Fore You 2/24: Happenings around the Valley for the local golfer

The Fresno BeeFebruary 23, 2014 

Weekly list of results, upcoming events and other news from golf courses throughout the Valley, compiled with the assistance of Bill Finn. Submissions can be emailed to billfnn@yahoo. com or

Upcoming regional amateur tournament schedule

NCGA Public Links Championship Local Qualifying Riverside GC, March 7

Fresno State Men's Golf Classic San Joaquin CC, March 10-11

Jim Lathum Salinas City Match Play/Senior MP, Salinas Fairways, March 15-16

Fresno State Women Lexus Golf Classic, Copper River GCC, March 17-18

Tulare County Amateur, Valley Oaks GC, March 22-23

49th NCGA Public Links Gross/Net Championships, Spyglass Hill GC and Bayonet GC, March 31-April 1

Upcoming junior tournaments

March 9, Fig Garden GC, 9 holes, stroke play, 1:30 p.m. tee times, ages 9 to 17. $35 entry fee, 32 spots available, register by March 5 at For more info, call or text Pamela at (559) 269-6369.


Ongoing: $31 green fee and cart after 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Upcoming: Sunday, 11th annual High Score Duffers Kids Day tournament benefiting Children's Hospital Central California; $70 per person includes range balls, cart, green fees, lunch, prizes, raffle and silent auction; 4-person scramble format with 9 a.m. shotgun start; (559) 441-6358 or … March 15, Spring Fling …March 16, 4-person scramble to honor longtime member Del Firpo who died just short of her 101st birthday, all welcome to play, 8 a.m. shotgun start, $60 entry fee covers cart, green fee, range balls and lunch. Call pro shop for details at (559) 291-6254.… March 29, NCGA Regional zone qualifier.…April 19, Spring Shamble

Belmont CC

Ongoing: Regular memberships start at $293 per month. Young executive $175, junior club $115, single golfer at $258, social $65; Contact Todd Hansen at (559) 251-5078, ext. 21.

Upcoming: Thursday, SIR No. 169 tourney, 9 a.m. shotgun start;

Caltrans D-6 Golf Club

Ongoing: Caltrans D-6 GC is an NCGA club. Membership is open to all. Contact Kevin Kast at (559) 488-4309 or

Central Valley Junior Golf

Upcoming: March 9 at Fig Garden GC, $35 entry, tee times at 1:30 p.m., ages 9 to 17; Register by March 5 at or call/text Pamela at (559) 269-6369.

Christian Golf Club of Central California

Upcoming: March 21, Monarch Dunes GC in Nipomo, 2-person BB 11 a.m. start, $61 entry fee includes cart and range balls; March 22, Blacklake GC in Nipomo, 2-person BB 8:30 a.m. start, $76 entry fee. Deadline for both is March 5. Contact Norm Wiens at (559) 289-0343.…April 12, Riverbend GC, $61 entry fee, 11 a.m. start, sign up by April 28.

Results: Feb. 15 tournament at Lemoore GC — Teams: 1. M.Gallagher, J.Gallagher, R.Rathbone, R.Henderson 116; 2. J.Araujo, J.Arteaga, B.Horg, B.Crain 118; 3. M. Baty, L. Garcia, P. Openshaw, K. Olszowy 120.

Copper River Country Club

Upcoming: March 24, Divine Mercy Catholic Church Benefit Tournament, 11 a.m. shotgun start; Call (559) 960-4008 or (559) 347-7219 for details.

Eagle Springs

Ongoing: Through February, membership initiation fees will be waived when full fee paid up front. Details: (559) 325-8900.

Upcoming: Thursday, SIR No. 159 tourney, 10 a.m. shotgun start.

Executive Women's Golf Assn.

Upcoming: Tuesday, "Mardi Gras Time" annual kick-off dinner at Pardini's (2257 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno). 5:30 p.m. cocktail hour and 6:30 p.m. dinner.… March 8, Kick-Off Tournament at Fig Garden GC, 2-person best ball format open to all women golfers of every ability. Tee times start at 10:45 a.m. For details call Jan (559) 288-7723 or Joann (559) 859-8514.

Exeter Golf Course

Ongoing: Private group lessons by appointment. … Monthly tourneys, with men's, women's club dues at $20 per year. Second and third Saturdays. … Weekly, Mondays, $5 all-day golf; Wednesdays, Ladies Day tee time, 9 a.m. green fees plus $1.50; Thursdays, scramble, 8:30 a.m. green fees plus $2.25; Saturdays, scramble 1 p.m., green fees plus $11.

Fig Garden GC

Upcoming: March 7, Fresno PAL Swing for Kids charity tournament. 4-person scramble, $90 per player covers green fees, cart, breakfast, lunch, prizes, long-drive contest and two raffle tickets; limited to first 120 players; 8 a.m. shotgun start; Karen Kroske at (559) 341-4764 or write to Fresno PAL Golf, 5132 N. Palm Ave. PMB No. 380, Fresno 93704. … March 8, EWGA Kick Off Tourney, details above.… March 8, EWGA Kick-Off Tournament, see above.…March 9, Central Valley Junior Golf tourney, see above.

Golf Channel Amateur Tour

Upcoming: Sunday, March 2 at Diablo Grande Legends GC, Patterson; March 10 at Ruby Hill CC, Pleasanton; March 16 at Castle Oaks GC, Ione; March 22 at Blackhorse GC, Seaside; March 30 at Merced CC, Merced. For full details or to sign up contact Steve Neer at (559) 360-2720 or

Islewood Golfing Center

Ongoing: All-grass tee driving range, open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Also available are putting and chipping greens, a nine-hole chipping course and a five-hole course. Call (559) 275-0600 for details.

