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.
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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Another great year of Men’s League competition finished up on Tuesday, August 2nd. The two winning teams proved how tight the race became over the last weeks of league play, with the lead shifting several times.
In the end, the A team of Pruitt, Brist, Martin, Holloway, Bars and Mitchell won by a single point.
The B League champs of Green, Hanavan, Hanley, Deleplain, Laidlaw and Miller won by a margin of 1.5 points, holding onto the top spot after climbing back out of third place.
As always, the camaraderie and friendly competition were the ultimate rewards for the 24 teams who competed this year!