SBWGA-18: Birding in SaddleBrooke

Becky Hubbard, May’s ACE Day Gross winner

Margie Buhler, April’s ACE Day Net winner

Takeyo Eakin, April’s ACE Day Gross winner

Sarah Earnest, May’s ACE Day Net winner

Venetia Hobson Lewis

Birding is a popular activity in Arizona. Quite a few important habitats are located within our state for spotting that elusive winged beauty in flight: Madera Canyon, Chiricahua National Monument, the Grand Canyon, Patagonia Lake State Park, and many more.

SaddleBrooke is not without its own bird sanctuaries. About four years ago, SBWGA-18 members, Sheila Clarkin and Chris Crum, spearheaded the construction, funding, and placement of many bird houses throughout the trees, alongside the fairways of our golf courses. Housed among us on almost any street is that rarest of birds—the snowbird.

May and June are the primary months of migration for the snowbird. Their routes vary, but generally take a northerly, northeasterly, or northwesterly direction, returning to their desert nests about four to five months later. SBWGA-18 wishes them safe and happy trips and will welcome them with glad hearts upon their return.

When speaking of birdies, many also appear on the golf course when least expected, maybe on the first hole, the last, or perhaps they are evasive for several rounds; however, birdies and eagles are always things of beauty to the golfer.

Many of our SBWGA-18 members can vouch for that. Our optional Skins Game on ACE Day, May 11, displayed a full plumage of gross and net birdies and eagles.

May’s ACE Day Overall Gross winner was Becky Hubbard with a gross score of 82, and Sarah Earnest plucked the award for May’s ACE Overall Net winner with a net score of 68.

Flighted winners were:

Red/Yellow Tee

Gross 1: Brenda Brown, in a card off, 88

Gross 2: Sandra Murray, 88; Net: Connie Culley, 73

Red Tees

Flight 1

Gross 1: Ann Chatham, 84

Gross 2: Ginny Ford, 88; Net: Geri Sandilands, 74

Flight 2

Gross 1: Judy Briney, 88

Gross 2: CJ Johnson, 92; Net: Venetia Lewis, 70

Flight 3

Gross 1: Debra Sherman, 89

Gross 2: Barbara Turriff, 92; Net: Marsha Camp, 69

Flight 4

Gross 1: Nancy Huffman, 93

Gross 2: Deb Fenton, 95; Net 1: Chris Crum, 72; Net 2: Judy Schilling, 75

Red/Aqua Tees

Gross 1: BJ Murray, 87

Gross 2: Gail Plimpton, 90; Net: Nancy Wyllie, 64

Congratulations, ladies!

Sponsored by Creative Smiles Dentistry, Gail Plimpton won Closest to the Pin on Catalina number 3, her ball resting only 7 feet 1 inch from the pin.

May and June also are the months when quail families emerge, the baby quails sprinting in undulating waves across our lawns and fairways. How lucky we are to live among and commune with wildlife in Arizona.

It’s time to tee up!