Venetia Hobson Lewis
February and March are the big season for SaddleBrooke Ranch Women’s Golf Association-18 (SBWGA-18) tournaments. Other competitions are sprinkled throughout the year, spicing up every month. However in 2021, within the two months of February and March, four major tournaments are played. These competitions are the bread and butter for league play.
The President’s Cup, a match play event, was finalized on Feb. 2. In the consolation match, Lee Anne McClelland won over Nancy Sartor; in the Championship match, Marie Kahng went against B. J. Murray, the eventual winner of the 2021 Presidents Cup. Congratulations to these ladies!
Fifteen of SBWGA-18’s and the Niner’s players went on a Kachina Dolls’ outing to Skyline Country Club on Feb. 15. Bonnie Stutzman was part of the winning foursome.
On Feb. 16, another cold ACE Day blustered in, and yet, 51 of our league players completed play. Helen Graham won overall low gross and Nancy Wyllie won overall low net. Other winners included:
Red/Yellow Flight: Deb Finn, gross; Mary Ribacchi, net;
1st Red Flight: Takeyo Eakin, gross; Sandi Chester, net;
2nd Red Flight: Maggie Falconer, gross; Debra Sherman and Connie Culley tied for net;
3rd Red Flight: Cinda Haugsby, gross; Karen Haddock, net;
Red/Aqua Flight: Bonnie Stutzman, gross; Sandy Collins, net.
Awards were given to those whose balls landed on the green of Tucson 2: Ann Chatham, Nancy Sartor, and Barb Turriff. Closest to the Pin on SaddleBrooke 6, a par 3, awarded by our sponsor Fairway Cooling and Heating, went to Takeyo Eakin, whose ball rested only 3 feet 3 inches from the hole.
There’s not a homely girl “in all them hills” around SaddleBrooke. Nevertheless, for our Sadie Hawkins competition, our ladies asked gentlemen golfers from SaddleBrooke One or SaddleBrooke TWO to be their partners. Sponsored by Coyote Golf Cars and chaired by Deanna McCann, the first place winners of the tournament played on Feb. 23 were:
Daisy Mae Flight: Rick Hagen, Jim Barker, Reenie Romey, Takeyo Eakin
Li’l Abner Flight: Tom Swikoski, Larry Crum, Mary Ribacchi, Deanna McCann
Mammy Yokum Flight: Rich Ribacchi, Richard Hanssen, Linda Watkins, Cathe Kropp
Pappy Yokum Flight: Mick Briney, Judy Briney, Frank Avenoso, Ellen Avenoso
Shmoo Flight: Dick Hardy, Cinda Haugsby, Yvonne Lecornu, Gary Haugsby
Youth On Their Own (YOTO), the designated charity this year of SBWGA-18, again came out a winner. All of the Sadie Hawkins players who bought mulligans and additionally donated resulted in the giving of $410 to YOTO. That’s a big thank you, y’all!
Coming up in mid-March is our simultaneous competition of the Cactus Classic and the Club and Senior Club Championships.
Golf salts our recreational lives at SaddleBrooke. We endure the occasional cold golf day, because we’re happy that we don’t have to salt our driveways and streets to move around.
It’s time to tee up!