Memorial Day 2016, John Pierce Green Valley Invitational results

First Round Friday: The perfect Arizona Golf course, Torres Blancas Golf Club, is nestled in the Santa Cruz River Valley at the foot of the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains. An Arizona golf vacation at Torres Blancas offers a championship course designed by Lee Trevino, Ocampo and Fernandez.
First Round Friday: The perfect Arizona Golf course, Torres Blancas Golf Club, is nestled in the Santa Cruz River Valley at the foot of the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains. An Arizona golf vacation at Torres Blancas offers a championship course designed by Lee Trevino, Ocampo and Fernandez.
Round 2 Saturday: Just 20 minutes south of Tucson, the par 72 San Ignacio Golf Course, built in 1989 offers yardages from 5,200 to 6,718. This is a desert target course at its best, offering tight fairways, hilly terrain, smooth greens, multiple tee positions, lots of character and spectacular mountain views. The signature 13th hole is a dogleg 522-yard par 5 with elevated tees and a lake along the left side. The club is at 3,000 feet elevation, which offers milder temperatures than do other Tucson-area courses.
Round 2 Saturday: Just 20 minutes south of Tucson, the par 72 San Ignacio Golf Course, built in 1989 offers yardages from 5,200 to 6,718. This is a desert target course at its best, offering tight fairways, hilly terrain, smooth greens, multiple tee positions, lots of character and spectacular mountain views. The signature 13th hole is a dogleg 522-yard par 5 with elevated tees and a lake along the left side. The club is at 3,000 feet elevation, which offers milder temperatures than do other Tucson-area courses.
Sunday Round 3: Designed by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, Canoa Ranch Golf Course offers panoramic views of Elephant Head and the beauty of Green Valley, providing an enjoyable, beautiful and memorable golf experience.
Sunday Round 3: Designed by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, Canoa Ranch Golf Course offers panoramic views of Elephant Head and the beauty of Green Valley, providing an enjoyable, beautiful and memorable golf experience.

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Larry Burton was 1st place in A Flight and Doug Rankin was 1st place in B Flight. Best I can tell every one has a great time with the possible exception of Rusty Silverman who learned the hard way not to interfere with the solitude of Cholla Cactus. If any of you  who didn’t get to Green Valley this year, you may wish to sign up next year.

Saturday, May 28th, 2016-San Marcos

he San Marcos Golf Course boasts a recent multi-million dollar renovation and now includes a brand new state-of-the-art irrigation system that produces year-round premium playing condition, expanded lakes, new tee boxes, reconstructed bunkers with new sand, and green enlargements on a handful of holes. The result is a strategically-diverse and visually stunning layout that makes for an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all playing abilities.
The San Marcos Golf Course boasts a recent multi-million dollar renovation and now includes a brand new state-of-the-art irrigation system that produces year-round premium playing condition, expanded lakes, new tee boxes, reconstructed bunkers with new sand, and green enlargements on a handful of holes. The result is a strategically-diverse and visually stunning layout that makes for an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all playing abilities.

San Marcos provided plenty of challenges for some of our players today, but not for our A-flight guys going off first today. Tim Haight rang in with a smooth 64 net and 4 good birds. Oh and by the way Tim choose to walk his round today. Second place goes to Steve Richter with a 66 net. Great job Steve and thanks for helping me out with the score cards. Two apologies go out to Ben Hughes and Brad Rinehart.  Ben for hosing him out of third place in the 1st place and one for Bradley for letting him think he had third place. Unfortunately no money was paid out for third so I’m taking it as a no harm no foul on my part. I found I wasn’t as familiar with the event worksheet as I should be. I was subbing in today as coordinator so as the celebrities say, I apologize if I have offended anyone and I won’t do it again. Maybe. Next VGA event is, Wednesday June 1 2016 Palmbrook GC 7:22 AM 24.00. Fun course to play I think, hope it plays well for you

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Wednesday May 25th, 2016-Wigwam/Gold

Wigwam Gold #3 hole
Wigwam Gold #3 hole

Definitely an interesting one today. First place and first place money went to none other than the Golden Lad from Paradise Valley Rusty Silverman. That course appeared to be as always, harder than it looks. Rusty managed a 70 net to win. In second place and apparently forgetting to get in the prize pot, John Euler gets second place but no dough ray me at 72 net. Tied at 74 nets were Steve Richter and Bill Myers. Steve got 3rd place and the money for second place. Bill got 4th and third place money. Next VGA events, John Pierce’s Green Valley Invitational May 26-29 Contact Tony Dalton (sold out), Local event is Saturday May 28 2016 San Marcos 6:45 AM $ 39.00.

