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April 2023 News

In this edition; Save the date for May 5th tournament, We need your golf clubs, Ground Committee update, Golf lessons at Pusch Ridge, Sign 'Em Up event recap, Where does our water come from and more!

Save the Date – Cinco De Mayo Tournament

We had so much fun last year at our Cinco De Mayo golf tourney; we decided to do it again!

Please mark your calendars for 8:00 am on May 5, 2023.

We’ll have golf, lunch, prizes, and celebrations! Our little golf course has done incredibly well again this year - so this will be an exciting event!

Details for reservation, cost, and the menu will be mailed out in the next two weeks.

Want to join us as a volunteer?? Please contact Anna Bifano; or Carolyn Weinig:


We Want Your Used Clubs!

Dust off your old golf clubs and bags and load them into your car. First Tee of Tucson needs them, and FOPRG has launched a re-used golf equipment drive to help out. The equipment will be donated to help with First Tee of Tucson’s many youth programs throughout the Tucson area.

Donations will be accepted on the following days/locations. Look for the green FOPRG tent!

  • Friday, April 14 from 11-2 p.m. following the all-member shotgun at the El Conquistador Golf Course on the left side of the main entrance to the OV Community Center Building.

The following three days will all be at the Pusch Ridge course by the Pro Shop. The times are associated with our FOPRG League times

  • Monday, April 17 from 10–11 am following the Men’s league play

  • Wednesday, April 19 from 2–3 pm prior to the Prickly Pairs league play

  • Thursday, April 20 from 11–12 am following the Women’s league play

Help us spread the word about this drive. Share this email with your neighbors, golf partners, and any other person you can think of!

First Tee says they really need clubs of all brands and types (women’s, men’s, kids’, left-

handed, right-handed, etc.) and can even use functional golf bags and decent used golf balls. Plus, cash donations are always welcome at First Tee.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Two or three volunteers will be needed for each of the 3 collection dates. Interested in volunteering to help with this FOPRG effort? Please get in touch with Carolyn Weinig at

First Tee of Tucson recently started a new program at a local middle school, and they already work with

several local high schools in providing equipment to the youth in our community. If you are not familiar

with the work of First Tee, please click here


Grounds Committee Update

Since January, 2023, FOPRG has had a seat on the El Conquistador Golf Club (GC) Grounds Committee.

Through this relationship, Pusch Ridge golfers better understand groundskeeping issues, and the groundskeeper gets alerted to golfer concerns and course issues.

So far this year, we have communicated the following issues to the Grounds Committee, all of which have been addressed:

  • Cart signs directing golfers away from greens have been purchased and posted on Pusch Ridge.

  • Grass around the greens has been cut longer to assist balls staying on the greens.

  • An overgrown shrub blocking visibility for golf carts crossing El Conquistador Way has been removed. This has significantly improved safety for golfers walking/driving across the street.

  • Problems with hydrophobic soil and fairy ring on the greens is being addressed with treatments and rolling/double cutting. (Additional work on this problem will continue this summer when the course is closed.)

There are many other projects underway. We will keep you informed as these are completed.


Golf Lessons Available

Did you know that Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf get discounts on golf lessons at Pusch Ridge?

Golf lessons from a certified PGA Class A Coach can significantly help you reach your goals. Lessons can help beginner, intermediate, or experienced golfers break bad habits, increase endurance, learn the mental game, and improve overall consistency.

Troy Jewkes has over 20 years of golf teaching experience. He holds a PGA Class A certification, meaning that he has undergone rigorous training and internship periods and passed certification tests required by the PGA.

Visit this page for more rates and information


Sign ‘Em Up Event Recap

On Friday, March 31, 2023 FOPRG volunteers greeted golfers at the Pusch Ridge course and encouraged them to sign up as a new Friend.

The volunteers explained the benefits for joining for Friends, including monthly newsletters, special event information, weekly leagues, and being part of a grass roots movement to make Pusch Ridge a valuable, viable, and unique recreational asset for the Town of Oro Valley.

Each new Friend was put into a drawing to win a free round for two, donated by Indigo Golf Partners and a $50 gift card donated by The Landing Restaurant!

28 new members signed up during the day, bringing our membership to well over 800 Friends.

Thank you to the volunteers who participated - Debbi Highfield, Keith Holmes, Patty Brown, Dave Brown, Cathie Holmes, Niranjan Vescio, Helen Dowling, Laura Baldwin, Greg Baldwin, and Lisa D’Angelo.

Drum roll please …. and congratulations go to new Friend, Ellen LeVee, who won the drawing!


Do You Know Where We Get Our Water?

Check out this interesting article on where Oro Valley gets its water written by Niranjan Vescio, FOPRG Chairman of the Board and Town of Oro Valley Water Commissioner.

The article is a primer that explains Oro Valley’s water sources and use. It is important we all understand the good work being done to sustain our precious groundwater supply, which will ensure our continued growth and prosperity and wonderful desert lifestyle.


Golf Giggles

  • Golf is a game invented by God to punish people who retire early.

  • Three ways to improve your golf game are: take lessons, practice constantly… or start cheating.

  • “I play in the low 80s. If it’s any hotter than that, I won’t play.”

  • Golf was once a rich man’s sport, but now it has millions of poor players!

  • How many golfers does it take to change a light bulb? FORE!



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