Picking up the ‘trash’
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Tourists generally flock to Aspen for the city’s glitz and glamour. Instead, two visitors will return to their hometowns this week with “trashy” tales and titles.
Outstanding performances by Anne Kirk, a resident of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tom Clifford of Woodland Hills, Calif., earned the pair the “Most Outstanding Trash” awards at Friday’s Trashmasters International golf tournament. The competition, known for rewarding the “strange and bizarre” as it occurs in a round of golf, honored Kirk and Clifford for making the worst shots of the day – and still saving par.
Frequently rewarded shots include the “drinkie,” earned when a player’s ball takes a dip in a water hazard, or a “sandie,” which is picked up when a player must rescue a wayward shot from a sand trap. Each “piece of trash,” as tournament organizer Boone Schweitzer calls these shots, earns a player anywhere from one to 13 points, depending on difficulty.
Kirk and Clifford earned their honors when each picked up 12 points on one hole for a string of trashy shots.
“Anne Kirk had several outstanding drinkies, I heard, and Tom Clifford had barkies, skippies and rockies galore,” Schweitzer said.
Clifford’s barkies (a ball bounced from a tree or bush), skippies (a shot skipped over a water hazard), and rockies (when a shot richocets off a rock in the rough) quickly became crowd favorites, Schweitzer said.
Schweitzer reported that the tournament’s four defending Trashmasters failed to post winning streaks. Instead, Kirk claimed the top spot in the tournament’s women’s division; Aspen resident Bill Sharp picked up the senior’s trophy; and Mark Paukene, a resident of Fort Worth, was named the winner of the men’s open division.
The Trashmasters International tournament earned its world-class title thanks to Matthew Moerdyk, a citizen of South Africa. Moerdyk earned the Trashmasters’s honorary blue jacket with his win in the event’s championship division.
“He had an incredible day – a lot of polies. He was on fire,” Schweitzer said of Moerdyk’s final shots.
Schweitzer said the day’s events went smoothly despite the tournament’s move to an entirely different course. The Trashmasters, normally a Snowmass event, was moved to the Aspen Golf Course this year because the Snowmass course is being rebuilt.
The Trashmasters is staged each year as a benefit for a local scholarship fund. The event raises upward of $100,000 each year for 16 valley high school graduates planning for college.
Though the event usually attracts anyone from the seasoned local to the Aspen celebrity for a day of philanthropy and trash talk, Schweitzer said this year’s tourney catered mostly to the long-time valley resident.
“[Kevin] Costner didn’t show – it was just our local color,” Schweitzer said.
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