Wigwam 5-25-2016

VGA Next up event San Marcos

San Marcos 5-28-2016
The San Marcos Golf Course boasts a recent multi-million dollar renovation and now includes a brand new state-of-the-art irrigation system that produces year-round premium playing condition, expanded lakes, new tee boxes, reconstructed bunkers with new sand, and green enlargements on a handful of holes. The result is a strategically-diverse and visually stunning layout that makes for an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all playing abilities.

John Pierce’s Green Valley Invitational info

May 26nd, 2016 to May 29th 2016

  1. Thursday Practice Round May 26 at Canoa Ranch 10:00 am
  2. Friday Round-May 27nd Torres Blancas at 8:00 am
  3.   Saturday Round May 28rd San Ignacio Golf Club 9:00 am       
  4. Sunday Round May 29th Canoa Ranch 8:00 am

 Call Tony Dalton 623-910-1094 or E-mail at vgasat@outlook.com. 

Saturday, May 21st, 2016-Los Caballeros

Located in Wickenburg just 55 miles northwest of greater Phoenix, Los Caballeros Golf Club (LCGC) proudly presents semi-private golf in spectacular surroundings. This traditional championship course design plays 7,014 yards with a challenging slope rating of 135. Los Caballeros Golf Club (LCGC) is a top ranking, semi-private golf club set at the foot of the Bradshaw Mountains in the upper Sonoran Dessert. LCGC offers beautiful driving ranges, putting greens, and a short game practice area — perfect for your next golf vacation. Constructed in 1979 by Greg Nash and Jeff Hardin, this masterpiece of design features rolling terrain, two beautiful lakes, strategically placed bunkers and 4 sets of tees that allow the course to be setup for a wide variety of playing levels.
Located in Wickenburg just 55 miles northwest of greater Phoenix, Los Caballeros Golf Club (LCGC) proudly presents semi-private golf in spectacular surroundings. This traditional championship course design plays 7,014 yards with a challenging slope rating of 135. Los Caballeros Golf Club (LCGC) is a top ranking, semi-private golf club set at the foot of the Bradshaw Mountains in the upper Sonoran Desert. LCGC offers beautiful driving ranges, putting greens, and a short game practice area — perfect for your next golf vacation. Constructed in 1979 by Greg Nash and Jeff Hardin, this masterpiece of design features rolling terrain, two beautiful lakes, strategically placed bunkers and 4 sets of tees that allow the course to be setup for a wide variety of playing levels.

Windy in Wickenburg? Jeff Rhodes takes the win with 67 net. Hot on his heels for 2nd Lloyd Snively a 68 net. Tied at 70 net, Danny Campos (with 5 birdies) gets 3rd on a scorecard playoff, with Tim Haight taking home the Atta-Boy for the day.   Los Caballeros Golf Club 5-21-2016

Do not forget, if you’re not playing  the Green Valley Invitational on the 28th  please remember the local event at San Marcos golf course on the 28th too. Signup ASAP. For those of you that like to use the printed calendar, we have an updated calendar, please be sure you use the one that is rev. May 19, 2016.  That is the most current one.  You can find it on the VGA schedule page. There are some minor time changes and one venue change. VGAs next event is Wednesday May 25 2016 Wigwam (gold) 8:00 AM $ 42.00. Be there.


Daniel Lewis Danforth

JDan Danforthanuary 16, 1936 – January 29, 2016
Daniel Lewis Danforth, 80, born January 16, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, passed away on January 29, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. Dan was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and proudly served during the Korean War. He was a member of the Moose Lodge # 2082 in Mesa and also an avid golfer and certified scuba diver. Dan was a plumber by trade and worked for the California Plumbers Union – Local 342 for 55 years. He is survived by his loving wife Patricia L. Danforth; son, Steve and Gloria Danforth; step-children Sherry Roethig, Deb Hubbard and Rick and Chuck Cliff as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was an active member of the Willie Men’s Club at WAFB until he joined the VGA  during the late 1990’s , he played at every eastside VGA tournament until 2011 when he retired from golf. I have personally played with Dan on several occasions and enjoyed his Military stories. Old VGA golfers are like old Soldiers like Dan, they never die they just fade away.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016-Lookout Mtn.

Lookout Mtn. GC
Lookout Mountain Golf Course.

John Adair and Doug Rankin tied at 69 at Lookout Mountain today. John took 1st place on a scorecard playoff. Doug got 2nd place. Jim Bays, Ken Baca and Al Dan tied at 71. Jim got 3rd place on another scorecard playoff. Ken and Dan were forced to share the Atta-Boy award. Sorry fellas. The rain held off so it was a cool and enjoyable day except for dealing with the cruelty of Lookout Mtn. When you play well here you deserve much credit for doing a great job. Next VGA event, Saturday May 21 2016 Los Caballeros (2) 8:00 AM $ 40.00 in Wickenburg, AZ. If you haven’t played it, it is a great old Arizona Golf course. So get out and play it. It’s worth it.

