It’s all about having fun


News staff writer

April 26, 2006

Golf can be a relaxing, calming and peaceful game, played in some of the most beautifully-kept areas of a town. It can also be a challenging and disconcerting game, frustrating at times to even the most seasoned keep-your-cool players. The key is staying relaxed and focused on every stroke, regardless of the hole, the score, the stroke count or how many players are waiting to tee-up behind you.

And the key to enjoying the game is keeping a calm and collected head, an eye on the scenery and the thought in mind that no matter what the end result, golf at most levels is more about enjoying a low-key sport in the great outdoors than it is about being hard-core intense and competitive on the course.

The Hood River Valley High school boys’ golf team is keeping the right things in mind this spring as they progress through a building season that has, thus far, been one of relatively little success in terms of winning and losing.

“This is a rebuilding year for us and we’re working on getting our younger players improvement so we can be competitive in future years,” said Coach Casey McCoy. “Our main goal is for them to have fun. I think we pretty much know realistically that we’re not going to compete with most of the more talented teams out there this year. Our main goal is to just go out there, have fun and show signs of improvement. And I think we’re doing that.”

Most recently, the boys played in the Bend Invitational at Bend Country Club (on April 14), and in an Intermountain Conference Tournament hosted by Hood River’s Indian Creek Golf Course on Friday.

The weather in Bend was far from ideal, with parts of the central Oregon city receiving snow that same morning. As a team, Hood River finished with a score of 364, which was good enough for 15th place out of the 18 teams in attendance and ninth place out of the nine IMC teams. Max Gorman led the Eagles with a score of seven over par, 79. Keith Powrie shot a 92, followed by Nick Bailey with 94. Dane Jacobson shot 99 and Michal Turner rounded out the top-five with 108.

On Friday afternoon the Eagles hosted all eight IMC teams at Indian Creek for an afternoon of windy but warm golf. With winds blowing across the valley from the west, golfers had to adjust for the classic Gorge conditions. Hood River’s 374 finish put the team in last place after 18 holes on their home course with Gorman again finishing up front for the Eagles with an 81. Following was Nick Bailey with 88, Michael Turner with 99 and K.C. Christensen with 104.

“We’re just not as deep talent wise as many of the other teams,” said McCoy. “We haven’t had anyone really stepping it up this year and unless we make some big steps up, we’re probably going to stay at this level the rest of the season.”

The boys’ junior varsity team has been hitting the course as well, with matches last week at Umatilla and China Creek golf courses.

At Umatilla, Ryan Dethman led the team with a 108, followed by freshman players Jon Newman with 111, Dane Donaghy with 120, Matt Yasui with 132 and Mitch Dethman with 145.

Aaron Mallon led the junior varsity team at China Creek, shooting a 102 despite playing with an unfortunate finger injury. Jack Kennedy was second to Mallon with a 105, followed by John Newman with 111, Anthony Lee with 114, and Charles Dannen with 115. Representing the girls’ team at China Creek were Dani Peters and Emma Fish, who shot 114 and 134 respectively.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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