Golf: Fore You for the week of May 30

Happenings around the Valley for local golfers

A weekly look at happenings around the Valley for local golfers, compiled with the assistance of Bill Finn. Submissions can be emailed to or

Upcoming tournaments

Today, Riverside GC will host the final round of the 89th Fresno City Amateur Championship. Galleries welcome. For information as to times, call the pro shop at 550-275-5900.

June 25-26, Fresno County Amateur Tournament at Fig Garden GC (men’s championship, handicap, and men’s senior championship flights as well as ladies’ championship flights).

Airways GC

Upcoming: June 18, Sizzling Summer Special Tournament; June 23, SIR Branch No. 159 Novelty Tournament, 8:30 a.m.

Ongoing: For any questions regarding club membership info and tournament registration, go online at

Belmont CC

Ongoing: Four-month trial membership, join between April and July (membership runs for four months from sign-up date), $200 initiation fee, $341 per month. Call 559-251-5078 for details.

Bluff Pointe Golf Center

Ongoing: “First come, no tee time” rounds. Nine holes in under two hours. Call 559-275-0600 for details.

Christian Golf Club of Central California

Upcoming: June 10-11, June Tournament, 36 holes at Monarch Dunes GC, 1 p.m. on June 10 and 11 a.m. on June 11. For more info. and to sign up, contact Norm Wiens at 559-289-0343. (Sign up deadline is Wednesday).

Dragonfly GC

Upcoming: Wednesday, Central California Association of Health Underwriter’s Tournament, Noon; Thursday, Ladies Club Tournament, 8 a.m.; Friday, Changing Lives for Tomorrow Tournament, 12:30 p.m.

Ongoing: Several special programs available each week. Check them out at

Eagle Springs G&CC

Ongoing: Women’s Club is taking new members for regular play on Wednesdays. Book a corporate, club or fundraising event. For info and to sign up, call the pro shop at 559-325-8900.

Exeter GC

Upcoming: Ladies Day, 9 a.m. Wednesdays; Thursday scrambles (men/women), 8:30 a.m. green fees plus $2.25; Saturday men/women scrambles, 1 p.m., green fees plus $11.

Ongoing: Monday special, $6 all-day golf (except holidays, cart not included); Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, nine holes walking for $10, $15 with cart, 18 holes walking for $17, $27 with cart. Friday all-day golf for $10 (cart not included). On weekends and holidays, play nine holes for $11 ($5 extra with cart) or 18 holes for $18 ($28 with cart). Children under 10 play for $5 all day. Pull carts $1.

Fig Garden GC

Upcoming: June 25-26, Fresno County Amateur Tournament. For full details and to sign up, call number below under “Membership Programs.”

Membership programs: Fourteen new membership programs for 2016, weekend-only membership option; June 25-26, Fresno County Amateur. For more information about new membership programs and amateur tournament, call 559-439-2928 or go online at

Ongoing specials: Non-members, after 10 a.m., $44 including cart; after 1 p.m., $30 including cart; Mini-members, after 10 a.m., $34 including cart; after 1 p.m., $25 including cart. There are 14 new membership programs for 2016; weekend-only membership also available.

Golf Channel AM Tour

Upcoming: June 4-5, Western Open at Grayhawk GC in Scottsdale, AZ. June 11, 18 hole tournament at San Juan Oaks GC in Hollister. For details and sign-ups, contact Sacramento/Central California Tour Director Steve Neer at 559-360-2720 or

Lemoore GC

Upcoming: June 8, SIR Branch No. 159 4-Man, Two-Best Ball Shamble Tournament, 8 a.m.

Ongoing: Little Linkster junior clinics every Saturday at 10 a.m. (weather permitting). Five years and older are welcome. $25 per month, no equipment necessary.

Demo days: Pro club fitting advice every Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Launch monitor technology. Try out Ping, Titleist, Callaway, Taylor Made, Tour Edge, PXG & Muira.

Membership program: 2016 Players Club memberships still available. Members receive NCGA handicap, one dozen Titleist Pro V1s, access to NCGA qualifiers and guaranteed weekday/weekend green-fees rate of $20. Membership costs $110.

Specials: Ladies play for half-price every Saturday. NCGA Youth on Course always available. Call pro shop at 559-924-9658; Friday Night Twilight, every Friday 18 holes, at 3 p.m., varying formats at $30 which includes green fee, cart, prizes, and appetizers (optional skins game); sign-up day of (Friday) by 2 p.m. to guarantee a spot, need a current index or play at scratch; Senior Super Special, last Wednesday of each month, $19 green fee and golf cart is free; new facility, practice/short game area being seeded and is expected to open by early summer.

Len Ross Junior Golf Center

Ongoing: Free golf clinics, 1604 S. Teilman Ave., Fresno, boys and girls 8-17, all equipment provided. Group lessons also available. Details, sign-ups at 559-485-2724 or or

Madera G & CC

Ongoing: Equity memberships starting at $260 per month plus range and cart after $500 initiation; Platinum Non Equity membership $285 per month and includes cart and range, $300 initiation first 30 sign-ups only; Friend Program 1-year maximum non equity $220/month includes cart and range, $250 initiation. For more information, call 559-674-2682 or e-mail us at

Madera Muni GC

Upcoming: Tuesday, SIR Branch No. 169, 18-hole tournament, 8 a.m.

