Since several of the mainstay golf tournaments – normally contested in September – had their day under the August sun, the door was left open for several charitable events for the ninth month of the year.
Two of those events will be held at the breathtaking Glacier Club course north of Durango: the inaugural Durango-Farmington Lions Club Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 17 and the 30th annual Randango Golf Classic on Sept. 25.
The Lions Club event, a four-person scramble with gross and net prizes and several special awards including a car for a hole-in-one on a designated hole, will support local charities in our area.
I understand entries are running slow for this tournament. The scenery alone is worth the entry fee of $125 per person, which includes lunch and snacks while on the course. The entry deadline has been extended to Sept. 14; call Dave Peters at 799-7652 or Rob Ruppert at 382-6704.
The 30th Randango, which had its humble beginnings in the parking lot of one of our longtime local beer distributors, is excited to move its venue to the Glacier Club for the 2010 edition. Some of the old mainstays for the tournament are returning, and, as always, the event will benefit the Bryan Merry Memorial Scholarship Fund to award college scholarships to student/athletes who wish to further their athletic endeavors in college.
Hole sponsorships, at $100 each, will directly go to the Bryan Merry or Jim Bob Kaufman Scholarship funds. The entry fee, for this four-person scramble, is $540 per team, which includes the greens fee, cart, lunch and dinner. Payment must be received by Sept. 14; call Skip or Gail Merry at 247-3031.
Now, back to current events.
Louisa’s Movie House and Electronics Fall Classic 2-Person Best Ball, one of the 11 qualifying tournaments for the Oct. 2 Todd Sieger Shootout, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Hillcrest Golf Club. There is $500 in added purse money and an entry fee of $50 per person. Choose your own partner with 90 percent handicaps used for flight alignment. There is an eight-stroke maximum differential between partners. Call 247-1499 for sign-up information.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club will be the site for this year’s Bank of the San Juans Tournament on Friday, followed by the final Ladies Day tournament Sept. 22.
The popular Four Corners Stroke Play also will be contested at DRGC on Sept. 25-26. This event typically fills up quickly, so call 247-8774 to register.
The medal play and low putts Hillcrest Women’s Golf Association event was held Aug. 31, and Laurie Simmons was low gross winner in the first flight, while Jan Smith and Pam Leisle tied for low net. Simmons won low putts.
Judy Berkholz and Vicki Hagler tied for low gross and low net in the second flight, while Hagler won low putts.
Susan Welty was low gross winner in the 9-Hole event, while both Sheila Moring and Val Munro tied for low net. Welty and Moring tied for low putts. Diane Skinner and Emily Robertson tied for low net, while Carol Wiley and Skinner tied for low putts.
I decided to flip my content this week and bring you something to search for on the internet, specifically You Tube. A friend of mine sent me an e-mail about a fascinating site for all golfers and nongolfers alike. It is the site of a golf ball traveling 150 miles an hour into an immoveable steel wall.
You just have to see this: www.flixxy.com/golf-ball-slow-motion.html.
Dave Bray is a member of the Fort Lewis College Hall of Fame as a broadcaster. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.