Special thanks to Victory at Verrado Golf Club head professional Nick Kondos for guiding us through a complicated month without golf in April. Nick’s staff was never closed so their experience with COVID-19 made hosting our May event much easier. One person per cart and tee times verses a shot gun start were necessities. We are uncertain what our next event at Papago GC will look like, but golf is in our future. The response so far is overwhelming with entries pouring into our office.
With a limit of 18 groups and 72 players, starting at 7 am was a bit different. Not having a food function was another change from the norm after many years, but again the social distancing made that impossible.
Victory at Verrado was a new course for many, and the first time the SWSGA has played there with it only being 3 years old. The course sits on the previous Caterpillar Proving Grounds and makes for interesting vistas from the West Valley. The field was led by the team of Professional Ricky Haag and Amateurs John Landry, Dale Melssen and David Kondzich who fired an impressive -25, 119. They bested the team of Professional Randy Wittig, Amateurs Roy Hyde, Tony Ham and Ralph Klein who shot a fine -23, 121. It took a score of 128 to make the prize list and that was determined by a score card playoff.
Amateur Kevin Wall lead all scorers with a -6, 66. Kevin’s round was 1 better than Professionals Barry Conser and Jim Carter. Carl Juengst shot a fine 70 with David Torres having a net 63 after shooting 71, great rounds all of you.
There was only 1 gross skin with Randy Wittig making eagle 2 on hole 14 worth $245 . There were 3 net skins, Ralph Klein on #5, John Landry on #8 and Chris Saltzman on #17, they were worth $82 each.
With the uncertainty of how state regulations would work, we did not have a Murphy’s Law Irish Pub closest to the pin. CardinaleWay was there again to sponsor our on-course refreshments. Thank you Phil.
We have already added 30 new members this year (Oct. – Sept). Remember, your membership runs from October 1st until September 30th. You must be a member to compete in the Founders Championship.
Founders Championship Players of the year
We have now completed the fourth event of the season and points are now being accumulated through team and individual play along with sponsorship points. Defending Professional POY, Ben Sauls is off to a hot start and has the early lead in the 2020 race. Ben has a 8-point lead over Jim Carter and 10 over Ricky Haag. The Amateur Race is led by Ron Whitney who has a 1-point lead over Chris Saltzman and 2 over Marc Apps.
Note, the top 24 Professionals & top 72 Amateurs earn a spot into the Founders Championship in January. The next event at Papago Golf Club is your chance to make this amazing finale and stake your claim of Player of the Year!
Papago Golf Club will host our next event on Tuesday, June 9th. You can continue your qualification by earning points toward the Founders Championship at this well attended event. The course is in great shape and we will keep you updated on any changes made because of COVID-19. Entries can be made at the SWSGA.com website and they are well underway.
See you on the 9th.
We will let you know as soon as possible as to any information or changes made due to COVID-19.