As the saying goes, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
The University of Michigan-Flint Golf Club took that saying and stood it on end, putting in a good performance and bringing back memories to last a lifetime.
Participating in the first national championship event in school history, the linksters played admirably under adverse conditions at the Collegiate Golf Alliance National Championship Tournament in Las Vegas November 9.
It was rainy for the first part of the tournament, and when the skies cleared, it became cold and windy, causing scores to go up for all but the best players in the field.
UM-Flint avoided finishing in last place, and gained the respect of the other schools participating and the officials of the Collegiate Golf Alliance.
And, it could be the first of many such trips for the UM-Flint Golf Club, since its contract with the Collegiate Golf Alliance requires it to send someone every year.
Club president Larry Launstein Jr. said, “It was the chance of a lifetime to help put UM-Flint on the national athletic stage for the first time. Despite the conditions for the tournament round Nov. 9, the course was in excellent shape and the folks at Silverstone Golf Club and the Collegiate Golf Alliance deserve credit for putting on a first-class event.”
UM-Flint sent out all three of its two-person teams, and played in a 2-person scramble format. David Houbeck and Andrew Estes shot the low score for UM-Flint, a 78, Joseph Swailes and James Cane shot 81, and Launstein and Ricky Brooks shot 82.
Accompanying the club to Las Vegas were Jesse Hurse and Dan and Wendy Brooks, Ricky’s parents. They helped take pictures of the event and helped keep things running smoothly with the golf club.
Complete tournament results may be viewed at http://www.cgagolflinks.com/ncgc_2008_results.asp. Note that the latest Flash player is required to view the results.
The event was shot on the Desert and Mountain 9-hole layouts of the 27-hole complex at Silverstone.
(Thanks to Larry Launstein Jr. for copy and photos)