Most were there for golf, but some may have been drawn by the chili.
The Superintendent’s Revenge and 18th Chili Cookoff drew 117 golfers and 30 teams Saturday to the Links. They competed on the Warrior course on a sunny day.
Thirty teams were the most ever for this tournament. As an added treat, they had to play through fun obstacles, like a blower on hole No. 9 which blew the balls out of the cup.
“It’s neat, it’s something different,” John Cook, assistant golf manager, said.
Other obstacles included an irrigation hose on one of the greens, tires on one of the greens, and using an antique set of clubs to tee off on one of the holes. The golfers teed off from the bunker on No. 10. One hole had a 2-inch hole instead of the normal 4 ¼ inch hole. On No. 3, the golfers had to hit over an 8-foot-high irrigation protection net.
“It was just a lot of obstacles on the greens and teeing off in unusual spots,” Gary Haught, Links director of golf, said.
Twenty-two of the 30 teams brought a pot of chili for the cookoff contest. Teams that brought chili got $10 off their tournament entry fee.
A team of military retirees won a scorecard playoff for the championship. Retire
d Master Sgt. Daniel Evans, retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Yoiji Fujihara, retired Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jerry Recella and retired Air Force Col. Dick Breitbach shot a 56. They play for the Ninja golf group at Hampton Cove.
“It was teamwork with all the new scramble events because this was our first time playing under this format,” Evans, the team captain, said.