2019 August Meeting
August 21-26, 2019 | Jackson Hole, WY
A wonderful group of The 200 Club members came together for our 2019 August Meeting which brought us to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There – for the first time in association history – we enjoyed local wildlife, dramatic views of the Tetons, outstanding accommodations at the Four Seasons Resort, and impeccable golf conditions at three different iconic courses.
We arrived on Wednesday at the Four Seasons Resort, which proved to be a true Five-Star alpine resort that was a perfect home base for us throughout our six-day stay. Nestled in a verdant mountain valley, the Resort was surrounded by some of America’s most rugged peaks, celebrated ski runs and an inspiring array of wildlife in nearby Grand Teton National Park that we enjoyed during our welcome cocktail reception and throughout the week.
Golf was played on three outstanding courses – Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club, Teton Pines Country Club, and Snake River Sporting Club. See below for complete event highlights including results from our three days of golf.
DAY 1: GOLF RESULTS & HIGHLIGHTS
The first round of golf took us to the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club. The history of the course dates back to 1967 when Laurance Rockefeller, an avid golfer and resort property pioneer, saw a diamond in the rough and purchased the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club. In 1971, Rockefeller contracted Robert Trent Jones Jr. to develop a major remodeling plan for the original Bob Baldock designed course. In 2004, Jones was contracted once again for a second redesign of the course.
The work and care were on full display for our group as we truly enjoyed unique and up-close experiences with the local wildlife as well as dramatic views of the Tetons during the first round of play which featured both men’s and women’s divisional play.
MEN’S DIVISION: The first round was an impressive show of strong play by our field of men’s division players. Four teams of four posted gross scores of 71, while 11 teams carded scores in the 70s. Capturing the top spot on day one in the gross division was the team of Craig Hopple, Steve Swigart, Dan Murtagh, and Chris Cummings. Other teams that matched that score on day one were the following: Kevin Patterson, Tom O’Brien, Bob Taylor and Bob Beim; Alex Duhamel, Tom Chisholm, Steve Mannik, and Mike Jones; and Tim Holihen, Tom Maurath, John Lahey, and Bill Butin.
The winning team on day one in the net division with a score of 55 included Dick Schmaltz, Bill Winingham, Rick Ermler, and Geoff Gibson. The foursome bested the second-place net division team which was made up of David McCollum, Tom Matlock, Sandy Wise, and T.D. Lindgren.
WOMEN’S DIVISION: In the women’s division, eight teams of four battled for both a women’s net and women’s gross top score on day one. Ann Walling, Betsy Matlock, Lynn Taylor, and Susan Brown put on a show by posting a score of 80, which proved to be just enough to capture the top gross prize on that Thursday. That team finished two strokes ahead of the second-place gross division team of Pat Hopple, Mickey Swigart, Stephanie Murtagh, and Meg Cummings.
Also celebrating on day one was the team of Karla Albanese, Nancy Beim, Maureen Winingham, and Linda Jones, who posted a day best net score of 56. Finishing in second place on Thursday in the women’s net division was the team of Fran Lindgren, Sil Mannik, Sharon Chisholm, and Kathleen O’Brien.
Congratulations to Craig Hopple (closest to the pin – men), Tom Maurath (longest drive – men), Linda Stikeleather (closest to the pin – women), and Ann Walling (longest drive – women) for their outstanding performances on day one.
DAY 2: GOLF RESULTS & HIGHLIGHTS
On Friday, we were transported to majestic Teton Pines Country Club, an 18-hole Arnold Palmer designed course located just a few miles from Teton Village. Our players enjoyed spectacular views of the Teton Mountain Range during our second round of play.
MEN’S DIVISION: On this day, the team of Tom Matlock, Bill Martindale, Dan Murtagh, and Bernie Schaffer found a way to tame a challenging Teton Pines layout by posting a gross division low score of 67. The only team to post a sub-70 round on Friday, the foursome finished five strokes ahead of the next low gross-scoring team. Capturing second place in the men’s gross division was the team of Steve Mannik, Doug Brown, John Blythe, and Dick Schmaltz.
The men’s net division was dominated by Alex Duhamel, Steve Swigart, Michael Roberts, and John Stenzel, who combined to post a low net score of 56. It was a score that was two better than the second-place net division team of Dave McCollum, Tom Maurath, Keith Long, and Bob Beim.
WOMEN’S DIVISION: A powerful trio of Pat Hopple, Betsy Matlock, and Sharon Chisholm played lights out on Friday and posted a women’s gross division top score of 82. That impressive score proved to be two strokes better than the second-place team of Ann Walling, Sunny McCown, Josie Gibson, and Joshan Wise.
