Wednesday, May 31, 2017 / Wildfire

Wildfire Golf Club is amongst the top Phoenix golf courses, situated in the rugged Sonoran Desert of Northeast Phoenix, and features two picturesque 18-hole championship courses designed by two of golf’s greatest legends–Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo.

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. 

John Fought and Tom Lehman collaborated on the course at Verrado Golf Club, a voluptuous design that meanders through the old Caterpillar bulldozer proving grounds. It’s up and down for 18 holes and that doesn’t mean “chip and a putt.” The course is good test with chances to score and a handful of memorable and scenic holes.
Where Verrado Golf Course will eat you alive is in the bunkers. Some bunkers are hard to carry, others collect wayward shots. But the fairways are wide enough to avoid trouble, and what appears to be the safe shot off the tee will often bring greenside bunkers more into play. So pick your poison.
While the back nine is far superior to the front, going out still has its fair share of memorable holes. A huge boulder 30 feet tall on the par-4 eighth jets out from the left side around which the fairway shapes itself. A perfect line from the tee box is to take the ball five yards right off its edge, but hitting the boulder is certain death by desert. The boulder was scheduled to crumble via dynamite, but stood up to the TNT and was deemed an immoveable object. Open and playable for all skill levels, the Verrado Golf Club is a sublime experience.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017 / San Marcos

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 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 

Wildfire Golf Club is amongst the top Phoenix golf courses, situated in the rugged Sonoran Desert of Northeast Phoenix, and features two picturesque 18-hole championship courses designed by two of golf’s greatest legends–Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo.

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John Pierce’s Green Valley Invitational

Starting at Canoa Ranch GC / & ends there too.

John Pierce’s Green Valley Invitational golf event. Four Days of fun and Golf in Green Valley Arizona. 

May 25th, 2017 to May 28th 2017, 

Thursday Practice Round May 25 at Canoa Ranch 10:00 am

Friday Round-May 27nd Torres Blancas at 10:00 am

Neal Fisel won the Monkey’s behind award (not spelled exactly that way) for the highest net score today at Torres Blancas in very blustery winds today. Thanks to Doug Rankin for the pic.

 

This creature actually came on to the Course at Torres Blancas and asked for Gordon by name? Something biblical there. Ron Amstutz was gracious and brave enough to take the picture.

Saturday Round May 28rd San Ignacio Golf Club 9:00 am   

    

Sunday Round May 29th Canoa Ranch 8:00 am Finals

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.

Flight A

Course

Name

Torres Blanca

San Ignacio

Canoa Ranch

Total

1

Jim Flodin

67

77

71

215

2

John Adair

74

73

69

216

3

Tom Hecocks

73

67

77

217

4

Dan Campos

74

73

73

220

5

Tom Giljum

79

67

74

220

6

Dan Delgado

80

72

69

221

7

Dan Christiansen

77

80

74

231

Tim Haight

87

72

72

231

9

Tony Dalton

80

73

NS

WD

Al Dan

78

83

NS

WD

Flight B

Course

Name

Torres Blanca

San Ignacio

Canoa Ranch

Total

1

Gordon Lukert

70

73

68

211

2

John Pierce

76

69

70

215

3

Fred Baldwin

72

78

70

220

4

Ken Baca

72

71

79

222

5

Doug Rankin

86

72

67

225

6

Ron Amstutz

70

76

84

230

7

Neal Fisel

90

84

71

245

8

Jeff Currie

82

74

NS

WD

Mickey Panarello

72

75

NS

WD

Lloyd Snively

74

72

NS

WD

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 / Ocotillo Blue/White combo

Ocotillo Golf Resort, the premier golf, dining and social destination in the Valley of The Sun. Located in Chandler, Arizona. 27 holes of stunning golf designed by renowned course architect Ted Robinson.

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.

 

Saturday, May 27, 2017  San Marcos  7:42 am $ 39. 

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.

John Pierce Green Valley Open 

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Saturday, May 20, 2017 / Wigwam-Heritage course

Wigwam Heritage Red Course to some of us. Built in 1972, the Heritage Course is a traditional layout lined with pine and eucalyptus trees. The course’s closing stretch of holes (15, 16, 17 and 18) just may be the toughest final four holes in the Phoenix area. The 15th hole is a 414-yard par-4 that requires a well-placed tee shot to bring birdie or par into play. The 454-yard, par-4 16th features a dogleg left and an approach shot to an elevated, well-protected green with water right and back. The 17th hole is a lengthy par-3 measuring a solid 250 yards from the tips. And finally, the 591-yard 18th hole is a monster par-5 with a dogleg left off the tee. Three well-played shots are required for a chance at birdie or par on the closing hole.

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.  

