Golfers defend DAZE title
A well-known golf proverb says "A bad day at the golf course is better than a good day at work."
The proverb rang true for the 69 golfers who gathered Thursday at the Leavenworth Country Club for the fourth annual Lansing DAZE Golf Tournament.
The golfers had the chance to spend the rest of the afternoon playing the eighteen holes and enjoying the clear blue skies and cold beer while benefiting the new Kansas Regional Prisons Museum with their $75 per person registration fee.
Chris Hoins, Paul Fladung, Scott Fladung and Travis Stafford teamed up to win the scramble-style tournament for the second year running, posting a score of 54.
Chris Lozenski, Dave Gwartney, Todd Lozenski and Mike Moreau placed second with a score of 57. The third place overall team was Eric Hoins, Chuck Meyer and Casey Meyer, posting a score of 58.
Chris Hoins said he found the golf adage to be true after claiming his prize.
"It's always better to play golf than work," he said.
The winning team, which includes three class of 2000 graduates from LHS, Hoins, Scott Fladung and Stafford, credits its success to playing golf together since they were young and throughout high school.
The team members are confident in their ability and expect a win when they compete in the tournament.
"We'll be back next year for a three-peat," joked Scott Fladung.
One team that has achieved a three-peat, though not one they would necessarily brag about, are Randy Randolph, Jeff Focht, Jason Crum and Jim Magee. They have placed last in the tournament for the past three years.
Unlike the winning team, this team does not have a background in golf, and only time they get together to play is at the annual tournament.
"We play golf once a year," Crum said. "This is it for us."
However, the prize of four sleeves of golf balls for the losing team could improve their game for next year.
"The idea is they give us golf balls so we can practice and get better," Crum said.
Mayor Kenneth Bernard awarded the tournament prizes. The 15 teams of four and three teams of three were divided in to an "A" and "B" flights. The top three winning teams of each flight received gift certificates to the Leavenworth Country Club pro shop. There were also prizes awarded for each hole, for example on hole No. 1, the person closest to the water received a gift certificate to a local business that sponsored the event.
The top three winning teams of the "B" flight were: Cody Burnett, Mike McCormick, Brian Kroll and Mike Kobulnicky; John Jacobson, Joe Herring, Dennis Thompson and Levi Thompson; and Jerry Frese, Harland Russell, Brenda Frese and Greg Robinson.