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.


Golf Humor 

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.”

Saturday, December 31, 2016 / Falcon Dunes and Happy New Year.

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.

It appeared it might be another raining and blowing day out there today, but apparently not. Tony said it rained a little around tee off time then quit and didn’t rain again during the event. Bet against rain in AZ and you’re a winner most of the time. By all reports the Falcon Dunes track is a great one so be sure to play it when you get a chance. Who is this guy Al Dan? He won another one. Today he got 1st place money with a 67 net, and well done Al. 2nd place went to Kevin Gilmore at 69 net and 3rd place went to the Golden Lad from PV, Rusty Silverman at 70 net. Nice work guys and thanks for having the courage to come out with the bad weather predicted. VGA wishes you all a Happy New Year and we trust to see you all next year at Legacy Wednesday. Don’t forget to renew your dues tonight. Save $5 bucks if you do. Rest of the field scores below.

Next event for VGA, Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Legacy – shotgun 8:30 $53.00. 

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!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016-Lookout Mtn.

Lookout Mtn. GC
Lookout Mountain Golf Course.

John Adair and Doug Rankin tied at 69 at Lookout Mountain today. John took 1st place on a scorecard playoff. Doug got 2nd place. Jim Bays, Ken Baca and Al Dan tied at 71. Jim got 3rd place on another scorecard playoff. Ken and Dan were forced to share the Atta-Boy award. Sorry fellas. The rain held off so it was a cool and enjoyable day except for dealing with the cruelty of Lookout Mtn. When you play well here you deserve much credit for doing a great job. Next VGA event, Saturday May 21 2016 Los Caballeros (2) 8:00 AM $ 40.00 in Wickenburg, AZ. If you haven’t played it, it is a great old Arizona Golf course. So get out and play it. It’s worth it.

Lookout Mtn 5-18-2016

A change of venue for the June 4th Wickenburg Ranch (a private course) event, it will be closed for aeration and other repairs. Rescheduled Wickenburg ranch for July 30, Sat, 8 am, $ 45 without a shirt,  $ 60 if you want the shirt. Look for it when 3rd quarter schedule comes out. We have scheduled the old time slot for Quintero golf club. Directions view here, they caution against trusting your GPS so you may want to check it out if you aren’t sure where it is. It is past Lake Pleasant on the Carefree highway. We had 34 players signed up to play Wickenburg Ranch and will require that you sign up for Quintero. Greens at Quintero have been punched and sanded, but still a nice track. VGA apologizes for this change but the owners of a private course follow their own trail. We were just now informed.

Rees Jones has taken a pristine piece of lush Arizona desert and created Quintero Golf Club, often described as the “Purest Golf Experience” in the Southwest. Created in the tradition of some of the world’s most renowned golf courses, Quintero’s focus is to provide members and their guests with the finest playing surfaces, warm personal hospitality and the ultimate challenge for their individual games. Membership at Quintero provides a totally pure golf experience on a challenging, championship golf course. The course has been created to offer a unique playing opportunity, testing players of all levels of expertise. From the tips, Quintero offers even the scratch golfer a challenge demanding exacting shots from tee to green. Playing over 7200 yards from the Championship tees, and a comfortable 5043 yards from the forward tees, the Quintero experience offers strategic bunker placement, generous landing areas (for the straight hitters) and multi-level bentgrass greens often referred to as some of the smoothest and truest in the Southwest.
Rees Jones has taken a pristine piece of lush Arizona desert and created Quintero Golf Club, often described as the “Purest Golf Experience” in the Southwest. Created in the tradition of some of the world’s most renowned golf courses, Quintero’s focus is to provide members and their guests with the finest playing surfaces, warm personal hospitality and the ultimate challenge for their individual games. Membership at Quintero provides a totally pure golf experience on a challenging, championship golf course. The course has been created to offer a unique playing opportunity, testing players of all levels of expertise. From the tips, Quintero offers even the scratch golfer a challenge demanding exacting shots from tee to green. Playing over 7200 yards from the Championship tees, and a comfortable 5043 yards from the forward tees, the Quintero experience offers strategic bunker placement, generous landing areas (for the straight hitters) and multi-level bentgrass greens often referred to as some of the smoothest and truest in the Southwest.
Tony Dalton 2016 Champion of Champions winner and Presidents Cup winner.
Tony Dalton 2016 Champion of Champions winner and Presidents Cup winner.
John Pierce,"Mr Cheese" Wednesday winner of Presidents Cup Competition.
John Pierce,”Mr Cheese” Wednesday winner of Presidents Cup Competition.

Tony Dalton is the finalist for Saturday’s competition and John Pierce “Mr Cheese if you please” is Wednesday’s finalist. These two will finish off by playing each other again in match play to capture the President’s cup. Neal Fisel who was beaten by Tony last Saturday will get 3rd place. Having observed Tony and John play last Wednesday for the Wednesday crown, it would be worthwhile to be a fly on the golf cart. Let the match begin soon and may the better player win. And they did finally get it done. Earth and Fire came together and no quarter was given. Tony Dalton prevailed 5-4 and sent John Pierce home from Dove Valley defeated in match play but not in life. Like I said wish I could have been there. Tony nice job man, you are taking home all the gold.

 

Steve Richter scores a Hole-in-one in AGA competition.

Steve Richter hole in one on #16 at Mesa Country Club. Using an 8 iron at 147 yards.
Steve Richter hole in one on #16 at Mesa Country Club. Using an 8 iron at 147 yards.
Steve Richter Hole in one at AGA Meet. Congrats to Steve.
Steve Richter Hole in one at AGA Meet. Congrats to Steve. To bad you didn’t do it in VGA  event, we could have enjoyed the beers on you. 🙂

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In Memory of James “Jim” O’Keefe

JIm OKeefe

Jim passed away yesterday at 11:30 Am. He was hospitalized and did not recover from the effects of pneumonia and old age. I’ve met a few people in my time, but never any as nice and personable as this gentle soul. He will be missed by all that  knew him. It was his wishes to be cremated and have no funeral. If that changes I will pass it along. VGA expresses condolences to his family and friends. I cannot imagine your sorrow.

