Twas a beautiful day for Golf in AZ. Temps started at 60s & went to 80 something. A lot of wind late but nothing that wasn’t manageable. “Steady” Freddy Baldwin is back again. You’d think he lived on Elm Street he’s back so often. He picked off 1st place with a nifty 65 net. Nice work and well done indeed. Jeff Currie took 2nd place at 67 net. Glad you could make it out today Jeff. Tied at 68 nets were Rusty “Golden Boy” Silverman and Dan “Scratch” Campos. Rusty won the third place money on a scorecard playoff and Dan took the Atta-a-Boy. Next up Verrado on Wednesday beautiful course so make it out there. Notes for today, heard a lot of chuckling from Rusty playing in front of us today. Now we know why. He was playing very well. Almost beaned all the guys in his group. Hit my drive on to the opposite fairway and upon checking the green it was completely vacant. Hidden in a swale to the right was their entire fore-some. Well of course I pulled it, apologies guys. The Legend playing in my group proved it again by Birdieing # 18 from 60 yds. Nice shot Dan Clark you always pull off some legendary shots. Poor Bill Heller also in my group suffers a cruel trap that was a trap. All I know is that he hit number 12 out of it thru the fence finally and Xed out. No fun sometimes. Also in my group, Margaret Storms as nice a person as I have ever played a round of golf with. Thanks for making it a great day. Rest of the field’s scores below.
Next up for VGA, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Verrado Golf Club 8:00 AM $50.00.
Tucked in the foothills of the White Tank Mountains in Buckeye, Arizona, stretching to more than 7,000 yards, and offering jaw dropping views and rugged natural beauty, Verrado Golf Club is an exceptional West Phoenix Valley golf experience that can accommodate golfers of all levels. After your round, the Verrado Grille restaurant is a great place to relax and take in the Sunset!
Doug Rankin, comes in with a 65 net and wins the event today at Vistancia. Dan “The Legend” is back in the money and very close to pulling it off at 66 net one stroke off Doug’s pace. Third place goes to John Euler at 69 net. Tie for the Atta-a-Boy again with Fred Baldwin and Bill Heller sharing the coveted award with 70 nets each. Don’t forget to let Rusty Silverman know your intent to play in the Vic Bosiak Crazy 8 Bridge tournament on May 16th. Need a count so get it done ASAP. Next up Aguila on Saturday, remember there will be no snack bar open, so bring your own snacks. Rest of the field’s scores below.
Next up for VGA, Saturday, April 29, 2017 Aguila 7:06 AM $ 49.
Well guys if you didn’t play Victory today this Video may give you an idea of what you missed out on.
I am definitely suffering from remorse for not playing this course today. To bad I can’t even describe it for you. Hard hitting John Adair evidently matched up well for this course as he won it with 64 net. Great job John and well done. Tied at 65 net were Fred Baldwin and Kevin Gilmore. Steady Freddy won on a score card playoff and Kevin got third place. Great work out there. Ron Gunderson and Bill Heller scored a Atta-a-Boy tie at 67 net. Nice try fellers. Next up Vistancia. Rest of the field’s scores below.
Next up for VGA, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Trilogy @ Vistancia 7:30 AM $49.00.
What a day. Early start and early finish. Chad Olberding brought his Lady as a guest and won first place in doing so. Congrats to Chad and his lovely lady. I have a new phone and thought it was acting strangely today. Sorry but the pictures I took of the Olberdings did not come out. Have no idea where they went. In second place Jim Bays scored a 64 net two strokes off Chad’s 62 net first place score. Third place went to Richard Brooks at 69 net. Next up Verrado/Victory, you want to check it out. Beautiful course and surroundings. Rest of the fields scores below.
Next up for VGA, Saturday, April 22, 2017 Verrado-Victory 10:42 AM $ 79.
FYI: People illegally shooting near Verrado golf course.