Lookout Mtn 5-18-2016

A change of venue for the June 4th Wickenburg Ranch (a private course) event, it will be closed for aeration and other repairs. Rescheduled Wickenburg ranch for July 30, Sat, 8 am, $ 45 without a shirt,  $ 60 if you want the shirt. Look for it when 3rd quarter schedule comes out. We have scheduled the old time slot for Quintero golf club. Directions view here, they caution against trusting your GPS so you may want to check it out if you aren’t sure where it is. It is past Lake Pleasant on the Carefree highway. We had 34 players signed up to play Wickenburg Ranch and will require that you sign up for Quintero. Greens at Quintero have been punched and sanded, but still a nice track. VGA apologizes for this change but the owners of a private course follow their own trail. We were just now informed.

Rees Jones has taken a pristine piece of lush Arizona desert and created Quintero Golf Club, often described as the “Purest Golf Experience” in the Southwest. Created in the tradition of some of the world’s most renowned golf courses, Quintero’s focus is to provide members and their guests with the finest playing surfaces, warm personal hospitality and the ultimate challenge for their individual games. Membership at Quintero provides a totally pure golf experience on a challenging, championship golf course. The course has been created to offer a unique playing opportunity, testing players of all levels of expertise. From the tips, Quintero offers even the scratch golfer a challenge demanding exacting shots from tee to green. Playing over 7200 yards from the Championship tees, and a comfortable 5043 yards from the forward tees, the Quintero experience offers strategic bunker placement, generous landing areas (for the straight hitters) and multi-level bentgrass greens often referred to as some of the smoothest and truest in the Southwest.
Rees Jones has taken a pristine piece of lush Arizona desert and created Quintero Golf Club, often described as the “Purest Golf Experience” in the Southwest. Created in the tradition of some of the world’s most renowned golf courses, Quintero’s focus is to provide members and their guests with the finest playing surfaces, warm personal hospitality and the ultimate challenge for their individual games. Membership at Quintero provides a totally pure golf experience on a challenging, championship golf course. The course has been created to offer a unique playing opportunity, testing players of all levels of expertise. From the tips, Quintero offers even the scratch golfer a challenge demanding exacting shots from tee to green. Playing over 7200 yards from the Championship tees, and a comfortable 5043 yards from the forward tees, the Quintero experience offers strategic bunker placement, generous landing areas (for the straight hitters) and multi-level bentgrass greens often referred to as some of the smoothest and truest in the Southwest.
Tony Dalton 2016 Champion of Champions winner and Presidents Cup winner.
Tony Dalton 2016 Champion of Champions winner and Presidents Cup winner.
John Pierce,"Mr Cheese" Wednesday winner of Presidents Cup Competition.
John Pierce,”Mr Cheese” Wednesday winner of Presidents Cup Competition.

Tony Dalton is the finalist for Saturday’s competition and John Pierce “Mr Cheese if you please” is Wednesday’s finalist. These two will finish off by playing each other again in match play to capture the President’s cup. Neal Fisel who was beaten by Tony last Saturday will get 3rd place. Having observed Tony and John play last Wednesday for the Wednesday crown, it would be worthwhile to be a fly on the golf cart. Let the match begin soon and may the better player win. And they did finally get it done. Earth and Fire came together and no quarter was given. Tony Dalton prevailed 5-4 and sent John Pierce home from Dove Valley defeated in match play but not in life. Like I said wish I could have been there. Tony nice job man, you are taking home all the gold.

 

Steve Richter scores a Hole-in-one in AGA competition.

Steve Richter hole in one on #16 at Mesa Country Club. Using an 8 iron at 147 yards.
Steve Richter hole in one on #16 at Mesa Country Club. Using an 8 iron at 147 yards.
Steve Richter Hole in one at AGA Meet. Congrats to Steve.
Steve Richter Hole in one at AGA Meet. Congrats to Steve. To bad you didn’t do it in VGA  event, we could have enjoyed the beers on you. 🙂

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Saturday, May 14th, 2016-Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club

Unlike many of Arizona's "target" golf courses, Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club is player friendly, with manicured transition areas that allow its guests to recover without penalty. RTJ Jr. also put a premium on strategy and variety, which translates into a challenging yet refreshing round of golf. Factor in service that is second to none, and no wonder this lush layout on the outskirts of Phoenix is so popular with locals and visitors alike.
Unlike many of Arizona’s “target” golf courses, Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club is player friendly, with manicured transition areas that allow its guests to recover without penalty. RTJ Jr. also put a premium on strategy and variety, which translates into a challenging yet refreshing round of golf. Factor in service that is second to none, and no wonder this lush layout on the outskirts of Phoenix is so popular with locals and visitors alike.

