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Inaugural Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf Tournament

Updated: Sep 24, 2021

by Anna Bifano, Vice President

The inaugural Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf tournament was held on April 6, 2021 and it was a huge success! The day was beautiful and we maxed out the field with 44 enthusiastic golfers. Most golfers were supporters of Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf, including one three-generation foursome.

The tournament was held at the El Conquistador course. We are hoping for a kick-off tournament at the Pusch Ridge Golf Course in fall 2021 after it re-opens.

Thank you to Carolyn and Steve Weinig for organizing the event, ordering the prizes, working with the golf pro at El Conquistador Golf and energizing the crowd throughout the afternoon.

The logo on the collector edition golf hats (designed by Anji Verlaque) was the coveted prize for the longest drives and closest to the pin.

Longest drive winners were: Ben Talsma and Katie Dowdall

Closest to the pin winners were: Jeannee Yermakoff and Stan New

Low score 1st place winners included: Jeannee Yermakoff and Dan Talsma, along with their son Ben and grandson Miles. They wowed the crowd with a low score of 31! They won a free round of golf at the El Conquistador courses. They are donating their prize to Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf and working with the pro shop to convert their prize into a monetary reward or donate the four rounds to the Friends for a future raffle.

Low score 2nd place accolades went to the foursome of Dave Arffa, Don Parce, Art Scarla and Richard Hage. They had a score of 32! Too bad you guys missed those two elusive putts! Whereas the foursome did not receive any prizes, we hope to secure more sponsorships and prizes by our next event. (If you are interested in finding out how you or your company can be a sponsor or donate a prize, contact us at

Special recognition went to Ben Talsma who lost six balls during the tourney. He was awarded a vintage bucket of balls – collected by the Bifano family on the Pusch Ridge course over the last 25 years. Covet those oldy and moldy keepsakes, Ben! They are a once in a lifetime prize.

The biggest winner of the day was the Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf. Carolyn collected $305 in excess donations after paying for prizes and will be giving the funds to the Friends. A HUGE thank you to our generous participants.

A big thank you goes to Tony and Lisa D’Angelo for purchasing the Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf banner along with two hole sponsor signs. The banner is featured in our group photo above. The banner and hole signs will be used in future Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf events.

The Explorer Newspaper covered the golf tournament which can be read here. We are going to be famous in Oro Valley!!

Stay tuned for a kick-off tourney this fall at the Pusch Ridge Golf course.

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