Graeagle Men’s Golf Association
The GMGA 50th Anniversary Member Guest Invitational took place July 29 and 30 at Graeagle Meadows Golf Course. When the Board of Directors first started discussing the event, led by Board President Jeff Monaghan, the Board’s consensus was that they hoped to have between 80 and 90 players. Vice President and Tournament Chair Dennis Flynn believed there would be more. He was correct. Applications had to be cut off weeks before the event to limit it to 132 players. This was, by far, the largest turnout at a GMGA event in many years. Each morning of the event there was a continental breakfast for the participants. Friday after golf participants were treated to a hamburger barbeque lunch. The final round of the Tournament was followed by a New York steak dinner at the Graeagle Picnic Grounds. Food Chair Bert Bellows and his crew, along with Head BBQ Chef John Grasso and his cooking crew served 225 diners.
Participants and guests enjoyed an evening of live music from the band “Highway 40”. A special thank you went to the Graeagle Land and Water Company and the West family, who donated the 132 windbreaker rain jackets as tee prizes for each participant. A big thank you went to the individuals and business that continue to support GMGA each year as tee sponsors. Thanks also went to Chuck Hein for arranging to have four athletes from Portola High School help players load their golf bags on the golf carts each morning.
The format for the tournament was two best balls of a four-person team. The tournament was divided into five flights depending on the combined handicap of team members. There were three winners in each flight. Two flights played from the White Tees and three flights played from the White/Red Combo Tees. The overall winner of the tournament was the team with the lowest gross score, which played from the White Tees. The Overall Low Gross winning team included Captain Dan Anderson, plus team members Joe Anderson, Bill Harrison and Glen Dodson. The Low Net First Place winning team in the First Flight was John Capdeville, Allen Brickeen, Will Hite and Jake Capdeville. Second Place winners were the team of Gene Carr, Phil Barton, Rob Gonzales and Dennis Carr. Third Place was won by the team of Grant Mayfield, Mark Cunningham, Jim Knego, and Gordon Zack.
In the Second Flight, the Low Net winner was Nate Coates, Kyle Mickelson, Vern Taylor and Eric DeJesus. Second Low Net was the team Corey Fanti, Justice McDaniel, Joe McDaniel and Randy Woldberg. Since Dan Anderson’s team won the Overall Low Gross, and they were in the Second Flight, there were only two net winners in the flight. In the Third Flight, the First Place team was Bill Thomas, George Thomas, Eddie Demoss and Jim Williams. Second Place was won by Jeff Monaghan, Tom Emerson, Ron Wilk and Mike Irving. Third Place was won by Larry Pinson, Scott Pinson, Bob Moody and Bret Monaghan. In the Fourth Flight, the First Place winners were Jim Oster, Steve Oster, Reed Oster and Dan Oster. Second Place was won by David Macdonald, Mark Patterson, Jeff Patterson and Satch Zuniga. In the Fifth Flight, the winning team was Ron Eaton, Scott Monsen, Steve Peterson and Sean Moran. Second Place was won by the team of John Grasso, Giovanni Luciani, Giordano Luciani and Gino Luciani. Third Place was won by the team of Chuck Franck, John Jackson, Mark Jackson and Don Judson.
There was a Horse Race conducted on Friday evening. This is strictly a Scotch Format, meaning golfers alternate shots throughout the play of the hole. The field was divided into four flights, with one winner from each flight going to a playoff for the Horse Race championship. The winners were the team of Gene Carr, Phil Barton, Rob Gonzales and Dennis Carr.
Mark Patterson boasts his hole in one July 29 during the Member Guest Invitational in Graeagle. Unfortunately, it was not the insured ($5,000) Hole-in-One hole. Photo submitted
A massive gathering of golfers assemble for a photo July 30 during the Graeagle Men‘s Golf Association 50th Anniversary Member Guest Invitational. Photo submitted
The first hole-in-one of the season came from Roy Stralla July 29 on hole number 3. Photo submitted