Von Seeger wins Country Club championship

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Club champsBy Don Thames, Country Club golf pro
At the tender age of 32, Stefan von Seeger had waited a long time to win a major championship at Rancho Murieta Country Club. As a boy, when he was not eligible to compete, he watched his father, Steve, win the club championship. His only chance to win a club championship was through the junior competition, which never materialized. He grew up, left the community and then returned two months ago as a Rancho Murieta resident and joined the club as a junior executive member. He wasted no time to grab the title of club champion. In the finals of match play last weekend, he faced past champion and wily veteran Steve Jones. “I knew coming in that Steve is a grinder, so I prepared for that mentally,” said von Seeger. “It became apparent early on that Steve was going to get everything up and down, and he did so throughout the match.” Read more » Read more » about Von Seeger wins Country Club championship

Your Neighbors: Meet the Garcia family

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Garcia family

Geovany and Jessica Garcia and their kids, from left, Adriana, Gianna, Haylee and Giovani. Click the photos to see larger images. Photos by Hayduk Photography.

Jessica and Geovany Garcia met in the Rancho Community Church’s youth group and were married at the Country Club by Jared Huntsinger, who was pastor of the youth group. Jessica has lived out here since she was 15. Geovany grew up in Sloughhouse and has lived in Rancho Murieta for the last 10 years. Read more » Read more » about Your Neighbors: Meet the Garcia family

Ice cream from your memories to theirs

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Ice cream truck

From the childhoods we all knew, the Rancho Murieta Optimists sent their ice cream truck around the community Saturday – an annual, start-of-school event – and prompted a nice collection of smiles by kids. Alicia Correia was in the hot seat (the one leaning out the window) as the kids deliberated about the frozen choices available. Correia says they sold 300 treats, with the big sellers being the Red, White and Blue Bomb and the Cookies 'n' Cream. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Ice cream from your memories to theirs

Where's the ice cream truck? Here it is

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The Optimist Club has arranged for an ice cream truck to make its way around Rancho Murieta Saturday, starting on the South (see map of planned route), then stopping at Murieta Plaza and the North Gazebo, before completing its route on the North (see map). Here's a real-time look at the truck's location. You can zoom in, if needed, by using the plus sign in the lower right of the map. Read more » about Where's the ice cream truck? Here it is

For one fan, a TV show crosses into real life

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Scott Brothers

Bunny and Cheryl Roberts, from left, met TV-show hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott at a Sacramento show recently. To make the outing special, Cheryl created items like the personalized ticket below. (Click photos for larger images)

TicketWhen TV stars Jonathan and Drew Scott (aka “The Property Brothers”) came to town last month for the debut of their live variety show, Murietans Bunny Perdue and her daughter, Cheryl Roberts, were among the fans of their HGTV home makeover programs seated in the audience at the Sacramento Community Center. Cheryl had surprised her 97-year-old mother with VIP tickets that entitled them to meet the celebrity twins after the show. Read more » Read more » about For one fan, a TV show crosses into real life

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!

Don Thames: Rough, bunkers and rainy skies

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Second hole

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

By Don Thames, Rancho Murieta Country Club golf pro
Bridgend, Wales – Royal Porthcawl is a beast. Yesterday we played our first practice round and found perhaps three breather holes, for lack of a better phrase. The rest were long, with most seeming to play into strong winds. I hit several four- and two-iron approaches to par fours and one three metal into a four par converted from a five. Matters are further complicated by the fact that the fairways are lined with fairly thick rough of fescue, gorse and heather. I will endeavor to not visit these areas. Read more » Read more » about Don Thames: Rough, bunkers and rainy skies

Don Thames: 'It was way too good to be true'

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Leaderboard

Don Thames, Rancho Murieta Country Club's golf pro, writes about the experience of qualifying for the British Senior Open, as he did Monday. He will post occasional stories this week. Photos are by Carole Thames.

By Don Thames, Rancho Murieta Country Club golf pro
Bridgend, Wales – Other than a few 36-hole affairs, Monday's Senior Open qualifying was the longest single day of golf in my competitive career. We started at 7:50 a.m. and left the Southerndown Golf Club in Wales at 9 p.m. In that we shot 71, we had to wait until the 1:10 pairing returned before we knew our position. After three-quarters of the scores had been posted, we were on pins and needles hoping for an opportunity to be in a playoff. In the end, the playoff materialized, with nine blokes competing for three spots. Read more » Read more » about Don Thames: 'It was way too good to be true'

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