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Lake golf course readies for member-member tournament

Summer has arrived in force in Fluvanna County and the only golf course in the county is in full swing. The Lake Monticello Golf Course will be holding its annual member-member tournament on Saturday, July 30. This one-day event is open to men and women. Two-player teams compete in a best ball format for prizes in both gross and net scores. This competition is open to all Lake Monticello homeowners and golf contract holders. There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

In a best ball event, players play their own ball throughout and the only score that counts on each hole is the lower of the two scores. Handicap strokes are taken into account in determining the better score for the net, but not for the gross.

After the member-member event, there will be quite a bit of activity in August and September. Some of the top female golfers at the Lake golf course are playing in the Jefferson Cup competition. This is an annual year-long competition involving teams from seven top golf courses around Central Virginia. The Lake Monticello team plays six matches a season, hosting half of its matches and traveling to other courses for the other half. The format is for three two-player teams to compete in each match. Points are won in each match and are accumulated over the season. The team with the most total points at the end of the season wins the Jefferson Cup and keeps it for the year.

Lorraine Bergstresser said that the Lake Monticello team is doing well so far this season, and noted that different players have competed for the Lake team, as it is not the same six competitors playing in each match. Nine different individuals have competed so far for the Lake team. Near the mid-point of the season, the Lake team is averaging 31 points per match – the highest point per match average of all seven teams.

The senior men at the Lake also are involved in competitions with teams from other courses around the area. The men’s travelers team played on Tuesday, July 25 at the highly-regarded Keswick course. On Aug. 18 the men will host a team from Glenmore Country Club.  On Aug. 30 the men travel to Stoney Creek at Wintergreen. In September, the men will host teams from Birdwood and Green Hills. 

Other upcoming events are the men’s medal play championship on Aug. 19-20 and the Monticello Cup tournament on Aug. 26-27. Three charity tournaments will be played in September. The J.D. Dickinson Memorial tournament is scheduled for Sept. 17. The weekend of Sept. 23-24 will see the Rivanna Lions tournament on Saturday and the Phil Browning Memorial on Sunday.

The Monday night league at the Lake Monticello course continues to draw a solid crowd of competitors. Up to 44 players may sign up and there is often a waiting list. This is a nine-hole, captain’s choice, four players per team competition that includes a number of spouses playing together. Singles play as well.  Prizes of pro shop credits are awarded each week.

There is also a new Wednesday night league at the Lake. This is a nine-hole best ball competition with points accumulated from week to week. Teams are allowed to use substitutes if one of the team members cannot play in a particular week.

Finally, the nine-hole and 18-hole Gray Foxes continue to tee off every week. The 18-hole group starts at 8 a.m. on Thursdays, while the nine-hole group plays at the same time on Friday mornings. The ladies also have a nine-hole group and an 18-hole group that play every week.

In addition, the course is continuing to attract a good-sized contingent of outside players. It is also important to note that the “Pub at the Club” is now open and serving full menu breakfast and lunch, with limited dinner service until its liquor license comes through.