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Opening 2023 Golf Tournament & Cocktail Party

Event Date: October 26, 2023

On Thursday, October 26th we celebrated with a sold-out shotgun tournament with 52 golfers and 30 additional participants on the patio with a Jimmy Buffet themed party.  Tropical attire, Hawaiian lei’s, music, margarita’s and awards created an atmosphere of fun, friendship and community. All the awards for golf and the door prizes were donated – thank you for your incredible generosity!


•    Four rounds of golf at El Conquistador Golf – Darryl Janisse and the El Con Golf Team
•    Two beautiful baskets full of goodies and wine: Laura and Greg Baldwin
•    Gift Card for the Landing Restaurant – Tyler Moody (One of our All Day Happy Hour Sponsors)
•    Gift Card for Firetruck Brewing – Cayle Tidaback (One of our All Day Happy Hour Sponsors)
•    $100 Gift Card at Trader Joes – Bill and Kathleen Gardner
•    Beautiful handmade Christmas Table Runner and a bottle of wine – Bill and Kathleen Gardner
•    Dinner for two at Epazote Restaurant – Shelby Francome and the Hilton El Conquistador Team
•    Luxurious facial and massage at Spawell – Kristin Palant and the Spawell Team

Congratulations to our lowest scoring team – an impressive 28 – included: Pete and DeAnn Leuzinger and Ron and Laura Osborne…. They conquered Pusch Ridge skills and determination!

Prizes were also awarded for longest drives and closest to the pin for men and women!  In all the excitement we lost the list of winners!!!!  Enjoy your prizes and thank you for joining us.

The success of our event was truly a team effort.  Friends of Pusch Ridge partnered with El Conquistador Golf on all the details.  Our volunteers, along with the El Con Team worked together on the format, catering, set-up, clean-up, pre-work, day of work – hand in hand we dotted all the I’s and crossed the T’s!

Zach Olfers, manager of the Overlook Restaurant set up and served as our bartender.  Jill Johnson O’Leary, owner of Fig + Feta, prepared the beautiful and delicious grazing table.  

Special thanks to the hard-working El Con Golf gentlemen behind the scenes.  Rick Messina, Jim Pearce, Jason Wolf, Ron Bruns, Mark Thesing and their leader, Daryll Janisse.  The course has never looked better!  

But wait there’s more! Jack Holmes, El Con Patio Homes resident and Friends of PR has a volunteer team that meet every Wednesday to help with course beautification! The day before our tourney they were weeding, place broken tee containers and painting the signs at the start of each hole.

Chris Cornelison, our Deputy Town Manager joined us at the celebration party and shared his thoughts on behalf of the Town of Oro Valley!  The Town recently constructed a handicap ramp, filled the area with decorative rock and partnered with Friends on the planting of many agaves and barrel cactus. Additional work has been done to the facility – with more planned for the future.  Chris, we always enjoy your presentations, sense of humor and appreciate your support.

This recap could be five pages long – so we will end with why Jimmy Buffett?  We lost Jimmy on September 1st – but not his music.  It will be with us forever.  His songs promoted enjoying life and following your passions.  Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf has grown into much more than a group trying to save a golf course.  We are passionate about bringing our community together through the game of golf and creating a positive impact for the residents and businesses in Oro Valley.  Still looking for that lost shaker of salt….. Try looking for it at Pusch Ridge.  Book your tee time today…

With much appreciation, Anna Bifano & Carolyn Weinig – Celebration Tourney Co-Chairs

Enjoy the event pictures below by clicking on them!

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