The annual Lois Lane tournament saw a full field of women competing Tuesday at Metropolis Country Club. The final tally was 51 teams of two women.
The tourney kicked off with a commemorative tee shot by Vicky Sparks. Sparks used the driver that recently deceased Nancy Deming had used for years to play in the event. Deming succumbed to cancer just a few weeks ago with a fervent hope at the time of her death that she would be able to play the Lois Lane one more time. The driver went to the tee box in Sparks' hands decorated with a pink bow and the exploding ball that Sparks spanked left a cloud of pink smoke in the air after her swing.
After Sparks' opening shot, a bouquet of pink balloons was released. Nancy Hulen, Demings' longtime playing partner and close friend, played Tuesday and was more than a little emotional after the opening of the tournament, stating, "Nancy is here today as much as she can be."
The 18-hole affair was flighted after play and the title went to Louella Archer and Margaret Caksackar. The pair fired a tidy, six under par 65 to ease past the team of C. Black and L. Graves who shot 66. Third place in the champions flight went to P. Trimble and N. Ragland with a 68 and the top flight was rounded out with the fourth place finishers L. Jones and S. Ross on a score card play-off [count back hole].
The top of the first flight was crowded with four teams getting home with even par scores of 71. First place went to the team of M. Colwell and S. Tooley with another score card playoff. Second went to the team of B. Easterwood and S. Easterwook. Third belonged to C. Grant and S. Lambert with the fourth slot going to V. Sparks and P. Mahoney.
The second flight also was decided by score card playoffs with first place going to K. Sandusky and N. Nickel with a 76. Also with a 76 were the team of K. Endicott and C. Warren. Third place went to P. Crenshaw and A. Gray with 78 and the team of C. Cashman and W. Talkington also with 78.
The third flight winners were also decided by a countback hole with the top slot going to the team of G. Boyd and S. Van Dyke with an 83. Also at 83 were the team of N. Hulen and J. Wildharber. Third belonged to the team of S. Jordan and M. Bishop with an 84 and an 85 took fourth in the flight by the team of H. Heisner and H. Farmer.
The ladies had lunch after the round, and the tournament winners were announced. Door prizes were awarded, and a long, but mostly satisfying, day was in the books.