BEACH REPORT – M.I.S.S. & G.C. 2016
From the depths of an International field of top Pro-Stone Skippers, came the man known as Lefty! He stared down the waters of the Straights of Mackinac looking for the best water on which to land his third toss of six. Dave Kolar 57, of Troy Mich., hurled a monster local-stone, and achieved a winning skip of 27 to take the coveted Grand Hotel Goblets and the $200 prize money.
Lefty Kolar has won this event several times since his rookie debut in 1976, and this year he beat out Dave “Skip” Loy [skipped 26] who retired in 1980. Third place went to a young Skipper from the U.P. Justin “Bugsy” Sailor of Marquette MI with 25 skips.
The oldest event of it’s kind, the Wilmer T. Rabe Pro-Invitational, in it’s 48th year, is recognized as the MASTERS of Stone Skipping, consisting of a Course that is always the most difficult of any tournament world wide. After the event Lefty said that he’d been contemplating retirement, ever so humble and maybe surprised with his victory, Lefty added that the intimidating difficulty of this course is always a challenge. The Mackinac Event has been dominated by recent Guinness World Record holder Russ Rock-Bottom Byars who finished in 4th place.
The Sky’s were sunny as a 75 degree breeze blew across the straights.