MEEKER I “I’m just thankful to be able to play the game,” the ever-optimistic Bobby Castaldo said after winning the championship flight of the annual Lischke Memorial, a two-day, 36-hole, stroke-play golf tournament at the Meeker Golf Course last weekend.
The small field of 13 players was divided into two flights and Harry Watt won the B-flight.
“It helps when you shoot the best round of the year, the first day and have a seven-stroke lead, but I still almost blew it,” the ever-young Harry Watt said.
While Watt had a seven-shot lead in the field of six players in the B-flight, Castaldo was tied with a six-over par 74, with Kyle Frary in the championship flight after the first day.
Nick Burri, who will be a junior at Meeker High School this fall, was only two shots behind the leaders after the first 18 holes of play.
Although Frary shot a respectable 76, Castaldo whipped the field and beat the course on Sunday. Castaldo shot an even-par 34 on the first nine and took two shots off from the blue tees to finish two-under, 10 shots ahead of Frary, who took first net honors.
Bill deVergie finished with a 151, one behind Frary, and earned second place in the gross score. Pat Walsh finished with a 153 and the second best net score, while Burri finished with a 157. Burri plays on the Rangely High School golf team and was joined by teammate Marshal Way in the championship flight.
In the B-flight, Irv Griffin pulled within two shots of Watt during Sunday’s play, but finished second, five strokes back after 18. Clint Chappell had the best net score in the B-flight and Greg Ackerman had the second best.
Look for Burri and Way to play in the Meeker Junior Tournament on July 28, the next tournament on the schedule at Meeker Golf Course.