Catalina Island News

The Catalina Golf Classic...A Great Day For All

Catalina Island Women's Golf Club

The scattered drops of rain that fell on Sunday morning could not curtail the energy of those who were preparing to play in the Catalina Golf Classic. Sponsored by the Catalina Island Women’s Golf Club,  this annual benefit tournament earns funds for the Catalina Island Medical Center’s Foundation, specifically earmarked for women’s health.

Eleven teams competed in the nine hole tournament; most were an eclectic mix of teens, senior citizens, men, women, novices and experts. Individual players also competed in a putting contest and a chipping contest.  In addition to the regular scramble format, all teams competed in a special fire drill hole which was timed.

With a team scramble score of 7 under par, the team consisting of Dave Grear, Richard Hernandez, Michael Leat, Vic Martin and Raul Pedroza won first place honors.  They also turned in the  fastest fire drill time, completing the #3 hole from drive to cup in just 1 minute and 10 seconds!  “We were lucky,” said team captain Grear, “ We got a birdie on that hole.”

Second place in the team scramble with a score of 6 under par was Ron Bevins’ team which included Gabe Hernandez, Juan Rodriguez, Andres Tejeda and Rudy Hernandez. Individual event winners were Lisa Cole, longest drive for women; Gabe Hernandez with longest drive for men; Brian Pirrone, closest drive to pin;  Petie Stearns, most accurate drive; Bill Sewell  won the  chipping contest, and he was also the winner of the sunshine circle award for being the only golfer to land within the circle surrounding the #2 pin.  Bob Sheehey won first place putting honors by narrowly winning the putting play-off with Gabe Hernandez.

“The support from our golfing friends was great!” said golf club and foundation spokesperson, Connie Friel, “The generosity of The Elite Sponsors and many Tee sponsors made the event a total success. Thank you to our Elite Sponsors Santa Catalina Island Company, Catalina Hot Spots: Antonio’s, Original Jack’s , El Galleon, and Mi Casita, Catalina Island Medical Center, and also Walsworth Franklin Bevins and McCall for your continuing kindness to our community.”

Friel also acknowledged other major donors, “Our T Sponsors include the Elite Sponsors already mentioned plus the following: Blanny Avalon Hagena,Catalina Island Yacht Club, Catalina Island Inn, Cathy Savage, Steve’s Steakhouse, Sherrill’s Repower Solutions Inc., Dan and Vi DeVoe,Clarissa and Claquette Island Dogs, Avalon Boat Stand, Mr Niceley’s Restaurant Pinizzotto Family,and John Lovrich, Thanks to each and every one of you!”

The Catalina Womens' Golf Club invite any interested women golfer to join us on Thursday mornings at 8:15! Come and play and have a great day!