The second highest golfer total in the history of the Warrior Golf Classic gathered July 26 at Creekside Golf Club in South Salem.
Nearly 110 golfers participated in the 18th annual event and raised more than $20,000 that will be used by the Department of Athletics to help finance different projects over the next year.
"I would like to thank our volunteers, Hannah Nord our tournament chair, and the golfers that participated for the positive impact this event has on our Athletic programs," said Director of Athletics Greg Eide. "It was a great opportunity for our coaches, staff, alumni and local business leaders to get together on a nice summer day for a round of golf and to develop new relationships and renew old friendships. This event is truly one of the annual highlights on our Athletic calendar."
The 2013 tournament saw nearly a full field of golfers, as 27 teams posted record-breaking scores on the same course that hosted the 2012 and 2013 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men's Golf National Championships.
For the sixth straight year, Corban alum Nelson Zarfas, ’82, put together a team that took home the first-place gross trophy with a tournament-record score of 22-under 50. The winning team included Zarfas, Jeff Dunn, Tony Walther and Marty Reid. Each received a box of Taylor Made RocketBallz golf balls, personal trophies and a Hurley 'Corban Warriors' hat.
On the net side of the bracket, the team of Kevin Graves, Thomas Graves, Mark Watkins and Donny Zavala captured the first-place trophy with a team score of 47.1 with team handicap. Each received a box of Taylor Made RocketBallz golf balls, personal trophies and a Hurley 'Corban Warriors' hat.
The team of Griff Lindell, Lucia Lindell, Mike Burkesmith and John Bradshaw took home the traditional high score award with a combined score of even-par 72. They each received four rounds of mini golf at Best Little Roadhouse in Salem.
During pre-tournament festivities, Steve Wood and Zarfas both holed their shots in the chipping contest with Wood winning the shoot-off by landing his ball 11 inches away from the cup to better Zarfas. Wood would take home a brand-new Taylor Made wedge, while Zarfas was awarded a $25 gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods.
In the pre-tournament putting contest, the trio of Eddie Bostwick, Laurie Jendre and Byron Grant all holed their putts to advance to the first-ever 50-foot putt-off for $2,500. The trio each had the opportunity to collect on the cash prize, but Bostwick came within two inches of making his shot en route to collecting first place in the putting contest. Grant would follow Bostwick, as he came within a foot of holing his putt and Jendre took home third place after missing her attempt. Bostwick's efforts earned him a brand-new Taylor Made putter and Grant earned two rounds of golf at Salem Golf Club. Jendre earned a $25 gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods.
Prior to the tournament-ending "putt for dough," all participants gathered for a lunch courtesy of Virtue First and the wives of Warrior coaches. For the first time in recent history, current WAA President Jeff Davis emceed the event that featured a live auction hosted by LeRoy Hedberg, numerous on-course prizes and several items that were featured as part of the annual raffle drawing.
In the annual Gold Ball game, the team of Curtis Horton, Kody Young, Casey Young and Nathan Ohta were awarded a cash prize of $160 when their ball was drawn from the pool that was returned by each team following the conclusion of the round.
Zarfas would cap the day by taking home his third prize – the Bases, Birdies, & Bogies Getaway Grand Prize – that included four tickets to a Seattle Mariners versus Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball game, four rounds of golf at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Tacoma, Wash. and two one-night stays at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue, Wash.