Pack scrambles aren’t the only kind of scrambled fun that happens during Memorial Day Weekend in Bishop – and in the Mule Days Golf Tournament, everyone can participate in the action. The four-man scramble has several different categories for men and women of all ages, and plenty of prizes to go around.
This year, the event organizers have changed up the rules slightly, giving everyone a chance at winning. There are three different flights, including a women’s, men’s, and mixed category. For the longest drive contest, there now are prizes for men, senior men, super-senior men, women, senior women, and super-senior women. “There are more opportunities for people to win something,” said Ross Corner, one of the event organizers. “There’s cash, prizes, donations from local businesses, great golf gear, and all kinds of really valuable prizes.”
The Mule Days golf tournament has been happening for decades, out-dating event classics like the concert, opening night supper and the Friday BBQ. Corner said it’s a unique tournament because it happens on a Friday, unlike most tournaments, which take place on Saturdays. “Friday morning is fairly quiet out at the fairgrounds, so this gives us something fun to do,” Corner said.
Over the years, a special tradition has become a beloved part of the tournament. In honor of Memorial Day, veterans bring the flag for their service branch, and fly them from their golf carts. “It’s neat to look across the course and see the flags flying,” Corner said. “Especially during Memorial Day Weekend, you want to remember the people in your branch that aren’t here anymore. It’s a very patriotic tribute.”All veterans are invited to bring their service branch flag to display during the tournament.
There is no deadline to register for the tournament, and solo golfers are welcome to come as well; they’ll be added to teams the morning of the event.
Tee time is at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 24 at the Bishop Country Club.
For more information, call the Bishop Country Club at (760) 873-5828, or visit bishopcountryclub.com
By Kristina Blüm Justice