SCOOP OELKE OPEN: Golfers take advantage of pleasent weather’s surprise visit
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 12:44

Sunshine usually not the norm at annual tourney  

by Bill Gates

    It’s a tradition at the annual Scoop Oelke Open to talk about the impact of the weather.
    During the 30th annual Oelke Open at Rocky Point on May 3, talk about the weather focused on the pleasantness of the weather.
    It just seemed ... wrong ... somehow.
    Sure, there was a bit of a wind early in the morning which made some of the holes a tad more challenging, but the day was dominated by sunshine and great temperatures.
    No heavy mist like last year, which made it difficult for golfers to follow their drives. No bitter cold as in previous years, no heavy overcast or threat of rain.
    You might even call it perfect golf weather.

    It certainly seemed that way for the winning foursome of Kent Mosmiller, Derrick Mosmiller, Ross Wenderoth and Ryan Miller.
    They cruised to their second Scoop Oelke win in four years, shooting a 16-under-par 57 in the “best ball” format tournament.
    That put them four strokes ahead of the second-place team of Chris Seebach, Joe Potter, John Bell and Nick Giangrasso, who shot a 61 — the score which won last year’s tournament.
    Finishing near the top has become a habit for Mosmiller’s group.
    “In 30 years, we’ve placed out of the top three maybe three times,” Kent Mosmiller said.
    Miller was a new addition to this year’s quartet, and proved his worth by draining a 34-foot putt on the 8th hole.
    The weather helped make this one of the “easiest” times the team has had in the tournament.
    “We were five under after three holes,” Kent said. “It was eagle, birdie, eagle. We were on a kind of cruise control.
    “We made a lot of putts all day long, and the greens were great. We pretty much made everything, and didn’t have to chip all day.”
    Third place went to another familiar foursome, with Paul Kafka, Jason Kafka, Danny Markowski and Bob Mooney, shooting a 62.
    The team won the tournament two years ago and finished second last year with a 61.
    The traditional “honor” awarded for finishing third-from-last went to Kevin Leary, Doug Jenkins and former Baltimore Orioles Dick Hall and Ron Hansen.
    The winners for Closest to the Pin were Jeff Hartsock (4th hole), Kent Mosmiller (7th), Jeff Wong (11th) and Nick Giangrasso.
    Paul Kafka was the “Beat the Pro” winner on the 11th hole.
    The tournament, which is the sole fund-raiser for the Greater Dundalk Sports Hall of Fame and was re-named for Eagle co-founder Kimbel “Scoop” Oelke after his death in 1998, is also played in memory of Bruce Mills.
    Mills, the 1996 Dundalk Citizen of the Year and the tournament’s longtime assistant director, died in 2008 after a lingering illness.
    Attendance remained consistent this year, with 21 teams taking part in the tournament.
    Four teams were scheduled to play, according to tournament director Joe Cristy, but had to cancel due to various personal reasons.