SMGA Chair Steve Kartsonis (right) hands off the trophy to MPMGA Chair Dennis Marchand (left). (Photo by Tom Swikoski)

Mark Miller

The new year brought the first of several competitions between the Men’s 18-hole golf leagues of SaddleBrooke One and SaddleBrooke TWO. On Thursday, Jan. 5, and Friday, Jan. 6, competition for the Javelina Cup was played. Thursday’s contest was at the MountainView course, and SaddleBrooke TWO took a commanding lead 228.5 to 185.5. Friday’s play was at the SaddleBrooke/Tucson courses, and SaddleBrooke One had a winning day scoring 210.5 to 203.5. While making up lots of ground, the final score was 432 to 396, and SaddleBrooke TWO retained the cup. Thanks to all the hale and hearty guys who played in this competition.

There is a committee hard at work planning myriad details for April’s RoadRunner Member/Guest event. This four-day golf event started 31 years ago as a way to showcase SaddleBrooke to outsiders, and it obviously proved to be very popular, so it has become an annual competition, complete with camaraderie and dining opportunities to bring members/guests and spouses together to meet family and friends from all over.

SMGA is grateful to those local businesses that support our organization: Blease Financial Services, Coyote Golf Carts, Desert Life Pharmacy, Hardin Brothers Automotive, Ironwood Dermatology, Lexus of Tucson, The Moore Advantage Team, Morris Hall PLC, and Red Earth Tile & Stone. This year we happily welcome three new sponsors: American Family Insurance, Catalina Dental, and Pride Mechanical Heating & Cooling.