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League play features ‘Beat the Pro’ format

The Pagosa Springs Women’s Golf Association featured a “Beat the Pro” format for its league day, Aug. 28.

Twenty-two league members gathered to take on club professional, Troy Perrson and one of his assistants, Michael Mull. The ladies, Troy and Michael played the Pinon Ponderosa courses with a par 71 rating. Troy played at least one hole with each ladies group on the Pinon cruse, and Michel did he same on the Ponderosa course. The pros recorded their gross scores for each nine, and combined them for their aggregate 18-hole score, and the ladies recorded their individual net scores for the round. Ten women’s net scores actually bested the combined gross scored posted by Troy and Michael.

The winners were Jo Ann Hazelwood, Shirley Hunter, Barb Lewis, Sheila Rogers, Sharon Taub, Lynne McCrudden, Cherry O’Donnell, Kay Crumpton, Barbara Sanborn and Robyn Alspach.

The shot of the day went to Cherry O’Donnell, who had a hole in one on the par 3, No. 2 Ponderosa Hole. It was playing 85 yards that day, with a back right pin placement — she scored her ace with a pitching wedge. Cherry said, “She and her playing partners, Lynne McCrudden and Nancy McComber actually watched the ball hit the green, bounce twice and roll into the hole.” They all let out a yell loud enough that everyone within a two-hole radius could hear. She added, “that they laughed and celebrated for he next several holes.” The Ponderosa No. 2 hole has provided an interesting “magic” for Cherry — she aced the hole twice, and she encountered a bear there May 12 this year!

In continued action, the ladies played a “Best Ball Plus Four Par 3s” format for their league day, Aug. 25. The ladies played in threesomes, and each team recorded its best ball net on all the par 4 and par 5 holes, and the combined net scores of each team on all the par 3 holes. The ladies played the Meadows Pinon courses with a par 72 rating.

The team of Carrie Weisz, Barb Lewis and Jane Baker captured first place with an 81; second place went to Bev Hudson, Sharon Taub, and a blind draw from the field with an 85; Audrey Johnson, Bonnie Hoover and Sharon Utz were third with a 92.

Immediately following play, the ladies reconvened at the lovely home of Carole Howard, where they enjoyed a delicious potluck luncheon, celebrated Cherry O’Donnell’s ace from the previous week with champagne, and held their end of the month general meeting.

Sept. 1, the association featured a “Three of Each” format on the Meadows Ponderosa courses with a par 71 rating. Each player recorded her best gross score for three par threes, three par fours and three par fives, then deducted 50 percent of her handicap for the aggregate nine-hole score.

In the First Flight (0-25 handicap), Doe Stringer captured first place with a 27.5; second went to Barbara Sanborn with a 30.5; and Bev Hudson and Cherry O’Donnell tied for third, each with a 32. In the Second Flight (26-40 handicap), Sharon Taub captured first place with a 27; second went to Bonnie Hoover with a 27.5; and Jane Baker was third with a 30.

In continued action, the association featured an “Easiest Holes” format for their league day, Sept. 8. The ladies recorded their gross scores, less one half of their handicaps for the holes on Pinon Nos. 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8; and the holes on Ponderosa Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 8.

Carol Burrows captured first place with a 26; second went to Cherry O’Donnell with a 27; Carole Howard and Jane Day tied for third, each with a 28; and Jane Baker and Leslie Fluharty tied for fifth place, each with a 29.