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.
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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24 Teams, including 12 from each A and B divisions competed once again for the honor of claiming the Men’s League Championship.
In the end, the two winning teams won by margins of a point and a half, and two points respectively. with a cluster of teams finishing in the top half. But both winning teams only lost a single match, and remained tied or in sole possession of the lead, from start to finish.
As always, the real winners were the members who participated, as a great sense of competition with camaraderie was had by all.
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Breaking 80 is a feat that less than 5% of all golfers accomplish, according to USGA statistics. According to those same statistics, the percentage of golfers who “shoot their age” is a mere .0000089%, or less than 9 per million.
However, there is a way to “trick the stats” if you are trying to shoot your age, and that is to live long enough to be outside of the sub-80 realm, remain healthy, and play a lot of golf. That description pretty much fits our own Ted Brandt to a tee!
On May 30th, Ted turned 90 years old, and celebrated with friends and family with an evening of libation and fun. Ted was joined by a number of his Shadow Hills Senior Tour friends, where there was more than one story of Ted’s golf prowess, and close calls with disaster being told.
A Shadow Hills member, since 1980, along with his wife Arlyn, Ted has been a familiar face on the course and at social gathers for almost 40 years. As the former owner of Eugene Tile and Marble for more than 55 years, you can find Ted’s handiwork in countless Eugene locations including several Eugene hospitals, State, Federal and City buildings, and shopping malls.
But has he shot his age?
One of the most active, fun, and diverse offerings at Shadow Hills, continues to be the Shadow Hills Senior Men’s Tour, created and run by “the Commish,” Steve Mason.
Each year, a large group of Shadow Hills Senior (50+ or those who will turn 50 this year) Men, participate in a “Fed-Ex Tour” style of events, with accumulated points being awarded to a leaderboard, which ultimately results in the awarding of the “Mason Cup” for the overall winner.
One thing a golfer can and should bring to a golf lesson is a well defined need. Before putting yourself in the hands of your instructor and letting him/her dictate the action, the perspective student should have a specific area of the game that he/she wants greater satisfaction. The teacher should be able to focus in on your area of dissatisfaction and by teamwork, you both begin to cure the grievance.
Prepare yourself to confront your dissatisfaction with reasonable expectation and a goal of improving your weakness with information, practice and coaching. Your hope is to gain the necessary information and encouragement to know competence at a part of the game where you before had doubt.
Beginning golfers are hoping to make the game which seems hard and awkward, become an activity that is fun and has an upward trend. They want to hit shots they haven’t hit before, shoot a good score on the shorter holes, not hold up other golfers on the course and to attempt to shoot their best ever nine or eighteen. They want information on how to use the different clubs in their bag and rules and golf etiquette.
Some players are serious about competition. They hope to learn how to make repairs to their game in the course of a tournament round, or between rounds of an event. They may wish to know the nuance of shaping and flighting different shots. They want to be able to perform in competition the same way that they play in less stressful situations. The competitive golfer has goals or needs goals to chase. They might want help with their equipment to make sure it is helping, not hurting their play.
Try to write a paragraph about what it is that you want from a lesson. Your instructor/coach will be happy to expand on your words and help you define your hopes for more fulfillment at the different facets of a fascinating, complex game.
Rookie SHSM senior tour player Shabbir Panni played two days of solid golf in the SHSM finials to finish 3rd place and win enough points to win the 2016 tour. Panni’s two day total of 4 under par earned him enough points to jump up into first place!
Richard Bloch won the final event with two days of great golf and an 8 under par score. Bloch moved up from 11th to finish 2nd on the tour. Panni played the last four holes in 2 under par net that included a spectacular natural birdie 2 on hole #16. He not only won a skin by being the only one to birdie the hole among 47 players but it helped leap him into first place. The race for the tour title was so close that if Panni was just one stroke higher over the two days Bloch would have pulled of the largest jump in finals day history and won the tour! John DeWille had a great season but failed to finish in the top 25 for the finals to earn any more points and finished 3rd place.