather permitting.

 
 

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