Fry Tournament Tees Off

The Alameda Women’s Golf Club (AWGC) held the first round of the 84th Annual Fry Brothers Memorial Match Play Tournament last Thursday, May 8, at the Fry Course.

Match play rules pit golfers in a head-to-head match up. The two golfers play each hole. The golfer who puts their ball in the hole in the least amount of shots wins the hole. If both golfers take the same amount of shots to finish the hole, no point is awarded. Each golfer’s handicap is also factored in. So if a seven-handicap golfer plays against a 17-handicap golfer, the sevenhandicap golfer has to give the 17-handicap a stroke on 10 holes.

The match is over when the losing golfer has no way to tie or win by the 18th hole. For example, if a golfer wins 4 and 3 it means they are leading by four holes with three holes remaining; ending the match before the 16th hole.

Twenty-four golfers competed in the tournament with eight golfers competing in each of the three flight groups. In Flight A — golfers with a handicap of 7.2 to 23.7 — Stephanie Bellato beat Jackie Suh 1-up or by one hole; Tai Chewpanich defeated Madeline Sally 4 and 3; Juanita Solano took out Bernice Herzberg 1-up and Dot Moody out dueled Fran Mori 3 and 2.

In Flight B — handicap of 24.2 to 29.1 — Barbara Mickle beat Pat O’Hara 3 and 1, Debbie Adams was victorious over Louise Eilhardt 4 and 2, Linda Ferrill outlasted Sarah Valentine 1-up in 21 holes and Barbara Wood topped Carole Evans 4 and 3.

Flight C — handicap of 29.8 to 40 — was also very competitive. Donna Cooper defeated Betty Hatch 3 and 1, Bobbie Hoepner beat Susan Logan 3 and 1, Pam Curtis defeated Diane Hughes 1-up and Marty Stitzle took out Kay Park 4 and 3.

The winners will take part in the second round and still have a shot at the championship next week.