Submitted by Emily Toepfer on Wed, 03/29/2017 – 12:00pm
A group of golfers in Buckeye recently had to take cover — not from flying golf balls, but stray bullets — and police said it’s becoming a common problem. The Buckeye Police Department has received several calls regarding shooting toward the new Victory at Verrado Golf Course, north of Indian School Road between Verrado Way and Tuthill Road, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. During a recent incident, several golfers had to take shelter behind a bathroom to avoid being shot. Four people found shooting toward the golf course face endangerment and weapon-related charges, and their guns were seized. Police have received several reports of people shooting in the desert area along Tuthill between Missouri and Maryland avenues into a 20-foot berm facing the golf course, the post states. Tuthill Road and the fifth hole at the golf course are less than 400 feet apart, and signs are posted in the area stating no trespassing, no shooting and no hunting is allowed. For information, contact the Buckeye Police Department at 623-349-6400. Emily Toepfer can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Emily Toepfer.
Ron Gunderson bad knee and all scored a terrific 68 to win first place at Wickenburg CC today. Way to go big guy. Tom Giljum taking second place money today with a 69 net one shot off the pace. Tied at 73 net two golfers, Mick Panarello and Steve Richter. Mick got the third place money on the scorecard playoff and Steve, you guessed it the Atta-a-Boy. Next up Wednesday @ Ken McDonald in Tempe. Rest of the field scores below.
Next up for VGA, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Ken McDonald 6:45 AM $40.00.
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 walk-able. 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.
Hey lots of ties again. Tied for first with 68 nets, Rusty Silverman and Neal Fisel. Rusty won on the scorecard playoff and Neal took second place. Tied at 69 nets, Steve Richter and Jim Bays. Steve got third on a scorecard playoff and Jim was stuck with the Atta-a-Boy. Once again Aguila was in good shape and the weather couldn’t have better. Next up for us is Wickenburg CC. Rest of the field’s scores below.
Next up for VGA April 15, 2017 Wickenburg CC @ 8am for $45.
Dustin Johnson shows us his other golfing skill sets. Amazing!
Steady Dan, can I say that Fred? Dan Christiansen again and two in a row, wins first place at Cave Creek today at 69 net. Well done Dan. Second place with a 70 net, Dwain Moore nice work Dwain. Third place was a little cumbersome with five players coming in at 71 net. Tony Dalton got the money on a scorecard playoff and Fred Baldwin, Dan Delgado, Bill Heller, and Frank Szakal share the Atta-a-Boy. It’s my understanding that Rusty Silverman Eagled hole #11 out there today too. In Rusty’s own words, “Big drive left with 215 out. 5 wood to 30 feet off the green. Perfectly struck putt that tracked center cup.” Fine work for the Golden one. It is with much sadness that I tell you Vic Bosiak passed away last night. He was a treasure of a man and everyone appreciated his humor and play through out many years with VGA. See more about Vic below. Rest of the field’s scores below. Don’t forget Aguila Wednesday.
It is with sadness that the VGA announces the passing of Vic Bosiak on April 7, 2017. The following article about Vic was written last year for the VGA newsletter. However, Vic asked that it not be published until after his death.
Vic Bosiak has been a long-time member of the VGA.Â He moved to the valley in 1984 and first played in a VGA tournament in July of 1986.
Vic was born on October 17, 1920 in Parsippany, New Jersey He grew up with three sisters and two brothers all of which have passed away. He married Rita Marie Heverly in 1946 and they had one daughter, Victoria. His wife passed away in 1981.
Vic graduated from Morristown Community College in 1940 with a general degree. He then earned a two-year degree in from Bloomfield Technical College. While at Bloomfield, he taught courses in electricity mostly having to do with electrical motors.
As a young man Vic enjoyed playing basketball and softball. He participated in an industrial basketball league and was a substitute for an air force team where he sometimes played against professional players.
Vic was deeply affected by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Soon after the attack, he took the test to enter the Air Force and joined in White Plains, New York on January 13, 1942. After four months of training, he attained the rank of Second Lieutenant and was a First Lieutenant by the time he got out in 1946. Joe Louis, the heavyweight-boxing champion, trained at the same facility at the same time as Vic.
During World War II, Vic was a test pilot in the Air Force in Middletown, Pennsylvania. He logged over 1,200 hours of flying time in which he had three crashes. He flew a variety of airplanes including the P-38, P-40, P-47, P-51, B-17, and the B-25. He also flew a rebuilt Navy A-25 to Texas where he had to make a forced landing.