Membership program: Green fee, $104.95/7 days a week, $84.95 for Monday-Thursday (no holidays or weekends); Unlimited cart (additional to green fees), $104.95/7 days a week, $84.95 for Monday-Thursday; Unlimited range balls, $24.95 (must be a member), includes privileges at eight SGM courses (cart required); Junior memberships (under 18), $100/year; Youth on course program, $5 play (must present NCGA YOC card).

Paso Robles GC

Ongoing: Under new ownership, call the pro-shop at 805-238-4722 or visit for details.

River Park Golf Center

Ongoing: Youth on Course, $2 for nine holes; senior and military play nine holes for $7 on weekdays, $10 on weekends/holidays. Pro instruction by Cindy Vining, Patrick Horvath, Gary Green and Brandon Sherwood. Call 559-448-9467 or visit for their profiles and rates.

Specials: Limited number of Green Grass Club memberships still available at $500 per year, which includes $200 range credit, free golf Monday-Thursday all day, free fitting, and access to the members-only all grass practice area.

Summer camp: Nike Junior Camps are back. Call pro shop or register online. Camps go 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday and include Nike amenity package for participants. Dates are June 13-16, June 27-30, July 11-14, July 25-28, Aug. 8-11.

Riverside GC

Results: May 21-22, Fresno City 89th Amateur Handicap Flights, First Flight (1. Camerno Little 71-69—140; T2. Dr. Dew Rahal 72-69—141; T2. Mark Mikus 67-74—145; 4. Tony Higuera 73-73—146; T5. Marty Keeton 70-77—147; Robert Stroud 72-75—147); Flight 2 (1. Frank Carr 68-67—135; 2. Jacob Williams 70-70—140; T3. Karlos Grier 75-69—144; T3. Thomas Dewey 69-75—144; T5. Greg Marande 73-72—145; T5. J.C. Esparza 77-68—145); Flight 3 (1. Jarod Cook 69-68—137; T2. Ed Williams 69-69—138; T2. Jose Espinoza 74-64—138; 4. Jim Newman 73-67—140; 5. Jesus Gonzalez 70-72—142).

Upcoming: Today, final round of Fresno City 89th Amateur Championship flights, 54-hole stroke play; June 18, NCGA Senior Four-Ball Qualifier, Two-Man Best Ball select own team, Club members sing up in the pro-shop or online prior to June 12; June 30, SIR Branch No. 159 Two-Man Shamble Tournament, 8:30 a.m.

New course membership program: Club 99 program consists of a one-year membership, costs $35 per month, includes $14 rounds with cart and unlimited range balls up to an hour before twilight. Call the pro shop at 559-275-5900 or check online at

Sawtooth GC

Results: Four-Man NCGA Qualifier at Ridge Creek GC, team score (Steve Halsey, Greg Moisi, Allan McBride, Leroy Bennett 130; Tony Lopez, Mike Olmos Albert Kimble, Chuck Mann 134; Jeff LaFleur, Jon Dias, Richard Barkley, Larry Lakey 135; Conrad Sanchez, Tim Diaz Chuck Weeks DNS); Close-to-hole winners, Chuck Weeks, hole 7 (within 5’); Mike Olmos hole 16 (within 7’).

Upcoming: June 12, June Tournament at Tulare GC, time TBA. Be sure to register with Jim Crawford for rules, tee times, fees, and other questions. Registration deadline is June 7.

Sherwood GC

Upcoming: June 16, SIR Branch 159 Scramble Tournament, 8 a.m.

Tulare GC

Ongoing: Ladies Day every Thursday at 9 a.m; Twilight special after 3 p.m., $25 per person includes cart. Call pro shop at 559-686-5300 or go to for details.

Valley Oaks GC

Ongoing: Youth on Course, $5 after noon, seven days a week, $2 small range bucket (Contact the golf shop to find out how to sign your child up for this program).

Specials: May Practice, Early Bird Golf and Cart Special – purchase 18 holes of golf with a cart between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and pay only $28.50 during the week or $36.50 on the weekends (tee times must be booked online to receive the promotion); May Practice Special – purchase an eight large basket discount card for $70.00 and receive a complementary voucher for a green fee with cart; May Early Bird Golf and Cart Special – purchase 18 holes of golf with a cart between 5:30 a.m.-7 a.m. and pay only $29.50 during the week or $36.50 on weekends or holidays. (Must book tee time online to receive promotional rate); Midday Golf and Cart Special – purchase 18 holes of golf with a cart between 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. during the month of May and pay only $34.50 during the week or $41.50 on weekends or holidays. (Tee times must be booked online to receive the promotional rate); Foot Golf Fridays – purchase a round of Foot Golf for two on any Friday during the month of May and we’ll throw in a golf cart and ball rental free; Golf Classes: Contact the golf shop for full information and to sign up. Give us five days, and we’ll give you a sport you can play for a lifetime! Classes consist of four sessions (one hour per session). On the fifth lesson, you will take what you have learned on the golf course and receive on-course instruction. Instructions will cover all phases of the game. Clubs will be provided if needed. Class size will be limited so you receive individual instruction. Contact the golf shop for full details and to sign up.