Fore You: Valley golf scene 7/9
This is a weekly list of tournament results, upcoming events and other news from golf courses around the Valley, compiled with the assistance of Bill Finn. Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming major tournaments
NCGA points events noted with an asterisk. Some tournaments are either for junior players or are the annual tournaments that might be fun for gallery.
Saturday-Sunday: Lemoore City Amateur*, 36 holes at Lemoore GC, (559) 924-9658.
Aug. 3-4: Kings River Open, 36 holes at Kings River CC, (559) 897-2077.
Sept. 1-3: Riverbend’s Outlaw Cup*, 54 holes at Riverbend GC, (559) 432-3020.
Sept. 1-2: Visalia City Championship*, 36 holes at Valley Oaks GC, (559) 651-1441.
Sept. 17-18: NCGA Valley Championship*, 36 holes at Riverbend GC, (559) 432-3020.
Nov. 3-4: Tulare County Fourball*, 36 holes at Valley Oaks GC, (559) 651-1441.
Dec. 1-2: Fresno City Fourball*, 36 holes at Riverside GC, (559) 275-5900.
Upcoming: July 12, SIR branch 169 tournament, 8 a.m. shotgun tee time.
Results: Plant Your Flag Tournament, June 30. Men’s Flight A — 1, tie, Tom Shepard and Kenny Schoettler; 3, Don Holley; 4, Mike Wood. Men’s Flight B — 1, Frank Vincent; 2, tie, Gary Lakeman, Charles Smith, Roger Wayne, Dewayne Weagel, Ted Vogt & Loren Layne. Ladies Flight — 1, Carol Hutchison; 2, Peggy Weagel; 3, Carol Smith.
Fourth of July 2-man Best Ball Blind Draw (net) — 1, tie, Blaine Low/Mason Farnsworth, Jason Errecart/Stu Knopf, and Mitzi Layne/Chris Baierski, 63; 2, tie, Mario DiSilva/Forrest Felger, Ben Parra/Jeff Dickey, John Royal/Tom Shepard.
Ladies Day, Modified Best Ball, July 5 — Low gross, Carol Smith 92; low net, Linda Howard 73; 1, Esther Ramirez, Mitzi Layne, Margie Pacini, Charlotte Wayne 131; 2, Linda Howard, Sue Coelho, Arline Vincent, Olga Ketter 133; 3, Peggy Weagel, Jan DiSilva, Betty Lou Gordon, Suzy Stanfield 136
Hole-in one: Vic Horg had a hole-in-one July 5 on No. 11, 187 yards, using a 6-iron. This is his fifth ace.
Ongoing: Seniors weekday program, call the pro shop at (559) 675-3504 for full details.
Pheasant Run GC
Results: SIR branch 159 tournament on July 5. Closest to pin — No. 4, Duke Marshall 1-7, Charlie Jaurique, 9-2; No. 17, LeRoy Foote 11-9; Byron Brough 12-10. First Flight — 1, Mike Castle, net 66; 2, Mike Fair, net 68. Second Flight — 1, George Rodriguez, net 64; 2, Bob Jones, net 66. Third Flight — 1, Mike Williamson, net 60; 2, Bob Dickson, net 61. Fourth Flight — 1, LeRoy Foote, net 61; 2, Steven Deak, net 63
Advancing to third round in annual Ron Rich Match Play — First Flight, Mike Fair; Second Flight, Butch Evans; Third Flight, Mike Williamson
Rancho Maria Golf Club
Santa Maria Valley Men’s Amateur Championship: 19th annual tournament July 28-29, 36 holes of stroke-play competition, scratch and two handicap flights, $175 includes green fees, carts Sunday, range balls, tee prize, closest to the hole on all par-3s, barbecue sandwiches and beverages each day and up to $8,000 in prizes, (805) 937-2019 or ranchomariagolf.com
Results: SIR branch 159 on June 21. Closest to pin — No. 3, Doug Hansen 5-2, Pete Martinez 8-2.5; No. 12, Mike Torigian half-inch, Howard Zinn 3-2. Scramble format — 1, Stan Littleworth, Bob Dickson, Ben Romo and Tom Dougherty, net 38.5; 2, Tony Anello, Mike Torigian, Robert Anderson and Wayne Schwartz, net 41.75. 2-man best ball — 1, Charles Jaurique, with blind draw net 59; 2, Bob Rathburn and John Crawford, net 60.