Vic was first employed in Belleville, New Jersey by Walter Kidde & Company, a corporation that filled Air Force contracts, where he was a production control manager. He later took a job with Cessna Sperry as a production control monitor that oversaw the production of electrical systems for airplanes. The company moved him to Phoenix in 1984 where he retired in 1987.
As a child, Vic lived near a golf course and started to play golf at the age of 15. At first he played just two holes by going back and forth. The first set of clubs he used were his brother’s set of Wilson Staffs with wooden shafts. By the time he was 19, he had a single digit handicap.
Over the years Vic has done very well in golf competitions. He won the Walter Kidde Employee Association tournament in 1947, a tournament at Maryvale in 1984, and the VGA Champion-of-Champions trophy once. He also has many medals for participation in the Class A Arizona Senior Olympics.
Vic traveled throughout the U. S. to play golf in such places as Palm Springs, Florida, Georgia, Washington, and Hawaii. Members of the VGA such as Jim O’Keefe, Steve Mahalick, and Laurie Evans accompanied Vic on these trips.
Vic served on the VGA board for five years. He also was a member of the rules committee. His most recent outing with the VGA was on Saturday September 3 at the Grand Canyon University course where he shot 56 on the front nine not bad for being two months shy of 96. Coincidentally, GCU used to be Maryvale where Vic first played with the VGA.
Vic loves to gamble and play cards. As everyone in the VGA knows Gordon is fond of saying you are luckier than Bosiak which is a tribute to his skill at Crazy Bridge. Vic just smiled about his luck at cards and winning and said “I collected the money.”
Next up for VGA, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Aguila, 7:45 am $48 + Second Week of Wed. Champion of Champions play.
Neal Fisel coming to play today. He likes that Champion of Champions play I think. He takes first place at a stunning 63 net. Tied at 64 nets were Bradley Rinehart and Tom Giljum. Brad won second place on a scorecard playoff and Tom got third place. Tied for the Atta-a-Boy at 67 nets were John Euler and Rich Golz. They decided not to playoff for but to share. Beautiful people, eh? Played in John group today, although he wasn’t really happy with his game today he played pretty good I think. Always a gas playing in your fore-some. Ok, I have to tell you all about my Eagle today, after I finally convinced Neal it was an Eagle. Hole #3 a short par 5 from the Whites. I hit a nice drive up the left side, Crushed a 3 wood to a spot mid green 10 feet off on the apron and I guess 50 ft of green. Pulled out my Ping PW and slapped it right down the middle of the cup. WhooHoo! Luck beats skill most of the time. Next up Cave Creek on Saturday for 2nd week of the Saturday Champion of Champions play. Latest VGA Eagle newsletter has been posted on the Newsletter page. Read it some rules changes and other important notices. Time change in new schedule for ASU Karsten in May so print out an updated schedule if you use the printed one. All online calendars are currently correct I believe. Rest of the field scores below.
Next up for VGA, Saturday, April 8, 2017 Cave Creek 7:38 am $49 + Second Week of Sat Champion of Champion play.
Had to be a gorgeous day out there, eh? 68 gross hard to beat anywhere for amateurs, but Ben Hughes did that and turned it into a 63 net to win the Falcon GC event today. Ben you been playing well lately great job. Second place went to Bill Heller at 64 net, evidently you can see the ball. Way to go Bill. In the money again at 65 net, Dan Christiansen gets third place. Told you were always near the dough. Ron Gunderson gets an Atta-a-Boy at 66 net. Bet you thought you were in it. I would have. The truly amazing action occurred for Fred Baldwin today as he Aced two of the par threes consecutively today. This has never happened in VGA history and probably never in any history. Dan Bickley wants to interview you today. Follow the arrows below to see which holes and pictures in the Golf Humor section. Congrats on your play today truly amazing. Next up Club West, and rest of the fields scores below.
Next up for VGA, Wed, Apr 5, 2017 Club West 7:30 AM $40.00 + Wed Champion of Champion.
You knew it was going to be April fools didn’t you?