Great weather, fun competition for annual Community Golf Event

Participants in the Community Golf Event

Participants in the Community Golf Event

Ted Wierman

The annual Community Golf Event and Dinner was a smashing success once again thanks to all the great residents here at The Ranch! The goal of the event is to get to know your neighbors, have some fun and raise some money for a very needy cause!

We had great participation this year; 120 residents golfed or putted in the event. The competition was which foursome had the least number of putts over 18 holes. Those who putted only had a spot of each green to start their putting. The golfers started counting their putts once they reached the green; the rest didn’t matter. To show the level of importance that is placed on winning, I was not able to uncover the winners to include in this article. Congratulations to all the winners but hopefully the real winners were all of us that had a great day to be on the course and interact with our neighbors. We could not have asked for a more perfect day for our annual event!

After golf we had about 135 people attend the dinner that was held in the Hacienda. As usual Mary and the rest of the staff at the Bistro did an outstanding job of fixing a wonderful meal and taking good care of all 135 of us! Be sure to compliment them on a job well done!

While we were all enjoying our drinks before dinner, several Ranchers were busy selling raffle tickets for the great prizes that were being raffled off! There was some great yard art donated by businesses in the area, lots of gift certificates for dining and other services donated by local restaurants and local businesses. Also many residents donated some great items to the raffle! A huge thank you goes out to all the residents that contributed their time and talents to make this year’s event a success!

The best part of the day was saved for last! Steve Groth, Ranch resident and VP of SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) introduced Dave Jungbluth, Guidance Counselor at San Manuel High School. Many of the students that he sees regularly are the recipients of the scholarships that SBCO provides every year. He emphasized how important the scholarships are to the students that receive them. Without the scholarships many of the students would not be able to attend college! SaddleBrooke Community Outreach currently has 38 students on scholarship with the hope of adding another 15 this year. Students come from San Manuel HS, Hayden-Winkleman HS, Ray HS in Kearney and Superior HS in Superior. Each student gets $1,500 per year for four years as long as they keep good grades and are registered as a full-time student.

A big part of that goal will be met because of the generosity of individual donations, residents buying lots of raffle tickets and the money brought in from our sponsors. Because of the great work and generosity of many residents we were able to donate $7,500 to SBCO for scholarships.

It is important for all of us to remember our sponsors and to patronize them whenever possible. Be sure to thank them for their generous support when you see them. Each participant received a program listing all the sponsors and donations for the raffle. I will list the annual sponsors and the hole sponsor here and encourage you to thank them when you see them!

Platinum Sponsors: Golf Cars of Arizona, Coyote Golf Cars, Dr. Kimberly Tucker

Premium Sponsors: Patrick Shaffer, DDS, Gerry Hause/Long Realty, Sonoran Dreams Landscaping, Oracle Ford, Brakemax, Outdoor Creations, Community Church of Saddlebrooke.

Hole Sponsors: Grain River Asian Bistro, Oracle Inn, Patio Café, Sun Cleaners, Chengs Beijing Restaurant, Kinetico Water Systems, Signarama, Rebecca Williams/Morgan Stanley, Hardin Brothers, MJM Landscaping, Canyon Bank, Quality Paint and Body.

If you would like to help make next year’s Community Golf Event and Dinner even better, please contact Sam Rossi.

Again thanks to a great community for helping make this event a success!