Special thanks to General Manager Daryl Crawford of the Papago Golf Course for putting out the welcome mat for our June SWSGA event. On short notice, Daryl, working with Board Members Randy Wittig and Jim Sladovic, made this event a reality. It was the first time SWSGA played at Papago in many years.
Papago was designed by well-known and esteemed golf course architect William Francis (Billy) Bell, who learned his craft from his father, William Park Bell. They collaborated on many highly rated California courses. Perhaps best known among the nearly one hundred courses to Billy's credit is Torrey Pines in San Diego.
22 groups teed off both the front and back while we continued to adjust the usual SWSGA formats. The one-gross, 1-net event was led by the team of Professional Brian Pavlet and Amateurs Jim Sladovic, Ray Plewa and Warren Cohen who fired an impressive -21, 123. Warren’s eagle 2 on #4 proved to be the difference as they edged the 2nd place team by a single shot. Professional Jim Carter led his team to the close finish and had the low round of the day at -5, 67. Professional Bob Jennings, Amateurs Don Krider and Ralph Klein rounded out the team while shooting 124. It took a score of 128 to make the prize list and earn Founders Championship points.
Following Jim Carter’s 67 were Professionals Barry Conser and Randy Wittig who both shot 68. Amateur Murphy Mitchell led the Ams with a -2, 70. Amateur Wade Borg and Phil Kerr led the net scores with a fine net 64s. Garry Dion shot 71 and a net 65 to finish 3rd. Warren Cohen followed with a net 66 and shooting 73. It took a score of 70 to cash in the gross game and 68 to cash in the net game.
There were 2 skins in each the gross and net games. Warren Cohen earned 1 in each where his eagle on #4 did the trick. New Member Tom Kalinowski eagled #9 for a gross skin and Jim Sartor had a net eagle on #18. Each of the 4 skins were worth $147.
CardinaleWay was there again to sponsor our on-course refreshments. Thank you, Phil.
We have already added 34 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 fifth event of the season and points are now being accumulated through team and individual play along with sponsorship points. Defending Professional POY, Ben Sauls was just overtaken by red hot Professional Jim Carter in the 2020 race. Jim has a 13-point lead over Ben and 15 over Randy Wittig. The Amateur Race is led by Ron Whitney who has a 1-point lead over hard charging Warren Cohen and Chris Saltzman and 2 over Marc Apps. Note, the top 24 Professionals & top 72 Amateurs earn a spot into the Founders Championship in January.
Mirabel Country Club will host our next event on Thursday, July 23rd. 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. An informational email will be coming your way to all members and guests in the next few days with the requirements set up by Mirabel. The cost has been increased to $100 for this event. The cash game will be additional.