Been quite awhile since I played Wildfire and I had forgotten how beautiful the Faldo course is. Challenging too If I might mention. Dave Dean was up to the challenge and won it today with a nice 66 net score. Newcomer Chuck Quigg came in second with a 67 net one stroke off the winner. Welcome to VGA Chuck. Shedding his recent Monkey’s behind image from Green Valley, Neal Fisel is back and finished third today at 70 net. Neal and Frank Szakal tied at 70 net but Neal got third on a scorecard playoff. That leaves Frank with the Atta-a-Boy. Next up Founders course at Verrado, rest of todays field scores below.
Next up for VGA, Saturday, June 3, 2017 Verrado-Founders 8:00 AM $ 39.
San Marcos was in it’s usual good condition and Rich Golz made the most of it. Rich won it with a nice 66 net. Two strokes off Rich’s pace was John Euler who took 2nd place at 68 net. Dwain Moore got third at 71 net. Not enough players to pay 3rd place but Dwain does score the Big Dog point. At 72 net and Atta-a-Boy again Harley “Ace” Ewing. See you guys at Wildfire Wednesday and rest of the field’s scores are below.
Next up for VGA, Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Wildfire 7:15 AM $50.00
The John Peirce Green Valley Invitational tournament was held on Memorial Day weekend. The four day event began on Thursday with a practice round at Canoa Ranch, the first tournament round at Torres Blanca under very windy conditions, the second round at San Ignacio, and the final round back at Canoa Ranch.
The A Flight tournament was unbelievably close with only six strokes separating the first six golfers. Jim Flodin shot an opening round net score of 67, slipped a little on day two to 77, but returned to good form with a closing round of 71 and a winning net total of 215. John Adair claimed second place with net scores of 74, 73, and 69 to finish one stroke out at 216. Tom Hecocks finished third with net scores of 73, 67, and 77 for a total of 217. Dan Campos and Tom Giljum both finished with a net total of 220 with Campos claiming fourth place using a tie-breaker and Giljum settling for fifth. Dan Delgado finished sixth and out of the money with a 221 net total.
The story in the B Flight tournament was Gordon Lukert. Lukert shot net scores of 70, 73, and 68 for a winning net total of 211 – all at the age of 84! John Pierce claimed second place with net scores of 76, 69, and 70 for a net total of 215 giving the “old men” a one-two finish. A much younger Fred Baldwin finished third with net scores of 72, 78, and 70 for a net total of 220. Ken Baca took fourth with net scores of 72, 71, and 79 for a 222 total and Ron Amstutz slipped to fifth with net scores of 70, 76, and 84 to finish with a total of 230. By the way, Uncle G played all four rounds at Green Valley and will be 85 in a couple of weeks on June 13. You may think that he was born on Friday the 13th, but June 13, 1932 was a Monday.
Today I guess I proved an old golf adage, if you roll enough balls toward a par three cup eventually one will go in. It did today for me at Ocotillo Blue course hole #7. It was playing 126 yards today. I was shooting last and had been playing my usual hellter skelter good bad game but today I had one thing going for me. Luck and I had more than my share of it today. Using a Ping 9 iron which for that shot should have been more than I needed and yellow Callaway Chrome Soft Truvis ball. Fortunately I sculled the shot and it hooked right into the little swale in that green. It rolled to the top of the swale reversed it’s course and went directly into the hole. Luck surpasses skill every time. I have made 4 eagles longer then that shot but this was my first hole in one. I hit some other amazing shots today but that was the most thrilling for me.
Aside from all that, John Euler won the event with 66 net. Dave Dean and I tied at 67 net and he got second on the scorecard playoff. I got third and because of the size of the crowd or lack of size I should say, no third place money was paid out. Tom Giljum scored the Atta-a-boy. Rest of the field scores are below. Next up for VGA the John Piece Green Valley Invitational, and for the rest of us not playing that, San Marcos on Saturday.
Jeff Currie was good today. He takes first place at Wigwam-Heritage course today with a 67 net leading the next three golfers who tied at 68 net. John Adair gets 2nd on the scorecard playoff, Tony Judd got third and the Atta-a-Boy went to Dan Christiansen . Believe if Dan got 1 point for Atta-a-Boys he would be running away with the Big Dog competition. Didn’t check it but just seems that way. Next up a smoking deal at Ocotillo, so don’t miss playing this challenging course. Bring an extra pac of balls. Rest of Heritage scores below.
