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Pine Cone Classic raises funds for charitable donation

This year’s Pine Cone Classic charity golf tournament July 13 and 14 featured beautiful sunny skies, warm temperatures, lush and well-groomed courses, keen competition, and a very successful charity event.

At the end of the tournament, many of the ladies remarked that the weather and the courses provided a true test of their stamina, concentration and golf games.

The Pagosa Springs Women’s Golf Association and the Pagosa Springs Golf Club hosted the event, which touted 103 women golfers from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Florida. 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 26 teams played the Meadows Ponderosa courses the first day, and the Pinon Ponderosa courses the second day, each with a par 71 rating.

Four Pagosa teams were winners or placed in their respective flights, and two Pagosa golfers captured top honors in the special events both days. In the Championship Flight (37.1-79.2 index parameters for flight), the team of Kay Crumpton, Barbara Sanborn, Audrey Johnson and Liz Christensen captured second place net honors with a score of 247. They also won low net honors for their flight after Monday’s round with a 118. In the First Flight (81.7-95.5 index parameters for flight), the team of Josie Hummel, Barb Lewis, Cindy Simpson and Loretta Campuzano captured first place net with a total of 239. In the Second Flight (98.2-124.1 index parameters for flight), the Pagosa ladies captured second and third place net. Second place went to the team of Kay McKee, Donna Gregory, Claudia Johnson and Lynn Hendrickson with a 248; and third place went to the team of Robyn Alspach, Nancy Chitwood, Carole Howard and Sheila Rogers with a 251.

In the special events the first day, Barb Lewis won the longest drive contest for the 23-36 handicap players on Meadows No. 7. The second day, Carrie Weisz won the closest to the pin contest for the 23-36 handicap players on Ponderosa No. 2.

Tuesday evening, the committee hosted a fun-filled evening of cocktails, delicious dinner, silent auction and putting contest. The challenging obstacle course on the practice putting facility was designed by team captain Cherry O’Donnell. Our own Kay Crumpton won the putting contest in the ladies division; she and the other five winners donated their winnings to our charity.

Tournament catering chairwoman Bev Hudson said, “the Dogwood Grill at the club did a wonderful job with the meals provided for all of the functions under the festively decorated tent.”

Immediately following play Wednesday, the ladies enjoyed the awards luncheon and presentation of awards for all of the winning teams, and winners of the special events for both days.

Donna Gregory, tournament chairwoman, and Kay McKee, league and tournament treasurer, presented a check in the amount of $9,115 (a record amount for the tournament) to Lynne Bridges, director of the Seeds of Learning Early Care and Education Center.

Bridges said she was, “overwhelmed and heartened by the committee’s generosity and efforts, and the community’s continuing support and belief in us — all of you are our ever-present cheering section. When our new building was constructed, there wasn’t enough land to build a commercial kitchen, so we have to contract with the county to provide all of the meals for the children. The funds you so graciously donated will enable us to continue our food program for the children, and supplement it as well. In addition to the nutritious breakfasts, lunches and afternoon snacks we offer daily, now we will be able to provide a morning snack.”

Nancy Mackensen, tournament fund-raising chairwoman, said, “Funds for the charity were raised by our very generous sponsors, proceeds from the silent auction, chances sold on the 32-inch LG HD TV, donated by Crumpton TV of Greenville, Texas, and the putting contest.”

Also, for the fourth consecutive year, Troy Perrson, our club’s general manager and head golf professional, offered his “Drive by the Pro” on Ponderosa No. 9, a 439 yard par 5, the first day of the tournament. Troy said that, “Almost all of the players in the field participated,” and he donated $495 to the charity.

According to Gregory and McKee, “This is our fifth year that the Pine Cone Classic has been a charity event. In that time, we have raised over $35,000 to donate to five service-oriented organizations in Pagosa Springs.” They added that, “All of this would not be possible without the continuing support and generosity of our local businesses, sponsors, league members, tournament participants, and the tireless efforts of the Pine Cone Classic Charity Committee.”

Gregory said, “This year’s tournament was a smashing success thanks to the generosity of local businesses, league members, sponsors and tournament participants, and the tireless efforts of the Pine Cone Classic Charity committee.” She also extended her appreciation and deep gratitude to our wonderful volunteers, led by Jerry McKee; to Terry Carter, the club’s course superintendent and staff; and to Troy Perrson, general manager and head golf professional, and his very helpful and personable staff, Greg Gobin and Michael Mull.