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Pine Cone Classic celebrates 25th anniversary

Neither thunder nor lightning nor heavy rain dampened the enthusiasm of the 84 women golfers who played in the Pine Cone Classic Charity Golf Tournament at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club on July 12 and 13.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary as an invitational golf tournament in our community, the event was hosted by the Pagosa Springs Women’s Golf Association and the Pagosa Springs Golf Club.

Twenty-one teams of women golfers from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Florida and California participated in the two-day invitational tournament, which featured a 36-hole two best ball gross and net format.

The four person teams played the Meadows and Ponderosa courses on Day 1 and Ponderosa and Pinon courses on Day 2.

Three teams of Pagosa women were winners in their respective flights, and one Pagosa golfer captured top honors in a special events category. In the First Flight the team of Josie Hummel, Loretta Campuzano, Barb Lewis and Lynne Nelson took third net with a score of 260. Lewis also won the longest drive award for handicaps 23-36 for her drive on Meadows No. 7. In the second flight, the team of Robin Alspach, Sheila Rogers, Carole Howard and Sue Martin placed second net with a score of 264. The team of Lynne Winterton and her Texas guests Marie Crosby, Valerie Schkade and Aileen Wilson took third net honors with 267.

In her remarks at the Tuesday evening cocktail party, Tournament Committee Chairperson Donna Gregory recognized PSWGA member Bonnie Hoover’s contributions to the tournament over its 25-year history. Hoover, one of the founders of the tournament, has played in most of the tournaments and continues to provide strong support. Gregory also recognized Marie McCarty, from Farmington, for having played in 15 consecutive Pine Cone Classic tournaments.

An awards luncheon was held immediately after play on Wednesday. In addition to announcing the tournament winners, Donna Gregory presented a check for $8,400 to Mary K Carpenter, president of Creative Outreach Charitable Organization. This year marked the sixth consecutive tournament in which a local charity was chosen by the PSWGA to receive a donation in behalf of the tournament. Since it became a charity tournament, more than $43,000 has been provided in assistance to Archuleta County social service organizations. From his efforts in “Drive by the Pro” on Ponderosa hole No. 9, Troy Persson, the general manager and head golf professional of the Pagosa Golf Club, donated $420 to the charity.

Speaking for the Pine Cone committee, Gregory offered her thanks and appreciation to local businesses, tournament sponsors, league members, tournament participants, volunteers and the golf course staff for their support of the tournament. She was then presented flowers and thanks for her leadership in running the tournament by Leslie Fluharty, president of the PSWGA.

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