Buddy Peltier of Bothell and Susan Craven of Snohomish teamed up to shoot 3-over par 75 to win the 2nd annual WSGA Mixed Chapman Championship. The 18-hole championship was held today at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash.
On a difficult scoring day, Peltier and Craven played steady golf, making the turn at 1-under par, and then hanging on for the back nine. They double-bogeyed the par-4 10th hole, caught their balance for a while, but then bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes.
It still was just enough for the win, as they held on for a 1-stroke victory over the second-place finishing teams of Irfan Yusoff of Anacortes and Sammie Pless of Seattle, and Bill and Kelly Gardner of Gig Harbor.
This is the first time Peltier and Craven have played together in the Chapman format. “It was really great because we were able to ham-and-egg it so well,” Craven said. “Whenever someone got into trouble, somebody else was able to bail them out, and I think that’s what did it for us.”
“Sue was super strong with her irons,” Peltier said. “I had some distance off the tee, so I helped us out with that, and they she would put it close with her approaches.”
It’s just such a fun event, Craven said. “You meet a lot of new people, and it’s just fun to be out here. And of course it was a lot of fun to win today.”
Tying for fourth place was Andrew Herzog and Kim Titus, both of Fox Island, who were attempting to defend their title, having won this inaugural event last year. Herzog and Titus had a 1-stroke lead with five holes to play, but went 4-over par on their last four holes to fall out of contention.
Also tying for fourth was Victor Wang and Grace Wei, both of Sammamish.
The team of Sai Liu of Edmonds and Ping Song of Lynnwood were the net champions, with a 7-under par 65.
The championship had gross and net champions and was played in a Chapman stroke play format, with two players playing as partners, each playing from the teeing ground and each player playing his or her partner’s ball for the second shot. After the second shot, including par-3 holes, partners select the ball with which they wish to score and then play that ball alternately to complete the hole.
The championship was open to any male/female team, with a USGA Handicap Index issued by a WSGA member club not exceeding 36.4 for males and 40.4 for females. There is no age requirement or limit, and teams were divided into flights based on course handicap.
Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving nearly 70,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.
The WSGA also serves as a statewide representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.