EATON — Eaton Country Club kicked off the 2017 season with a four-man scramble golf tournament on Sunday, April 24, and wrapped up the 2016 season with awards to last year’s champions.
The opening day winners at 11-under-par was the team of Nick Allen, Jeff Manley, Jim Rohl and Mark Vosler, followed at 9-under-par by Chris Ditmer, Brad Unger, Gary Peters and Frank Worley. The team of Dave Walker, Ted Scarce, Dave Daily and Stuart Mueller finished 3rd at 7-under-par in the four-man best-ball format. Tim Adams, Nick Allen, Dave Daily and Ted Scarce also won proximity awards for accurate irons on par three holes.
This year’s attendance was twice as high as previous years with 35 players participating, indicating the golf course is showing better participation by its members, according to club staff. ECC manager, Barb Garber and her staff at “The Clubhouse” offered a breakfast buffet enjoyed by all.
As part of the annual open day meeting, the 2016 Club Championship awards were presented. Gary Peffly and Manley were honored for the First Flight winner and runner-up. John Kramer was awarded the honor of Club Champion, and Sean Maggard was awarded runner up Club Champion for 2016.
When receiving his award, Kramer noted golf has been part of his life for nearly 60 years, and last Labor Day, he took home his 13th Club Championship trophy from Eaton County Club. The club championship final is 36 holes of match play, and for the second year in a row, Kramer bested seven-time Club Champion, Maggard.
“Sean and I have played in the finals five times I believe, and until 2015, he won every match. But the last two years, my game came together and I was fortunate enough to beat him” Kramer said. “Sean is a great player and I enjoy our matches because he is very competitive, but he also competes as a gentleman with golf etiquette.”
Kramer also has 11 runners up in the ECC finals. “The 2016 finals made 24 times over five decades that I have been able to win over and lose to some of Eaton’s best golfers,” Kramer reminisced, “and playing my Dad, Horace Junior, twice in the finals I remember like yesterday. He won the first time; I won the second go around. You cannot do that in many sports except golf. “
Kramer also has a 1983 Club Championship from Browns Run Country Club in Middletown. That was the same year his father reigned as the Eaton Country Club Champion, and his sister, Belinda Marsh won the ladies Club Championship in Mansfield. “When we were young, my sister and I were fortunate as Mom and Dad would take us to the course in the evenings and we would tag along and learn to play,” Kramer shared. “It occupied our time, got us out of doors and gave us a sport to enjoy our entire life. Belinda now officiates on a national level for the USGA. Plus, golf is something my wife Debbie and I enjoy doing together.” Then John said with a smile, “I can’t beat my wife with her handicap though!”
“Golf is such a great family activity” Kramer went on, “as you can play it at any skill level and with any age group. My Dad is going on 94 and he still plays golf with friends half his age. This golf course and its membership is a tremendous asset to the Eaton community. The Club House is historic, and we now have a great restaurant run by lifelong Eaton resident, Barb Mercer Garber.” Noting that Garber offers sit down meals with a quiet environment, and it is open to the public. Kramer ended by saying, “Show me another golf course where you can play golf anytime, develop lifelong friendships and it is right in our backyard.”
Eaton Country Club is a semi-private course and offers opportunity for public play. Call 456-6922 for open times, or for information about the Club House restaurant or membership.