By Bruce Meadows




SSU Alumni tournament in October

SSU’s Devin Gregg lines up a putt . . .

 The annual Sonoma State Golf Alumni/Scholarship Tournament is coming up Oct. 1 at Sonoma Golf Club.

It’s not just a good cause, it’s also a chance for golfers to play an exclusive and historic private course that is one of the best in Northern California, a course many of you have probably never had the opportunity to

Registration is 11 a.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The awards portion of the event begins at 5:30 p.m.

Format is best two balls of each fivesome, and a special feature is that the fifth member of your group will be an SSU golfer.

Sabrina Virtusio sends one down the fairway for the Seawolves

“The event is geared towards fulfilling the commitment of $40,000 to subsidize the SSU Student-Athletes’ education,” according to longtime coach Val Verhunce. “In addition, your donations and sponsorships will go towards supporting the future leaders on and off the golf course.

“Please help the foundations of character for these young men and women. Your participation and contribution gives opportunity to our student-athletes.”

In addition to signing up to play in the event, you can also look into being a tee sponsor and also sign up to get mulligans.

For more information, contact Verhunce at or call 707-799-0712.


 Bodega Harbor weekend . . .

Oakmont teaching pros Rebecka Heinmert and Jessica Reese Quayle are hosting the Bodega Bay Golf Bonanza Oct. 5-7.

The three-day event will include a putting and green-reading clinic; short-game clinic with both pros; 18 holes on-course instruction Friday and Saturday; trouble-shot clinic and bunker day on Sunday; 9 holes on-course instruction Sunday; opportunity for spa treatment (not included) Saturday afternoon; dinner hosted by Rebecka and Jessica Saturday, and a fireside golf chat. The three-day weekend is limited to the first 16 to sign up, and Rebecka reports they already have 13 on the list as on Sept. 9.

The activity starts Friday at 9 a.m. Because there is no driving range at Bodega, all golf training will take place on the course. The morning clinics are on the back nine, then participants will practice their skills in a unique on-course format.

You will be responsible for booking your own lodging, although Jessica and Rebecka are renting a house near the course to host the Saturday evening dinner.

“This will be very special so we hope you will join us for that,” notes the two pros.

A few lodging links to consider are Bodega Bay Lodge, Vrbo Bodega Bay and Airbnb. Book spa times at the Spa at Bodega Bay Lodge.

Cost for the unique golf weekend with two outstanding instructors on a beautiful and challenging layout is $799 per person, $1,499 for you and a friend when you sign up together. Sounds like something that might make a great gift – birthday, anniversary or whatever – for that special someone.

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SR City Championships in October


The Santa Rosa City Championships are coming up Oct. 27-28 at Bennett Valley and Oakmont golf courses.


Format is stroke play over 36 holes, and this is an NCGA point event. The number of flights will be determined by the number of entries although the field is limited to a maximum of 100 players in net divisions and 100 players in gross divisions.   Deadline to enter is Friday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. Practice rounds will be available Wednesday through Friday after 11 a.m.


Entry fee $160, includes green fees and range balls both days. Any cancellation after Wednesday, Oct. 26, will result in forfeiture of entry fee.

First-place trophies will be awarded for the Championship Flight and Senior Division. Gift certificates will be given out for all flights with certificates redeemable at the appropriate pro shop.


For starting times, beginning Thursday, Oct. 27 after 8 a.m., call the BV Pro Shop (528-3673) or Oakmont GC (539-0415).

Entry forms are available online.


Vote for your favorites . . .

Thanks for your votes in our very unofficial but nonetheless interesting and educational list of “bests” for golf in our area.

We listed some of the front-runners in a recent GOLF 707 and will continue to tabulate votes as we get more. We hope to publish the final results soon, possibly in October, so there is still plenty of time to vote.

While a number of ballots have been a little self-serving and more subjective than objective, we still appreciate each and every person who takes the time to respond to the list.

If you truly think your course business is “best” when it comes to a particular category, don’t hesitate to vote your feelings. But while this is something of a popularity contest, we would like to get a good assessment of what golfers think of particular aspects of the sport in our area.

Here’s the list:

Best Par 3, Best Par 4, Best Par 5; Best 18-hole Course
Best 9-hole Course
Best Greens
Best 19th Hole
Best Pro Shop
Friendliest, most helpful pro shop staff
Best Golf Instructor
Best Junior Program
Best Women’s Program
Best Senior Program
Best Golf Course Food, Drink
Best Driving Range
Best “Bang for your Buck”
Best Practice Facility (putting green, chipping green, etc.)
Best Golf Shop (well-stocked, sales, etc.)
Best Golf Repair
Best Maintained Course


For Our Angels this month . . .

Since 2001, the For Our Angels Memorial Golf Tournament has celebrated the lives of Megan Libby, Daniel Moratta and Nolan Dayton.

The mission of the For Our Angels Foundation, a non-profit organization, is to raise funds to be awarded in the memory of these children to deserving students at Sonoma County schools.

It’s a four-person scramble open to both men and women and the entry fee is $150, which includes green fees, cart, tee prizes, lunch and a tournament buffet dinner. You can attend the dinner only for $50.

You can “Sponsor a Golf Flag” and if interested, contact You can also use this email address to obtain more information and signup details. The event starts at noon with registration and a 1 p.m. shotgun start to follow. Dinner and the awards/raffle will begin at 6:30 p.m.

It’s a very worthwhile cause and one you should think seriously about participating in when it comes to Oakmont GC Saturday, Sept. 22.


Let’s hear from you . . .

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