Excellent warm and balmy day for golf at Ocotillo. Winners today were Dave Dean for 1st place at 67 net. Great job Dave. In second place John “Banger” Adair with a 68 net. Love to watch John hit a golf ball. Third and in my playing group, Steady Freddy Baldwin for third at 69 net. Fred was sinking putts like flushing a toilet. All you heard was whoosh ping. Nice job Fred. Fred and John Euler were having quite a dual out there. Lots of great shots from those two. Nice to see a old friend out there today too, Harry Dunham. Looking fit and ready to play, hope he does some day. Rest of the field scores below.
The VGA board voted to have an annual Two-Man Best Ball Tournaments for both a Wednesday and a Saturday event. Golfers that enter the normal VGA event will be ranked by handicap with the lower half labeled A and the upper half labeled B. The tournament chair will assign pairs for the two-ball tournament, one player from the A list and one from the B list. The VGA will post $200 as prize money for both tournaments, $100 for first place, $60 for second, and $40 for third. The event is named The Don Peterson Two-Man Best Ball Tournament in honor of our President Emeritus Don Peterson. The normal VGA event will run in conjunction with best ball tournament. This year’s tournament schedules are Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Aguila Golf Club and Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Ken McDonald Golf Course. Please note there is no extra fee for signing up so don’t let money hold you back.
The VGA Club Championship, is a stroke play tournament to be held November 5, 2016 at Dove Valley Ranch and November 12, 2016 at the Palmbrook CC in Sun City. All VGA members are eligible to play in the two-day event, but should be aware that in order to be Club Champion you must have participated in at least 10 regular season events after the last VGA Club championship was played. The tournament is played as a 36 hole event over these two weekends with participant’s net and gross scores determining the final winners. There is a one-time $10.00 entry fee for participation in the Championship tournament. The VGA treasury pays $200, $150, and $100 for the top three gross scores and $200, $150, $100, $75, $50 for the top five net scores. A banquet will follow at the Palmbrook Country Club following the event to award prizes and is free to Members. Guests may be charged extra for the banquet to be determined later. The Championship event will be held concurrently with the regularly scheduled VGA events.
Falcon Dunes described by one player today as being as nice a course as VGA has played this year. What do you think? Coy Miller liked it as he won by 2 strokes to take first place with a cool 65 net. Tied at 67 net, Ron Gunderson having to settle for 2nd place on the scorecard playoff over hard charging Tim Haight who got 3rd. Beautiful day to play today. Players take note that when we play Falcon Dunes again on December 31st the course wants VGA to be responsible for the Green Fees. Therefore it is necessary for all players to pay the VGA coordinator in cash so we can pay the course. The course is going to charge us for the amount of players we say will be there, so if you sign up and then don’t show up, you will have to pay VGA back for the green fees. Rest of the field scores below.
Next up for VGA, Wednesday September 28 2016 Ocotillo GC 7:30:00 AM $33.00
John Euler was banging today at Stonecreek, scoring a cool 66 net and sweeping the field by 3 strokes. Way to go John, knew you were going to get hot one of these days. Second place went to Danny Clark at 69 net. Good job Dan. In third there was Dave Dean at 70 net. Big tie for Atta-Boy however, tied at 71 net Dan Christianson, Tom Giljum, and Steve Richter. Rumor going around they would share the prize equally and the cup if we had a cup to stay at each others home for an equal time. What Sports, eh? Rest of the field scores below.
Next event up for VGA, Saturday September 24 2016 Falcon Dunes 7:30:00 AM $39.00.
Matched with the same great golf course conditioning is Sidewinder, rated 4 Stars by Golf Digest. Sidewinder leads golfers through desert arroyos and native desert washes. The course offers a challenging desert layout for golfers of all abilities. Featuring dramatic views of the legendary Superstition Mountains, Sidewinder has it all; water features, gently rolling fairways, undulating greens and pristine Sonoran Desert vegetation makes Sidewinder one of the best values in the Valley.
In first place today at Sidewinder, Richard Golz by 3 strokes over the field at 68 net. Second place went to Jeff Currie at 71 net. Third place was a tie at 72 net between Tom “No Shoes” Hecocks and Steady Freddy Baldwin. Tom won the money with a win on the scorecard playoff. Fred got the coveted Atta-Boy. Rest of the field scores below.
Next up, Wednesday September 21 2016 Stonecreek GC 7:00:00 AM Shotgun Start $35.00.
Number three in a row for the “Little Giant”, Ron Gunderson. He even wins ties on the scorecard playoff now. I played with Ron today and even though I was messing with his play with my erratic effort he persevered as only he can. Thanks Ron for showing me how it should be done. Tied at 64 net with Daniel Clark, Ron did win out and Danny got second place. John Adair came in with a third place finish at 66 net. Good weather and the course was excellent. Rest of the scores below.
Next up for VGA, Saturday September 17, 2016 Gold Canyon/Sidewinder 8:00 AM $35.
In first place today at Las Sendas in Mesa, the “Little Giant” stands above them all again. Second win in a row for Ron Gunderson with a 70 net. Second place went to Doug Patterson one stroke behind the Giant at 71 net. Tied for third place, Tim Haight and Steady Freddy Baldwin at 74 nets. Tim won out on the scorecard playoff for third and Fred well you all know what he got. The Atta-boy award of course. Rest of the field scores below.
Next up for VGA Wednesday Sept. 14, 2016 Longbow (shotgun) 7:00:00 AM $48.00. View Scorecard here.
Hurricane Newton brought rain and some serious humidity to the Biltmore Links course today. Good thing none of that could keep the Little Giant, Ron Gunderson from winning today with a net 66. Good work Ron, you are one tough dude man. In second place and in the money for the 1st time after a long sabbatical from VGA, Bob Watson at 67 net. Good work Bob must have been the practice we got over at San Marcos Monday. Rumor has it that Danny Clark would have tied Bob, but he and his group got DQed for playing the wrong tees. It wasn’t even my fault this time. I played with Brad Rinehart and Dave Dean today and Dave got third with a 68 net. Started off with a rough 8 on #18 the first hole we played but he settled down and had a great round after that. Jim Bays jumped on the Atta-Boy award as he tied Dave but lost on the scorecard playoff. Sorry Jim, but heard you won all the CTPs though. Rest of the pack scores below.
Next event up for VGA, Saturday September 10 2016 Las Sendas 8:00:00 AM $49.00
In first place today and returning to the winners circle Dan Delgado with a 64 net score. In second place and steady as ever Fred “Steady Freddy” Baldwin at 66 net. Third place goes to Lloyd Snively at 67 net. Good job guys on a beautiful day to play in Arizona. Rest of the scores below.