Brad Sinclair captured the 2015 Camelback Club Championship by firing a seven over par 151 over two days of great competition on two of the Valley’s finest courses. He shot 75 on the Ambiente course in Friday’s round and carded a 76 on the Padre course Saturday. He all but took ownership of the three pars winning three out of the eight possible “closest to the pin” contests. Dave Allen and Ross Yeo finished in a tie for second place.
Frank Bogacz took the overall low net championship shooting an eight under par 136 edging out John Elick by a single stroke. Doug Hunter finished two strokes back while Dave Towers ended the tournament three back. It was a tight, extremely competitive match and everyone (except Bogacz) could look back with the “if only that one putt would have fallen” memory. Alright, maybe not everyone. I’m thinking I would have been in great shape if only about fourteen more putts would have fallen.
The Camelback Golf Club team of professionals and all of their staff again proved they’re the best in the business. The tournament was run without a hitch. The food was fabulous and the wait staff turned in another all-star performance. My only regret is that I didn’t join Camelback years ago when I first came to the Valley of the Sun. A special thanks to Shiloh Hagey for his tireless efforts and outstanding performance.
Enjoy some pictures from the 2015 Club Championship. Rudi provided us with some great golf “expressions”. The riddle of the day is “Who is that Championship Flight playing from the bushes and behind the tree?” Thanks also to Liz McCarty for taking six hours out of her day to take some super photos.
Gene Anderson – almost in.
Dan Bartlett tries to change gravity after a shot on #18.
Rudi goes for the green.
Dick Reid with a long putt.
Dick Reid follows through.
Hans finishes #18.
Everett Davis – “Go Baby Go!”
Ross Yeo – his day is done.
Jeff Clark strikes his putt.
Frank Bogacz wins with flair.
Dick Reid follows his putt.
Doug Hunter on #18.
Ross Yeo tied for second in the gross category.
Looks like maybe Aare’s putt didn’t fall.
Hans’ wins the award for “most charming”.
Dan Bartlett – get in the hole.
In the hole!
Gene Anderson – figuring it out.
John Elick thinks the food was fabulous.
John Rae – played well.
Aare Kuusk looks for the bottom of the hole.
Howard Jones – may not have made the putt.
Bogacz – the form of the low net champion.
Everett Davis with his own special English.
Rudi – Had better days.
Everett Davis – after the putt.
Roland Eckert – the twist.
Shiloh passed out money to everyone but me?
Ross Yeo – finished second.
Rudi takes it to the hole.
Jeff Clark – Get in the hole you ####.
Dave Allen on the final hole.
Ross Yeo looking for birdie.
Pat Canavan watches the ball.
Dave Allen collects in winnings
Frank Bogacz – one more time with feeling.
Roland Eckert’s signature swing.
Brad Sinclair makes the turn.
Steve Finberg (I hope).
Jeff Clark – premature smile?
Gene Anderson – no mulligans.
Dave Allen – Get in the hole.
Great staff – another perk for Camelback members.
Rudi Barich – Apparently not the shot he had planned.
Dave Towers goes after the green.
Roland Eckert tends the pin.
Championship Flight golfers aren’t supposed to be in this!
Sam – Just one of our champions.
Scott Schneider successfully out of the trap.
Doug Hunter – a good attempt.
Frank Bogacz holds the prize.
Scott Schneider on #18 Padre.
Ross Yeo’s third shot on #9.
Everett Davis – mixed emotions.
Hans Schuetz – follows through.
Towers takes the scenic route.
Sure, I’d grin too if I’d just finished second like Mr. Elick.
Howard Jones – still knows how to thrown the knuckler.
Ross Yeo bringing it home.
Phil Ortez follows the flight.
Dan Bartlett – English is his first language.
Frank Bogacz – low net champ with Brad Sinclair – low gross champ.
Frank Bogacz – Championship form.
John Elick – The envelope please.
Scott Schneider from the #18 bunker.
Bob Trees anticipates the fall.
Scott Schneider waits his turn.
Rudi’s working on something.
Scott Schneider takes it to the hole.
Dave Allen waits his turn.
The Champion – Brad Sinclair
Dan Barlett’s second shot on #18 Padre.
John Elick’s granddaughter celebrates with Grampa.
It hasn’t lacked for excitement and suspense. Entering today’s quarter-final round, the teams of Ross Yeo and John Elick, Roland Eckert and Dick Cahal, and Dan Bartlett and Glen Morga had already secured spots in the semi-final. The remaining spot would be determined when club champion Mark Van Ark and Bob Shaps locked horns with Rudi Barich and Bob Kennedy. With great competitors facing off against each other, everyone expected a fierce and competitive match. It lived up to the expectations of all.
Van Ark and Shaps were fast out of the gate and jumped out to an early lead. Their early dominance threatened to get Barich and Kennedy down, but anyone that knows these guys understands the old line about “Don’t shoot him; you’ll just make him mad.” I’m still recovering from a burn I received when Bob Sznewajs and I played Barich and Kennedy in the opening round. With two or three holes to go, we had them pinned in a corner. Then Rudi got “the look”. His focus intensified and I made the mistake of reaching in front of him while he was lining up a putt. He burned my hand with his gaze. We lost the match.
