Photo courtesy Pat Sheppard
Pagosa Springs sixth-grader Tyreese Tyndall rides a steer to victory during the New Mexico Junior Bull Riders Association state championships in Zuni Sept. 20. Tyndall won the championship buckle, $182 in prize money and earned entry into the national competition in Oklahoma Nov. 19.

Young Pagosan wins New Mexico title, heads for national rodeo event

After winning the New Mexico state championship for steer riding Saturday, Pagosa Springs’ Tyreese Tyndall is headed to Oklahoma in November for a shot at the national buckle.

Tyndall, a sixth-grader at the Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, took home the New Mexico Junior Bull Riders Association championship buckle during competition in Zuni, along with $182 in prize money — money he’s added to the war chest for his shot at the national title, said his grandmother Pat Sheppard.

Sheppard said Tyndall’s most recent victory is the capstone to a successful summer, including a first place win at the Busted Spur Rodeo and another at the Archuleta County Fair.

Tyndall’s recent win in New Mexico marks the second state championship for the young rodeo rider. In 2005, Tyndall won the New Mexico Junior Bull Riders Association championship buckle for calf riding. The victory gave him access to the national championship in Oklahoma, where he placed ninth in the nation as a calf rider.

According to Sheppard, Tyndall sat out much of the 2007 season with a broken hand. The injury occurred, Sheppard said, after Tyndall was thrown from a bull during a rodeo in Durango and the bull stomped on his hand.

Tyndall has been involved in rodeo since age 3. During his seasons in the arena he has won 23 buckles, and he hopes to win one more.

Sheppard said Tyndall is seeking sponsors to make his dream of a national win in Oklahoma a reality. According to Sheppard, Tyndall needs about $800 for travel, food and accommodations and rodeo entry fees. Those wishing to contribute can do so into Tyndall’s rodeo account at The Bank of the San Juans.

The national competition begins Nov. 19.

Season winding down for golfers

Playing the 18-hole combination of Pinon/Ponderosa Sept. 2, 16 players competed in a 9 easiest holes format, subtracting 1/2 of each individual’s handicap. The nine holes used were numbers 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 on the Pinon course and numbers 1, 2, 3 and 8 on the Ponderosa course. Winners were: first place, Carrie Weisz; second, Bev Hudson; third, with a five-way tie, Leslie Fluharty, Cherry O’Donnell, Barbara Sanborn, Loretta Campuzano and Bonnie Hoover.

Twenty players competed Sept. 9 in a Ryder Cup format playing the entire 27 holes. The “red” team consisted of the two-lady pairings of Sho Jen Lee/Julie Pressley, Cherry O’Donnell/Josie Hummel, Doe Stringer/Kay McKee, Bonnie Hoover/Carol Barrows, and Barbara Sanborn/Sue Martin. The “blue” team pairings were Audrey Johnson/Carrie Weisz, Bev Hudson/Nancy Mackenson, Cindy Simpson/Leslie Fluharty, Claudia Johnson/Donna Gregory, Jane Day/Kathy Giordano.

After completing nine holes of alternate shot on the Pinon course, nine holes of individual match play (one player from each “red” team twosome vs. one player from each “blue” team twosome) on the Ponderosa course, and nine holes of better of the two net balls on the Meadows course, the “red” team was victorious (99) over the “blue” team (82). A rematch will certainly occur in 2009. The pairings were based upon handicap/indexes of Aug. 29, 2008.

The 4-corners lady team play was held Sept. 11 at Pinon Hills Golf Course in Farmington, N.M., with the Pagosa Springs team competing against the ladies from Pinon Hills.

The two-lady pairings from Pagosa were Barbara Sanborn/Audrey Johnson, Carrie Weisz/Bev Hudson, Doe Stringer/Cindy Simpson, Kay McKee/Bonnie Hoover.

With one team play remaining the Pagosa ladies are currently tied for third place gross and in fifth place net. The final team play will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, at the San Juan Country Club in Farmington.

Photo courtesy Carole Howard
Donna Gregory holds the ball that gave her golf’s most enviable outcome — a hole in one — at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club on Tuesday, Sept. 16. She scored the ace on the second hole of the Ponderosa course using a 9 iron on the 82-yard par 3 during the second day of the two-day Women’s Golf Association club championship tournament. Coincidentally, her husband, Jim, scored a hole in one only two weeks earlier. These were the first holes in one for both of them. Donna and Jim have lived in Pagosa for seven years as summer residents and they winter in Green Valley, Ariz. This golf season, Donna broke 100 for the first time — another significant milestone for golfers.

Pagosa men win at La Veta and Albuquerque

In the most recent Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments, two locals did well representing the Pagosa Springs golf community.

On Sept. 9 in La Veta, at Grandote Peaks, Bruce Sandvik won Second Gross (79) in the Championship Flight.

On the next day, Sept. 10, playing in Trinidad at Cougar Canyon, Bill Walker won Second Gross (100) in the Second Flight.

The NNMSMGA concludes its season with a culminating two-day tournament in Albuquerque at Isleta Eagle Golf Course on Sept. 23 and 24.

Gray Wolf Ski Club to meet Saturday

The Gray Wolf Ski Club will meet Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m., at the PLPOA Clubhouse, for a potluck and business meeting (election of officers).

The main course will be provided by the club. Visitors are invited.

Call John Ramberg for information, 731-2413.

Eleven women versus the pro

Eleven ladies individually competed Aug. 19 against the local pro, Troy Persson, playing the Meadows/Ponderosa 18-hole combination at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club..

With the pro playing from the “tips” with zero handicap and the ladies playing the forward tees, less full handicap, the results based upon a 71 par were as follows: Pro 76; Ladies first gross 74/net 63 Sho-Jen Lee; second place net scores (68-70) Cherry O’Donnell, Jane Day and Josie Hummel; third place net scores (71-74) Kay Crumpton, Cindy Simpson, Leslie Fluharty and Bonnie Hoover.

Playing the 18-hole combination of Meadows/Ponderosa on Aug. 26, 16 ladies competed in a best net ball per group on the par 4s and 5s plus the total net score of the group on the four par 3s. First place winners were Kay McKee, Maxine Pechin, Bev Hudson; second place went to Doe Stringer, Julie Pressley and Cherry O’Donnell; third place — Carrie Weisz, Barbara Sanborn, Sho-Jen Lee and Marilyn Copley.

Eight Pagosa Springs ladies traveled to Hillcrest Golf Course in Durango Aug. 28 to compete in the four-corners team play event versus Riverview Golf Course from Kirtland, N.M. The four, two-lady teams were Audrey Johnson/Cherry O’Donnell; Bev Hudson/Josie Hummel; Doe Stringer/Loretta Campuzano; Leslie Fluharty/Bonnie Hoover.

Our PSWGA standings are currently third gross/fourth net out of eight places. The next team play event will be held Sept. 11 at Pinon Hills in Farmington, N.M.

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