Big Dogs & Aces and Eagles

ACES-Hole in ones.

Neal Fisel pictured here at Ocotillo forgot to get a picture of his Hole in one today 4/11/2018 at Stone Creek, hole #12 at 176 yards. We were behind them on the tee box we could hear the hooting and hollering. Knew something good happened. Great work Neal.
Wednesday Bear Creek event 11/1/2017: Fred is back and what a way to start off the new VGA fiscal year of 2018 with his 2nd hole in one this calendar year. He didn’t wait long as he did it on #2 hole. Didn’t see his hole in one dance but heard it was a good one. Got 1st place in the event too with a 63 net. Nice round Fred and thanks for the drinks too.
May 24th, 2017.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 Helter 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 than 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. Let the dust begin to accumulate…..Harley Ewing
January 21, 2017 Lightning has struck again, and again, and again. Despite very windy conditions at Wickenburg Country Club, Fred Baldwin had another hole-in-one. He aced the third hole from 137 yards with a six iron into a steady wind. The shot hit short of the green and bounced onto the left rough and then rolled downhill into the hole. It was Fred’s fourth hole-in-one in the last four years.

On June 11th, Tom “No Shoes” Hecocks holed it out on Karsten’s No. 16 for his first hole-in-one.  Well done Tommy.

Fred Baldwin aced the third hole at Superstition Springs on January 20th with his trusty 9 iron.  It was his third ace in five years!
Steve Richter hole in one on #16 at Mesa Country Club. Using an 8 iron at 147 yards.


VGA list of Eagles Scored

Saturday, June 30th, 2018, Tony Dalton scored an Eagle on hole number 7 at Wickenburg Ranch CC.

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, Barry Jennyjahn Eagled # 13 at Falcon Dunes GC. He drove the green pin high right, 5 feet from the pin. That hole is approximately 300 yards.

Saturday, May 26, 2018, Tom Orr scored an Eagle on hole # 11 at Superstitions Springs GC.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Tom Willis scored an Eagle at the 500 Club hole # 18. Great finish Tom.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Rusty Silverman scored an Eagle on # 11 today said he was putting so bad he had to chip it in.

Saturday, March 10th, 2018, Ben Hughes shot an Eagle on # 15 hole at Aguila.

Saturday, March 10th, 2018, Kevin Gilmore shot an Eagle on # 5 hole at Aguila.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, Tom Giljum shot an Eagle on hole # 5 at Club West GC.

Saturday, February the 10, 2018, John Adair scored an Eagle on hole #15 of the Union Hills GC.

Wednesday, December 17, 2018, Dave Dean scored an Eagle on Hole #5 called the Swale at Troon North Monument Course.

Saturday, November 18, 2017, Tom Hecocks scored an Eagle on hole # 17 at the Palmbrook CC in Sun City AZ.

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, Dave Dean Eagled #14 at the Palmbrook Country Club in Sun City. October must be a good month for Eagles had 3 so far this month.

Saturday, October 21st, 2017, Rusty “Golden Boy” Silverman popped in an Eagle on hole #4 on the Wigwam-Patriot course.

Saturday, October 10th, 2017, Danny Campos scored an Eagle today on # 10 hole of the  Antelope Hills North course.

Saturday, September 16th, 2017, Dan Campos scored an Eagle on hole # 7 at Wickenburg Ranch. He also won the event with a 61 net.

Saturday, August  19th, 2017, Larry Burton scores an Eagle on hole #5 at the Raven @ South Mountain.

Saturday, August 12, 2017, Ron Amstutz scores an Eagle on #3 at Camelback-Ambiente Course.

Saturday. August 5, 2017, Rusty Silverman scored an Eagle on #18 at the Legacy Golf Resort. Per Rusty, Bombed 3 wood off the tee. Another 3 wood just short and chipped it to take Freddy’s money”.

