By BRUCE MEADOWS
More changes at BV . . .
Bob Borowicz has been the face of golf at Bennett Valley GC for a long, long time, but things have changed.
Touchstone Golf has taken over management of the 18-hole Santa Rosa course, which at one point was in jeopardy of becoming something other than a golf course.
Greg Anderson, long affiliated with golf in the Sonoma County community, is the new general manager.
And CJ Snyder is now the head professional, replacing Borowicz.
Let CJ introduce himself in his own words:
“I grew up in Terra Linda, lived there until I was 20. During that time, my Dad was the Head Golf Professional at the Meadow Club in Fairfax.
“I started working for him when I was 14 in an outside service position where I cleaned member’s clubs, washed carts, and picked the driving range. That’s really where my love for the game of golf started.
“ I played in many JGANC events locally as a junior golfer and qualified for Junior World in San Diego as a 16 year old.
“I started my professional golf career as an assistant pro at Contra Costa CC as a 22 year old. I went through the PGA PGM program while I worked there and became a PGA member in 2014. Since then, I’ve worked at Round Hill CC and most recently at Diablo CC as the Head Golf Professional for the last 5 1/2 years.
“I currently live in Concord with my wife, McKenzie, and my 1 1/2 year old daughter, Madison.
Good luck to CJ in his new adventure . . .
On the local golf menu . . .
Saturday, August 13th at Valley of the Moon Club
Sunday August 14th at Foxtail Golf Club, North
7 AM Tee Times
36 Hole, 2-Person, Better Ball
A NCGA POINT EVENT
Price: $380 per team
Player’s Club Member received $10 off
Unlimited North Member receives $40 off
Entry includes: 2 rounds of golf with cart, range balls, tee gifts, prizes and lunch on August 14th.
Championship Flight (Gross only)
Open Flight (Gross & Net)
Senior Flight (55 and older as of 8/13/22, Gross & Net)
Super Senior Flight (65 and older as of 8/13/22, Gross & Net)
All flights are open to Men, Women, and Co-ed Teams.
For more information, call the clubhouse at (707) 584-7766.
Clinics for Summer
Jessica Reese Quayle at Santa Rosa G&CC
Clinics are a great way to work on your game in a group setting that offers targeted instruction at a lower cost than individual lessons. Check out the list of programs at Santa Rosa G&CC: To sign up,call the pro shop at (707) 546-3485.
PGAJGL Regional Tournament
“Please start spreading the word…any person that you know who wants to help our teams get to Maui, pass on this note
“My goal is $1,000 per family and 30 families and coaches have a legitimate opportunity, that’s 30K we need to raise. We have a committee of parents to audit this program, 100% raised will be given to the golfers families that qualify to Maui.
“The Redwood Empire is proud to support PGA Junior Golfers as they get a once in a lifetime experience of playing the PGAJGL Regional Championships in Maui this September.
“We are excited for our defending champions in the 17u division and look to add two to three additional teams in both 17u and 13u. These golfers come from seven different courses throughout our community.
“A raffle will be held in early September, and some lucky contributors will win a gift certificate to play at one of our Redwood Empire Courses.
14th Annual B’nai Israel Jewish Center Golf Tournament.
Foxtail Golf Club (Rohnert Park)
Sunday, October 2, 2022
11:00 Registration, 12:00 Shotgun Start
5:00 (or so) Putting Contest, Dinner and Awards
Golf and dinner contribution $135, per individual
Golf and dinner for a foursome $500
Dinner only $30, No host bar
“I would love to have you with us, and will deeply appreciate, and won’t forget, your contribution even if you can’t be present for the fun. You can pay online via credit card or using the link below, by mailed check or at the door on October 2nd (but do reserve!). If you have any questions you may call me, or Cathy at 707-981-4994. Below is the link to the online registration/donation form. If clicking on the link below does not work for you, simply copy and paste the link in your web browser.
- Tom Isaak
Latest from Greg Anderson
A lot going on in the golf world! A new professional golf league has been a hot topic of discussion. The crazed golf boom is slowing down with more indoor activities available to the public.
Current and Upcoming Events at NLG&F
Next Level Golf and Fitness Personnel Changes
As we are growing our business, we are fortunate to retain Derek Moser, who will be taking over the operational duties of NLG&F Larkfield. His professional background leaves the business in great hands!
Associate Golf Professional
Apprentice in the PGA of America
“Combining my love of golf and my passion in fitness has led me to Next Level Golf and Fitness. I grew up playing any sport I could gain access to, eventually settling into hockey, golf, and soccer. I pursued competitive hockey while I was young, which led me to play the sport at virtually every level, including minor professional leagues. With a keen interest in sports motion and biomechanics, I was able to successfully achieve my degree in Kinesiology and Health while having a successful Division 1 college hockey career at Iowa State. Our team participated in 4 National Championship Tournament appearances; 1 National Championship Final appearance; and I personally achieved individual accolades such as All-American; National Championship All-Tournament 1st Team Selection; and 2x Academic All-American Honors. Needless to say, I did not take my hockey career lightly, which led me to my passions for athletics, kinesiology, and coaching.”
“Now that I no longer play hockey competitively, the continued pursuit of my passions has manifested in coaching fitness, strength, conditioning, and golf. I am currently in pursuit of PGA Membership, which helps me combine all of these passions into one unbelievable opportunity for not just athletes, but golfers specifically.”
Please book online or contact Derek for lesson arrangements.
Contact information for lessons:
As many of you know, the City of Santa Rosa recently awarded Touchstone Golf the management contract to operate Bennett Valley Golf Course. I am honored to say that Touchstone has asked me to be the General Manager of the property. Effective July 1st, we successfully took over the operation of the golf course and restaurant. We are all excited about running the prized jewel of Santa Rosa and creating an environment of enjoyment for everyone.
I will not be soliciting golf lessons in my new role. But, a number of students have credit on the books from previous sign ups. These can be honored a number of ways:
1. I can instruct at Bennett Valley Golf Course
2. I will periodically instruct at NLG&F, with no specific schedule
3. Derek Moser can honor my lessons
Please give me a call to coordinate your next appointment.
Next Level Golf and Fitness
Santa Rosa, CA
(Located in the Larkfield Shopping Center)
Let’s hear from you . . .
Thanks for your comments, questions, suggestions. I appreciate them and would like to get as many as possible. If you have information about anything golf-related, including upcoming clinics, activities, tournaments or sales, let me know. And if you have questions, complaints or compliments about golf in our area, let me know and I’ll make some inquiries.
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