This year’s Pine Cone Classic Charity golf tournament, July 7 and 8, featured beautiful sunny skies, very lush and well-groomed courses, keen competition, and a very successful charity event.
The Pagosa Springs Women’s Golf Association and the Pagosa Springs Golf Club hosted the event, which included 80 women golfers from the Four Corners area and Texas. The two-day invitational was a 36-hole tournament for ladies’ teams of four, playing a two-best-ball gross and net format. The field of 20 teams played the Meadows Ponderosa courses the first day, and the Pinon Ponderosa courses the second day, each with a par 71 rating.
Five Pagosa teams were winners or placed in their respective flights, and several Pagosa players captured top honors in the special events both days. In the Championship Flight, the team of Cherry O’Donnell, Julie Pressley, Jane Day and Jan Kilgore captured second-place net with a score of 243. In the First Flight, the Pagosa ladies captured first- and third-place net finishes: first-place net went to the team of Josie Hummel, Loretta Campuzano, Claudia Johnson and Cindy Simpson, with a 248; third-place net went to the team of Bev Hudson, Audrey Johnson, Carrie Weisz and Bonnie Hoover with a 253.
In the Second Flight, the team of Robyn Alspach, Sheila Rogers, Sue Martin and Carole Howard captured first-place net with a score of 240. Second-place net went to the team of Carol Barrows, Nancy McComber, Lynne McCrudden and Sharon Utz, with a score of 254.
In the special events categories the first day, Ashley Pfiefle won the longest drive contest for 24-36 handicap players on Meadows No. 7, and Lynda Gillespie won the most accurate drive (closest to the line) contest for all flights on Ponderosa No. 5. The second day, Bonnie Hoover won the most accurate drive (closest to the line) contest for all flights on Ponderosa No. 5.
A new low net contest was designed for all of the flights after the first day’s round. In the Championship Flight, the team of Cherry O’Donnell, Julie Pressley, Jane Day and Jan Kilgore captured first place low net honors with a score of 115. In the First Flight, the team of Josie Hummel, Loretta Campuzano, Claudia Johnson and Cindy Simpson won second place low net honors with a score of 121.
Tuesday evening, the committee hosted a fun-filled evening of cocktails, delicious dinner, silent auction and putting contest. The challenging, glitzy, putting obstacle course was designed by Missy Lee, our club’s professional golf instructor, and friends. Tournament Catering Chairwomen Bev Hudson said “Brooke and Brooks Kitchens, owners of the Dogwood Restaurant and the Dogwood Grille at the club, catered all of the delicious meals for the tournament.” She added that, “They did a fabulous job with the food preparation and presentation for all of the functions under the festively decorated tent.”
Immediately following play Wednesday, the ladies enjoyed a delicious luncheon and presentation of awards for all of the winning teams, and winners of the special events for both days. Leslie Fluharty, tournament chairwoman, and Audrey Johnson, association president and tournament fund-raiser chairwoman, presented a check in the amount of $6,300 to Don Goodwin, director of the Archuleta County Education Center, and to Jody McAlister, vice president of the center’s board of directors. Both were thrilled and v ry, thankful to be the recipients of this year’s charity tournament.
Fluharty said, “This year’s charity tournament was a huge success thanks to the generosity of local businesses, league members, sponsors, tournament participants, and the tireless efforts of the Pine Cone Classic Charity Committee.” She went on to say that, “She wanted to express her deep gratitude to our wonderful husbands who volunteered, led by Jerry McKee; Terry Carter, groundskeeper superintendent, and staff; Cathy Carter and staff for all of the lovely and redolent flowers on the course and around the clubhouse; and a special thanks to Troy Perrson, head golf professional and general manager, and his first and second assistant golf professionals, Greg Gobin and Michael Mull respectively; and his wonderful staff.”