Club reaches out to women golfers in region

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InvitationThe Country Club is launching the Pro + Ladies Invitational, the first event to pair club pros and ladies club champions. A 36-hole tournament is planned for April, drawing players from California and Nevada. Read more » Read more » about Club reaches out to women golfers in region

ACE will be playing for higher stakes

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Golf family

The Estrada Donnalley family is helping 8-year-old Alexander pursue his golf ambitions. From left are Isabella, 10, and dad Carlos Estrada and mom Allison Donnalley, along with Alexander. There's chips and salsa in it for you. (Click for larger image)

Alexander Estrada, who’s 8, can drive the golf ball 150 yards. His favorite pros go by single names: Rory. Tiger. Bubba. And being a child of this century, Alexander has a YouTube channel where he offers homemade golf instructional videos. Alexander’s initials are A-C-E, and some friends call him ACE, so he opens the videos with a confident and media-wise, “Hey, everyone – ACE here, back with another YouTube video....” Read more » Read more » about ACE will be playing for higher stakes

Hottman, Thue 'Do their part,' win Prospector

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Prospector winners

Prospector champions Bryan Hottman and Steve Thue. Photos by Carol Thames. (Click photos for larger images.)

By Don Thames
Rancho Murieta CC Golf Pro

To some, a daily horoscope can have meaning in their lives.  A forecast of a person’s future, typically including a delineation of character and circumstances based on the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of a person’s birth can sometimes actually come to pass. Before the second round of the Prospector, Debbie Hottman read Bryan Hottman a short version of his horoscope: “Do your part.”  After a lackluster performance on Thursday, Hottman did his part for the rest of the event.  He teamed with guest Steve Thue to win the 2017 Prospector.  “From there on, Steve and I ham-and-egged it pretty well,” said Hottman. Read more » Read more » about Hottman, Thue 'Do their part,' win Prospector

Don Thames: New experiences, lifelong friends

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British Senior Open

Don Thames, Rancho Murieta Country Club's golf pro, has filed occasional pieces about the experience of playing in this week's British Senior Open. Here are two pieces – before and after Friday's round. Photos are by Carole Thames.

By Don Thames, Rancho Murieta Country Club golf pro

Friday morning

Bridgend, Wales – I have been especially struck with the complete global nature of this event. Even though English is the universal language here, the various dialects are difficult to understand. I met a Scottish lad from the qualifying and he has become a caddie for another player. Billy’s brogue allows me to understand about 40 percent of what he says. At nearly 63 years of age, I am also taken aback by how young some of these 50-year-olds appear. I read earlier that there is a 1,000-pound bonus for low super senior (60+) after 72 holes. This is only a small incentive for me to make the cut. Spending two more days playing tops the list of reasons to stick around. Read more » Read more » about Don Thames: New experiences, lifelong friends

Don Thames: A day both bitter and sweet

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Wind-blown flags

Don Thames, Rancho Murieta Country Club's golf pro, is filing occasional pieces about the experience of playing in the British Senior Open, which began Thursday. Photos are by Carole Thames.

By Don Thames, Rancho Murieta Country Club golf pro
Bridgend, Wales – Today’s round at Royal Porthcawl was definitely near the top of the list of the most difficult scoring conditions I have ever faced. Unfortunately, my time of 11:10 was played with eight holes of rain. The later pairings did not get a break from the high winds, as the breeze of 30 mph was constant all day long. I played eight to ten two-iron shots and many of them were approaches to four pars. On some of the crosswind holes, I had to start the ball 75 yards left of the center of the fairway. This is a fearful complication when the sea is on the left marked by an out of bounds fence. It was an extreme example of trust if a player endeavored to hit the fairway. The approach shots were no different. The short side of the green is always guarded by pot bunkers that any faint shot is funneled into. I played a six iron 50 yards left of the flag on one par three. I found playing directly into the wind preferable to playing the treacherous cross breeze. Read more » Read more » about Don Thames: A day both bitter and sweet

Thumbs up for Don Thames!

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Thumbs up!

Dozens of Murietans gathered at the Country Club Wednesday evening to wish good luck to club pro Don Thames, who's teeing it up Thursday morning at the British Senior Open in Wales. (Click photo for larger image) Read more » about Thumbs up for Don Thames!

Your Neighbors: Rewarding team's good work

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Donation to Pleasant Grove

The Country Club's Men’s Club recently presented head coach John Russ of Pleasant Grove High School boys' golf team a check for $620, the proceeds from the "Big Break Challenge" during last fall's Prospector tournament. The team helped out at the event. From left are Justin Jerue, Krishton Trimp, Connor Mullaney, John Russ, Men's Club director Dennis Guertin, Jarrod Jordan, Connor Bell and Justin Nelms. Read more » about Your Neighbors: Rewarding team's good work

Country Club pair win NCPGA team title

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Don Thames and Danny GumsCountry Club Pro Don Thames and club champ Danny Gums won their division at the California State Club Team Championship over the weekend in Truckee.  They shot -11 and captured the Mixed division, with the professional player over 50 years old and the club champ under 50.  The tournament was held at Old Greenwood and the Golf Club at Gray's Crossing. Read more » about Country Club pair win NCPGA team title

Golf is a game that humbles every player

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Senior Open Diary

Don and Carole Thames shared their diaries from Omaha, where Don competed in the U.S. Senior Open. Don, head pro at Rancho Murieta Country Club, failed to make the cut.  Anyone who has ever played a bad round of golf can learn from Don's thoughtful analysis of his own efforts, which he offers in the latest installments -- July 10, 11 and 12. Read more » about Golf is a game that humbles every player

North Course landmark collapses

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Cabin

Neighbors on De La Cruz Drive who investigated a loud noise Sunday evening discovered a ramshackle outbuilding at the edge of the North Course's third fairway had collapsed. According to author Naida West, who lives next to the course on the remaining Granlees ranch property, the building is the largest of several frame structures located between the golf course and her property that date from the 1930s and '40s, when the property was a working ranch. For golfers, it has been part of the scenery on the North Course forever, and that didn't change, at least immediately, after it fell down. Read more » about North Course landmark collapses

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