In net division play, it was the team of Pat Ermler, Carolyn Henry, Nancy Beim, and Fran Lindgren who carded an 84 to finish one stroke ahead of Karla Albanese, Mickey Swigart, Linda Strikeleather, and Suzanne McCollum.
Following the conclusion of play, we celebrated four of our members for their accomplishments on the Teton Pines Country Club layout – Jim Brown (closest to the pin – men), Bob Taylor (longest drive – men), Betsy Matlock (closest to the pin – women), and Pat Hopple (longest drive – women).
MEMBER TOUR: GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Our members took a break from championship golf on Saturday so that we could enjoy a special tour of the Grand Teton National Park. Located 10 miles north of the town of Jackson and 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, the park includes one of the few mountain ranges you can see from end to end. We were able to experience the 40-mile-long Teton Range and its sweeping vistas and the mountainous peaks.
Our personal guide educated us all about the amazing natural history, geography, and wildlife in Jackson Hole and within the National Parks. With many stops throughout the tour, our members enjoyed exploring amazing landscapes, the grandeur of the Tetons and local wildlife in their natural habitat. It was a special day and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit this natural wonder which serves as home to black and grizzly bear, elk, wolves, bison, moose, antelope, and many more wildlife species.
Following our tour, many members enjoyed lunch in the town of Jackson.
DAY 3: GOLF RESULTS & HIGHLIGHTS
Our final day of golf was spent at the Snake River Sporting Club and on a course designed by golf mastermind Tom Weiskopf. Although we did not test its limits during this visit, the course measures an astounding 7,500 yards from the tips and is ranked the #1 golf course in Wyoming. We all enjoyed its enveloping harmony with its setting, weaving through native pines, cottonwoods, and willows. It is a destination where the river truly runs through it all.
MEN’S DIVISION: On this final day of competition, the team of Craig Hopple, Jeremy Hopple, Alex Duhamel, and John Lahey turned in the only sub-70 score in the men’s division to claim the top spot in the gross division. A special shout out goes to Craig Hopple, who was a member of the winning gross division team on two of three days of competition. It was an especially impressive score of 69 for that foursome as it proved to be just one stroke better than the second-place gross division team of Tom Matlock, Chris Henry, Gordon Zipf, and Steve Mannik.
The men’s net division on Saturday was dominated by the first-place finishing team of Mike Hoben, Geoff Gibson, and T.D. Lindgren with a net score of 78. Capturing second in that division with a score of 76 was Sandy Wise, John Turner, Bill Wilby, and Dick Schmaltz.
WOMEN’S DIVISION: The top gross score of the day in women’s division play was posted by the team of Sil Mannik, Susan Brown, Carolyn Henry, and Pat Ermler. The score of 80 was one better than the 81 carded by Ann Walling, Pat Hopple, Pam Brown, and Linda Jones.
In the net division, the top team with a score of 62 was Kathleen O’Brien, Mickey Swigart, Betsy Matlock, and Sunny McCown. That score proved to be key as two teams – Josie Gibson, Sharon Chisholm, Meg Tyre, and Linda Strikeleather as well as Karla Albanese, Lynn Taylor, Stephanie Murtagh, and Meg Cummings – both finished with scores of 65
The day and our amazing adventure to Jackson Hole was capped off by a cocktail reception and closing dinner at the Westbank Grill. It was a perfect way to end what was an amazing week and celebrate our final day special winners: Bill Wilby (closest to the pin – men), Frank Forelle (longest drive – men), Lynn Taylor (closest to the pin – women), and Karla Albanese (longest drive – women).
We are fortunate to be able to relive our adventures in Jackson Hole through amazing photos. All images are available for complimentary and hi-res download. Click the image below and enjoy!
Our next journey awaits for members of The 200 Club. In October, we will be taking an adventurous group to the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.
Located less than an hour from the vibrant metropolis of Barcelona, 20 minutes from the beaches of the Costa Brava and just 15 minutes from the historic town of Girona, PGA Catalunya Resort is regarded as one of the world’s leading fully- serviced lifestyle resorts and features two world-class golf courses – the Stadium and Tour Courses – that are consistently ranked among the best in Europe.
The Stadium Course is a spectacular and imposing layout has been consistently ranked among the best ten golf courses in Europe since it was opened in 1999 and was recently voted #4 in continental Europe and #1 in Spain. As the venue for numerous PGA European Tour events, it is also routinely singled out for praise from the professional playing fraternity.
Dominated by pine trees and lakes, the Tour course is shorter and a little less difficult to play than the Stadium Course, yet the Ángel Gallardo and Neil Coles design ensures that it remains a challenge for every level of player. There is no question that the Tour Course is a worthy challenge. The prestige of this remarkable Golf course was born through its status as co-host of the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage since 2008.
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