Rudi and Bob battled back today with tenacity. They
won the match one-up after twenty holes. It was an exciting and eventful match. Congratulations to all the competitors for an outstanding and spirited effort.
The semi-finals now find Barich and Kennedy taking on Yeo and Elick while Cahal and Eckert confront Bartlett and Morga for spots in the championship.
Here are a few images from today’s action. Click on any image to enlarge and enter slideshow mode.
Camelback Golf Club’s 2015 Member/Guest Tournament is now a memory, but what a great one it is. John and brother Don Hudson survived an incredibly exciting shoot-out and emerged as the 2015 Champions. With pit-bull tenacity, the Hudson boys held off a monumental challenge from Mark Van Ark and Rollie Brendel on the first extra hole of the competition. It almost seemed as if it were preordained. The Hudsons home is Regina, Saskatchewan and they played in a flight just so named. As the only southpaw in the shoot-out, John presented a challenge to the photographer who had to be fast to get around to face him when he was addressing the ball. Congratulations to all the participants and thanks for putting on a great show.
The Tournament Committee and the staff of Camelback Golf Club rewrote the book on how to put on a great tournament and an event with total “class”. The courses were in great shape – a standing ovation to the Golf Course Superintendent. Rob Bartley’s team rose to every challenge with total professionalism and class. Shiloh Hagey conducted the event as if he were directing a symphony orchestra. No work of art is without flaw or not subject to personal views and interpretations, but even those few things that didn’t go perfectly will only serve to make future events even better.
It’s no small feat to put on a four day event like this one, but everyone rose to the occasion. The breakfasts were delectable. Lunches were fabulous and the tournament banquet Saturday night was nothing short of a masterpiece. The dinner was great. The service was without parallel. Staff was efficient and friendly. The entertainment was top-notch – lively, fun, yet polished. You could enjoy the music and still actually converse with a guest without resorting to the use of a megaphone. I have experience with other clubs in the area and I can assure you, no one does it better than Camelback Golf Club.
You can view some of the action from the shoot-out and the banquet below. Clicking on one of the images will put you into the “slide show” mode. You can see the emotions, the highs and the lows of the competitors. Scott Schneider and his guest, Dave Neal claimed the title in the Paradise Valley Flight. Mark Van Ark and guest Rollie Brendel proved they had real “game” by winning the Calgary Flight. Doug Clark and George Shinn walked away with the Scottsdale Flight crown. John Elick and his guest, Dean Lindberg grabbed the title in the Edmonton Flight. The Flagstaff Flight was claimed by Everett Davis and guest Jerry Foy. The Hudson brothers ran away with the Saskatchewan Flight and the overall championship. In the final analysis, we were all winners. Our prizes were the joys and pleasures that come from having great golf courses, a Camelback staff that does it right and a Tournament Committee that poured heart and soul into making our experiences the building blocks of great memories for years to come.
Champion John Hudson and an example of why photographing left-handers is difficult.
Camelback golfers teamed up with golfers from Gainey Ranch in a fun event Friday. The competitors played on the magnificent Ambiente course at Camelback Golf Club. Not only does Ambiente offer a spectacular Scottish links style course, it is in immaculate condition. Unquestionably, it’s the finest course in the area.
Everyone finished with a smile. With absolutely perfect weather, a fabulous course and great company, it was a wonderful day to be in Scottsdale, Arizona. There were no snow shovels, no mukluks and no signs of frostbite. Some place better to tee it up? I can’t imagine where that would be.
Here’s a look at the “net scores” turned in on the day. We played from the forward tees (equivalent in slope and rating to the middle tees at Gainey) so the course was far gentler than it could have been.
Men’s Day, one day before Thanksgiving: If you were wondering who the turkeys were and your names are not Nichols or Ogrin, then look in the mirror. On a day when the course beat up 95% of the field, the team of Mike Nichols, Bailey Ogrin and guests from the law firm of Caprio & Crown won a “no contest” verdict with a nine point thrashing of the rest of the field. Not only did they eat our dinner, but most of the desert as well with Bailey gobbling up five skins, Nichols & Crown one each leaving two left overs for Vlah and Hourihan.
As for the mere mortals with team scores clustered between 130 & 135, they were only 9 points behind the winners at 121.
Monday’s match was held on the Camelback Ambiente course, one of the finest golf course layouts in the Valley. Two-man teams competed in a modified Stableford format. Sandy Wiener drew Heard Broadrick as a partner. For the first nine holes, Sandy could have stayed in the club house. Heard came out like a snake bit horse and shot a net 33 on the
front side and single-handedly accounted for sixteen points. They only needed six more between the two of them to win first place. They got nine more and took the crown with points to spare. Harold Hoeg and Scott Hull edged out Laurence Rosen and Howard Jones by one thin, lucky point to take second place. Rosen and Jones retained their amateur status by finishing out of the money.
Broadrick and Hoeg went home with the lion’s share of the skins pot with three each. Rose, Jones and Wiener left with the table scraps.
Jim Mantle was the only golfer to come close to shooting his handicap in the Pat Collins Men’s Day East event Wednesday on the South Course of Talking Stick. Mantle managed to card a round only three strokes over his handicap to capture low gross honors. Talking Stick brutalized everyone else in the field with lightning fast greens, nearly impossible pin placements and bad karma. A dozen players were more than ten strokes over their handicaps. Ken Vlah was twenty!