Ken Baca takes 1st place today at Dove Valley Ranch Golf Course with a 68 net. Followed by 3 strokes tied at 71 nets were Tom Hecocks and Rusty Silverman. Tom got second on the scorecard playoff. Rusty coming on stronger lately got 3rd place. Lot of potential Atta-Boys at 72 net. Next VGA event would be Wednesday May 18 2016 Lookout Mtn, (The Pointe) 8:00 AM $ 38.00. Very challenging course, you’ll want to test your skill there.

Dove Valley Ranch 5-14-2016

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 Ocotillo & Presidents Cup finals for Saturdays and Wednesdays

Ocotillo, enigma that it is. Steve Richter conquers it with a 64 net. Nice work Steve. 2nd place goes to “Good Luck” Jim Bays at 67 net. Atta Boy Jim and in 3rd place “Golden Boy” Rusty Silverman at 68 net. Next VGA event, Saturday May 14 2016 Dove Valley- shotgun 7:30 AM $ 38.50. Be there.

Ocotillo 5-11-2016

Neal was try to lay up to get over the pond in front of #9 on the White course at Ocotillo. Little close Neal.
Neal was trying to lay up to get over the pond in front of #9 on the White course at Ocotillo. A little close Neal, don’t you think? Being a righty he made it across. Uncle G performed his version of “Tim Cup”.  After hitting his shot into the lake he proceeded to  hit 3 more into the lake. Finally Jim O’Keefe saved Gordon’s day, with one of Jim’s balls borrowed from Neal, Gordon finally made it over. Kinda spiritual don’t you think?Saturday finalwednesday final
Tony Dalton 2016 Champion of Champions winner & Saturday’s winner of President’s Cup competition.
John Pierce,"Mr Cheese" Wednesday winner of Presidents Cup Competition.
John Pierce,”Mr Cheese” Wednesday winner of Presidents Cup Competition.

Tony Dalton is finalist for Saturdays competition and John Pierce “Mr Cheese if you please” is Wednesday’s finalist. These two will finish off by playing each other again in match play to capture the President’s cup. Neal Fisel who was beaten by Tony last Saturday will get 3rd place. Having observed Tony and John play last Wednesday for the Wednesday crown, it would be worthwhile to be a fly on the golf cart. Let the match begin soon and may the better player win.

Saturday, May 7th, 2016-Grand Canyon Univ.

Grand Canyon University GCU at Maryvale
Grand Canyon University GCU at Maryvale

Two players came in tied at 68 net. Tony Rodriquez, the ever steady player he is, won on the scorecard playoff. Good luck Jim Bays got 2nd place. Ron Amstutz came in 3rd with 69 net. Not much news to report except weather and wind were under control. Hope they didn’t suffer another 5 hour + round. Next VGA event, Wednesday May 11 2016 Ocotillo GC 7:57 AM $ 42.00. Bring extra balls to the course as you are required by local rule to lose at least a sleeve.

G.C.U. 5-7-2016

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016-Aguila GC

Aguila GC
The Aquila Golf Course facility offers two golf courses; one is a championship length course while the other is a par-3, nine-hole course. The championship course provides an excellent game of golf for an affordable price. There are scenic views of mountains and downtown Phoenix as well as a challenging layout featuring several water hazards and bunkers. Although the terrain is rather hilly, it is still relatively walkable. The course has an excellent range of holes that each have a unique character, the par 5’s are especially notable. Native grasses and wildflowers are also present on Aquila’s Championship course, further adding to its natural beauty.

On a windy day at Aguila, Al Dan and myself (Harley Ewing) were dueling it out for 1st place. I don’t usually duel anyone on a golf course, but I was playing well for some reason today. I figured I was leading Al by 1 stroke entering the 18th hole. At that point we didn’t know we were playing to win the event. Al parred it and I doubled, mashing my second shot in the rough desert. Scrambled to get it back in and 3 putted. Ends up, Al took 1st with a 64 net and I took 2nd at 65 net. Jim Bays got 3rd with a 66 net. In our group more drama was unfolding as Tony Dalton and John “Cheese” Pierce battled each other with John finally subduing the “POTVGA” in the final holes. John will go on to match up with Neal Fisel for the President’s Cup crown final. Next VGA Event, Saturday May 7 2016 GCU w/city card 8:00 AM $ 45.00. If you still haven’t played it, it’s a great redo of an old Maryvale venue.

Aguila 5-4-2016