I call it 'round the corner' time for the golfing season, as we head into the home stretch for tournaments and now can feel the cooling breezes of early morning and late-day sunsets.
We also can add the rather late summer rains we have been experiencing so far. This only adds to the rapid visibility of the fall colors, which are beginning to reveal themselves in Durango's high-country terrain.
I took a quick trip to Pueblo last Saturday, and, aside from the occasional sneak peek of a lone yellowing aspen, the colors still have a long way to go from green to multiple shades of yellow and red.
What was disheartening to our Eastern Slope golfers was the howling winds. The day was better suited to falling into the recliner and reaching for Tiger Woods' video game and matching wits with the best while staying dry and warm.
Almost 60 players competed in the inaugural Kiwanis Club of Durango-Bill Mashaw Charity Golf Tournament at the Glacier Club last Friday to raise funds for the many charitable endeavors championed by the Kiwanis.
Doug Wolfe, Patrick Flynn, Ricky Rathjen and Larry Brown carded a 58 to take low gross and first place. Mark, Lawrence and Patrick Gaughan and Jerry Martinez teamed for a 63 and second gross.
Rob Fogleman, Jerry Dickinson, Andy Dougherty and Sarah Hitti were low net with 55.6. Tom White, Josh Neiman, Angela Cook and Mario Ariano were second net at 56.6.
Patrick Flynn and Moni Grushkin were the long-drive champions, while Dave Peters and Julie Westendorff won closest-to-the-pin honors.
Tournament co-chair Jeff Thulson said there was a great response for the event in Mashaw's memory.
The Louisa Movie House and Electronics Fall Classic 2-Person Best Ball Tournament will be played Saturday and Sunday at Hillcrest Golf Club. This is the 10th and final qualifier for the Todd Sieger Shootout, which will be contested Oct. 3 at HGC. The Fall Classic allows you to choose your partner, providing there is no more than eight strokes separating partners' handicaps. A scale, using 90-percent handicaps, will be used to post results for this flighted event. The entry fee is $50 per person and there is $500 in added purse money. Tee times will begin at 9 a.m. both days. The entry deadline is Thursday.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club reminds all female golfers that the final Ladies Day meeting will be held Sept. 23, with tournament play starting at 9 a.m. And, while we are focusing on DRGC activities, the popular Four Corners Stroke Play will be held Sept. 26-27 with a maximum field of entrants topping out at 114 players.
Next week, I will cover the remaining tournaments from the schedules of our area courses, so get your pencils ready to mark your calendars.
The Hillcrest Women's Golf Association held the popular 3 Clubs and a Putter Tournament on Sept. 8, and Ann Emigh was low gross winner in the first flight, with Linda Allenbaugh coming in low net.
Eve Rupinski was low gross winner in the second flight, with Jeanine Gerety and Mary El Emich tying for low net.
Sheila Moring was low gross winner in the first flight of the 9-hole event, with Nancy Holmes low net.
Pat Lamay and Lynn Tingley tied for low gross in the second flight, while Emily Robertson finished low net.