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Alex Moore, of Scottsdale, tees off on the eighth hole of the Sedona Open golf tournament on Thursday, July 11. Moore shot a 5 under par 65 in the final round to finish in second place at 9 under par 201 in the tournament.Monsoon weather and wild javelinas couldn’t keep 136 golfers from finishing the Sedona Open, which was held Tuesday through Thursday, July 9 to 11, at the Oakcreek Country Club in the Village of Oak Creek.

Tournament officials were challenged by torrential downpours on the Saturday prior to the tournament, and then again on Wednesday afternoon in the middle of the tournament’s second round.

Curt Hudek, who is the executive director of the Southwest Section PGA said that 75 golfers were chased off the course by Wednesday’s summer showers.

“Seventy-five guys had at least nine holes left to play [Wednesday],” Hudek said. “So, they had to finish their rounds Thursday morning before we started the final round.

“We had to go behind them and change all the hole locations for the final round.”

Tournament director Mike Martino was also chased by a javelina that apparently was not a golf fan while out on the course Thursday morning.

“I saw it running down the street and thought it strange that there was only one, because they usually run in packs,” Martino said. “I turned my back and started to walk away, but when I looked around it was charging right for me.”

Martino was saved by another official who herded the peccary off the course with a golf cart.

Doug Garwood, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., earned the winner’s trophy, and pocketed the $4,000 winner’s check, after shooting a 13 under par 197 for the three round tournament — winning by four stokes over second place Alex Moore of Scottsdale, who finished with a 9 under par 201.

The masterful performance was all the more impressive considering it was Garwood’s first time playing the course.

“[My] first round was the first round; no practice round,” Garwood said.

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, July 3 issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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