Saturday, April 8, 2017: Rusty Silverman hole an Eagle on hole #3 at Cave Creek.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Harley Ewing scored an Eagle on #3 hole at Club West. Harley finished the Eagle from the Green fringe area about 60 feet away with a pitching wedge. John Euler birdied the same hole. 

Saturday, November 26th, 2016: Dan Campos eagled the 17th hole at Ken MacDonald.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016: Dan Christiansen eagled the 10th hole at Palmbrook GC.

Tony “Mr. President” Dalton eagled the ninth hole, a par five 535-yard hole at the Gold Canyon Dinosaur Mountain course on July 9th.  That’s a great eagle!

Rich Golz, a recent new member of the VGA, eagled the second hole, a par four 300 yard hole at Southern Dunes on August 24th.  It was a shot to be remembered.  Rich hit his drive into a fairway trap 50 yards from the green.  He then hit a screamer that bounced over the green and up a steep hill for at least 20 feet.  The ball hesitated, and then rolled down the hill, onto the green, and into the hole!  Wow!

Ben Hughes eagled the fourteenth hole, a par four 337-yard hole, at GCU on September 3rd.  Ben jarred the hole with a wedge.  NICE SHOT after four mishits with the same club earlier in the round.  It’s a good thing he didn’t throw it in the pond on 13 as some VGA players have done in the past.

John Adair eagled hole number eight at Moon Valley.

Billy “I Can’t See It” Heller eagled the par-five hole number two from 160 yards at Casa Grande.  Way to go Billy!

The Big Dog competitions occur over the period of one year.  They start on the first Wednesday and Saturday events on or after the end of the fiscal year ending on November 1st  The competitions end on Wednesday before and the Saturday of the fiscal year November 1st. For each event, points are allotted to the first, second, and third place – five points for first, three for the second, and one point for third place finishers.  The golfers with the highest accumulation of Big Dog points for the year, one for Wednesdays and one for Saturdays, are declared the Big Dogs.  Their prize money is awarded at the banquet for the first, second, and third place for both Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The more frequently one plays, the better chance to be a Big Dog winner.

2018 VGA Big Dogs Nov. 1, 2017, to Oct. 31, 2018 

Big Dogs for (Wednesdays 2018) rev: 8/15/2018 Points
1-Bill Heller 35
2-Tie-Fred Baldwin, Tom Willis
3-Mike Roether 30
4th-Larry Burton
5th-Tie-Brooks, Giljum, Rankin
Big Dogs for (Saturdays 2018) rev: 8/11/2018  Points
1st-Tony Dalton  28
2nd-Bill Heller  27
3rd-Tie-John Adair, Larry Burton
4th-Tie-Silverman, Snively 21
5th-Tom Hebert  20

2017 VGA Big Dogs Nov. 1, 2016, to Oct. 31, 2017 

Big Dogs for (Wednesdays 2017) rev: 10/25/2017-Finals Points
1st-Dave Dean 47
2nd-Rich Golz
3rd-Tom Giljum 32
4th-Tony Dalton
5th-Burton, Rankin
Big Dogs for (Saturdays 2017) rev: 10/28/2017-Finals Points
1st-Fred Baldwin 28
2nd-Jeff Currie 27
3rd-Tony Dalton
4th-Rusty Silverman 24
5th-Tie-Larry Burton, Dan Christiansen and Tom Hecocks 23

2016 VGA Big Dogs Nov. 1, 2015, to Oct. 31, 2016

Big Dogs for (Wednesdays 2016) rev: 12/07/2016-Final Results Points
1st-Dave Dean
2nd-Ron Gunderson
3rd-Tony Dalton 36
4th-John Adair
5th-Steve Richter
Big Dogs for (Saturdays 2016) rev: 12/07/2017-Final Results Points
1st-Tim Haight 37
2nd-Fred Baldwin 28
3rd-Tie-Danny Clark, Jeff Currie
4th-Ron Gunderson 18
5th-Jim Bays 17