MGA: July 2019

Here we are in July, the heart of the golfing season. A time of the year when we can rely (usually) on the weather and test our skills against the cruel, fickle game of golf.

Here at Bend Golf Club, participation in our tournaments is off the charts. The recent Spring Best Ball event on June 15 had 108 participants, an increase of 24 percent over last year. Entries for our premier Member-Guest event in July are also looking strong.
Our fine course, the pro shop staff and more communications, I believe, are the reasons for the increases. For sure, it was fun after the last event to see everyone trading stories, enjoying good food, and having fun.

The July Member-Guest Invitational begins with a practice round on Thursday, July 11, followed by two days of best ball competition.Special features include:

  • Optional par 3 contest
  • Titleist/Footjoy credit of $100 for every player
  • Putting contest
  • Optional horse race
  • Great food and refreshments
  • A lot of camaraderie

Spring Best Ball Winners June 15

Congratulations to Marty Verhaeg for his hole in one on number 16. Definitely KP. I was in that group, really a nice shot.
Here are the rest of the winners.

Flight 1


1ST Dick Kearney/Brandon Kearney 67 $300 Team
2ND Ryan Bogan/Hugh Bogan 68 $250 Team


1ST Mike Furry/Mark Hasson 62 $300 Team
2ND Ryan Crownover/Chris Crownover 63 $250 Team
3RD Paul Panico/Mike Peyton 65 $175 Team
TIE Mike Christiansen/Andrew Fitch 65 $175 Team

Flight 2


1ST Andy West/Steve Badger 71 $300 Team
2ND Terry Rennie/Bill Boos 74 $250 Team


1ST Gary Hallstrom/Terry Lussier 61 $250 Team
Tie Peter Shockley/Matt Willhemsen 61 $250 Team
Tie Robert Roach/Jim Rodgers 61 $250
3RD Greg Ewald/Baltazar Chavez 63 $200 Team
4TH Tom Riley/Kevin Riley 64 $75 Team
TIE Tim Laroche/Steve Stewart 64 $75 Team

Flight 3


1ST Dave Ratzlaff/Kory Callentine 80 $300 Team
2ND Catherine Heartsner/Laurie Kutter 84 $250 Team


1ST Steve Whitney/Paul Roberts 60 $300 Team
2ND Scott Hakala/Ron Grace 62 $250 Team
3RD Robert Desenberg/Gerry Probst 64 $200 Team
TIE Sandy Mack/Bill Ross 66 $150 Team

Special Events $40
KP#3 Jim Rodgers 3’5”
KP#6 Terry Lussier 13”
KP#11 Mark Hasson 4’2”
KP#16 Marty Verhaeg 0’0” (second hole-in-one)

Joe Murphy, Bob Brubaker, and Steve Badger

The Bend Senior’s team competition on June 6 was very close except for these guys. Joe Murphy, Bob Brubaker, and Steve Badger (pictured above) accumulated 160 Stableford points way ahead of the pack. I will have to remember to not pair these three up again. Second place went to Jay Bennett, Rick Colletto and Jack Bagocus.


August 10–11, 2019

2019 marks the 65th year of Bend Golf Club’s marquee amateur event, the Mirror Pond Invitational. This individual. 36-hole stroke play event is open to amateurs 18 and older with current USGA handicaps.

The entry deadline is Aug. 5, 2019. The field is limited to the first 156 paid entries. Refunds are not guaranteed following the entry deadline.

Division eligibility:

Men’s Open Division — Entries are open to amateur men 18 years and older with current USGA handicaps. Play is from championship tees (72.4/130). Maximum tournament handicap allowed is 27.
Men’s Senior Division — Entries open to amateur men 50 years and older with current USGA handicaps. Play is from championship tees (72.4/130). Maximum tournament handicap allowed is 27.
Men’s Super-Senior Division — Entries open to amateur men 65 years and older with current USGA handicaps. Play is from intermediate tees (69.8/130). Maximum tournament handicap allowed is 27. Super Senior Division is not eligible for overall low gross or overall low net titles.

Registration Fees

Registration is $250 and includes a practice round, 36 holes of stroke play, a hosted dinner on Saturday, a tee prize, and payouts (BGC shop credit).

Other items:

  • Moving the nines is still under discussion, no decision in the foreseeable future.
  • Annual Board Meeting on June 26 was well attended. State of the club is healthy, both financially and operationally, but still need to be frugal to continue positive trend. Minutes available online. I strongly encourage reading to stay current with our club.
  • A survey is planned to evaluate the June best ball event. In the meantime, anyone with positive or negative feedback, please send to me at:

Scott Hakala
BGC MGA President

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