M-PMGA 2014 Club Championship

Club Championship winner Terry Tedder giving acceptance speech.

Club Championship winner Terry Tedder giving acceptance speech.

Dan Schroeder

The MountainView–Preserve Men’s Golf Association Club Championship was held over two days on November 12 at MountainView and November 13 at The Preserve with 96 members participating. Course conditions were excellent and the weather was great all leading to a very competitive tournament. There were nine flights, three of which were competing for the overall club championship. Bob Eder did a fantastic job organizing the tournament with overall gross and net score winners along with gross and net flight winners at several tee choices. There were also some very challenging pin placements, all of which led to a competition that appealed to golfers of all levels. A new wrinkle for this tournament was the complimentary Bridgestone Ball fitting with four Bridgestone Balls given to each participant. Alas, most of us have already donated the four balls to the desert.

The overall winner of the Club Championship was Terry Tedder with a gross score 148. Terry shot a 73 on day one at MountainView and 75 on day two at The Preserve. The championship was a close fought affair coming down to the wire. On their second to the last hole Terry sunk a long putt of 40 or more feet and then parred the last to seal a victory over Grant Farquhar. The overall net champion was Grant Farquhar with a net 67 on day one and a net 72 on day two for a total of 139. The other flight winners were Flight Two low gross Tony VanNatter, low net Dennis Marchand; Flight Three low gross Rick Fernandez, low net Kirk Goodwin; Flight Four low gross Mick Borm, low net Don Plapinger; Flight Five low gross Larry Fox, low net Len Kirklin; Flight Six low gross Tony Blunt, low net Roger Bedard; Flight Seven low gross Don Chapdelaine, low net Ron Pozzi; Flight Eight low gross Greg Cahill, low net Dan Hoshino; Flight Nine low gross Ray Rosenbauer, low net Mike Smith. Prize money was awarded to over 40% of the field.

The disappointment of the tournament came when Don Plapinger came within two inches of a hole-in-one on number 4 at The Preserve which would have won him a new golf cart from Golf Cars of Arizona. A close second in the disappointment category was Bob Brussel who came within one inch of an ace on day one; however, no golf cart was up for grabs on that shot.

Everyone celebrated their scores (good and bad) with unlimited pizza and beer at the awards luncheon following the day two round. All M-PMGA members owe Bob Eder and his many volunteers who put in a lot of time and effort a big thanks for making an event like this a big success.