Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Goofy Golf 2009

The second annual Goofy Golf Tournament was conducted on the afternoon of October 4th, the last day before the commencement of overseeding. Sixty-two players competed in the event which featured a different “challenge” on each hole. Players had to contend with such “challenges” as hitting a tee shot from a stool, playing with clubs of the opposite hand, and two-by-fours set strategically around the hole.

The format was a nine-hole, four-person scramble with all players hitting from the Plum tees. This year the weather conditions, with winds gusting to 30 mph, played a part in the outcome.

The results:

1st – John & Jan Murphy and Bill & Sue Hart (29)
2nd – Bruce & Fran Fowler and Russ & Jan Stocek (32)
3rd – Clyde & Cookie Smith and George & Terry Fondurulia (33)

Slide show here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A final Ace before overseeding

We had one final hole-in-one before we closed for overseeding on October 5.

Carol Simmons
Sept. 30 - Buttes #3; 132-yards 7-wood

Sunday, September 13, 2009

What makes the FedEx Cup so unexciting

The Eye On Golf staff got to thinking the other day about why the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup is just so doggone unexciting. Why is it that each event seems like just another four-day, 72-hole PGA Tour golf tournament? Where is the spectator anxiety? Where is the sit on the edge of your seat and scream at the television exhilaration?

So, after lengthy discussion we think we have an answer (or perhaps two) to this most pertinent of golf questions. First no one, except maybe a few talking heads at PGA Tour Headquarters and a few golf scribes, really and truly understands the elimination system. This is the third year of the FedEx Cup and the third attempt at a working playoff system that will generate the ultimate champion. This year, when the third event of the playoffs ends on Sunday, the top thirty players in FedEx Cup point standings will move on to the Tour Championship in Atlanta just like in year past. However, at this watershed all the points that a player has earned throughout the season will be reset and the claim is that any player within the top five who wins the Tour Championship will win the FedEx Cup.

Of course, this has all kinds of nonsense scenarios wrapped up in it. A player could win all the money, lead the FedEx Cup point standings by a mile going into the Tour Championship and then lose the final event by one stroke and walk away without the precious Cup. Do you have a player in mind here?
Second, and perhaps most important, is that this playoff system doesn't generate any thrills except for the fabulous golf. Those actually attending one of these playoff events are there because the circus is in town and it's fun to go to watch the best players in the world. Those of us watching at home just want to see some good golf. We believe that the lack of excitement is due to the length of each “playoff game.” Each “elimination game” is four days long, much too long to generate any allure. The NFL playoffs which culminate in the Super Bowl are a one game, one day events. You don't have to go to the stadium for four days to find out who the winner is. NASCAR has a ten race finale, The Chase, that builds anticipation through each of the final ten races. Once again, each race is a one day event. Fans look forward to that one weekly experience that may make or break their favorite team or player. The sense of excitement and anticipation builds week to week.

The PGA Tour will not get to experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat until it figures out a way to generate that week-to-week excitement.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

America’s VetDogs promo a huge success at Robson Ranch Golf Club

The Labor Day weekend promotion for America’s Vet Dogs conducted by Robson Ranch Golf Club proved to be a huge success. A total of $200 was contributed by the members and homeowners of Robson Ranch, Arizona plus the outside guests.

America’s VetDogs uses guide dogs, service dogs, and innovative technology to help disabled veterans and active duty personnel live again with dignity and self-reliance. They serve veterans who are blind or visually impaired; have lost limbs or suffered traumatic brain injuries; or who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Robson Ranch, Arizona is part of Robson Communities, Inc. with projects in Arizona and Texas. It is located in the Eloy/Casa Grande area of Arizona between Phoenix & Tucson, and serves as a resort-style community for pre-retirees & retirees. Lavish country club amenities provide a wonderful social atmosphere for people who share common interests and enthusiasm for life.

The entire staff at Robson Ranch Golf Club would like to thank all players who contributed to this worthy cause in support of America’s Heroes.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A change in hours for golf and golf shop

Just a quick note to let everyone know that beginning August 1 we will have a change in hours for golf and the golf shop.

On August 1 the first tee time will move from 7:00 AM to 6:30 AM.

The new hours for the Golf Shop will be 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

These hours should remain in effect until the golf course closes for overseeding on October 5.

