The Founders Championship was contested at the beautiful Verde River Golf and Social Club and the 95 players were treated to wonderful conditions after a chilly start. There were multiple competitions going on all over the course. The team competition, individual, skins and hole in ones were all in play. There was a hole in one by Duane Congleton but was not on the "CAR" hole which was sponsored by Phip Kerr and CardinaleWay Mazda. Duane would have looked great in the beautiful red Mazda but he aced the 10th instead of the 3rd, congratulations Duane!! Kirk Allison is going to be in demand since he also witnessed Tim Smith's ace at Alta Mesa.
Brad Ingarfield of Murphy's Law Irish Pub and Bourbon Jacks in Mesa sponsored the Closest to the Pin contest again this year. Steve Kane took honors on #3, Carl Juengst on #5, Duane Congleton on #10 and Kurt Cranmer on #13.
Frank Ellenburg led all scoring with a 5 under par 67. The Professionals were led by Ralph West's 69 which also propelled his team to first place with a score of 199 winning by 6. His Amateur partners were Richard Hubbard, Vinny DePinto and Jeff Goettsche. They took home $230 each.
Player of the Year
With Jeff Goettsche's team taking first place, he moved into the lead of the Player of the Year with 132 points beating Ray Plewa by 4. Jeff earned $120 for the win. The top 10 point earners receive gift cards.
Professional Gerry Norquist increased his lead for top honors with 159 points and $100. The top 5 finishers earned checks.
There were 2 gross skins worth $157 each, Gary Ireton with an eagle on #4 and Duane Congleton's ace on #10. There were 3 net skins, Ireton, Congleton along with Luigi Asuncion on #18. Each was worth 105. There would have been 2 more additional net skins but 2 players did not get into the $20 cash game. Duane's hole in one also got him an additional $176.
Duane did not want to play because he didn't think he was playing well enough. I must have been pretty persuasive since he relented and is taking home $568!! As I told him, you never know when you are going to play well.
CardinaleWay Mazda and Phil Kerr were there again to sponsor our on-course refreshments. Thank you Phil!!
We want to thank all of you for passing the word about the SWSGA. We are quickly approaching our limit of members. The Amateur ranks have been rising quickly. Please invite any Professionals you may know that are 50+ years old. Only 17% of the membership is by Professionals.
The prize fund for the Founders was in excess of $10,000. That is $4000 greater than a regular event. It is our way to thank you as well as those that came before us and started this great organization. The first official event of the 2021 will be at Arrowhead C.C on Monday, January 25th. It will be tee times with regular Covid precautions. This is your chance to earn your points to get to the 2021 Founders Championship.
Arrowhead in 2 weeks starts the process to earn your way into this fun event.
Pace of Play
The last 2 events were especially slow. We need to do a better job of keeping up to the group in front of you. There is a Pace of Play provision in the Policies and if the current trend continues, it will be enforced. We are looking at all aspects of the issue. Pin positions were certainly difficult on Monday for many. Lost balls also seem to be a problem. It is imperative that players hit a provisional ball if there is any doubt in finding the original ball. Teams also have to do a better job of adhering to the 3 minute limit in looking for a ball. Other things will be discussed before the Arrowhead event. Your suggestions are always welcomed. You are there and may recognize issues not apparent to others.
A complete list of the prizes won can be found on the schedule page next to the appropriate event.
Thank you to everyone that brought their found golf balls. Gerry Norquist will need a bigger trunk to transport those lost treasures. Please continue to bring those found balls with you to the events. They go to a great cause, Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Thank you all for your continued participation and support.
Welcomes New Members
Robert Gardner Ron McPherson