By Bruce Meadows
Sonoma County Open May 20-21
The Sonoma County Open is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, at Foxtail Golf Course in Rohnert Park. Both days of competition will be on the North Course.
There will be five flights offered for the stroke-play event: Men’s Gross and Net; Women’s Gross and Net; Senior (ages 55-64) Gross and Net; Super Senior (ages 65 and over) and the Championship Flight, played at gross only for players with a GHIN Index of 4.0 or lower.
Entry fee is $150, but there is an early bird registration fee of $140 if you sign up by May 10. Golfers can sign up at the course or online at www.playfoxtail.com
Entry cost includes green fees both days, a tee gift, prizes and food following Sunday’s competition. Golfers can call May 19 for tee times at 707-584-7766.
There is a free Ice Cream Social scheduled Monday, May 1, from 5-8 p.m., with SNAG Golf, face painting, bounce houses, cotton candy, free hot dogs and free ice cream.
Other events at Foxtail include Ping Demo Day April 28, 3-5 p.m. and TaylorMade Demo Day May 7 (times to be announced). Foxtail will also host the CourseCo Spring GM/Superintendent Meeting May 8-10.
“We recently renovated the banquet room, including new carpet and paint,” says Foxtail GM Mark Brouwer. “Quite the update needed for our brides and other guests.”
Brouwer saysFoxtail is also in the process of finalizing the renovation of 15 to 17 bunkers on the North Course.
“We will completely renovate with new sand, drainage, liners and gravel to make these bunkers a more integral part of our golf course,” Brouwer explains, adding that the price tag for the greenside bunker improvements will be about $177,000.
Familiar face returns to Santa Rosa
Pro Greg Anderson, a 1978 Cardinal Newman grad most recently teaching at Sea Ranch, will take over as Director of Instruction at Santa Rosa’s Bennett Valley Golf Course effective May 1.
“Anderson will be utilizing his considerable golf instructional experience and knowledge in the development of the Greg Anderson Golf Academy,” according to BV.
His programs will include individual and group lessons, development of a year-round junior golf program, packaged game-improvement plans, group trips to destination golf resorts, golf rules seminars, club fittings and other golf social experiences.
Greg’s introductory offer will be available May 1 through July 15, featuring two lessons for the price of one. “Pay $75 and receive two 45-minute lessons,” says Greg, adding that both lessons would have to be completed by July 15.
Greg’s use of a computer swing analysis with a launch monitor quantifying students’ shots “will contribute in the learning process during coaching sessions. The student will not be able to forget what was accomplished in the lesson after a recap is sent to a golfer’s email address highlighting improvements.”
As managing owner of GolfVino, Greg is in position to offer golfers “the ultimate golf excursions, calling on his personal relationship with vintners whose estates are often not open to the general public.”
Greg has been a PGA member since 1986 and has worked as a PGA General Manager, PGA Head Pro, course designer and golf hospitality executive. He said he is leaving Sea Ranch, operated by Tom Isaac’s CourseCo group, for two reasons.
“The course is for sale and there is a lot of uncertainty to what is going to happen in the near future,” explains Greg. “Also, my 16-year-old son, who is home-schooled, is taking a number of classes at Santa Rosa JC and my wife is up and down Highway 1 a couple of times a week . . . too much on that road!”
“It’s funny how life can bring you full circle,” says Greg. “I was hanging out at BV as a 10-year-old . . . it feels good to be back home.”
Windsor team takes first place
Windsor head pro Jason Schmuhl added another title to his list when he and three amateurs won the 2017 NCPGA Movers, Shakers and Money Makers Tournament at The Club at Ruby Hill in Pleasanton April 11.
Schmuhl teamed up with amateurs Ken Rhoades, Jon Steward and Jacob Ruonavarra to post a score of 54-55—109.
Pro Mike Ash of Oakmont and his amateur team of John Theilade, Russ Adamson and Andy Trinkino finished third with a 59-62—121.
Amanda has a plan at Tayman Park
“If you’re a lady golfer interested in seeing and playing different courses in the North Bay and enjoying the social aspect of golf, Hens and Chicks is the group for you,” explains Amanda Beeler, LPGA Class A teaching pro at Tayman Park Golf Course in Healdsburg.
Beeler has come up with a creative package that offers women golfers the opportunity to play courses they might not otherwise play. She has set up her 2017 schedule with a variety of courses on the menu.
May 22-24, Greenhorn Creek and Saddle Creek in Angels Camp; June 27, Poppy Hills in Monterey; July 18, Tilden Park in Berkeley; Aug. 15, Northwood GC in Monte Rio; Sept. 18-21, Lakeridge and Red Hawk in Reno, and Oct. 17, Wente Vineyards in Livermore.
