The third official event of the 2020 season kicked off under perfect skies and our usual air show at Falcon Dunes Golf Club. The F-35 and F-16 put on a show for us which had to make one proud. 94 players competed in perfect conditions on the beautifully kept course especially after receiving over 4” of rain earlier in the week. The greens were fast and true. Special thanks to Assistant General Manager Bryan Cooper. He and his staff made the day run effortlessly amid the unusual situation with the national concern over COVID-19. All precautions were taken to have our members have a safe environment to participate. With a full field of 94 players, we would like to thank our membership for their efforts to keep play moving.
It has always been the practice of the SWSGA to allow the course maintenance staff to set the pin locations in their normal rotations. The more routine and less complicated our events are to run the more courses will enjoy having us back. At times it may seem that the pin locations are extreme, but that is never the objective. In our pre-tournament meetings, it is always stressed we are guests for the day and to set-up the course as they see fit for their membership.
Falcon Dunes Golf Club
24 teams teed it up on Monday with the competition as tight as ever. There were 2 teams shooting a 124 in the one-gross one-net ball format. Professional Ben Sauls and Amateurs Dan Gleason, Bob Berglund and Dale Melssen tied with Professional Jim Sartor along with Amateurs Jeff Navarre, Roger Curtis and David Kondzich. They earned $170 each for their efforts. They each also earned 12 points toward the Founders Championship. Finishing 4 shots back were 3 teams shooting 128. It took a score of 130 to make the money although there was a scorecard playoff for the money while all 130's got points.
Players were led by Amateur Jeff Navarre’s 67 which featured a hole out on #8 for an eagle. He was followed by Professional Randy Wittig at 68. Professional Jim Carter and Amateur Tim Blau followed with 69s. Taking Low Net was Amateur Tim Blau with a 64. It took a score of gross 73 and net 68 to place in the cash game.
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 Kevin Wall #2 (4’2”), Jerry Hill on #5 (2’67”), Dan Gleason on #11 (1’11”) and Cyrus Whitney #17 (4’6”)”). 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
We have now completed the third 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 12-point lead over Jim Carter. Amateur Ron Whitney has a 2-point lead over Terry Ruzzo and 4 over Roger Curtis.
Note, the top 24 Professionals & top 72 Amateurs earn a spot into the Founders Championship in January. The next event at Alta Mesa is your chance to make this amazing finale and stake your claim of Player of the Year!!
We have already added 22 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.
There were 3 gross skins worth $107 each. John Hernandez eagle 2 on #6, Patrick Vedrenne’s birdie 3 on #7 and Jeff Navarre’s eagle 2 on #8.
There were 4 net skins being won John Hernandez on #6, Patrick Vedrenne on #7, Jeff Navarre on #8 and Roger Curtis on #15. Each was worth $81.
Alta Mesa Golf Club will host our next event on Monday, April 20th. 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.
See you on the 20th.
Reminder, Alta Mesa is always a great draw so enter early.
We will let you know as soon as possible as to any information or changes made due to COVID-19.