Golf Binge 2019 Wrap Up

Information and photos submitted by guest contributor Bob Matson

Photo above at Black Butte Ranch Big Meadow Golf Course: (left to right) Brian Dougan, Bob (Trey) Matson, Ellis Nierenberg, Ron Hanken, Don Valentini, Bob (Moe) Lindeman, and Bob (Bob-A-Lu) Ludeman.

In September, longtime friends Ron Hanken (Sammamish, WA), Don Valentini (Ashland, OR), Brian Dougan (Sammamish, WA), Bob (Moe) Lindeman (Fall City, WA/Chelan, WA), Ellis Nierenberg (Beebe Ranch, WA), Bob (Bob-A-Lu) Ludeman (Mukilteo, WA), and Bob (Trey) Matson (Manson, WA) headed to Redmond, Oregon for 5 rounds of golf.

Dr. Darrell Richards (Sun Cove, WA) and Wayne Chambers (Redmond, WA) were not able to join the Golf Binge group this year.  Bob (Moe) Lindeman, Bob (Trey) Matson, Ellis Nierenberg and Dr. Darrell Richards are members of the Lake Chelan Men’s and Senior Men’s Golf Clubs.

The group played Crooked River Ranch Golf Course, Eagle Crest Ridge Course, Eagle Crest Resort Course, Black Butte Ranch Big Meadows Course and Aspen Lakes Golf Course.  The group competed for 47 awards and prizes on both a daily and weekly basis.

After daily play the group dined in Redmond and Sisters followed by Binger Brian Dougan instructing the group members on how to play a wide variety of poker games.

The group held a Putting Contest on the Eagle Crest Resort Putting Course and a Pitching Contest at the Driving Range of Black Butte Ranch Golf Course.  Bob Bob-A-Luz) Ludeman and Don Valentini finished first and second, respectively in the Putting Contest.   The Pitching Contest winner was Don Valentini and Ron Hanken placed second in the competition.

The Golf Bingers competed in a Cha, Cha, Cha Best Ball Game the first day at Crooked River Ranch that was won by team, Ellis Nierenberg, Bob (Bob-A-Lu) Ludeman and Bob (Trey) Matson.  Bob (Moe) Lindeman recorded a Chip In to win the second daily game.

Ellis Nierenberg was the Chipping Contest Coordinator at Black Butte Ranch.  The Chipping Contest Winner was Don Valentini and Ron Hanken won Second Place.

On day two at the Eagle Crest Ridge Course, Ron Hanken and Don Valentini tied for the lead in the Lowest Number of Putts Competition with 32 putts each.  Ron Hanken was a double winner by scoring the Most Number of Fairways Hit with 11, followed by Ellis Nierenberg with 10 and Don Valentini and Brian Dougan with 9 each.

At the Eagle Crest Resort Course on day three the group played a Colored Ball Net Score Game in honor of longtime Binger Larry Wold who passed away this year.  Each golfer played a different colored ball that included Larry Wold’s name.  Ellis Nierenberg won the Colored Ball Net Score Game with a score of 65 and Bob (Trey) Matson was second with a score of 68.  The Most Net Birdies or Better competition winner was Don Valentini (3) followed by Brian Dougan and Bob (Bob-A-Lu) Ludeman who tied for second place.

On day four at Black Butte Ranch there was a Shambles group game where all golfers played their balls from the spot of the best drive of the group.  The game winner was Ellis Nierenberg (Score 60) with Bob (Trey) Matson in second place (Score 61).  The Long Drive competition was won by Don Valentini and Brian Dougan finished second.

On the final day at Aspen Lakes there was a Best Ball Team Competition that was won by Ron Hanken, Bob (Moe) Lindeman, Bob (Bob-A-Lu) Ludeman and Bob (Trey) Matson with a score of 52.  Don Valentini was the winner of the Most Greens Hit on Par 3’s contest followed in second place by Brian Dougan.

For the weekly contests, Brian Dougan scored the Most One Putts (26), he recorded the Least Number of Putts (159) and he Hit the Most Trees (15).  The Most Three Putts game winner was Ron Hanken (22).  Don Valentini scored the Most Number of Greenies (One shot to the Green) with a total of 10 and he reported the Most Lost Balls (5).  The Most Sand Traps Hit contest winner was Bob (Bob-A-Lu) Ludeman.  The Most Water Hazards Hit game winner was Ellis Nierenberg (4).

The Weekly Low Net Score competition winner was Bob (Trey) Matson (319) and the second place winner was Ellis Nierenberg (326).

Ron Hanken awarded Bob (Trey) Matson with the inaugural Larry Wold Memorial Trophy as the Weekly Low Net Score Winner.

The group is currently working to determine their 2020 Golf Binge location.

Guest Contributor Bob Matson is part of the Lake Chelan Senior Mens Golf Club. They welcome guests and prospective members for regular play on Wednesdays at the Lake Chelan Golf Course. For more information about the Senior Men’s Golf Club contact Bob Matson at

The 2019 Golf Binge Group Members preparing to tee off on Day #2 at Eagle Crest Resort Golf Course. (Left to Right) Bob (Moe) Lindeman, Bob (Bob-A-Lu) Ludeman, Ellis Nierenberg, Don Valentini, Ron Hanken, Brian Dougan, Bob (Trey) Matson.