Saturday, April 29, 2017 / Aguila

Aguila Golf course Hole # 1 April 29th, 2017 8th group out.

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!


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 / Trilogy @ Vistancia

WELCOME TO TRILOGY GOLF CLUB AT VISTANCIA
Crafted by renowned golf course architect Gary Panks, the championship design at the daily fee Trilogy Golf Club draws upon distinctive land features and a backdrop of stunning Arizona scenery to result in a truly extraordinary setting.
With more than 70 pronounced and transitional bunkers that feed gently into the golf course’s fairways and native areas, Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia highly rewards careful planning and precise execution by the golfer. There are five different tee boxes from which to choose on this unique 18-hole, par 72-championship golf course. Tees range from 5,573 yards to 7,259 yards, allowing players of every skill level to enjoy this exceptional test of golf.

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. 

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.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 / Verrado-Victory course

In the shadows of the White Tank Mountains, just a short drive west of Phoenix, lies 36 holes of championship golf designed by PGA Tour star and Ryder Cup Captain, Tom Lehman. The Verrado Golf Club, with two thrilling layouts meandering the desert, filled with ancient saguaro cacti, old growth Ironwoods, and plenty of wildlife to distract you from unparalleled views of the valley. Both the Founder’s Course and the Victory Course stretch to more than 7,000 yards, offering the skilled player a very difficult test, while the common man can play 5 sets of tee boxes, making for a fun, enjoyable round of golf. The jaw dropping views and rugged natural beauty will remain a memory that yearns for another chance to play the Verrado Golf Club. Following golf, the Verrado Grille restaurant offers a menu full of choices to satisfy most any taste bud, and the views from the patio aren’t too bad.

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.  

WELCOME TO TRILOGY GOLF CLUB AT VISTANCIA: Crafted by renowned golf course architect Gary Panks, the championship design at the daily fee Trilogy Golf Club draws upon distinctive land features and a backdrop of stunning Arizona scenery to result in a truly extraordinary setting. With more than 70 pronounced and transitional bunkers that feed gently into the golf course’s fairways and native areas, Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia highly rewards careful planning and precise execution by the golfer. There are five different tee boxes from which to choose on this unique 18-hole, par 72-championship golf course. Tees range from 5,573 yards to 7,259 yards, allowing players of every skill level to enjoy this exceptional test of golf.

Golf Humor 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / Ken McDonald

Ken McDonald is one of the most active and reasonably priced 18 hole par 72 championship golf courses in the metropolitan Phoenix area with a full service restaurant and bar. The golf course was built in 1974 and designed by the famous local architect Jack Snyder. This 18-hole championship course provides an excellent round of golf for every skill level at an affordable price. This well-maintained course has been a favorite to Arizona golfers and is consistently ranked as one of the area’s top daily fee courses. The course, while flat, has well-placed hazards that provide a fun and challenging golf experience. Ken McDonald also hosts a fantastic program for junior golfers.

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.

The Victory community.

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 etoepfer@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @Emily Toepfer.

 Golf Humor

Gordon Lukert perfectly placed root adventure on Hole # 12 at Ken McDonald today. He took an unplayable drop from there and promptly smacked it in the trap in the background on the left. One out and a two putt got him down.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 / Wickenburg CC

Open to the public, Wickenburg Country Club in Wickenburg, Arizona features 6,320 yards of golf at its longest tees and a par of 71 . A true “desert style” golf course, Wickenburg Country Club’s back tees have a rating of 70.4 and a slope rating of 118. The golf course was designed by William F. Bell, ASGCA/William P. Bell, ASGCA and re-opened in 2006 after a renovation project converting it from the original 9 hole course to its current 18 hole layout.

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. 

Ken McDonald is one of the most active and reasonably priced 18 hole par 72 championship golf courses in the metropolitan Phoenix area with a full service restaurant and bar. The golf course was built in 1974 and designed by the famous local architect Jack Snyder. This 18-hole championship course provides an excellent round of golf for every skill level at an affordable price. This well-maintained course has been a favorite to Arizona golfers and is consistently ranked as one of the area’s top daily fee courses. The course, while flat, has well-placed hazards that provide a fun and challenging golf experience. Ken McDonald also hosts a fantastic program for junior golfers.

Golf Humor

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Aguila

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.

Open to the public, Wickenburg Country Club in Wickenburg, Arizona features 6,320 yards of golf at its longest tees and a par of 71 . A true “desert style” golf course, Wickenburg Country Club’s back tees have a rating of 70.4 and a slope rating of 118. The golf course was designed by William F. Bell, ASGCA/William P. Bell, ASGCA and re-opened in 2006 after a renovation project converting it from the original 9 hole course to its current 18 hole layout.

Golf Humor

Dustin Johnson shows us his other golfing skill sets. Amazing!

Saturday, April 8, 2017 / Cave Creek

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.


VGA Legends

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.  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. 

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.

Golf Humor

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 / Club West

Tee it up at Club West Golf Club! Boasting a stunning 18-hole Brian Whitcomb/Ken Kavanaugh design that serves up 4 sets of tees ranging from 4,985 yards to as much as 7,142 yards from the back tees. The course’s elevation and beauty distinguishes itself from other Phoenix, golf courses. Elevation changes that are nowhere more evident than at Club West’s signature par three: the downhill “double green” 17th hole that is highlighted by dramatic views and a tee to green elevation change of over 100 feet. Club West also features a complete practice range, well appointed golf shop and full-service Agave Bistro that highlights spectacular views from the elegant dining room and patio. The 120-seat dining room also is one of the area’s popular banquet venue and is ideal for wedding receptions, special celebrations and corporate events.

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. 

Cave Creek an 18 Hole Championship Course. 15202 N. 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85023

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Saturday, April 1, 2017 Falcon GC

Falcon Golf Club opened for play in 1997 and quickly became a valley favorite for first class public golf at affordable golf rates. Brian Curley of Landmark Golf Company designed Falcon Golf Club. Majestically nestled around the Estrella & White Tank Mountains, the front nine is target style with desert like conditions and the back nine is more traditional with bunkers, water, and trees separating the fairways and greens. The golf course plays at 6733 yards from the back tees with par of 71. Falcon Golf Club has been known for having greens and fairways in great condition. Falcon is a great venue for tournaments because the golf course is playable for the beginning golfer yet challenging for the advanced golfer.

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.

Tee it up at Club West Golf Club! Boasting a stunning 18-hole Brian Whitcomb/Ken Kavanaugh design that serves up 4 sets of tees ranging from 4,985 yards to as much as 7,142 yards from the back tees. The course’s elevation and beauty distinguishes itself from other Phoenix, golf courses. Elevation changes that are nowhere more evident than at Club West’s signature par three: the downhill “double green” 17th hole that is highlighted by dramatic views and a tee to green elevation change of over 100 feet. Club West also features a complete practice range, well appointed golf shop and full-service Agave Bistro that highlights spectacular views from the elegant dining room and patio. The 120-seat dining room also is one of the area’s popular banquet venue and is ideal for wedding receptions, special celebrations and corporate events.

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You knew it was going to  be April fools didn’t you?