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Duffers and Dolls golfing event fun filled for couples

Lindgrens take top gross honors; Hiatts card lowest net score

by: Photo By Joe McHaney - Dean Ditmore puts during the 52nd annual Duffers and Dolls golf tournament June 2 at Desert Peaks Golf Club.

High-fives, laughs and smiles were prevalent at the 52nd annual Duffers and Dolls Chapman Golf Tournament held June 1-3 at Desert Peaks Golf Club in Madras.
   The annual tournament held the first weekend every June attracted 36 teams, featuring one male and one female, most of whom were couples playing in the two-round tournament.
   Madras' Carl and Teresa Lindgren took top honors in the tournament. The local golfing duo posted 148 strokes for the lowest gross score, edging out last year's champion of David and SuzAnne Greig (151) of Crooked River Ranch.
   "We were pretty excited and surprised," Teresa Lindgren said. "It was a lot of fun."
   The overall net winners were Galen and Pam Hiatt, with a score of 118.
   The tournament has been a mainstay for many area couples such as Pete and Darlene Barber of The Dalles, who have played in nearly every Duffers and Dolls tournament since it was created in Madras.
   "We just really enjoy the people that play in the tournament," said Peter Barber of why he and his wife play each year. "We were pretty tough in the `70s and `80s and won it quite a few times."
   Last year the tournament attracted 23 teams, but 13 more teams elected to play this year.
   "We used to have over 80 teams prior to about 12 years ago," said Madras' Bob Victorin, who has played in almost every Duffers and Dolls tournament since 1969. "It used to be a tournament only for married couples, but we changed it to draw more teams."
   Victorin and his wife Barbara have only missed the tournament a couple times for their kids' graduations. Recently, the two have retired their clubs, but still take part in the socialization portion of the tournament, which includes a dinner each year, this year at Geno's Italian Grill.
   "This tournament is special to us," Bob Victorin said. "We've always had a lot of fun, but my golf game is not as good anymore, so I decided not to play."
   The tournament features three flights of players based on level of play. The Lindgrens won Flight A gross, the Hiatts won Flight B gross with a score of 156 and Jim Bauman teamed with Betty Cook to take gross honors in Flight C with a score of 169.
   Flight A net winners were Jim and Lexi Wyatt (125), Flight B net winners were Jay and Jackie Yake (124) and Charles and Sharon Austin tied Dick and Patty Pliska for Flight C net honors with a score of 127.
   "We have a great board that has started to build numbers," said long-time player Dean Ditmore. "It's a really fun and enjoyable tournament."