Guest Author - Letta Meinen
Every year since I moved here I have entered the Salado Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament Scramble held at the Mill Creek Golf Club. This is a way for the Chamber to raise money for projects to improve the small city of Salado. It is more of a shoot-out type of golf scramble as which team can put up the most money for purchasing mulligans, move-ups, free throw and any other trick they can think of to raise money. The move up was on every par five hole for a cost $20.00 the team can move up the tee boxes and shorten the hole. They do get lots of businesses to sponsor and give prizes so it caused lots of interest with the golfers. Breakfast and lunch plus goodie bags are available.
The first year in 2005 was when I decided to ask some women golfers to take part in this community project. We ended up with just three on a team as our fourth had to back out. One of the players had just moved to Salado from Florida and she was willing to take part in this event. There is a rule when you only have three players you can hit a second shot for the missing fourth player. We used this to our advantage but still did not win.
The next year I was asked by my neighbor who was working with the Chamber Committee to join her team as she had a sponsor. This meant I did not have to pay as her sponsor took care of everything. It ended up with just she and I on the team as the other two backed out. That way we got to both hit extra shots on every play. We had a great time enjoying ourselves not believing we would even be close to winning. It turned out we won and each received $150.00 for beating out the other women’s team.
This year I thought the sponsor idea was a good one so I started out as an anonymous donor to sponsor a team. It was soon found out after making up a team of four friends, Peggy Ruch, Janet Gravette and Gail Robinson. Sponsoring was my way of helping the Chamber as a service project. This year the Chamber Committee changed their format as two mulligans for each person on the team plus a free throw for the team (could be used anywhere) all this was included in the entry fee so it evened out the shoot-out format. Handicaps were required for all players and this total was average out for the final Scramble score.
It was an early morning start with breakfast available from 7:00 a.m. followed by tee off at 8:00 a.m. This means many were there bright and early to register and receive their place where they were to start the tournament. A goodie bag was given to all which included a ball, energy bar, popcorn treat and various other little gifts. My team arrived as we waited for the event to start we were to begin on the golf hole a good distance from the club house called Springs #5. There were ten teams involved this year which were less than years before.
It was a beautiful fall day a little breezy later on in the day but something we all could enjoy. We were treated to a barbeque lunch at Johnny’s BBQ which was excellent followed by the awarding of the winners of the day. Our team did not win but we were not far off the mark. Gail won closest to the pin on one hole and I won long drive on another hole. All in all it was a great day with good friends playing golf.
My team members – Janet, Gail, Me and Peggy