12 seniors take home trophies in 2009 golf tournament

TAYLOR — A dozen senior golfers recently took top honors at the 16th annual Senior Appreciation Day golf outing at Taylor Meadows Golf Club.

Winners of the Nov. 9 Men’s Division include Jimmy Attee and Ted Berle, who won with a 7-under-par score of 64. The victory was determined by a scorecard playoff in which a tie was broken by a regressive check of the most difficult handicapped holes. Atee and Blrle earned a birdie on the toughest hole, No. 7, to earn the win.

Taking the Nov. 9 Ladies Division with a 3-over 74 were Marge Renko and Sharron Gibaratz. The Nov. 9 Mixed Division winners were Bill and Kathy Herrick, who entered the clubhouse with an 8-over score of 79.

Nov. 10 Men’s Division winners were Pat Frame and Dave Baker, finishing the round with a 9-under-par 62. The winners in the Nov. 10 Ladies Division were Patte Stevens and Pat Yacuone, who shot 90. Nov. 10 Mixed Division winners, with an even-par score of 71, were Robert and Roberta Tremmell.

One Nov. 10 highlight came on the 281-yard, par-4 ninth hole. Jack Stewart holed a 50-yard pitch from the fairway to give his team a birdie.

“It was the best shot I saw all day — quite frankly, one of the best I’ve seen on that hole,” said Mike Jarvi, an outing coordinator at Taylor Meadows.

Earning closest-to-the-pin honors during the two-day tournament were Shirley Hollman, Bernie Tockstein, Dennis Moore, Connie Shotwell and Dave Melotti.

Each day attracted 144 Downriver-area golfers, ages 55 and older. The tournament was a two-person scramble in each of the three divisions.

“This event is truly our way to show our seniors how much they are valued,” said Jeff Sovitch, operations manager at Taylor Meadows.

Each team played 18 holes of golf with a cart, which was followed by an awards ceremony and dinner at the Greenside Grille inside the Taylor Meadows clubhouse.

“It’s always nice to see so many regulars all together between the two days for an event that’s meant to be fun,” said golf course supervisor Scott Hunt.

Organizers said the outing was a success, thanks in part to the cooperative weather.

“It’s a fun send-off for the end of the year,” Hunt said. “So many players came up to me saying how much they enjoyed the event and look forward to it each year.”

For more information on upcoming events at Taylor Meadows and Lakes of Taylor Golf Club, go to www.TaylorGolf.com.