The floating green had company on Thursday: Floating divots.
Yes, the tee boxes are perched that close to Lake Coeur d’Alene.
But far more often than not, high school golfers from Lake City and Coeur d’Alene tamed the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course’s signature 14th hole. Or, at the least, they found dry land.
“I made it!” giggled Coeur d’Alene freshman Kelli Gregg, after her shot avoided the drink.
And whether their golf balls settled on grass or in the soup, all seemed appreciative of the opportunity to play one of the nation’s finest resort courses.
This is the second year CdA and LC have held a dual match on these posh links. The players aren’t charged green fees, which normally run from $99-$175. The golfers are accountable only for tipping their caddy.
“We get to look at the young golfers in the area,” said course pro Mike DeLong, himself a former CdA High golfer. “Really, it just promotes the game of golf.”
The kids are treated like any other guest. The only exception is they don’t use electric carts - a high school rule, not the resort’s.
“It’s quite a privilege,” said Lake City sophomore Jason Scarth. Last year at the same event, Scarth shot 109, dunked two in the water on the 14th and took a 12 on No. 11. This time, Scarth trimmed off 22 shots, parred the floater and made 6 on No. 11.
Boys’ co-medalists were CdA’s Kerry Latscha and Joe Christensen. Each shot 76s. The Viking boys easily defeated Lake City, 389-457.
“I was a little nervous,” Latscha said, “but after you play two or three holes, you settle down.”
Or not. Several never shook the jitters and their scores reflected it. “They’re excited, but it’s really intimidating,” LC coach Darren Taylor said. “But it’s a good kind of intimidating.”
LC’s Missy Asher shot an 80 on her first tour of the course for girls’ medalist honors. LC cruised past the Viks 291-336.
On No. 14, which played 100 yards for the girls, Asher made a routine par. “I knew I could get it over (the water),” Asher said.
Others weren’t so sure.
The foursome following Asher’s chucked the honors system and had a short debate.
“Who wants to go first?” asked Allison Asher, Missy’s younger sister.
“I’m not going,” CdA’s Gregg said.
CdA’s Lisa Turnipseed volunteered and lofted a shot onto the green. In fact, none of the eight girls hit into the water.
The boys played No. 14 from 147 yards - 148 according to a laser gadget caddies use to get exact distances to the flag. Five of 17 tee shots met, as one TV commentator would say, “watery graves.”
The shot of the day came off the club of LC athletic director Ron Adams. With the pin nuzzled on the left edge of the green precariously close to the water, Adams pushed his shot way right and hit the wooden dock adjoining the green. Adams’ ball then ricocheted wildly left and came to rest on the fringe just behind the flagstick, about 120 feet from its original touchdown.
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