SIR Area 29 qualifier, advancing to SIR State Scramble Championship on Aug. 13 at Shadow Lakes — team of Jim Morgan, Bruce Evans, Rich Colby and Nick Fierro.
Upcoming: Tuesday, SIR branch 179 tournament, 8 a.m. shotgun tee time. … Wednesday, Skins Game, 1 p.m. … Thursday, Weekly Riverbend Woman’s Club tourney, 8 a.m.
River Park Golf Center
Junior camps: July 25-28 and Aug. 6-9, 9 a.m.-noon. On the first three days, campers learn fundamentals of putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the full swing. On the fourth day, campers play nine holes with an instructor. A pizza party follows. $195. Details: (559) 448-9467 or riverparkgolf.com.
Demos: River Park has the newest and best equipment to demo at no cost from Taylor Made, Titleist, Callaway and Ping. There are also custom club-fitting sessions by appointment.
Memberships: Get use of exclusive members-only area on the east side of the facility, $200 in range credit with a 10% discount on each bucket purchased, free golf before 1 p.m. Monday-Thursday and reduced rates at all other times, and a complimentary club fitting valued at $75.
Ongoing: Twilight rates throughout summer, check with pro shop for the 3 p.m. rate and the Super Twilight for play after 5 p.m. … Get Golf Ready is a program designed to teach the skills needed to play enjoyable golf after just a few short lessons, Thursdays at 3 p.m., Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., (559) 275-5900 or email@example.com.
Upcoming: Wednesday, SIR branch 159 tournament, shotgun tee time at 8 a.m. … Saturday, annual Stableford Tournament.
Stevinson Ranch GC
Ongoing: $35 weekdays/$45 weekends for 18 holes includes cart, Twilight Play after 2 p.m. … Tuesdays, seniors (55 and older) play for $35 including cart … Stay ‘n’ Play midweek, Sunday night through Thursday, $99 golf and cottage (does not include meals or cart), one-, two- and three-day packages available. … Birdies Bogeys and Clays, shoot sporting clays in the morning at the Hunt Club and play golf in the afternoon. … Nature Trail, featuring 120 species of birds.
Upcoming: Saturday, grand opening of the new Performance Center, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with free PGA instruction, including green reading and putting skills, putter fittings, pitching and chipping instruction, wedge fittings, tours and group instruction, Short Game Skills Challenges with prizes. … Sunday, Golf Channel Amateur Tour July tournament, Steve Neer at (559) 360-2720 or sneer@GCAMTour.com.
Results: SIR branch 159 tournament, June 28. Closest to pin — No. 4 Lakes, Howard Zinn 2-1, George Rodriguez 7-6; No. 5 Valley, Rich Zanarini 1-10, Joe Hushek 9-1. Shamble format — 1, Joe Montejano, George Rodriguez, Don Avakian and Tom Topjian, net 253; 2, Danny Munoz, Joe Russo, Charles Jaurique and Larry Daniels, net 273. 4-man, 2-best ball — 1, John Volkman, Vic Froehmer and Bill Leavitt, net 121; 2, Howard Zinn, Rich Zanarini, Mike Williamson and Leroy Foote net 123.
Advancing to third round in annual Ron Rich Match Play — First Flight, Joe Hushek; Second Flight, Bob Rathburn; Third Flight, Dell Kerns; Fourth Flight, Ron Wilson and Larry Psaltis.
Make his a triple: James Trevino, a junior at Clovis West High next year, just missed the cut in the Fresno City Amateur but over the next three weeks may have more than made up for it. Playing on three different courses in tournament conditions, he had holes-in-one each time — June 13, Rancho Canada Golf Course in Carmel, No. 16, 154 yards, 8 iron; June 19, Lemoore Golf Course, No. 7, 171 yards, 6 iron; June 28, San Juan Oaks in Hollister, No. 16, 137 yards, pitching wedge.