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January 2023 News

January 11, 2023

A Letter of Appreciation to Bernie Eaton

Dear Bernie,

The Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf (FOPRG) truly appreciate the collaboration and support El Conquistador Golf has provided to our members, the course and the Oro Valley Community under your leadership!

Your contributions to our golf events, leagues and upgrades to the course in such a short time is immeasurable. The El Conquistador Golf team is incredibly talented and welcoming to everyone who is lucky enough to enjoy our beautiful golf course!

We realize your job (as General Manager of El Conquistador Golf) has been much bigger than Pusch Ridge - but from our perspective, your recognition of the value Pusch Ridge Golf brings to Oro Valley will be missed and we will be forever grateful!

Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family as you embark on your new professional adventure as Executive Director of the Southwest Section PGA!


The Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf Board and Advisors

Niranjan Vescio, Tony D’Angelo, Anna Bifano, Dan Talsma, Stan New, Anji Verlaque, Bill Dowdall, Sandy Carter, Paul Sedon, Carolyn Weinig, Steve Nelson, Jill Burgett,

Lisa D’Angelo, and Jeannee Yermakoff

O.V. Chamber of Commerce Membership

Last month the Friends joined the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Board and our advisors are excited to become active members of the Chamber to show our support of the community and the Pusch Ridge Golf Course.

Through our membership, we expect to:

  • Expand our reach to a broader community

  • Build collaborative business partnerships

  • Discover marketing opportunities

  • Become more involved in community activities

  • Increase our business credibility

  • Support advocacy and representation of the Pusch Ridge Golf Course

The board and its advisors plan to attend networking opportunities and events to meet members of the business community and promote Pusch Ridge Golf as a great venue for golf, fun events for Chamber Members, local families and visitors!

Supporting Youth Players

On December 18, 2022 El Conquistador Golf hosted The Southwest Division Fall PGA Junior Championship Golf Tournament at Pusch Ridge. To show our support for these young players, the Friends donated all the water and Gatorade needed throughout the tournament.

In our December 2022 newsletter, we announced that the FOPRG Board voted to support youth golf as one of our main philanthropic efforts. We are currently deep into planning events that will meet these efforts and hope to share exciting news with our readers very soon! Please stay tuned for more details and let us know if you would like to help us promote golf for young people in the community!

Take a Seat, Enjoy the Views and Relax

Last month, the Friends noticed that the tables and chairs just outside the entrance to the Pro Shop needed a little update. After working with the Town and El Conquistador Golf, we purchased and donated three new chairs and two tables for players and guests to use and enjoy! During the next few weeks, we plan to ‘brand’ the table further and add our Friends logo.

Next time you’re at the course, try them out and let us know what you think!

Golf Giggles

PGA 2023 Rule Changes in Effect for Golfers Age 50+ (part 1)

Rule 9k.34– If a tree is between the ball and the hole, and the tree is deemed to be younger than the player, then the ball can be moved without penalty. This is so because this is simply a question of timing; when the player was younger, the tree was not there so the player is being penalized because of his age.

Rule 1.a.5– A ball sliced or hooked into the Rough shall be lifted and placed on the Fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the Rough with no penalty. The senior player should not be penalized for tall grass which ground keepers failed to mow.

Rule 2.d.6– A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed NOT to have hit the tree. This is simply bad luck and luck has no place in a scientific game. The senior player must estimate the distance the ball would have traveled if it had not hit the tree, and play the ball from there.

Rule 3.B.3– There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is on or near the course and will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, thereby making it a stolen ball. The senior player is not to compound the felony by charging himself with a penaltyf a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to have dropped. The Law of Gravity supersedes the Rules of Golf.

Rule 4.c.7– If a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to have dropped. The Law of Gravity supersedes the Rules of Golf.

Please advise all your senior friends of these important rule changes.

Golf is...above all...a game of integrity.



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