Rising out of the Arizona desert like an oasis, Ocotillo Golf Club is a golfer’s paradise. The course encompasses rolling hills lined by mature trees, colorful flower beds and all shapes and sizes of water hazards. An alternative to the desert-style golf so commonplace in the valley, this sanctuary-like course is also one of the best-maintained facilities in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. Boasting a list of amenities normally found only at the finest private clubs and resorts, Ocotillo is recognized as one of the finest daily-fee facilities in the country. Serving as a qualifier course for PGA Tour events, Ocotillo routinely receives a four-star rating in Golf Digest’s annual guide. Ocotillo was also voted as one of the “Three Must-Play” courses in the valley – along with Troon North and the Boulders – in a recent Golf Digest Readers Poll.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 / Legacy

The Legacy Golf Club, rich in heritage and history, is an 18-hole par 71 championship golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Gary Panks. Located on what was once Dwight B. Heard’s 7,500-acre ranch, the golf club is rich in Arizona heritage and history. Taking great pride in preserving and integrating many of the historical structures and monuments, our 18-hole championship golf course offers a unique look and an added opportunity to experience some Arizona history and of the Heard legacy, from which the golf club takes its name. The original two-grain silos, built in 1902, still remain along the 18th fairway and were once the tallest structures in Maricopa County. The Sierra Vista House, which marks the 1st tee, was visited on occasion in the early 1900’s by Theodore Roosevelt and Pancho Villa. Come make your own history at the Legacy Golf Club!

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. 

Wigwam Heritage Red Course to some of us. Built in 1972, the Heritage Course is a traditional layout lined with pine and eucalyptus trees. The course’s closing stretch of holes (15, 16, 17 and 18) just may be the toughest final four holes in the Phoenix area. The 15th hole is a 414-yard par-4 that requires a well-placed tee shot to bring birdie or par into play. The 454-yard, par-4 16th features a dogleg left and an approach shot to an elevated, well-protected green with water right and back. The 17th hole is a lengthy par-3 measuring a solid 250 yards from the tips. And finally, the 591-yard 18th hole is a monster par-5 with a dogleg left off the tee. Three well-played shots are required for a chance at birdie or par on the closing hole.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017 / ASU-Karsten

Thanks to the generosity and vision of those who helped launch ASU Karsten Golf Course decades ago, this links-style Pete Dye course has been the home to one of the strongest collegiate golf programs in the country. Awarded 4 1/2 stars by the prestigious Golf Digest Rating Panel, this well maintained and challenging design features Dye’s signature mounding and creative bunkering – making proper club selection essential for low scoring.

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.


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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.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 / Lookout Mountain

Margaret Storms birdied # 9 par 3 at Lookout Mountain event today. Great putt Margaret. 5/10/2017. 3rd place finish too.

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. 

Thanks to the generosity and vision of those who helped launch ASU Karsten Golf Course decades ago, this links-style Pete Dye course has been the home to one of the strongest collegiate golf programs in the country. Awarded 4 1/2 stars by the prestigious Golf Digest Rating Panel, this well maintained and challenging design features Dye’s signature mounding and creative bunkering – making proper club selection essential for low scoring.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017 / Sun City North course

This is where it all began. The original Sun City AZ Golf Course developed by Del Webb. Large mature trees line the 18 golf holes which features very few straight golf holes, providing a lot of variety from hole to hole. Recently renovated tees, greens and bunkers give this course a modern touch while at the same time keeping the golf course very playable for everyone.
There is a full-service snack shop on site. Visit with friends on the expanded patio area where more golfers can now gather to have breakfast, lunch and an assortment of beverages while the Pro Shop has a wide variety accessories available for purchase.
Dan Clark “The Legend”

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. 

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs is proudly recognized as one of the top Phoenix golf resorts. The award-winning Lookout Mountain Golf Club is ideal for quiet golf vacations amid the picturesque North Phoenix Mountain Preserves. Professional Golf Pros are available for individual lessons and group instruction or sign up for the Hilton Golf Academy and select from a variety of instructional packages to suit your specific need. Forgot a golf essential? Visit the Lookout Mountain Golf Pro Shoppe, named one of the top 100 golf shops in the country. Book your exclusive golf vacation at a standout in Phoenix golf resorts. Guests will also receive a 10% off golf rate upon check-in when presenting a credit card to reserve tee time. Please call the Golf Pro Shop with questions: 602-866-6357. Map to course: https://binged.it/2qbepit 

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / Verrado Founders course

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!

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.

This is where it all began. The original Sun City AZ Golf Course developed by Del Webb. Large mature trees line the 18 golf holes which features very few straight golf holes, providing a lot of variety from hole to hole. Recently renovated tees, greens and bunkers give this course a modern touch while at the same time keeping the golf course very playable for everyone.
There is a full-service snack shop on site. Visit with friends on the expanded patio area where more golfers can now gather to have breakfast, lunch and an assortment of beverages while the Pro Shop has a wide variety accessories available for purchase.

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