by Peter Bodley
An inaugural Coon Rapids Snowflake Days event Saturday debuted at an expanded amenity at the new Bunker Hills Golf Course.
The first Snowflake Days Mayor’s Cup took place at the four golf simulators in the new clubhouse, beginning Jan. 27 and ending Jan. 28.
Mayor Tim Howe was on hand to present prizes to the winners.
When the new Bunker Hills Golf Course clubhouse opened for business in June 2011, it came with a “state of the art” golf simulator center with four aboutGolf PGA widescreen tour simulators, which are open to the general public.
Howe proposed the idea for the tournament in an effort to promote both Snowflake Days and new golf simulator center.
The field was limited to 24 two-person teams playing an 18-hole scramble.
The top eight teams based on the 18-hole scores qualified for the final which was nine holes.
The lowest two scores from the first round played for the championship, with third and fourth place competing, fifth versus sixth and seventh versus eighth places.
Mike Konieczny and Brian Orn were the winners with Lance Briggs and Jim Lawler in second place and Adam Pardo and Noah Pardo taking third.
Finishing fourth through seventh, respectively, were Carlie Allen and Jessie DeMaria, Lou Milanovich and Gabe Milanovich, Aaron Lindstrom and John Nemec and Dave Elliott and Brad Weseley.
The staff at Bunker Hills and The Harvest Grill were honored to be part of Snowflake Days in 2012, according to Tim Anderson, Bunker Hills golf pro/manager.
“The Mayor’s Cup participants were a wonderful blend of Coon Rapids residents, Coon Rapids High School alumni and Bunker Hills patrons,” Anderson said.
Prizes included Bunker Hills gift cards, merchandise and rounds of golf as well as gift cards from the Harvest Grill restaurant, which is also located at the Bunker Hills Clubhouse.
To play the simulator, golfers use their usual equipment – clubs, shoes and gloves – but the ball is supplied by the Bunker Hills Pro Shop because it is a special ball designed specifically for simulator use, according to Anderson.
In terms of a round of golf, “the simulator is very accurate technology,” he said.
Golf simulators are not new at Bunker Hills. But there was only one in the old clubhouse.
And with four simulators, Bunker Hills has more than any other golf course in the Twin Cities area, Anderson said.