I don't know about you, but I am not ready for the fall season yet.
One of the branches on my maple tree is starting to change color, and some of the scrub oak near the Escalante Wayside already is showing hues of burnt orange and red.
Wait a minute, this is a good thing, right?
This signals the opportunity to get a better tee time, as the bulk of the summer rush is winding down. The only thing that could spoil this is if they decide to move back daylight saving time to Dec. 31.
Try teeing off at 3 p.m. under total darkness.
The Excell Computer Supplies Hillcrest Senior Men's Open was held last weekend, and Greg Walsh took top honors at low gross in the 50's A-Flight with a score of 5-over par 147. Mick McDermott was second gross at 152. Geoff Bennett captured low net with a score of 140, while Bill Burns and Russ Pool tied for second at 142.
Troy McLaughlin was low gross winner in the 50's B-Flight with a 176, followed closely in second by Steve McCormack at 177 and Bob Giles in third at 178. Gary Meredith won low net at 141. Fred Gillespie was second at 146.
James Sher took top honors in the 60's A-Flight with a 153, with Tom Gorton second at 157. Ray Sigwart was low net with a 143, while Fred Okun came in second at 147.
Jerry Thomas emerged the low gross winner in the 60's B-Flight with a 177. Mike Mericle came in second at 180. Rick Macewen finished low net with a 142, followed by James Turner in second place at 143 and Art Gallegos third at 145.
Alden Foster topped the low gross side of the 70's Flight with a 155, while Jack Morrison was second at 159. Hilton Schroder was low net winner at 136, with Barry Hilmer second at 138.
The Hillcrest Women's Golf Association Ladies Day event Aug. 25 was medal play and low putts. Low gross winners were Aimee Fladt and Susan Weirather in the 18-hole tournament, while Val Munro and Pat Lamay were low gross winners in the 9-hole event. Low Putts winners were Daphne D'Agostino, Marilyn Fiala, Debi Marti, Marge Cornwell and Emily Robertson.
The 35th annual First National Bank A-B-C-D Four Person Team tournament will be held Saturday at Hillcrest Golf Club. There is $500 in added purse money and an entry fee of $35 per person - 90 percent handicaps will be used. Coffee and doughnuts will be served at 7:30 a.m., followed by the registration and drawing for each four-person team at 8 a.m. The shotgun start will commence at 9 a.m. This is a scramble format - net only. Call 247-1499 by noon Thursday to enter.
One of the most precious gifts you can give to a community is your time. The late Bill Mashaw, who I count as one of my good friends, will be remembered for the time he gave to the community. His support of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, his charter efforts for the Round-Up program at La Plata Electric, his avid support of Fort Lewis College athletics and his tuned-in ear to my Skyhawk broadcasts have left me with fond memories.
In that vane, the Kiwanis Club of Durango will host the inaugural Bill Mashaw Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 11 at the Glacier Club. This four person scramble, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start, has an entry fee of $125 per person, or $500 for a foursome. If you would like to sponsor a tee box, the cost is only $250. Call Jeff Thulson at 382-5705, or Dr. Doug Wolfe at 247-5519, for sign-up and sponsorship information.