Christmas came early for a “full to capacity” crowd during the annual Shadow Hills Kids’s Christmas Party. A sumptuous “Breakfast for Dinner” meal was served, with a huge variety of kid activities, games and holiday cheer.
But, as usual, the highlight of the evening was a visit from Santa Claus, and the chance for the kids to let the Jolly Old Elf know what they wanted for Christmas. Each child received a special gift along with their chance on Santa’s knee!
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It is a rare thing when someone quietly, though persistently works in their own way to create change in their world. So often “those who serve,” are motivated by personal gain, or to fulfill some personal agenda. So it is very rare indeed, that a person who has worked tirelessly and selflessly for decades, should be singled out as “The Best” at something, for the simple reason that they work so hard not to call attention to their actions, or brush praise away with a “Happy to do it!” smile.
However, on October 22nd at the OGA annual meeting, recognition was due and given to our own Steve Mason, with his receipt of the “Member of the Year” award. How special is this award? The numbers speak for themselves, as the The OGA represents 170 clubs and 41,000 members.
I wrote about Steve in an article on ShadowHillsExtra.com more than three years ago. And since then, Steve has continued to be “the hub” for an amazing list of club-enhancing actions that have become part of the fabric of Shadow Hills.
He has served on the Membership Committee, is currently co-chair of the Handicap Committee, and is notoriously the “Ticket Guy” for almost any Pac-12 event, providing great deals on all sorts of sports and concert events “in his spare time.”
But, most of us know Steve as “The Commish” of the ever-popular and amazingly fun, Shadow Hills Senior Men’s group. This “Fed-Ex Tour” style of events, with accumulated points being awarded to a leaderboard, ultimately results in the awarding of the “Mason Cup” for the overall winner. However, adding to this, is a huge array of social events, golf weekends, annual trips, and a wide range of community-building fun, that are all made possible by Steve’s generosity of time, and creative spirit.
It is rare that Oregon Golfers have to play through elements as thick as those enveloping the two days of play for this year’s Shadow Hills Women’s Invitational. Between almost record heat, and a pervasive cloak of smoke from regional forest fires, the participants and winners truly earned the right to celebrate a long 36 holes!
In the end, a previous champion, and some new faces prevailed to take home honors.
Overall Gross Champion was Leilani Norman.
Net Championship honors went to Lori Reynolds.
Super Senior Gross winner Nettie Morrison.
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In it’s 54th year, the tournament has grown to be one of the preeminent invitational tournaments in the Northwest. This year, the weather was hot, but the competition was even hotter, as just a single stroke separated many of the winners from the runner-ups, with more than $30,000 in prizes and entry gifts being offered.
Trent Thompson and Ryan Schaefer captured the overall Gross Championship with Ryan Larsen and Ed Flores claiming the Net Championship.
The course was in pristine shape, with good roll on the fairways, and fast greens for both days of competition.
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It has been another amazing year for youth golf at Shadow Hills Country Club!
The SHCC Youth Camp had a record number of participants at 102 young golfers with a wide range of ages and experience. The three day camp ran from July 16th – 18th, with every player working on a variety of skills and shots, and playing a “round” on a course set up in the driving range.
Every Participant was awarded their choice of stuffed animal head covers, and from all reports there was loads of improvement at all levels of golfers.
The family atmosphere was evident, with a huge “gallery” of parents and friends gathering to watch the fun. Shadow Hills CC truly lived up to it’s motto of a “Family Resort, Just Minutes from Home,” as a whole new generation of excited golfers was launched.
The final day culminated in a huge pool party (the pool combined with record heat has never been so full) that was the perfect end for intense but fun instruction, while making loads of new friends.
Our Shadow Hills Junior PGA Team had another undefeated year, with a record of 5-0 and the district championship crown. Coached by former PGA tour professional Pat Fitzsimons and our own assistant pro, Brandon Hepner, this amazing group of young men and young ladies showed that they have the right stuff to look forward to great competitive golf in their futures!
The team member roster included five district All Stars:
- Jack Anderson
- Caden Etchison. All star
- Connor Gibson. All star
- Kari Holmes
- Madison Holmes. All star
- Charlie Malpass
- Tyler Mikel. All star
- Blake Mikel
- Sydney Nelson
- Jake Pruitt
- Jackson Rossow
- Wesley Smith. All star
- Jayden Tate
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One of the most destructive forces on our course is in fact “man made.” No, we are not talking about the effects of humans on global warming, and the resulting La Nina super-wet weather. We are talking about irresponsible golf cart use, which can leave parts of our course deeply scarred for weeks, if not months.
Working with the golf committee, head professional and golf course superintendent, a new cart path rule has been drafted, and will become effective immediately. A “Modified 90 Degree Rule” has been added to our current standard 90 Degree Rule to take advantage of our firm fairways, while helping to protect less stable rough areas. One of the most important aspects of the new rule is to enter the fairway across the driest rough area available, and then staying on the fairway until your ball is on or near the green. You will then exit the fairway across the driest available rough area.
It is important to remember that using a golf cart anywhere on our facility is a privilege, and that our course is one of our most important assets. For this reason, common sense and courtesy are to be used at all times while operating carts.
Continue Reading to see the New Regulations and a Graphic Chart Explaining the Changes