On Sunday, August 6, 36 golfers and spouses from SaddleBrooke Ranch descended on the Lodge at Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club for an evening of socializing and dinner prior to the fifth annual Ventana Canyon Golf Outing the following morning.
Sunday afternoon commenced with a social hour in the Lodge bar. Shortly thereafter everyone converged on Bazil’s Italian restaurant for an excellent dinner of pasta and pizza. During dinner the Ventana Canyon Golf Pros passed around hats to pick the men’s teams for the following day. The women’s teams were chosen several days before the event. After dinner most folks gathered back at Lodge bar for one or two final nightcaps and a good night’s sleep.
Monday morning brought sunny skies and very warm weather for a shotgun start on the Canyon course. Joined by our two SaddleBrooke Ranch pros, Mike Jahaske and Ken Steinke, we headed out to conquer the monster.
The game for both the men and women was a modified 4-person scramble known as a Step Aside. Each team consisted of “A,” “B,” “C” and “D” players.
After four and a half hours of enjoying beautiful scenery and challenging golf, everyone convened back at the Lodge for lunch. While eating and rehydrating the winners were announced. Prizes were in the form of gift certificates to the Ventana Canyon Pro Shop. Coincidently the Pro Shop was running a 40% off sale on soft goods.
Women’s first place: Mary Hoover, Charlene Culver, Nancy Galant and Janice Mihora
Men’s first place: Alan Ness, Mike Ohanian, Larry Hawkins and Brian Grover with a score of 56!
Men’s second place: Dan Culver, Dave Hansel, Bob Erickson and Bill Moore with a score of 58!
Men’s third place: John Hess, Bob Christianson, Bill Smith and Jim Cook with a score of 61!
Men’s Closest to the Pin: Hole 5, Guy Shelton; Hole 16, Greg Byrne
After golf, lunch, libation, tall tales and congratulating the winners, everyone returned to their room for a well deserved nap or headed back to SaddleBrooke Ranch.
A special thanks to Carole Erickson for organizing the Women’s event. This was the fourth year in a row. Thanks also to Paul Lapotosky for taking all the great pictures.
Due to popular demand the sixth annual Ventana Canyon Golf Outing is schedule for Monday, August 20, 2018. Next year’s event will be on the Mountain Course. See you there!