Lemoore GC

Ongoing: Get Golf Ready Clinics. Call the pro shop at (559) 924-9658.

Madera G&CC

Ongoing: Equity memberships start at $250 per month. Nonequity at $210, and social memberships at $25/per year. Call pro shop for details at (559) 674-2682.

Results: President's Day 2-man Scramble, A — 1. Dan & Barbara Douglas 63; 2. Norman Light & John Freeman 66; Tom Shepard & Pete Nemeth 67. B — 1. Robert Stanfield & John Royal 65; 2. Jim Volkoff & Rob Metzler 67; 3. Dale Messer & Shirlee Messer 69.

Madera Muni GC

Ongoing: Revolution membership, unlimited golf for $79.95 per month; add seven sister courses for $19.95 per month; pro shop at (559) 675-3504. … Senior rates Monday-Friday, $27 includes green fee and cart (on weekends after noon). … Tourney rates, weekdays $41, weekends/ holidays $46. Includes green fee, cart, range balls, scoring; shotguns available.

Upcoming: Tuesday, SIR No. 179 tourney, 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Ridge Creek GC

Upcoming: Sunday, NCGA Four-ball qualifier, 11 a.m. tee times, $70; deadline Wednesday, Feb. 26;

Membership Special: Annual Emperor memberships for $2,700 and access unlimited green fees, carts and range balls through the year of your membership, $200 merchandise gift card, sleeve of Titleist Pro Vs and your NCGA Handicap. Seniors 62 and up are $2,400. Family memberships and payment options are also available.

Specials: Winter rates. $50 weekdays, $55 Fridays, $65 on weekends, all including cart, and Friday and weekend rounds a sleeve of Titleist Pro Vs prior to twilight, through Friday. … Rewards members save $10 weekdays and $15 weekends, … Winter holiday rate of $65 per player, includes sleeve of Titleist Pro Vs.

River Park GC

Ongoing: Pro instruction by Gary Green, Cindy Vining (LPGA), Tim Huber (PGA); call (559) 448-9467. … Youth On Course members play 9-hole course for $2.

Upcoming: Demo Days — Ping March 8, Callaway March 16, TaylorMade April 12, Titleist April 26.

Specials: Purchase $100 on a range key and receive $125 in value.

Riverbend GC

Ongoing: Check for specials and other offers at or … Ed Luethke will begin clinics in March. Call the pro shop at (559) 432-3020. … LPGA pro Patti Liscio offers lessons at all levels. Call (559) 266-3015.

Upcoming: March 22, will mark start of weekly skins games, 12:30 p.m. tee time.

Riverside GC

Ongoing: Get Golf Ready. $99 per student, five one-hour sessions. Fridays 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call pro shop at (559) 275-5900 or visit Twilight rates, after 1 p.m., $18 per walker weekdays, $20 weekends. Super Twilight, after 3 p.m., $12.

Upcoming: March 8, Titleist Vokey Wedge Fitting Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call pro shop to sign up.

Sherwood Forest GC

Upcoming: March 16, 2-man BB and NCGA Senior 2-man BB qualifier.… April 13, 3 clubs and a putter, 2-man BB.

Results: Feb. 16, NCGA 4-man qualifier. Overall winners representing Sherwood Forest: Lee King, John Norris, Waine Aalto & Jim Pacini. Flight 1 results — 1. King, Norris, Aalto, Pacini; 2. Rick Lee, Javier Mercado, Frank Sani, Ron Boyajian; 3. Brent Severson, Rick Welker, David Russell, Jeff Shahbazian. Flight 2 — 1. Ken Kimura, Jeff Mathews, Rudy Guadiana, Dave Purdom; 2. Steve Gibson, Steve Gonzales, Jim Branton, Matt Nattenberg; 3. Al Madrigal, Ruben Cazares, Tom Martinez, Ray Yzaguirre; Closest to Hole, No. 13 — John Cook 9-0; No. 15 — David Russell 7 inches.

Sierra Meadows CC

Upcoming: April 5, Kynan Stanners Memorial tourney, 9 a.m. tee time, $100 entry fee.

Ongoing: Monday senior special, 62 and older, $35 cart fee. … Call the pro shop at (800) 642-7448 for tournament and wedding packages for 2014.

Stevinson Ranch GC

Ongoing: Seniors age 60 and over, Monday-Thursday, $35 including cart and green fees. … Twilight $25 after 1 p.m. Monday-Thursday, $35 Friday-Sunday; (209) 668-8200 or www.stevinsonranch. com for programs, discounts. … 2014 green-fee program — Winter rates effective through March 31; San Joaquin Valley rates, $37 Monday-Thursday; $47 Friday-Sunday; NCGA members take $10 off. Replay rate $25 every day. … Green fees special, visit and print Stevinson Ranch GC's coupon to play for $39 (cart included). Valid Monday-Thursday through February.… Dave Harmon is offering free launch monitor driver diagnostic sessions in February; appointments at (209) 480-3245 or call the pro shop at (209) 668-8200.

Valley Oaks GC

Upcoming: March 22-23, Tulare County Amateur Championship, NCGA points event.

Ongoing: Youth on Course: $5 green fees after noon, seven days a week; $2 small range bucket; pro shop at (559) 651-1441. … Gift cards available at … Pinnacle Golf Ball special this month, 15 ball packs for $14.97 plus tax. … Bring a buddy special, Tuesday through Friday before 2 p.m. and receive free cart with purchase of two regular green fees.… Purchase three lessons with a PGA pro for $99 (reg. price $150).

Woodlake Ranch GC

Upcoming: March 9, One-man modified scramble.… April 12-13, 4-man qualifier.

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