- Last Updated on 06:43 AM 05/24/13
- BY Ronnie Pate
If it is Memorial Day weekend, that means one thing for sure, it is Member-Guest Golf Tournament weekend at Halifax Country Club.
Halifax Country Club’s Member-Guest Golf Tournament is the biggest golf and social weekend of the year for the club. Over 140 golfers and guests will begin the celebration today and continue on until Sunday when the champions and winners will be crowned.
During the weekend there will be a pool party for the ladies, a smoker for the men, 36 holes of golf and the big party on Saturday night. It is a good thing Monday is a holiday or is it?
A mixed scramble tournament is being played Monday, and then the rest begins.
The men will start the golf at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday with shotgun starts on both days. After Saturday’s rounds, each team will be flighted for Sunday’s play.
Be sure to read the Gazette-Virginian on Wednesday for all the results and scores.
Was it really golf?
When you get invited by your friends to go on a golf trip in the mountains on a course that is hosting the Greenbrier Classic in five weeks, you automatically start dreaming in your mind of what the course will look like, how many shots you can savor and compare what Tiger would do.
You also hope on the first tee you do not flub it and be laughed at by your competitors.
As Tuesday afternoon arrived and our departure time got closer, I could feel myself getting giddier.
I finally pulled into Sam’s and Pat’s driveway, and after about 15 minutes the millionaire from Aaron’s Creek finally showed up with the insurance magnate from Clarksville. After a few polite compliments were exchanged, we headed out for West Virginia and the beautiful golf course that awaited.
We made a quick pit stop in the Hill City, and then took off for our final destination two hours away. After what seemed like an eternity, Sam told me to take a look out of the front windshield. What I saw cannot be imagined or described properly.
A magnificent white structure that made the White House look like a shack and a fountain in front that was aglow with lights awaited our arrival.
As we pulled up to the front, we were attacked by a bevy of the most polite staff you could ask for. After getting our names, they took our golf clubs and shoes and then ushered us to the desk where we checked in.
I was amazed by the marble floors and the elegant décor that was everywhere. When we got to our room and the bellhop deposited our luggage, I noticed that the Aaron’s Creek millionaire did not reach for his wallet, so I tipped the gentleman and started exploring our magnificent room.
We were to meet downstairs at 9 p.m., and as we walked to our meeting place, the awe of the place only got bigger. The marble columns outside, the interior paintings and elegant furniture and fixtures were unmatched in my memory.
At 10 p.m. four dancers performed the famous Greenbrier Waltz, and at the finish, a champagne toast was hoisted.
With an 8:30 a.m. tee time on Wednesday, we all headed for our rooms for what was supposed to be a restful night of sleep.
As I pulled back the covers and crawled in the bed, the Aaron’s Creek millionaire got into a talking mood about how bad he was going to beat Sam and I, and after about 20 minutes of this I dozed off.
As morning arrived and the bright sunlight lit up the mountainside, what I thought could not get any better, did. We all had breakfast in the main dining room, and you thought Shoney’s had a good breakfast buffet.
The time finally arrived, and as we headed down toward the golf course we were to play, the beauty of the cabins and houses that lined the property stood out like diamonds in the rough.
We eventually got to the course, and our bags were on our carts and lined up ready to go. We all hit good tee shots and the rest of the four hours is lost somewhere in my memory.
I will admit I remember something about the millionaire being the medalist with an 81, and I remember someone going in my wallet and taking out some money, but that is all I recall.
Yes, I have seen the grandest resort on the East Coast and I have played a great course, but was it really golf or was it just an afterthought of grandeur?
Have a great week, play well in the member-guest and do not forget, fix your divots, ball marks and hold onto your clubs.
Halifax Country Club Member-Guest Golf Tournament
SATURDAY TEE TIMES
1W.J. Long –Ed Edgar/Paul Glass-Brad Smith
2Bion Fite –Chris Coleman/Kelly Chappell-Wesley Chappell
3Donald Gravitt-Ronnie Snow/Donnie Hughes-Kyle Gravitt
5Dennis Witt-Graham Witt/Sam Fisher-Kevin Fisher
6Charles Thompson-Hunter Thompson/Daniel Ivey-Justin Shepperd
7George Hayes-Tom Coates/Coleman Speece-Jim Binner
8Joel Cunningham Jr.-Howard Harvey/Joel Cunningham Sr.-David Ragland
9Brad Thomasson-Jeff Kidd/Walter Roberston-Bryan Allen
10Phillip Saunders-Steve Long/Woody Long-Justin Saunders
11Tim Davis-Bill Stillman/Alan Gravitt-Bill Maxwell
12Craig Nuhfer-Marshal Nuhfer/Greg Farley-Bryan Farley
13Jason Kirkhart-Rob Wallace/Joe Gasperini-Peter Gasperini
14Tommy Elliott-Ronnie Pate/Mark Repokis-John Mele
15Chris Lumsden-Buford Lumsden/Michael Puryear-Griffen Kopp
16Jason Parker-Chris Parker/Preston Crowder-Matt Crowder
17Tom Brown-Bobby Wilborn/Doug Fleigh-Taylor Fleigh
18Earle Orme-Johnny Wilson
1 P. M.
1James Lewis-Bill Hite/Woody Clay-Chris Young
1Philip Payne-Scott Martin/Brad Mele-David Graham
2Greg Meeks-Chuck Nelson/Ronnie Moore-Jackie Thomasson
3Teddy Holt-Brandon Harris/Nookie Green-Bill Dyer
4Gary Gupton-Mark Bullock/Phil Rinker-Sammy Puryear
5Grayson Throckmorton-Scott Bosiger/Eric Arthur Jr. – Nick Gesell
6Tommy Daniel-David Day/Tommy Spencer-Mike Gregory
7Casey Spencer-Chuck Newcomb/Jay Henderson-Brad Schrader
8Dennis Seamster- Shawn Torain/Grayson Francis-Rodney Mason
9Bob Tysinger-Lee Tysinger/Jack Caldwell-Scott Petriskie
10David Meeks-Kevin Haskins/Mike Dunn-Jacob Trent
11Jimmy Allen-Michael Compton/Paul Butler-David Ford
12Gray Ramsey-Cleve Campbell/Jon Lantor-Mark Raper
13Arthur Lantor-Jeff Parr/John Hayes-Tim Johnson
14Jay Burnette-Jimmy Clay/Robert Fallen-Dale Wilson
15Roger Bennett Jr. –Robbie Foster/John Morgan-Jonathan Fussell
16Roger Long-Ralph Beard/Roy Bradley-Tim Wiles
17Dan Powell-Nich Carter/Steven Crutchfield-Darrell Carter
18Rodney Watts-Andy Schleifstein/Chris Cole-Chris Wilborn