“Some of the dates might change as better tee options are available the week before or after,” says Amanda. “We are looking forward to connecting with women who would enjoy traveling around and playing with us . . . they are all welcome and encouraged to join.”
Cost to join Hens & Chicks is $35 with payment to be mailed to Amanda Beeler, 511 Reed Court, Healdsburg, CA 95448. You can reach Amanda at 707-239-0624 or email [email protected]
Times change for Oakmont juniors
“We have been asked to move up the time for the Oakmont Junior Academy on Wednesdays,” according to pro Rebecka Heinmert. “With schools getting out at different times, we will be offering two 60-minute sessions through June 7.”
The first session will be 2:30 p.m., the second at 3:30 p.m. with 10 slots available in each session.
Fee per class will be $25 for nine sessions with payment due the day of practice at Oakmont’s pro shop. Sign the info sheet so Rebecka and fellow pro Jessica Reese Quayle can have your contact information.
“In order to coordinate with our assistant coaches, Pete and Linda, please let us know which session you want to join or if you are planning to attend all sessions,” Heinmert says.
Johnny Miller Golf Academy
The Johnny Miller Golf Academy at Silverado CC in Napa starts in late April with additional sessions all the way to November.
A sample itinerary for the first day includes introduction to the academy and instructors; video analysis; full swing instruction; lunch and golf discussion with professionals; short game and putting instructions, and practice with professionals.
The second day includes a course walk; lunch; full swing review and ball-striking drills; shot drills and short game contests with prizes, and a wrap-up session.
The night before the first day of each academy will feature a dinner and cocktail party from 5-6:30 p.m.
Academy dates include April 28-30; May 19-21; June 9-11; July 7-9; July 23-25; Aug. 11-13; Aug. 20-22; September 8-10; Sept. 22-24; Oct. 13-15; Oct. 15-17 and Nov. 5-7.
All academy participants are taught Miller’s approach to not just be golfers “but to become players.” State-of-the-art video equipment and flight scope are used to assess each player’s game. Also, functional fitness (to prevent injury) and a training manual are provided.
Price – available by calling 844-420-3749 or Silverado CC – is per person, with additional costs for additional adults in the room.
Demo Days: Sun Mountain, Callaway, TaylorMade, Footjoy and Titleist products will be featured at a Silverado demo day Saturday, April 22.
There will be a members-only session from 9 a.m. until noon with the demo day open to the public from noon until 3 p.m.
Golfers can “test drive” all equipment on display and there will be custom fitting available if you want to reserve a time in the pro shop.
Juniors are invited to enjoy the Kid Zone and custom fitting for U.S. Kids golf clubs. The latest shoes from Footjoy and golf bags from Sun Mountain will also be available.
For more information, call 707-257-5460.
She’s armed and (not really) dangerous
Do you have some cute sleeveless golf blouses you would love to wear but don’t because your arms don’t look quite like they did when you were a teen-ager? We’re talking to women golfers here, although I won’t assume anything!
Regardless, local businesswoman/entrepreneur Margo Zatkovich has created a garment she thinks you might want to consider wearing, whether it’s while playing golf, tennis or, as she puts it, “just wanting to look good.”
Her 2015 creation is called “My New Arms,” an arm-enhancement solution for women constantly in search of ways to conceal or disguise un-toned arms.
Sheer sleeves are attached to a stretch bra extending from the shoulder down to the wrist with an elastic finish to hold in place giving the illusion of natural arms.
“It’s highly versatile and can be worn over a favorite bra or under almost any garment,’ says Zatkovich. “The jiggle is gone.”
“My New Arms” has a UV 50 rating to provide sun protection and, according to Margo, has the endorsement of the public health education initiative “Doctor’s Orders: Play Golf.”
Margo, who formerly worked at Fountaingrove, says there are about 76.5 million women “baby boomers” in the U.S. of which half are women over 50. It is also estimated that 50 percent of these women may refrain from wearing “sleeveless” golf tops, daytime dresses or eveningwear, “because they are embarrassed or hate the way their arms look.”
Margo, who has worked as a bartender, stand-up comedian, golf shop assistant and wedding planner, says women golfers are increasingly discovering her creation, noting “your index may be a 21 but you look like a 10 on the course.”
“My New Arms” comes in nude or black, regular or racer back styles and five skin shades. Suggested price is about $54. A portion of the sale of each garment is being donated to a cancer research fund. Locally, “My New Arms” can be found in the pro shop at Oakmont.
“It hasn’t made me a better golfer,” admits Margo. “But damn, I look good out there!”
I don’t endorse products, but you can contact Margo at 707-695-2464 or go to mynewarms.com and check it our for yourself.
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