VGA Newsletters

2016 June, The Boulders winner Ken Baca, pictured with VGA member Bob Watson.
2016 June, The Boulders eventual winner Ken Baca, pictured with VGA member Bob Watson during the round.

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VGA Eagle

Third Quarter 2017

From the Board Meeting September 12, 2017

The Board voted to increase the VGA dues by $5 to $30 this year. The five dollar increase will be kept in a separate account to be awarded to any VGA member or members who score(s) a hole-in-one in a VGA event in that fiscal year. Each member making a hole-in-one during the same fiscal year will share the prize equally.  If a hole-in-one, as described above, is not scored by a member during a fiscal year, then the money in the account will be carried over to the following year.  All hole-in-one awards, if any, will be paid out at the annual awards banquet.  The VGA will retain its present policy of awarding a member who scores a hole-in-one in a VGA event $100 and up to an additional $100 for drinks following the completion of the round.

The combined dues for joining the VGA and the AGA will be $65.  However, any member that renews their membership from October 16 to December 31 will receive a $5 discount from the AGA.

The Board voted to cancel any VGA tournament in which the number of participants falls below eight players.  Individual golfers may decide to play at the course, but there would be no official tournament money collected nor any money awarded by the VGA for any eagles or holes-in-one that may be scored.  Big Dog points would not be awarded as well.

The Board voted to donate $100 to the Red Cross in the memory of Vic Bosiak.  Vic died this past April and was a long-standing member of the VGA.  His last outing was on September 3, 2016, at the Grand Canyon University course where he shot 56 on the front nine just six weeks before his 96th birthday.

The Phoenix City Golf Card

The fall schedule includes two events on city-owned courses, Saturday, October 28 at Cave Creek and Saturday, December 30 at Aguila.  The greens fees posted on the VGA website are for those golfers who have purchased a city card.  For those who have not formerly purchased a city card, you may do so at the time of the event.  The course will forgive your greens fee for that round but will charge you for the cart use.  However, the VGA will reimburse you $10.  For every ten times that you use the city card, you are awarded one free round.  VGA members may renew their Phoenix City Golf card on the yearly anniversary of its purchase.  The renewal cost is $30.

Upcoming tournaments

2017 VGA Club Championship

The VGA Club Championship is scheduled for Saturday, November 11 at Verrado Victory and Saturday, November 18 at Palmbrook.  There are two flights for the two-round event, low net, and low gross.  Prize money will be awarded to the first five places in the low net flight and the first three places in the low gross flight.  VGA members must have played at least ten rounds in VGA sponsored tournaments since last year’s Club Championship (played last November) to be eligible.  VGA sponsored events include those rounds played in the annual John Pierce Invitational in Green Valley.  The normal VGA tournaments will run concurrently with the VGA Club Championship.  There is a separate one-time $10 entry fee to be paid to Fred Baldwin at Verrado Victory upon entering the tournament.

The annual Awards Banquet will be at Palmbrook Golf Club following the final round of the Club Championship. For this year’s banquet the Board voted to pay for individual meals ordered from the menu for members only.  Members must pay for any drinks that they order.  Guests of members must pay for their own meals and drinks. Prize money will be awarded at the banquet for the VGA Club Championship, the 2017 Big Dog contests, and the Champion of Champions among other awards.  In all, over $2,000 will be paid out.  Be sure to make your reservation on our website to enjoy the fun.

Match-play Tournament with the SGL 

In honor of Jim O’Keefe, the third annual match-play tournament with the Saturday Golf League (SGL) will be played at Antelope Hills North Course on Saturday October 7, 2017.  The event begins at 8:00 A.M. with a shotgun start.  Members from each club will be paired based on handicaps to play in either a two-man match play or a four-ball event.  The team winning the most matches will capture The O’Keefe Cup.  Our regular VGA Saturday tournament will run in conjunction with The O’Keefe Cup competition.  Both leagues look forward to your participation. The VGA won the cup last year.  Be sure to sign to play to defend our title.

For those new members who did not get the chance to meet Jim, he was a long-standing member of the VGA, a member of the board, treasurer for 20 years, and event chairman.  He was always a gentleman that had a kind word for everyone.

Eagles and Aces 

The club pays $25.00 for any member who scores an eagle.

Highlights from the Third Quarter

Rusty Silverman had a brilliant 72, one over par, at Legacy on August 5.  He had a very good 38 on the front and a spectacular 34 on the back with two birds and an eagle on number 18.  He lapped the field with a gross score of 60.  Congratulations Rusty!

Ron Amstutz, Fred Baldwin, and Mike Roether brought Camelback Ambiente to its knees at least on the front side on August 12.  Each golfer shot a one-under-par 35 on the front nine.  Ron’s front nine included an eagle on number three, Fred scored eight pars and one bird (on number three), while Mike had two birds after a bogey on number one.  Great shooting guys!

