MGA: October 2019

Crisp fall air finally reached down and rudely grabbed us as 76 golfers participated in our annual Alan Winchester Member-Member Golf Tournament held Sept. 27-28. Saturday was beautiful but Sunday was another story. Shorts and polo shirts were replaced with pants, long johns, and stocking caps. And it got worse as the day progressed! However, as with all our MGA tournaments, our member powered through it and played admirably. Scott and his staff again had the course in pristine conditions and the greens were without equal, and played a little quicker with each tournament day. Thanks to Scott Moffenbeier and his staff for again confirming that Bend Golf Club is the most challenging and best golf course in Central Oregon.

Brandon Kearney and Jon Walker blitzed the course and were the overall gross champions shooting a 134 for this 36-hole tournament. Tyler Juhola and Jim Bradbury Jr. were the overall net champions with 119.

Other winners by flight included:

“A” Flight

1st Gross: Michael Christensen and Joel Rychard – 135
1st Net: William Cosgrove and John Richart – 125

“B” Flight

1st Gross: Brad Connolly and Harry Paik – 141
1st Net: Bill Holm and Larry Patterson – 126

“C” Flight

1st Gross: Greg Ewald and Paul Panico
1st Net: Travis Davis and John Koller

Additional BGC MGA can be found on the results page of the website. With our MGA tournament schedule being completed this month, the MGA board has turned its attention to the Annual Fall Banquet scheduled for Oct. 17. The agenda will include the announcement and introduction of new board members for 2020, End of the Year Awards, a wonderful dinner, a recap of this year’s events, and a preview of activities underway. Please mark your calendars for Oct. 17 and plan to join us.

Both the MGA and LGA have already turned our attention to 2020, with a goal to make the upcoming golf tournament season more inviting, compelling and FUN for our entire membership. To that end, we’ve formed a focus working group (FWG) comprising volunteers from both organizations and our club staff. Their charter is to:

  • share observations from the past tournament season,
  • identify, develop, and document processes that support the pre-planning, planning, execution and post-tournament phases of tournament development, and
  • recommend improvements to the club’s golf tournament program for the upcoming season.

BGC has a long and rich tradition of golf tournament competitions, including premier events like the Pinecone Classic and Mirror Pond Invitational. Still, we know there’s room for improvement. This joint effort will focus on improved communication, better participation, and more volunteer support. The FWG just completed the MGA/LGA golf event calendar for 2020, which we plan to distribute soon. The group volunteers are Kai Kuwata, Jim Keller, Mark Garcia, Nancy Hakala, Barb Gahr, Jeannie Adkisson, Emily Anderson Stewart, and Scott Hakala. Please feel free to reach out to them and share an idea, join in the effort, and make a difference in your golf tournament experience.

Lastly, on behalf of the MGA, I would just like to extend both my sincere congratulations and gratitude to our new pro, Emily Anderson Stewart. She and her staff made certain our MGA Alan Winchester Member-Member Golf Tournament was a complete success. I’ll admit to some bias here since she’s also a former U.S. Marine and is married to a retired U.S. Marine Corps sergeant major, the most senior enlisted rank we have in our Corps. Her father, Terry Anderson, was also a U.S. Marine and a renowned PGA golf professional. Terry served honorably in the Corps and went on to become a highly respected PGA Professional and life member of the PGA of America. He was loved by many for his sharp wit, kindness, and generosity. His leadership and community involvement impacted many, many lives. We are so very fortunate to have Emily as our new head golf professional and I hope you’ll join me in wishing her all the best. Semper Fidelis!

Until next month … remember to sign up to attend our Annual MGA Fall Banquet!

Scott Hakala
President, BGC MGA

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