The first official event of the 2020 season kicked off at the Arnold Palmer designed Arrowhead Country Club. 93 players competed in perfect conditions on the beautifully kept course. The greens were fast and true and the water hazards got a lot of action. Special thanks to Head Golf Professional Chris Figueroa who had his staff ready for action and the event went off without a hitch.
We are proud to announce, Ex Executive Director John Benda was just inducted into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame. John continues to do amazing things with his golf talents.
We had a special guest at the completion of play, one of our Founding Members, Bill Johnston made an appearance and graced us with some stories over the last 43 years. We hope Bill will continue to pop in and join us with more of his experiences. Bill just celebrated his 95th birthday.
Arrowhead Country Club
24 teams teed it up on Monday with the competition as tight as ever. Professional Ricky Haag led his team to a one stroke victory in the one-gross one-net competition. Ricky was aided by Amateurs Wade Borg, Steve Jackson and Ron Garland. Taking 2nd was Professional Jim Sartor and Amateurs Mick McKenzie, John Cozart and New Member Rick Danis.
The Professionals were led by Ricky Haag with 67 and followed by Gerry Norquist’s 69. Taking co-low gross with Ricky was Amateur Murphy Mitchell. John Cozart shot a fine 71 to take 2nd Amateur. It took a score of 73 to cash in the Gross Cash Pot and 65 in the Net Cash Pot. Congratulations to all our winners.
Special thanks to our drink sponsor Phil Kerr of CardinaleWay Mazda. When looking for a new Mazda or used vehicle, please give CardinaleWay Mazda a call as Phil has vowed to take care of the SWSGA family as his own.
Brad Ingarfield of Murphy’s Law Irish Pub was the sponsor of the closest-to-the-pin competition and each winner was presented with a half dozen Pro V’s and a $60 gift certificate.
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub Closest-to-the-Pin
Our 4 closest to the pin were earned by Robin McCool #3 (3’11”), Ben Sauls on #7 (5’10”), Gerry Norquist on #11 (2’6”) and Ben Sauls (again) #15 (1’8”). They earned a $60 Murphy’s Law Irish Pub gift card and ½ dozen of Titleist Pro V1s. Congratulations to our sharpshooters.
Founders Championship Players of the year
Amateur Jeff Navarre and Professional Ben Sauls were back to start defense of their 2019 Player of the Year Awards. This was the first event of the new season and points are now being accumulated.
Note, the top 24 Professionals & top 72 Amateurs earn a spot into the Founders Championship in January. The next event at Tatum Ranch is your chance to make this amazing finale and stake your claim of Player of the Year!!
Remember, sponsoring new members is also a way to earn 4 extra points. Amateur Nick Fine is off to a big start in sponsorship with 8 points. We had 47 new members last year and 7 more this year. Remember, your membership runs from October 1st until September 30th. You must be a member to compete in the Founders Championship. Bring a guest
There were NO gross skins and $318 will carry forward to Tatum Ranch.
There were 2 net skins being won by Jim Howie on #9 and Chris Saltzman on #12. Each was worth $159.
Next Event ~~ Play with a friend
Tatum Ranch Country Club will host our next event on Monday, February 17th. You can start earning points toward the Founders Championship at this well attended event. The course is in great shape and ready for us, we hope to see you there. Entries can be made at the SWSGA.com website. Tatum Ranch will also be the site of our first play with a friend event. When you enter, please have both players request each other in the comments section of the Paypal entry form. A major tenant of the SWSGA is that we want a pro in each group. Thus, the only way two pros could play together is if there were more pros than groups. That is very unusual but if you want to play together, bring lots of friends. Please get your entries in early as the courses are getting very strict on the contracts. See you on the February 17th.
1st Place Team!
Steve Jackson, Ricky Haag, Wade Borg, Ron Garland