Ron Adams, 75, was best in rain and wet conditions (April 21) at Northwood Hills GC, shooting a three-over par 36-39–75 in the NW La. District Senior Olympics golf championship.
Adams, who wound up fifth in the National Senior Games golf event in Houston last July, used a strategy mastered in top golf competition around the world when he was in the military. “I choose a club higher than usual because the ball doesn’t fly as far in atmosphere like this,” he said following a round that saw him hit 17 of 18 fairways in regulation. He played the front nine in even par 36.
His effort recaputured for him the honor of low scorer which escaped to Don Ashworth in 2011, ending a string of three straight for Adams who shared the honor with Rainey Rainwater in 2008 at 78 and then was all alone at 74 in 2009 and at 71 in 2010. Ashworth shot 40-39–79 Friday, which was six strokes off his 2010 effort. Johnny Buckley was the third lowest scorer at 81, followed by Robert Jahnke and Larry Joubert, each with 84.
Adams, who has competed in some high level and intense amateur events around the world, said he now enjoys playing in the Senior Olympics event, “because of the nature of these players. You find a friendliness and comraderie here.”
The top females were Madge Snyder at 90 and Cathy Buckley at 91.
Here are the medal winners in the various age brackets with scores in parenthesis:
MALE– 50-64: Bobby Waddell (89) Gold, Steve Pinkley (97) Silver, Cajun Perkins (105) Bronze. 65-69: Don Ashworth (79) Gold, Johnny Buckley (81) Silver, Robert Jahnke (84) Bronze, decided by scorecard playoff with Larry Joubert (84). Others George Taylor (85), Bill Carrier (94), Floyd Walworth (99). 70-74: Ron Adams (75) Gold, Bill Bunyard (91) Silver, Robert Gatti (99) Bronze. 75-79: Val Tucker (87) Gold, Larry Rowe (94) Silver, Jon Snyder (94) Bronze, decided by scorecard playoff. Also Jerry Warren (97).
FEMALE–60-69: Cathy Buckley (91) Gold, Susan Berry (94) Silver, Beth Porter (155) Bronze. 75-80: Marge Snyder (90) Gold, Jean Brown (133) Silver.