Local golfers get into the swing of charity at Open

The final hole on the Manzanita Links course kept challenging the players on the first day of the Manzanita Open, which was handled by the Eugene Schuck Foundation. About 400 people participated in the tourney.


Sometimes watching a putt almost go in on a long shot across the green can spark a reaction on the ninth hole Friday afternoon.


Steve Auer watch his shot go down the fairway Friday on the first hole at Manzanita Links. Auer was playing in the Manzanita Open.
Citizen photos by Brad Mosher

The annual Manzanita Open golf tournament drew 400 participants and will continue to help support people in the area with the Eugene Schmuck Foundation charity, according to foundation president Bob Joseph.
“The ESF has not yet tallied up the results but we expect it to be a very successful event. In the 21 years since it’s inception, the ESF has donated over $1.3 million back to the community,” Joseph said.
The tournament was a nine-hole scramble event over three days. In a scramble format, all members of a team tee off at each hole and decide which tee shot they like best. They can place their ball within a club length of the ball’s location.
One team was able to match the course record over the weekend with a score of 24 for the par-32 course.
The Men’s Open Division competition was won by the foursome of Tal Munson, Logan Munson, Taylor Klopp and Sam McLain tying the course record.
The Women’s Division was won by Sheryl Bundy, Carolyn Zelle and Sue Barklay with a score of 34. In the Mixed Division, Mark Erickson, Ken Erickson, Gayle Stephens, and Breanna Stephens won with a score of 30.
The Senior Division (all over 65) was won by Tom Tymer, Joe Karas, Craig Angello, and Don Vanahlefeld with a score of 28. There was another team with a 28 but we determine the winner by backing up from the ninth hole until one team has a lower score than the other team. It took three holes to find out who won, according to Joseph.
Skip Dunlap won the chipping contest drawing, and picked up a Cobra Wedge.
Larry Paluck won the putting contest drawing, to earn an Odyssey putter.
There was also a sixth hole prize where all those who teed off and made it on the green won a sleeve of balls and a ticket was put in a pot for a chance to win a Cobra bag and set of Cobra irons, donated by Manzanita Lumber. The winner of the Cobra bag was Don Dillard.
Among many other raffles, silent auction items, and games one of the most interesting was the use of a Tesla electric vehicle for 48 hours and won by Brandon Dineen. Also there were 70 bottles of wine raffled off along with door prizes every hour.
Joseph wanted to offer a special thank you to the people responsible for the success of the tournament and charity. He cited the impact of all the volunteers, donors, and especially the hard work of the ESF Board members: Coury Douma, John Durkin, Bob Joseph, Dave Matthews, Dave Stephens, Karen Stephens, Connie VanderWaal, Sally Vanebo, Camy Vonseggren, and Erick White.
“The new owner, Matt Brown, turned the golf course over to us to handle the whole event while the manager, Jeff Mitchell, was there to assist with anything we needed,” Joseph said.
In addition, Joseph said that people interested in becoming involved in the foundation can contact him or Dave Matthews as well as going to its Facebook site (eugeneschmuckfoundation). By emailing ESFfoundation, people can ask questions, the foundation president added.