Men’s Multiple Club Champions

 

Champion                     Years

W.M. Hudson              ’35, ’39, ’40, ’41, ’42, ’48 & ’50 (7 total)

Fred Lear                     ’47, ’49, ’51, ’53, ’56, ’57 & ’59 (7 total)

Lowell Erland               ’60, ’62, ’64, ’69, ’77 & ’80

Butch Beyerlin              ’74, ’79, ’81, ’92 & ’97

Pete Lee                       ’85, ’86, ’87, ’91 & ’93

C.W. Dugger                ’34, ’36, ’37 & ‘38

Dennis Meech              ’96, ’98, ’03 & ’05

L.W. Ward                  ’26, ’28 & ’32

H.B. More                   ’30, ’31 & ’33

Bernard Timmer           ’65, ’67 & ’71           

Don Kemp                   ’75, ’88 & ’89           

Bill Beyerlin                  ’94, ’95 & ’02

Zack Wanderscheid     ’06, ’07 & ’09           

Cy McDowell               ’63 & ’68

Joe Crocker                 ’66 & ’70

Scott Basse                  ’72 & ’73

1999: The Silver Anniversary

 

The 53 acres of the Goldendale Golf Club were purchased from Jess Allyn by Clifford Dugger. The original 3007 yard layout was designed by Jack Rutledge, a golf pro at the Hood River Valley Club and built by a group of 40 local men led by Z. O. Brooks in 1924. They actually played the course the day after dragging the fairways with a series of horse drawn teams. For one year these men dedicated one day a week to work on the original project. The Bloodgood Creek played an important role in the early development by providing both irrigation water and playing challenges on the 4th and 9th holes. Today the original routing is basically intact although the course had sand greens until 1959 when they were changed to grass. Dean Gillenwater donated the materials and labor to install the irrigation system necessary for this important improvement. In 1977, a number of tress and sand bunkers were added to the course. The clubhouse was an existing farmhouse moved to the site in 1929 and has seen a variety of additions over the years. During the late 1950's Darrell Mason was responsible for orchestrating a clubhouse remodel using equipment, labor and materials from the John Day Dam construction project. In 1978 Rod Carlson, who was the Golf Club's first resident PGA Professional, added the present golf shop.

The Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws were signed in 1947 by the original trustees of Wm. Skillern, A. C. Keefhauer, Glen Nickerson, Wayne Eddy and Paul Johnson. On April 2, 1960, 39 Certificates of Membership were purchased by a variety of local families. Each certificate consisted of one voting share and cost $75.

Families were involved in the Golf Club from the very beginning. In the early years, it became a Sunday tradition for the kids to go to the theater while the adults played golf. Everyone would meet later in the evening at the Club for a pot luck dinner.

The Club had 78 members after the first year of existence with 25% being left-handed. Mitchell C. Thorn was the first Club Champion in 1925. This was the last championship Mr. Thorn would win, but the second Club Champion, L. W. Ward, went on to win a total of three in 1926, 1928, 1932. It is interesting to note that Clifford Dugger, who originally purchased the land for the course, won four Championships in 1934, 1936, 1937 and 1938. The Club Championship was not held during World War II, but W. M. Hudson and Fred Lear dominated play during the general era by winning a combined total of 13 Championships. Fred's son, Jim went on to win an additional Championship in 1961. A variety of players have won Championships over the last 30 years with names such as Lowell Erland spreading 6 wins over 20 years. Pete Lee with 5 recent championships and Bill & Butch Beyerlin combining for a total of 8 wins.  As well as Butch's son Brett winning one in 2000, and Nancy winning the ladies Championship last year the Beyerlin's have racked up 10 total Club Championships. Vicki Schumacher has dominated the modern day Women's Championships with Helen Thomson, Sherrye Morrison and Louise Middelton also carding multiple victories.

The men's course record can be claimed by three players. Before the 1977 addition of the sand bunkers, additional trees and much faster greens, Donnell Smith, a visiting pro, who later tried the PGA Tour, shot a 62. Playing on the harder track of today, the course record is held by Goldendale's own Zach Wanderscheid with a score of 61. The ladies course record is held by the Jodi Bellamy, with a score of 71.

Men’s Club Champions

 

Year     Champion          Year       Champion                   Year             Champion

1925    M.C. Thorn        1954       Walt Townsend          1983            Dan Morrison

1926    L.W. Ward         1955       Ralph Nickerson        1984            Zeb Lilja

1927    W.H. Hill            1956       Fred Lear                   1985            Pete Lee

1928    L.W. Ward         1957       Fred Lear                   1986            Pete Lee

1929    A.C. Keefhaver  1958       -no champion-            1987            Pete Lee

1930    H.B. Moore       1959        Fred Lear                   1988            Don Kemp

1931    H.B. Moore       1960        Lowell Erland             1989            Don Kemp  

1932    L.W. Ward        1961        Jim Lear                     1990            Larry Brooks

1933    H.B. Moore       1962        Lowell Erland             1991            Pete Lee

1934    C.W. Dugger     1963        Cy McDowell             1992            Butch Beyerlin

1935    W.M. Hudson    1964        Lowell Erland             1993            Pete Lee

1936    C.W. Dugger      1965        Bernard Timmer         1994            Bill Beyerlin

1937    C.W. Dugger      1966        Joe Crocker               1995            Bill Beyerlin

1938    C.W. Dugger      1967        Bernard Timmer         1996            Dennis Meech

1939    W.M. Hudson    1968        Cy McDowell             1997            Butch Beyerlin

1940    W.M. Hudson    1969        Lowell Erland              1998            Dennis Meech 

1941    W.M. Hudson    1970        Joe Crocker                1999            Randy Elliot

1942    W.M. Hudson    1971        Bernard Timmer          2000            Brett Beyerlin

1943   -Championship   1972        Scott Basse                2001            Chad Carlson

1944    suspended due   1973        Scott Basse                2002            Bill Beyerlin

1945    WWII-                1974        Butch Beyerlin            2003            Dennis Meech

1946    P.W. Johnson     1975        Don Kemp                 2004            Jeff Erland

1947    Fred Lear           1976        Craig Steindorf           2005            Dennis Meech

1948    W.M. Hudson    1977         Lowell Erland            2006            Zack Wanderscheid

1949    Fred Lear           1978        Paul Enwards             2007            Zack Wanderscheid

1950    W.M. Hudson    1979        Butch Beyerlin            2008            Jeff Fields

1951    Fred Lear           1980        Lowell Erland             2009            Zack Wanderscheid

1952    Fred Stone         1981        Butch Beyerlin

1953    Fred Lear           1982        Dan Morrison

Women’s Club Champions

 

Year             Champion       

1986    Vicki Schumacher

1987    Vicki Schumacher

1988    Sherrye Morrison

1989    Vicki Schumacher

1990    Vicki Schumacher

1991    Vicki Schumacher

1992    Vicki Schumacher

1993    Sherrye Morrison

1994    Vicki Schumacher

1995    Vicki Schumacher

1996    Vicki Schumacher

1997    Vicki Schumacher

1998    Jodi Bellamy

1999    Jodi Bellamy

2000    Jodi Bellamy

2001    Vicki Schumacher

2002    Linda Adock

2003    Vicki Schumacher

2004    Vicki Schumacher

2005    Linda Adock

2006    Sherrye Morrison

2007    Sherrye Morrison

2008    Dorothy Miller

2009    Nancy Beyerlin