SIDNEY — Shelby Oaks club pro Rob Fridley was handing out awards following the annual Area Energy and Electric golf outing Thursday, not knowing that the final award would be presented to him.
Thursday marked the 50th aniversary of the opening of the local golf club, and the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce took advantage of the opportunity to present Fridley with an impressive plaque commemorating the milestone.
“It was pretty nice,” Fridley said. “I’ve worked here for over 40 years now, and as I said when they handed me the award, this golf course has been good to me, good to my family and good for the community. Everybody’s a winner.”
The plaque read as follows:
“In Recognition of Shelby Oaks Golf Club 50th Anniversary, 1965- 2015
Congratulations to The Board of Directors, Members and Staff On Achieving This Significant Milestone!
On Behalf Of Our Membership And A Grateful Community, Please Accept Our Sincerest Appreciation For 50 Years Of Dedicated And Outstanding Service To The Sidney & Shelby County Community.”
As for the tournament itself, Shelby County Open champion Luke Kindelin emerged from the large field in first place after shooting 3-under par, one stroke better than runner-up Mark Dunham.
However, Dunham nearly stole the show when he recorded a rare double eagle on the No. 2 north hole.
Fridley put it in perspective: “That’s only the 17th double eagle in 50 years at Shelby Oaks,” he said. “In that same time, we’ve had over 450 hole-in-ones.”
Lyle Sanvido was 1-under for third and Justin Burch finished at even par.
The net winners were Andy Roetgerman at minus 10, Rick Perrin minus 9, and Scott Barhorst and Jerry Brooks minus 8.