The rain cleared up on Monday, giving 27 foursomes a pleasant day to play 18 holes at Oak Harbor Golf Club. Opened to critical acclaim in 1992, Oak Harbor was nominated by Golf Digest for Americas Best New Course of 1992 and was rated Four Stars by Golf Digest Places to Play.
Golfers at this springs tournament, which was sponsored by Vero Systems Inc., were treated to a 30-minute clinic by golf pro Kelly Gibson, a New Orleans native who has competed internationally and won the Nike Oregon Classic, Ben Hogan Tri-Cities Open, and the Victoria and Manitoba Opens.
Golfers can pick up their team photos, autographed by Gibson, at Vero Systems booth (200).
Gibson competed against CompTel/ASCENT golfers in a Beat the Pro contest at hole No. 5. Ten golfers that were closer to the pin than Gibson each won a dozen golf balls.
A $10,000 hole-in-one prize offered for that 175-yard hole, however, went unclaimed. We had a couple of close shots, but not close enough, says Laura Dorris, marketing communications manager at Vero Systems.
But there were plenty of other winners.
The first place team consisted of Marty Ouverson and Scott Cousins from INS, and Jason Stehling and Scott Cain of NTS. Each of the gentlemen was awarded a $125 pro shop gift certificate.
A team made up of Charles Boddy from PPL Telcom; Greg Carter of Billing Concepts; John Clark of Goodin MacBride; and Scott Rodberg of INS took second place. Each player won a $75 pro shop gift certificate.
Taking last place, which Vero Systems termed the most honest team, were Brian Cafferty, Vero Systems; Don Culeton, Info Directions; Dale Smith, LecStar; and Russell Frisby, CompTel/ASCENT. Each of these players received a $30 pro shop gift certificate.
The man and woman with the longest drives, a contest at hole No. 2, were Rich Macaras of PowerNet Global and Diane Page with SRP Telecom. And Teresa Perky of VeriSign and Rick Stokes of Telus won the distinction of being the woman and man closest to the pin at hole No. 7. Each of these four winners received $50 gift certificates.