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Pagosa golfers compete at Western Roundup Couples event

Ten Pagosa golfers competed in the annual Western Roundup Couples Invitational golf tournament hosted by the San Juan Country Club in Farmington, July 17 and 18.

The field of 68 teams hailed from the Four Corners area, and played a best-ball gross and net format the first day, and an alternate shot format the second day. Even though temperatures and conditions were very hot and dry, several Pagosans prevailed and won or placed in their respective flights in a very competitive field.

Leslie and Jim Fluharty captured first place gross in the Fourth Flight (17.7-27.7 handicap), with a total score of 176. Leslie also won the longest putt special event contest for the entire field, the second day, on No. 18, with a putt of 18 feet. Barbara and Ranza Boggess (nee Sanborn), tied for fourth place net in the third Flight (14.7-17.6 handicap), with a total of 136. Also participating from Pagosa were Bev and John Hudson, Sandy and Bob Oliver and Kay and Jerry McKee.

The Chili Pepper Challenge women’s golf tournament was a very competitive and festive event. The July 20 annual invitational was hosted by the Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango, and touted a field of 116 participants from the Four Corners area playing the par 71 course as twosomes in a best-ball gross and net format.

Leading the Pagosa contingent were Jan Kilgore and Cherry O’Donnell who won second place net in the Champion Flight with a 63. Kay Crumpton and Barbara Sanborn placed third net in this flight with a 64. Crumpton also won the longest drive special event. Nancy Chitwood won the closest to the pin special event on the 12th hole for the Second Flight. Also participating for Pagosa were Bonne Hoover, Audrey Johnson, Jo Ann Hazelwood, Jane Day and Julie Pressley.

In continued links action, the association played an “Odds and Even” format for its league day, July 20. The ladies played the Meadows Ponderosa courses with a par 71 rating. All players totaled their gross scores from Meadows Nos. 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9; and Ponderosa Nos. 2, 4, 6 and 8, less one-half their handicaps for their total aggregate scores.

In the First Flight, Cindy Simpson captured first place with a 31.5, Carrie Weisz was second with a 33.5, and Kay McKee was third with a 35.5. In the Second Flight, Carole Howard won top honors with a 34.5, Carol Barrows was second with a 36.5 and Nancy McComber was third with a 38.

Sheila Rogers, the league day and special events chairwoman, said, “The annual Ryder Cup competition is slated for Aug. 10.” Please contact her for tourney details.