Any questions, please ask the Golf Shop staff.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Two more aces

Two more holes-in-one have been recorded at Robson Ranch Golf Club in the past two weeks. Here they are:

Ed Hall
June 19 – Picacho #5; 160 yards 7-wood

Ralph Baldenegro
June 28 – Buttes #6; 144 yards PW

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More Aces for 2009

As promised (and expected) here are couple more holes-in-one for which we finally have the details. Congratulations, gentlemen.

Larry Kostrowski
May 8 – Buttes #6; 144 yards PW

Terry Clark
May 12 – Buttes #6; 111 yards 8-iron

Friday, June 5, 2009

Jack & Jill Results

We're doing a little more catch-up with these results:

Jack and Jill Scramble with Men’s Club

Ladies Closest to Pin, Sue Hart, Hole 6

Mens Closest to Pin, Jim Stogsdill, Hole 14

Women and Men Closest to Pin, Dave Brown, Hole 3

1st place Dave Marrandette & Jeri Srenaski - net 53.5

2nd place Ron Pontius & Linda Thompson - net 57.5

3rd place Dave Brown & Patti Baumann - net 58.5

4th place Jim Stogsdill & Adele Wolyn - net 61.5,
Russ Stocek & Jean DeChristopher
John Collier & Joanne Heiman

Monday, June 1, 2009

The “Aces” of 2009.

The first several months of 2009 have seen what appears to be an extraordinary number of holes-in-one. Here’s a listing of who, when and where of aces for 2009 with a couple of extra details.

Jerry Koppy
Jan. 8 – Buttes #6; 144 yards 7-iron

Larry Henry
Jan. 12 – Buttes #3; 185 yards 4-iron

Deems Utzinger
Jan. 22 - Picacho #5; 137 yards 7-iron

Paul Hanson
Jan. 23 - Buttes #3; 185 yards 5-wood

Chuck Hernandez
Feb. 8 – Picacho #5; 169 yards 9-wood

Mike Hart
Feb. 28 – Buttes #6; 111 yards PW

And I know there have been a couple of other aces. We would love to have the info so please stop by the golf shop and share it with us.

RRGC Ladies Member-Guest

It's now time to play catch up. The next few postings will bring us up to date (hopefully) on several of the events that have occurred at RRGC.

Here's the first one:

The Robson Ranch Ladies Golf Association conducted their first Member-Guest golf tournament on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 at the Robson Ranch Golf Club. The event was utilized as a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Komen is a United States-wide organization that supports breast cancer research. The event raised over $2,100 for cancer research through donations, “mulligans” and raffles.

The tournament was conducted as a two person scramble over 18 holes with each player’s tee shot being used a minimum of four times. The top five finishers were as follows:

Pam Costner/Teresa Densley 70
Adele Wolyn/Phyllis Weber 72
Jean DeChristopher/Dee Lee 77
Terry Fondurulia/Carla Hill 78
Brenda Wedin/Margaret Erickson 79

Robson Ranch is a part of the Robson Resort Communities. The facility is located in Casa Grande/Eloy, AZ and is ideally situated halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. All Robson Communities feature an Active Adult Lifestyle which includes one or more golf courses.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Who Beat the Pro?!

During the month of January both the Men’s Club and Ladies Club at Robson Ranch conducted their seasonal Beat the Pro Matches. The golf was good and the excitement was spellbinding. And it must be said that the ladies fared far better than the men.

With twenty-one ladies competing ten shot a net score lower than the professional’s gross score of 74. The winners were:

Barb Chmilar - 66
Jan Brown – 68
Linda Carlberg – 69
Fran Fowler - 70
Pam Costner – 71
Sue Hart – 71
Kay Jacobs – 71
Glady Miller – 71
Dell Hoff – 73
Fran Schwatrz – 73

Congrats to all the ladies for their fine play.

The men, however, were another story. Of forty-two competitors only one was able to shoot a net score lower than the pro’s 66. The winner was…

Paul Hoff – 65

Congrats, Paul! A job well done.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Magique Demo on Thursday January 8

All golfers seeking to improve their game in 2009 should visit the practice facility at Robson Ranch Golf Club on Thursday, January 8th beginning at 9 AM. Jason Fortney from Magique Golf in Tempe will be doing complimentary club fitting for anyone who can swing a golf club.

It's a unique opportunity to get fitted for clubs that are perfectly matched to your game.