The Bear Hollow Ice Bowl in Ava kicks off the New Season - Jan 18th, 2016

The 2nd Annual Ava Ice Bowl to benefit the Heart of the Hills Food Pantry was definitely a true "Ice Bowl" as the temperatures were well below freezing for the first round of play. I'm sure many were hoping for the 60+ degrees that we played in last year, but that was not the case. We had more players than degrees with 37 players and a high of 36. It was fortunate that there was little to know wind which made play tolerable.

Nick Helm and I plan on meeting tomorrow and going over all the totals of food and money raised. Thank you to all for your support! This was another fun and successful fundraiser.

There were 7 divisions this weekend. Open, Adv, Adv Master, Adv Grand Master, Int, Rec, and Women.

There was some very good battles in a few of the divisions. Staci Healry was the only lady that came out. Thanks for coming and enjoy that trophy girl!

There were seven in the Rec Division. Blaise Horseman pulled a "Nick DeRosa" and sand bagged his way to a dominate win shooting a 94. The 94 score was not only was 8 strokes better than Josh Lane's 2nd place, it also would have won in all other divisions except for the Open division. On a serious note, Great playing Blaise!

Like the Rec Division, the Intermediate division consisted of a field of seven as well. This division was far from a run-a-way however! Nick Helm (the Ice Bowl TD) and Don Fite fell one stroke short of making it a 3 way tie for first with their pairs of 104's. Dustin Boyd's 103 was just enough to take home the 1st place Trophy. Great job guys!

There were 4 players in the Advanced Grand Master division. This was another close battle. It was so close that it had to be settled in a play off between Ray Presnell and Lebanon's Brad Hilton. Their 95's were 3 better than the road warrior Jon Parsons from Marshall. Ray ended up winning the tie break in the first hole of the play off. Exciting finish fellas. I'm confident you guys will be battling all year!

Three players battled in the Advanced Masters Division. Despite George Eudy shooting the hot round (51) of the group in the first round, Nick DeRosa came back from a 3 stroke deficit to win by 2. JD Williams, was still in the hunt but he couldn't quite come back from his first round par round. Nice battle guys!

The Advanced field had 5 players in it. Chris Cleland came from behind to win by 2 over Jon Cook and 4 over TJ Hahn. Chris shot an exceptional 45 the second round that lead him to victory. Keep up the competition guys.

The largest division with nine players was the Open division. As expected the best scores were shot by players in the Open field. Mark Anderson's 88 was good enough for last cash. Shayn Woltz and Mike Porter tied for 2nd with 87's. The real deal though was Jeff Renner who was the overall champion as he massacred the course and the field shooting 38 & 40 rounds. His 78 was crazy awesome. Congratulations Jeff keep it up!

Other winners included the 3 players who shared the ace pot: Chris Cleland, Don Fite, and Dustin Boyd shared Approximately $150. Keep those Aces coming!

Jeff Tenner won a Ranger bag in the raffle, and Josh Lane won the Innova Discatcher Sport.

Congratulations again to all the winners. The next event will be at Branson Cedars on January 30th. Hope to see all of you there!!

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