K. Paul Knott
The third annual SBR Couples Golf Championship tournament, sponsored by PThomsen Consulting, LLC, was held on Sunday, March 8, at SaddleBrooke Ranch Golf Club. Twenty-six couples competed for gross and net honors as well as additional prizes for low net scores in five flights. The event was held in cool, breezy, and occasionally wet conditions. Following the round, the competitors gathered in the Sol Ballroom at the SBR Ranch House for food and beverages, and the announcement of results.
Beth and Jon Wittman won the gross championship with a combined score of 160, nine strokes better than their nearest competitors. Carol and Bill Mihal won the net championship with a combined score of 143. Several other low net scores included 144, 145, 146, and 148 in the close competition. Both couples received cash prizes and will have their names engraved on the SBR Couples Championship plaque, housed on the ‘wall of champions’ in the SBR Golf Pro Shop.
Several golfers recorded sub-80 gross rounds, including Jon Wittman (72), Larry Sandoval (74), Bob Willcoxon (75), Eric Taylor (77), and Randy Graham (79). Notable net scores were turned in by Carole Ericksen (70), Bill Mihal (70), Sterlyn Robertson (71), Cheryl Reddy (71), CJ Kerley (72), and Tom Merrick (72).
Additional couples’ teams were recognized in five flights for low net scores, including:
Flight 1: 1st Low Net, Charlotte and Randy Graham (144); 2nd Low Net, Monika and Phil Bartko (149); and 3rd Low Net, Trish and Pat Kelly (151).
Flight 2: 1st Low Net, Diane and Eric Taylor (145); 2nd Low Net, Sterlyn and Ed Robertson (146); and 3rd Low Net, Nancy and Bob Willcoxon (150).
Flight 3: 1st Low Net, Maggie and Tom Merrick (148); 2nd Low Net, Carole and Bob Ericksen (149); and 3rd Low Net, Cheryl Reddy and Bill Hawk (150).
Flight 4: 1st Low Net, Cathy and Brian Kerley (146); 2nd Low Net, Denise and Larry Sandoval (148); and 3rd Low Net, Lee and Doug Rinke (158).
Flight 5: 1st Low Net, Stephanie Gaskill and Andrew McGehee (156); 2nd Low Net, Lisa and Mark Brown (158); and 3rd Low Net, Mary and Charlie Anderson (161).
Four closest to the pin competitions were held during the event, with the winners receiving two range tokens and enthusiastic applause from the field:
Hole No. 2 (for men): won by Pat Kelly and sponsored by PThomsen Consulting, LLC.
Hole No. 5 (for women): won by Carole Ericksen and sponsored by JKOLHOFF Controls, LLC.
Hole No. 12 (for men): won by Eric Taylor and sponsored by Patrick Shaffer, DDS.
Hole No. 14 (for women): won by Trish Kelly and sponsored by PThomsen Consulting, LLC.
SaddleBrooke Ranch Couples Golf is a social golf group that plays on the second Sunday of each month except when the golf course is closed for overseeding. The emphasis is on fun and fellowship, along with enough competition to keep things interesting. The games and scoring rules vary from month to month. Contact [email protected] for more information about Couples Golf at SaddleBrooke Ranch.