By Bruce Meadows

September 5, 2018




SR City Championships in October

The Santa Rosa City Championships are scheduled Oct. 27 and 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.


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.

According those who run the Sept. 22 event, “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.

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Windsor Junior Program . . .

The Fall Junior Golf Program at Windsor GC begins Sept. 12.

“Our year-round junior program offers perfect options for both the beginner who wants to start with the basics, to more advanced juniors who are looking to improve,” according to Windsor pro Demian Reddy.

The fall season, one of four seasonal junior programs, runs for 10 weeks with each class an hour in length. Cost of the fall program is $150 per golfer.

All aspects of the game will be covered, including full swing, pitching, chipping and putting, as well as rules of the game and course etiquette.

Class size is limited to 12 youngsters to enable one-on-one instruction. Ages 6 and up are invited to sign up.

Range balls and equipment are provided, as are clubs when needed.

To sign up, call Demian at 838-7888 or email


Three-day outing at Bodega Harbor . . .

Oakmont teaching pros Rebecka Heinmert and Jessica Reese Quayle will be hosing 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.

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.

Time has been set aside for a walk on the beach, a spa appointment or “for anything else you would like to do to relax and rejuvenate your spirit.” Spa times can be booked 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.


Vote for your favorites . . .

The votes continue to come in for our very unofficial but nonetheless interesting list of “bests” for golf in our area.

We listed some of the front-runners in our last GOLF 707 and will continue to update the list as we get more votes.

We hope to publish the final results sometime in September, so there is still plenty of time to vote.

While a number of ballots have been, let’s just say, 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 is “best” when it comes to a particular category, please don’t hesitate to vote accordingly. But while this is something of a popularity contest, we would like to get an 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


Santa Rosa High Foundation event…

     The 23rd annual Santa Rosa High School Foundation Golf Tournament is set for Friday, Sept. 14, at the Oakmont West Course. Check-in is 11:15 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:45 p.m.

Cost is $150 per golfer with a special rate of $120 for Super Seniors (75 and older). Fee includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, golf cart, lunch and soft drinks, an awards dinner and auction at the Quail Inn.     Format is a four-person scramble with two men’s flights and one co-ed.

Awards will be presented for the top foursome in men’s and co-ed flights; longest drive (men, women and seniors 65 and over), closest to the pin (men and women) and a free putting contest between 11:30-12:30.  All proceeds benefit the Santa Rosa High sports and academic programs. Deadline to enter is Aug. 31.

For more information and entry form, contact Pandy Line at 707-571-7747, email or visit the SRHS web site at


Santa Rosa G&CC tournament…

Greenacre Homes & School’s sixth annual invitational golf tournament is scheduled Sept. 17 at Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club.

All proceeds go toward “once-in-a-lifetime trips, such as snow skiing, white-water rafting, camping and out-of-town excursions for boys and young men living at Greenacre Homes,” according to event information.

Founded in 1975, Greenacre Homes and School “is one of the most comprehensive and innovative agencies of its kind in Sonoma County serving boys and young men with special needs related to autism, spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder, developmental delays, abuse and emotional challenges.”          For more information, visit or call 823-8722 or 829-1366.

Let’s hear from you . . .

    If you have golf-related items such as upcoming tournaments, clinics, sales, etc. you think golfers would like to know about, please send me the information at

In addition to those items, if you have a funny or interesting story about your golf exploits or those of other players, I’d like to see it and possibly pass it along to our readers.

And we are always on the lookout for GOLF 707 sponsors, so if you think you might be considering that – we have long appreciated the support of Bill Carson of the Wine Country Golf Group and the recent sponsorship of Greg Anderson at Oakmont– drop me a line and I can send you the details about the various levels of sponsorship.