RIP Jim, March 23rd, 2016….Harley Ewing

I have inventoried Jim O’Keefe’s golf equipment that I picked up at his house.  I would like you to put the inventory on the VGA webpage so that members could look over the list and decide if they would like any of Jim’s things.  All things would be offered as first – first served. Thanks Fred Baldwin.

A Tribute to Jim by Fred Baldwin: As you all know, Jim O’Keefe passed away on the 23rd of March 2016. He was a well-liked gentleman with many positive qualities and a saint of a man if there is one. However, you may still wonder where is Jim O’Keefe today? Well, this is the beginning of his story.

As Jim approached the Pearly Gates he noticed their grandeur and thought to himself in his usual self-effacing manner “Not too shabby”. He looked for Saint Peter, but no one was at the gates. He thought he would pass through the gates unnoticed, when Saint Peter appeared out of nowhere to Jim’s amazement. Disappointed about getting through without having to confess, he said quietly to himself, “I’ll be a nasty name”.

Saint Peter said “Hello. Jim or should I call you Joker. I am glad to meet you. I wish I had more like you greeting me at the Pearly Gates”.

Jim thanked Saint Peter for his compliment and started to walk through the gates when Saint Peter said, “Wait a minute Jim, you must confess your sins first”. Noticing that Jim hesitated Saint Peter pointed out that everyone who wanted to pass through the gates needed to confess their sins. However, Saint Peter added, “Due to your good character Jim, I only ask that you confess to your worst sin”.

Jim looked at Saint Peter and responded with “I don’t wanna talk about it”.

Saint Peter stepped back and looked disconcerted. “Jim, you must confess at least one sin to enter. There is no other way”.

Jim thought for a minute about what Saint Peter said, rubbed his chin, and then smiled. He reached into his pocket and withdrew a brand-new deck of playing cards. He nimbly opened the pack, took out the cards, and removed the jokers as Saint Peter watched in wonderment. Jim easily split the deck in two and fanned the halves together two or three times. He then shuffled the deck for a moment. Looking directly at Saint Peter.

Saint Peter, taken aback, said, “What are you doing Jim? Why did you take out that deck of cards?”

Jim said, “Perhaps there is another way for me to pass through the gates”.

Saint Peter asked, “What are you talking about? You should know there is only one way to pass through the gates”.

Jim asked Saint Peter, “Have you ever heard of Crazy Bridge?”

“To tell the truth, recently, in anticipation of meeting you here, I have been watching you and the Valley Golfers playing that game. I have been most intrigued and have wondered why you call it Crazy Bridge. What are you proposing?”

Jim smiled to himself as he said, “Let’s play one hand of Crazy Bridge. If you win, I will confess my worst sin, if I win, I get to pass through the gates without confessing”.

“Are you suggesting that we gamble?”

“You might call it that”.

“Gambling is not allowed here!”

“It’s just a game,” Jim replied.

Saint Peter, as always, had a pious and reverent look on is face, but he was smiling inside. He thought, “How can I lose? I have the power of the divine on my side! He is only a frail human! I cannot lose, he thought triumphantly”.

“Okay Jim” he said demurely. “Even though it is highly irregular, I agree to your proposal” as he grew excited within himself.

Jim asked, “Would you like to deal?”

“Oh no! I should not even touch the cards. Go ahead Jim. You deal”.

Once again, Jim nimbly shuffled the cards and dealt one card to Saint Peter and one to himself. He put the deck down and turned up the Queen of spades saying, “Spades are trump”.

Saint Peter picked up his card and despite his best effort, a small trace of a smile appeared on his lips. He boldly announced, “I bid one Jim”.

Jim thought about Saint Peter’s bid for a moment. He then reached for his card and turned up one corner and withdrew his hand. He looked off to the side and up at an angle as though he was deep in thought.

Saint Peter asked anxiously, “What are you going to bid”?

Jim remained silent. He turned up the edge of his card once again, looked a little doubtful, and a little crestfallen.

Saint Peter asked again, however with more confidence “Jim, what are you going to bid?’

Jim had the look of indecisiveness as he blurted out “one”.

Saint Peter couldn’t restrain himself as he picked up his card and slapped the King of Spades down for Jim to see. His look of piety and reverence was gone wiped out by a huge smile. He announced, “I guess this means, you are going to have to confess your worst sin”.

Jim looked defeated which only broadened Saint Peter’ s smile. He slowly reached for his card, and hesitated, looked away again, and then focused on Saint Peter’s face as Jim turned up the ace of spades. He then smiled reverently.

Saint Peter could not believe his eyes. His smiled disappeared and his face drained of color. He stammered, “But, but, I, I, I had the power of the divine on my side. How could you have beaten me?”

Jim quietly observed, “I guess the card gods got you”.

Saint Peter said,” That doesn’t make sense. I should have won. How could you have won?”

Jim nonchalantly replied, “That’s why the game is called Crazy Bridge”.

Jim picked up the cards and placed them back in the pack and put the pack in his pocket.

Saint Peter asked, “Why did you have cards here anyway? What do you expect to do with then inside of the Pearly Gates”?

“Well, I know I have some friends in there that would enjoy playing Crazy Bridge with me once again.”

As Jim passed through the gates he said to Saint Peter, “Thank you, it has been my pleasure. And by the way, you can call me Joker.”