It will be either Lake Valley No. 1 or Indian Rock No. 1 with the best shot at winning the senior intercity crown for 2008 when the 14 teams of the league meet at Redfield in September. Seven and a half points separate the frontrunners after an Aug. 20 stop at Lake Valley Golf and Country Club that wrapped up the regular season.


It will be either Lake Valley No. 1 or Indian Rock No. 1 with the best shot at winning the senior intercity crown for 2008 when the 14 teams of the league meet at Redfield in September. Seven and a half points separate the frontrunners after an Aug. 20 stop at Lake Valley Golf and Country Club that wrapped up the regular season.
“The course was in great shape,” Ron Tussey of Four Seasons said. “I always have liked this course. Every time I play it — a couple of three times a year — it’s always in good shape.”
Tussey and playing partner Ron Ross turned back a strong IR1 team in Phil Keeney and Bob Thom to win by five.
Receiving 72 uncontested points at home, LV1 moved into first with a 536 total while playing Tan-Tar-A. Showers greeted the golfers as the regular-season rounds began to come to a close.
“We just kind of beat the ball around and talked a lot,” Steve ‘California Smooth’ Myers of LV1 said. “If the rain would have held off another 15 minutes we would have had a really good time.”
The LV1 team opened the season with the lead and led until IR1 beat them head-to-head by 12 at Bear Creek Valley June 18.
The IR1 golfers took the top spot at Redfield June 25 with a 30-point win over Tan-Tar-A and led through the next five events.
Osage National and Rolling Hills will square off in the third place slot, with two points separating them. In third, ON is 29 1/2 points off the pace of LV1. Eldon and IR2 meet for fifth, with IR2 only behind RH by four. Eldon trails IR2 by two.
Moving to 8-0 as a pairing was Jim Nielsen and Bill Pragman for IR2.
“Bill played real well today,” Nielsen said. “On the next to last hole, I rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt. Then on the last hole, a par-5, Bill chipped it up to within 12 to 18 inches. They just walked up, picked up our ball and said ‘That’s it.’”
The two Redfield teams have kept each other company through most of the season and will meet in the finals, separated by three points.
Deer Chase plays Four Seasons, defending champ Sycamore Creek faces Lake Valley No. 2 and Bear Creek Valley shoots around with Tan-Tar-A.
Showing parity, all the clubs except for LV1 finished with team point totals in the 30s. Pulling off the second-highest total on the day was SC with a 39-33 win over BCV.
The only foursome to finish even was SC captain 'Chicago' Bob Mantyck and Mike van Kluyve against with BCV captain Rick Armstrong and Dave Ogg.
“It was a good match,” Mantyck said. “Chipping and putting really helped me today.”
Picking up a 1-point win at home over third place ON was LV2. Coming through big for LV2 was Carl Hubbell with the third-lowest scratch score of 2-over-par 74. Hubbell and newcomer Jim Steiner won by five.
“I made putts from everywhere,” Hubbell said. “Love this home cooking. It got a little wet. In intercity, it’s far and away my best round. Last year in two tournaments I tied for medalist.”

Winning by five for SC was Mark Hull and Rick Goedde.
“I started off with a birdie and I ended with one,” Hull said. “I play this course a couple a times a year. I like it. I enjoy it a lot. It’s wide open — more open than I’m used to — I like to play an open course.”
Medalist honors for the second time this season went to Bill Massengill of Bear Creek Valley with a 2-under-par 70. Massengill also tied Mike van Kluyve of SC and Don Buffington of Redfield-Short for low net with 62s. Massengill also shot the low round at Witches Cove June 11.
There were six skins worth $40 each, including an eagle skin by league coordinator Henry Byers of IR1 on No. 3.
“Lake Valley is a great course. The fairways were in great shape. The greens roll true,” Byers said. “The fairways are like hitting off carpet. And the guys we played against from Four Seasons were very nice guys.”
Matching with the second-lowest scratch scores were R-C captain Frank Saunier and Dick Bartlett of ON with 1-under 71s. Bartlett and Mac McKinzie lost their match by a point on the finishing holes against Dennis Jones and Bud Quinn of LV2.
“We lost it on the 17th hole (No. 3),” Bartlett said. “They beat us 1-up. We had the No. 1 handicap hole yet to play. It was a good match. These guys were fun.”
Earlier in the round Bartlett chipped to within six inches of the cup on No. 18 from 160 yards out for a tap-in birdie.
Playing from the white-tee distance of 5,800 yards, Quinn shot his age and finished with a 76.
The five birdie skins included Steve Johnson of Redfield-Coy on No. 4, van Kluyve on No. 7, Paul McCoy of ON on No. 2, Hull on No. 5 and Sonny Runyan of Eldon on No. 9.
“I birdied it in the rain, my very last hole, that’s where I got my skin,” Runyan said.
In its fourth season, previous senior intercity champs include Lake Valley (’05), Four Seasons (’06) and SC last year. Essentially, the LV1 team has been the same group of golfers that have vied for the crown both the last two campaigns after winning outright in the inaugural season.
The newly-crowned 2008 Lake Valley club champion is Jim Krupa of LV1, who beat LV1 captain Don Burian and LV1 co-player Omer West after the three finished regulation in a 3-way tie.
The senior tour winds down Sept. 10 in Eugene.