NEW?ULM - Monday's Schell's Bottle Cap Open golf tournament at New Ulm Country Club drew a field of 27 teams from both the local area and beyond to compete in the 12th Annual installment of the event.
The winning team of Randy Cole, Jon Mammen, Steve Schnobrich, Andrew Priadka and Shon Giernet demonstrated just how diverse the field was. Since the teams were blindly paired up prior to the tournament, the group had no idea how far away each member would be coming from.
Although all five had a local connection, only one of the players remains in the area. Schnobrich travelled the furthest, coming from South Carolina, with the other three out-of-towners currently living in the Twin Cities.
Staff photo by Daniel Kerwin
The 2012 Schell’s Bottle Cap Open winning team of (from left) Jon Mammen, Andrew Priadka, Shon Giernet, Randy Cole and Steve Schnobrich pose with the trophy on Monday at New Ulm Country Club.
"Everybody is either from here or married someone from here," Cole said. "Myself, I married somebody from here, two of the other guys married someone and two of the ones are from here."
The tournament was played in a format where each team ranked their players A through E, with the A and B players compiling a best-ball score between them over the round and the C, D and E players compiling a score in a scramble format. The team score was made up of the two scores combined.
The winning team produced a score of 127, with Cole and Mammen combining for a best-ball score of 56 - the best of the day - and the other three combining for an ever-par 71.
"It was a blind team put together and everything all came together," Cole said. "The A and B player played very well, the C, D and E gelled. We [A and B] went 15 under par and they shot even par, so it was a match made in heaven."
Placing second with a 128 was the team of Brad Wieland, Randy Kirchberg, Don Olson, Larry Hildebrandt and Bryce Savoy. Rod Swenson, Pat Ubl, Lee Brandt, Duane Ristau and Syl Mallak finished third with a 129.
Olson, Hildebrandt and Savoy came away with the prize for low scramble with a 67, winning a tie-breaker over Tom Ackerson, Wayne Meurer and Jim Bramley.
The day also featured a number of side contests, with a beer blind taste-testing contest, a fishing game played with bean bags and proximity contests.
August Schell Brewery President Ted Marti noted the success of this year's installment.
"It ran very smooth out on the course, not a lot of waiting around - I think it was all-in-all a good day," Marti said.
Marti mentioned that Schell's is helping with fundraising for a new porch behind the clubhouse at NUCC, but said that the main emphasis of the tournament is providing a fun experience for the locals and the people that travel back to New Ulm.
"I think we've always tried to make it fun," Marti said. "You've got a lot of young people coming back, I think they like the tie to New Ulm, and obviously the brewery is an important part of that. It's just a fun last trip of the season to come back to their hometown.
"It's always a fun thing to do. It's obviously a great promotion for us, and good for the town and good for the club, so everybody's a winner."