Every year the Washington Officials Association (WOA) holds an annual conference for officials from all sports in the state. The conference is in Yakima which is centrally located in the state so it is easier for officials to travel to. The conference is preceded by a golf tournament on Friday afternoon.
This year my friends Tom, Doug, Phil, and I decided to enter the tournament. It is played at a course called the Apple Tree Golf Resort. This championship course is a long course that winds through the apple orchards and has water on many holes.
View from the clubhouse down #9 – you have to hit over the water!
The layout on the course is superb and if you are not a long hitter (which I am not), it can be a real challenge.
Phil, Doug, Tom and Dave getting ready to tee of on #11, our first hole
As a team, we match up pretty well. Phil is a real long ball hitter (he had one drive we measured at 320 yards) and he had a real good day. Tom can also get the ball well over 200 yards most of the time, though not as far or as consistent as Phil. Doug has a good short iron game and pitches well. I have a decent short game and am really good around the green and putting.
This signature Apple hole, #17 Par 3
Hole #17 is a 168 yard par three shaped as an apple with a bunker forming the leaf. It is a very scenic hole and a challenge to play. My tee shot here went just left into the water. (one of 6 that went swimming without having had lessons!) The pin for the tournament was in the extreme upper left of the apple and if I had hit it 5 yards to the right, I could have laid it real close to the flag.
Looking from #17 tee back to #9 tee
You can see that there is a lot of water hazards on the course. It does make it a challenge. Our team played well, finishing at 6 under par but the winners were 12 under. Tom did put a ball on #7 11 inches from the cup which earned him a prize for being closes to the pin.
We left at 6:30 to go to breakfast and drive up to Yakima and then got back that night at about 10:45 after a total of about 340 miles on the road. A long day but really fun with good friends!