For the first time in three years, The Camel Cup has been brought home. With sixteen spirited and competitive individual matches and eight tough team matches, the team from Camelback Golf Club defeated Gainey Ranch 15-9 on the Padre course. Camelback golfers had the edge 9-7 in the individual matches. They also prevailed 6-2 in the team matches.
Gainey’s Sam Engel took home low gross honors with a strong 67 from the White tees. Sam’s opponent, Chip Nelson, threw four birdies at him, but he couldn’t quite overcome Sam’s six birdies and fell to Sam one down.
The Last Annual Camelback Golf Club Ladies Invitational tournament is in the books. “Our Swan Song” came off as another great success with the proceeds benefiting the Semper Fi Fund for wounded veterans and their families. As we have for the past three years, we accumulated plenty of pictures of the action and posted them on this site for your viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy them.
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Camelback Golf Club’s Ladies Champion for 2015 is Gail Kennedy. She lit it up with a two day gross of 159 to capture the crown.
Diane Hunter won the Championship in the Low Net category. Her two day total was a scorching 136. It was a super event. A tip of the hat to Matt Person for coordinating another great Camelback Golf Club tournament.
Here are some pictures of the action. Clicking on any image will enlarge it and put you into the “slide show” mode. Clicking on the “x” in the upper left corner will close the slide show.
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.
Hans Schuetz – fine form.
Championship Flight golfers aren’t supposed to be in this!
Gene Anderson – almost in.
Howard Jones – may not have made the putt.
Doug Hunter – a good attempt.
Aare Kuusk looks for the bottom of the hole.
Dave Allen champion’s form.
Hans’ wins the award for “most charming”.
Scott Schneider successfully out of the trap.
Roland Eckert’s signature swing.
Scott Schneider from the #18 bunker.
Dave Allen – Get in the hole.
Frank Bogacz wins with flair.
Scott Schneider waits his turn.
Dick Reid with a long putt.
Hans finishes #18.
Great staff – another perk for Camelback members.
John Elick’s granddaughter celebrates with Grampa.
Frank Bogacz – one more time with feeling.
Everett Davis – after the putt.
Jeff Clark – Get in the hole you ####.
Scott Schneider on #18 Padre.
Rudi Barich – Apparently not the shot he had planned.
Towers takes the scenic route.
John Elick – The envelope please.
Everett Davis – mixed emotions.
Frank Bogacz – expressive.
Dave Towers goes after the green.
The Champion – Brad Sinclair
Phil Ortez follows the flight.
Dave Allen on the final hole.
Gene Anderson – figuring it out.
Sure, I’d grin too if I’d just finished second like Mr. Elick.
Dick Reid follows his putt.
Ross Yeo looking for birdie.
Looks like maybe Aare’s putt didn’t fall.
Dave Allen waits his turn.
Dave Towers optimistically watches.
Gene Anderson – no mulligans.
Doug Hunter – another winner.
Roland Eckert – the twist.
Ross Yeo – finished second.
Sam – Just one of our champions.
In the hole!
John Rae – played well.
John Elick – for the want of but one stroke.
Bogacz – the form of the low net champion.
Pat Canavan watches the ball.
Rudi takes it to the hole.
Frank Bogacz – low net champ with Brad Sinclair – low gross champ.
Dave Allen collects in winnings
Dan Bartlett – English is his first language.
Ross Yeo tied for second in the gross category.
Dan Bartlett – get in the hole.
Ross Yeo’s third shot on #9.
Ross Yeo bringing it home.
Doug Hunter on #18.
Frank Bogacz – Championship form.
Shiloh passed out money to everyone but me?
Dick Reid follows through.
Everett Davis with his own special English.
Rudi – Had better days.
Rudi’s working on something.
John Elick thinks the food was fabulous.
Ross Yeo – his day is done.
Steve Finberg (I hope).
Roland Eckert tends the pin.
Jeff Clark – premature smile?
Bob Trees anticipates the fall.
Jeff Clark strikes his putt.
Howard Jones – still knows how to thrown the knuckler.
Dan Barlett’s second shot on #18 Padre.
Everett Davis – “Go Baby Go!”
Brad Sinclair makes the turn.
Frank Bogacz holds the prize.
Scott Schneider takes it to the hole.
Dan Bartlett tries to change gravity after a shot on #18.
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.