Next up for VGA, Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Ocotillo 7:48 AM $32.00.
Hard hitting John Adair, Tony Judd and Chad Olberding all tied at 65 net today at Legacy Golf Resort. They finished on the scorecard playoff in the order stated. Good scores guys and well done. The Legend Dan Clark and Rich Golz tied for the Atta-a-Boy at 67 nets. No playoff was requested although it appears Dan may have won it if he cared. Usually good conditioned course today for Legacy, always enjoy the track there. Saw many of the sand traps from the inside today, so I know their sand is good too. Next up Wigwam Heritage course on Saturday so don’t miss that one. Rest of the field’s scores below. Played in a threesome with John Euler and his friend John Blair today. They appear in the featured photo of #17 on the blog today. Enjoyed the round with you two guys today.
Next up for VGA, Saturday, May 20, 2017 Wigwam-Heritage 7:45 AM $36.
Alan Arndt wasted no time in putting himself on the VGA map. Our new member struck for a fine 68 net and tied with Tony Judd who also had 68. Tony also is a relatively new member. Alan got first on a scorecard playoff and Tony got 2nd. Fred Baldwin and Neal Fisel also tied with net 70s with Fred winning 3rd place dough on the Scorecard playoff. Neal adds another Atta-a-Boy to his elaborate trophy case. Birdies were very valuable today as only 2 were good and netted “Scratch” Campos and “The Legend” Dan Clark $28 apiece. As for me I say my World for a flat piece of ground to hit off on ASU-Karsten. Next up Legacy on Wednesday, field scores below.
Next up for VGA, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Legacy 7:40 AM $40.00.
Lifelong Golfing Ambition:
A golfer who was well into his golden years had a lifelong ambition to play one hole at Pebble Beach, California, the way the pros do it. The pros drive the ball out over the water onto the green that is on a spit of land that just out off the coast.
It was something he had tried hundreds of times without success. His ball always fell short, into the water. Because of this he never used a new ball on this particular hole. He always picked out one that had a cut or a nick.
One year he went out to Pebble Beach to try again. When he came to the fateful hole, he teed up an old cut ball and said a silent prayer. Before he hit it, however, a powerful voice from above said: “WAIT …REPLACE THAT OLD BALL WITH A BRAND-NEW BALL.”
He complied, with some slight misgiving, despite the fact that the Lord seemed to be implying that He was going to let him finally achieve his lifelong ambition.
As he stepped up to the tee once more, the voice came down again: “WAIT … STEP BACK … TAKE A PRACTICE SWING.”
So he stepped back and took a practice swing. The voice boomed out again: “TAKE ANOTHER PRACTICE SWING.”
He did. Silence followed. Then the voice spoke out again: “PUT THE OLD BALL BACK.”
Absolutely one gorgeous day at the Lookout Mtn Golf Course. Tom Giljum took first place with a 66 net. Great score on a tough little track. Doug Rankin took second place at 67 net. Good job except for short putting game eh? In third place my cart partner Margaret Storms at 69 net. Way to go Margaret. Next up for VGA is ASU-Karsten on Saturday. Rest of the field’s scores below. Whoops, forgot the Atta-a-Boy winner, John Euler gets another one. Haven’t you filled your mantel yet. 😉
Next up for VGA, Saturday. May 13, 2017 ASU-Karsten 6:30 AM Shotgun $ 41.
Wind and all a Legend comes through again. Dan Clark wins at Sun City North with a super 64 net winning by two strokes over the next closest players. Fred Baldwin and Jim Bays tied at 66 net with Fred getting second place on a scorecard playoff. Jim Bays gets third. Ben Hughes at 67 net takes home the Atta-a-Boy. Rest of the scores below.
Next up for VGA, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Lookout Mtn 8:00 AM $49.00.
Don’t know what was happening out at Verrado today, but looking at the scores appears something was making it tough indeed. Normally 70 net wouldn’t even get you in the money but today it took all the money. Three golfers tied at 70 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. All places were decided by the scorecard playoff. Tony “El Presidente” Dalton got first, Rich Golz got second and Tom Giljum got third. Neal Fisel at 71 net got the Atta-a-Boy. Next up on Saturday we travel to Sun City North course. Rest of the field’s scores are below.
Next up for VGA, Saturday, May 6, 2017 Sun City North 6:30 AM $ 29 food.
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