Here we are at the end of another season of reporting on the golf scene in Southwest Colorado.
We have gone through a successful changing of the guard at the Dalton Ranch Golf Club. A glimpse into the future possibilities at the Hillcrest Golf Club and, what might be a beneficial element of a rebounding national economy, the return of golfers after the sluggish recession.
One of my gauges for measuring a golf season’s success is the turnout and following proceeds from charitable tournaments. We have seen both elements, for most of the flagged events, grow incrementally. This community has been, is, and will be a giving populace, always.
When we can, let’s keep giving back and keep the golfing tradition alive.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club
Four Corners Stroke Play (18 holes), Sept. 20:
1. Pat Diaz, low gross, 71; 2. Nathan Coats, 76; T3. Doug Cramer, Gordon Miller, Adrian Morse, 79.
T1. Sean Griswold, Gavin Lyons, low net, 74; 3. Jerry Beren, 75.
1. Melton Harper, low gross 80; 2. Steve Pease, 82; 3. Jim Coffing, 83.
1. Daniel Nedoba, low net, 73; 2. Mark Buono, 75; T3. Gordon Pracko, Jeff Madeen, 76.
1. Robert Pollock, low gross, 80; 2. Michael Howe, 86; T3. J.B. Boyd, Arnold Valdivia, 87.
1. Brian Cameron, low net, 69; 2. Wally Bryniarski, 73; 3. Jim Anderson, John Betka, Weldon Neff, 76.
1. Ken Van Zee, low gross, 90; 2. Dennis Bickford, 92; 3. Phil Lambert, 98.
1. Randy Smith, low net, 67; 2. David Pfeffer, 76; T3. Leroy Flynn, Jim Howell, 78.
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The Dalton Ranch Ladies Golf Association, 18-Hole Scramble, Sept. 17:
1. Marlene Gebhardt, Patti Lane, Carol Riggs, 60.3.
2. Sandy Elliot, Charlene Hammond, Bonnie Johnson, Jane Piper, 60.8.
3. Claudia Patterson, Pam Petter, Jill Rickelman, Diane Smith, 65.7.
Hillcrest Golf Club
The Hillcrest Women’s Golf Association, 3-Clubs and a Putter, Sept. 18:
First Flight: Judy Berkholtz, 98.
Second Flight: Marni Burnett, 106.
9-Hole: Janet Monell, 53.
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The Dave Peterson Memorial 3 Clubs and a Putter tournament will be held Saturday at Hillcrest Golf Club. I considered myself a friend of Person’s because of our love of Fort Lewis College athletics. Person, who passed away all too soon, was the best at customer service – with the biggest smile anywhere. I miss him and am glad they are honoring his memory with this event.
Hillcrest also will wrap up its scheduled tournament play with the Coldwell Banker Heritage House Realtors’ Todd Sieger Shootout on Oct. 4. For Hillcrest members only, the shootout is for the top-20 money winners of designated tournaments throughout the 2014 tournament calendar.
Dave Bray has been covering the local golf scene for 33 years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.