SunBird Men’s Golf Association news

Tournament News: The main event for the month of December 2014 was the Men’s SunBird Cup Championship. This annual tournament is a cumulative net score event conducted over a two week period. The field was divided up into four flights based on handicaps. Players must have participated in both weeks to be eligible to win the cup. A total of 53 players played in both weeks; another 20 players were only able to play in one of the weeks and were placed into a fifth flight for reporting purposes. The tournament was scheduled to begin on December 4 but was rained out delaying the start to December 11 with the wrap up round played on December 18. There was no play on Christmas Day; therefore, the SunBird Cup was the only event played during the month.

The results of the tournament showed the overall winner of the SunBird Cup with a net score of 118 was Ray Bierowicz. The winning margin was two strokes less than the second place finisher Arnie Teal who finished at 120. There was a five place tie for third at 123.

The order of finishing by flight were Flight 1: Don Hunt 123, Wes Terry 124 and Fred Nixon 124; Flight 2: Ray Bierowicz 118, Jim Verweyst 123 and Loren Wallace, Cal MacPherson and Earl Brown all at 125; Flight 3: Arnie Teal 120, Paul Carlson 124 and Terry Leeper and Gary Metzger at 123; Flight 4: Gary Whistler 124, John Krupnik 126 and Ron Mrugula, John Walker and Bob Cordray at 128; the first three finishers in Flight 5 with one week scores were John Kane 57, Earl Ferguson 57 and Herb Diede 60.

Congratulations to all of the flight winners and especially to the overall SunBird Cup winner, Ray Bierowicz.

The main event for the month of January was the four week Match Play Challenge which started on January 8. This is a flighted tournament where half of the field is eliminated each week culminating in the eventual winners (survivors) being determined on the last day. Results will be reported in the March paper.

Membership: The Men’s Golf Association encourages golfers, whether property owners or renters and of all skill levels, to join the club. The club has events each Thursday morning throughout the year. These events are generally flighted so that all handicap levels will have a chance to win. Nominal membership dues allow participation in the Arizona Golf Association/GHIN handicap system, participation in the weekly men’s day tournaments and in other special events. For more information on membership you may contact Fred Garmeson at 480-895-9363 or attend an association meeting held on the first Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the Clubhouse Ballroom.