Whoa Buddy. Harold Harvill tees off on the third hole in the shotgun start to the Miniature Golf competition and it took the perennial leader five strokes to finish the hole. He played the next 17 holes in two-over par. (click photo to enlarge)
Senior Olympians went swinging in the rain Thursday during the district Miniature Golf competition, and it followed a familiar tune — Harold Harvill shot the best score of the day to win medalist honors for the ninth straight time.
Harvill beat back regular nemesis Bob Taylor by a single stroke with a five-over par 41.
On the female side, Darlene Stone bested Susan Berry 47 strokes to 49, with Linda Brangham in third place with a 50.
The evening began with ominous clouds crowding in on the Party Central course and Harvill’s opening hole looked almost as bad as the weather. He took a maximum 5 strokes on the opening assignment and it took him three holes to record his first ace. Harville shot 39 in the 2013 renewal.
Stone bettered her 2013 performance by eight shots. Betty Smith’s 50 was the best performance in 2013. She shot 55 Thursday, but failed to medal in the 65-69 age bracket.
Other top female scorers were Athlean Snow 52, Peggy Tatum 53, Mary Price 54, Claudia Beene 57, Ginny Boyd 57 and Red Fletcher 57. Other top male scores came from Lionel Brangham 48, Bill Snow 50, Gary Price 51, Les Brosset 54, Doyle Blasingame 57, Chuck Lancaster 57, Mack Metoyer 60, Michael Czerniecki 62.
Play was interrupted once due to rain, but the field of 27 managed to finish out their rounds after a short delay.
Female–65-69: Susan Berry 49 Gold, Linda Brangham 50 Silver, Peggy Tatum 53 Bronze. Betty Smith 55, Ginny Boyd 57, Ruby Thomas 59, Shelby Butt 72. 70-74: Darlene Stone 47 Gold, Claudia Beene 57 Silver, Jo Ann Blasingame 59 Bronze. Carol Estrada 60, Mardie Brosset 63, Diane Smith 63. 75-79: Athlean Snow 52 Gold, Mary Price 54 Silver, Red Fletcher 57 Bronze. Doris Carter 66.
Male–60-69: Lionel Brangham 48 Gold, Michael Czerniecki 62 Silver. 70-74: Harold Harvill 41 Gold, Bob Taylor 42 Silver, Chuck Lancaster 57 Bronze. 75-79: Bill Snow 50 Gold, Doyle Blasiingame 57 Silver, Mack Metoyer 60 Bronze. 80-89 Gary Price 51 Gold, Les Brosset 54 Silver.