The four participants in the Men’s Grand Master Division cemented themselves into the 98-year Resorters history last week.
Gary Obele, Dave Harris, Clayton Pike and winner Tom Eidsvold were the first golfers to play in the Men’s Grand Master Division. The 75-and-older foursome played in a round-robin tournament at the Alexandria Golf Club in a match-play format. After winning his three head-to-head matchups, Eidsvold was the 2019 champion.
“It’s not about the golf for me,” Eidsvold said. “I’ve played with these guys for the better part of 40 years. We got to spend time together and play this beautiful course.”
On Saturday, Eidsvold defeated Obele 5-3. After shooting a 38 on the front nine, he led Obele by two-holes. Eidsvold began to pull away with a birdie on No. 10. A double-bogey on hole 12 and a bogey on No. 3 put Eidsvold 5-up. Obele won No. 14 with a par but surrendered the match with a bogey on No. 15.
“I made some putts today and hit fairways,” Eidsvold said. “Sometimes that’s all you can ask for.”
Saturday marked the third time Eidsvold has taken home hardware from the Resorters. He also won back-to-back Men’s Masters Championships in 2012 and 2013.
Now that the field he competes in is much smaller, he is turning his focus into growing his division in its second year next summer.
“I’ve talked with some friends and I think we are going to have more people around for this next year,” he said. “This week is about having a good time. It’s about being back together with old friends, having a few drinks and playing some good golf. And that’s what we did.”