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October 17th, 2016

John Clark and Anthony Eads win multiple Gold Medals at 35th annual event

MILL CREEK, Wash. – The team of Mill Creek Country Club Executive Chef John Clark and Sous Chef Anthony Eads won the Best Overall Grand Champion Gold medal, as well as a Gold medal in the Appetizer Category, at the 35th Annual West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship and Washington State Seafood Festival on October 2. Also known as Oysterfest, the competition draws 35,000 visitors every year to Shelton, Wash.

“We are extremely proud to have earned this award as a team, especially representing the outstanding membership at Mill Creek Country Club,” said Clark, who improved on his Appetizer Category Silver Medal finish the prior year with Eads. “Anthony and I work hard to prepare for this event, and it’s great to earn the two Gold Medals as a reward.”

“Our membership is extremely fortunate to have John and Anthony preparing such amazing food on a regular basis,” said Mill Creek Country Club PGA General Manager and Director of Golf, Cory Carper. “They are two of the best in the business at what they do, and I’m not surprised in the least to see the success they routinely earn.”

Clark and Eads’ winning appetizer was a dish consisting of coconut crusted oysters, jicama-serrano slaw, kumquat rum sauce and mirin glazed ginger chips.

“A proud moment was when the judges informed us that our recipe was almost so perfect they could not find anything wrong with it,” Clark said humbly. “So it was a 99% due to a 1-point ginger chip was not crispy enough. Officials told us it was the second highest score in 35 years of the competition.”

Carper said the appetizer will be offered at The Grille at Mill Creek throughout the winter as a special.

About Mill Creek Country Club
Mill Creek Country Club is a private member owned club located 20 miles North of Seattle, WA. Designed by renowned course architect Ted Robinson in 1975, the Mill Creek Country Club golf course was created as an element of the landscape, with picturesque Mill Creek winding through most holes. Impeccably maintained fairways and greens lend manicured beauty to this magnificent northwest golf course. It is regarded as one of the premier golf facilities in Snohomish County. For membership information, visit, call (425) 743-1444 or become a Fan of Mill Creek Country Club on Facebook.

About OB Sports
Mill Creek Country Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry.  OB Sports currently manages close to 60 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management, visit, call (480) 948-1300, become a Fan of OB Sports on Facebook, follow OB Sports on Twitter or visit the OB Sports YouTube channel.

David Bataller | (480) 948-1300