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Josh Swanson and Mike Degnan won the Championship Flight at the 2022 Eads Golf Course Jimmy Patterson Memorial Tournament. This was the largest tournament field in many years.

New Champions Crowned in the Jimmy Patterson Memorial Two-Day Scramble Tournament: Swanson and Degnan Come in -21 Under Par


By Betsy Barnett

August 10, 2022

A favorite annual 2-Man 2-Day Scramble Tournament at the Eads Golf Course is now in its second year as the Jimmy Patterson Memorial Two-Day Scramble Tournament named after longtime golfer Jimmy Patterson who lost his life a couple of years ago. His parents, Loren and Jacque Patterson and brothers, Brian Patterson, Scott Patterson and fiancé Erika Veenstra were on hand over the last weekend at the Eads Golf Course to support Jimmy’s annual event.

For the past three years including 2019, 2020 and 2021 the 2-Day-2-Man Scramble golf tournament held at the Eads Golf Course has been won by the team of Ryan Wyatt and Gail Crawford who tore up the course winning the Championship Flight every year. Over the weekend, Crawford and Waytt had to settle for a second-place tie as new champions were crowned in the 36-hole tournament.

This year’s version of the tournament saw a large field of 80 golfers (40 teams) and tough competition that required an impressive championship score of -21 under 123 achieved by Josh Swanson and Mark Degnan, which was four strokes better than the second-place teams of Crawford/Wyatt and Jack Blake Pierce and Devin Dickey from Cheyenne Wells. The Pierce/Dickey team would win the tie breaker over Crawford/Wyatt taking the runner-up money.

The Two-Day-Two-Man Scramble Tournament features a heck of a lot of golf, a Calcutta that can mean some good money, and a fantastic dinner put on by the Eads Women’s Golf Association on Saturday evening. Last year featured 38 teams in the big tournament and this year was pretty comparable hosting 40 teams competing for some good return on the entry fee.

On Saturday the teams played 18 holes of golf that not only positioned them in the tournament flights but also helped to determine whether the team is a good investment for the Calcutta side of the tournament. The best round of the tournament was played by Pierce/Dickey on the first day of competition as they shot a -12 under 59 using an Eagle on 17 to take the top spot after Day 1.

Swanson/Degnan were so dominant in the Championship Flight that they also came in first in the Calcutta side of the tournament carrying a 1 handicap after the first day of competition. Crawford/Wyatt came in second in the Calcutta, while the Cheyenne Wells team of Stevenson/Tallman were third in the Calcutta.

The First Flight was highly competitive as three teams led the way after the first day all coming in with -4 under 68 scores. The teams included Tom Richards and Larry Gifford; Weston Meardon and John Christie; and Marty Barnett and Randy Holmen. By the second day the three scattered out between three strokes with Richards/Gifford getting the nod coming in with a strong -6 under par 66 for the win. Coming in second was Meardon/Christie with one stroke improvement shooting a -5 under par 67. In third was Barnett/Holmen who was one over their Saturday round shooting -3 under 69.

The First Flight Calcutta went the same direction as all three teams carried 0 handicaps but were far enough ahead of the pack that they came in the exact order as the tournament finish with Richards/Gifford winning the Calcutta, Meardon/Christie in second and Barnett/Holmen in third place.

The Second Flight was won by the team of Colby Christie and Marvin Bohlander who used a scorching -2 under par 70 round on Day 2 to go along with a first-day +2 over par 74. That kind of comeback also won them the Calcutta side of the tournament as they carried a 2-stroke handicap into that tournament.

The runner-up finish was a dead heat between the teams of Cory Miller and Kody Wallace and Dylan Dietz and Nick Eder. The Miller/Wallace team would get the edge in the playoff for second place. Both teams shot an initial +3 over par 147 in the two days of golf.

Dietz/Eder would place second in the Calcutta in the Second Flight and Miller/Wallace placed third.

The final group was the Third Flight, and it was won by a couple of local college students in Brandon Lening and Brigden Parker. In the first day of competition the duo came through with a +5 over par 77, a score that put them on top of the Third Flight board. But in Day 2 they scorched the course with an even par 72 getting the win with a tournament score of +5 over 149. The duo also won the Calcutta side of the tournament.

In second place was the team of Randy Bohlander and Jay Haase who also came in with a +5 over 77 on the first day and then followed up with a 75 in Day 2. Their combined score of +8 over par 152 earned them the runner-up money. In third place was Hobby and Spady with a +12 over par 156 tournament score.

During the weekend there were a number of Hole Prizes measuring putt, drives and chip shots for closest to the pin competitions. The winners for the Hole Prizes were as follows:

SATURDAY HOLE PRIZES

  • Closest to the Pin on 3/12 – Doug Dietz – 8’ 8”
  • Longest Putt on 4/13 – Gail Crawford – 54’
  • Closest to the Pin on 6/15 – Justin McLoud – 28”
  • Longest Putt on 9/18 – Paul Stoker – 24’ 7.5”
  • Closest to the Pin on Second Shot on 8/17 – Jack Blake Pierce – In the Hole

SUNDAY HOLE PRIZES

  • Longest Putt on Holes 9/18 – Marvin Bohlander – 23’
  • Closest to the Pin on Second Shot on Holes 8/17 – Devin Dickey – In the Hole
  • Closest to the Pin on Holes 3/12 – Ryan Lane – 10’
  • Longest Putt on Holes 4/13 – Stuart Ziegler – 21’ 3”
  • Closest to the Pin on 6/15 – Josh Swanson – 18”

The second annual Jimmy Patterson Memorial 2-Man 2-Day Scramble Tournament was a huge success this year as everyone enjoyed the day, the weather was good and the grass green thanks to the recent rains.

The next tournament at Eads Golf Course is Friday, August 12 with the Senior Two-Man Scramble.

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