Larry Burton, Jeff Rhodes, and Doug Rankin conquered Raven at South Mountain on August 19.  Larry won the day with a low net of 61 including an eagle on number five.  Jeff and Doug also played well scoring 63s.  Jeff played consistently through 16 holes while Doug holed four birdies on the day.  As Jim O’Keefe would have understated, “Not too shabby.”

Dan Campos shot a nifty 66 gross with a net score of 61 at Wickenburg Ranch on September 16.  Dan had five birdies and an eagle on the par five number seven.  Great round Dan!  Dan particularly liked getting the eagle so that he could get into Fred Baldwin’s wallet for $25!

Other low net scores

Gordon Lukert and Rich Golz – 63 at Southern Dunes on July 26.

Bill Heller – 64 at TPC Champions on July 29.

Other low gross scores

Dan Campos  – 72 at Falcon Dunes on July 22, at Camelback Ambiente on August 12, and at Raven South Mountain on August 19.

Mike Roether  – 74 at Camelback Ambiente on August 12

Braden Johnson  – 72 at Raven South Mountain on August 19.

Larry Burton  – 75 at Raven South Mountain on August 19.

Tom Hecocks – 74 at Talking Stick on September 2.

Big Dog Bites

Standings through September 30th

Dave Dean has taken over the Wednesday Big Dog race with 47 points.  Rich Golz is in second place with 34 points, but he will need a big rally with one month to go o catch Dave.  Tom Giljum has 29 points and has a solid lead over Fred Baldwin and Tony Dalton who have 20 and 19 points respectively.

The Saturday Big Dog race is so close that the top five look like sled dogs, nose to rear.  Fred Baldwin is the lead dog with 25 points, Jeff Currie is right behind Fred with 24 points, followed closely by Dan Christiansen and Larry Burton with 23 and 22 points respectively.  Tony Dalton and Rusty Silverman have 21 points and can still get a sniff of the lead dog.

Letters to Arnie

Dear Arnie, recently I declared my ball unplayable when I found my ball in the middle of a bush.  I wanted to play the ball as far back from the bush in line with the pin.  However, the other members of my foursome said that I did not have that option.  Who was correct?  Blastin’ Barry

Dear Barry, you were correct.  A player has three options when declaring his ball unplayable.  The first option is to return to the previous spot, the second is to go back from the spot as far as he wants keeping the ball in line with the spot and the pin, and the third is to drop the ball within two club-lengths of where the ball came to rest, but no nearer to the hole.  In each case, the player is assessed a one-stroke penalty.

Dear Arnie, in a recent golf outing a player in my foursome hit the equipment of another player while putting on the green.  A discussion ensued as to whether the player who putted the ball should receive a penalty for hitting another player’s equipment.  In the end, we decided that there was no penalty.  Did we rule correctly?  Puttin’ Pete

Dear Pete, your foursome made the correct decision.  Since the putted ball did not strike the player’s equipment (including his cart) or his partner’s equipment there is no penalty.  If the putted ball did strike his equipment or his partner’s equipment then a one-stroke penalty would be assessed.  By the way, if player A’s ball strikes his cart while player B is driving the cart, then there is no penalty.

An interesting related question is covered in rule 9-5 below.  If a ball is putted on the green and strikes another ball or the flagstick a two-stroke penalty is assessed.  If two balls are in motion other than on the putting green then the balls are played where they lie.  However, if two balls are putted on the green and they strike each other, then the strokes are canceled and the balls are replaced and replayed.

19-2. By Player, Partner, Caddie or Equipment

If a player’s ball is accidentally deflected or stopped by himself, his partner or either of their caddies or equipment, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke. The ball must be played as it lies, except when it comes to rest in or on the player’s, his partner’s or either of their caddies’ clothes or equipment, in which case the ball must through the green or in a hazard be dropped, or on the putting green be placed, as near as possible to the spot directly under the place where the ball came to rest in or on the article, but not nearer the hole.

9-5. By Another Ball

a. At Rest

If a player’s ball in motion after a stroke is deflected or stopped by a ball in play and at rest, the player must play his ball as it lies. In match play, there is no penalty. In stroke play, there is no penalty, unless both balls lay on the putting green prior to the stroke, in which case the player incurs a penalty of two strokes.

b. In Motion

If a player’s ball in motion after a stroke other than on the putting green is deflected or stopped by another ball in motion after a stroke, the player must play his ball as it lies, without penalty.

If a player’s ball in motion after a stroke on the putting green is deflected or stopped by another ball in motion after a stroke, the player’s stroke is canceled. The ball must be replaced and replayed, without penalty.

The Phoenix City Golf Card

VGA members may renew their Phoenix City Golf card on the yearly anniversary of its purchase.  The renewal cost is $30.  The VGA will continue to reimburse $10.00 to VGA members who purchase a new city card.

VGA Hats for Sale! 

The VGA has a selection of hats with our logo. There are two styles of sun-protecting hats: white with a blue or tan stripe for $35, and white with a blue trim and chin tie for $30. There are also white golf hats for $15 and visors for $10. The hats are great quality and attractive. See Fred Baldwin for details.