|A Hole in One at the Club Corp Becas Golf Classic|
Polly G. Vicars - PVNN
November 10, 2010
Friday, November 5th was a beautiful fall day with the grounds of the Puerto Vallarta Marina Golf Course impeccably groomed for the first ever Becas (America-Mexico Foundation, Inc) Golf Tournament.
For weeks AMF President and initiator of the event Carlos Fregoso and K.C. Crandall, club manager, had been working with the generous sponsors, Bajo Cero Hielo, Bebidas Vallarta, Benitto’s, Casa Magna Marriott, Corona, El Arrayán, Kaiser Maximilian, Liverpool, Ocho Tostadas, Pepsi, Silver Purified Water, Scotiabank, Toyota Puerto Vallarta, Trio, Vector Casa de Bolsa and Vitea, to make everything perfect for the golfers.
Alive with carts carrying enthusiastic golfers hoping for a "hole in one" on the 18th to win the Toyota Rave-4 from Toyota Puerto Vallarta, groups of four and a few of three teed off from their assigned holes at 11:00 am.
In addition to the Toyota there were super prizes for closest to the pin on all the par 3 holes. Becas volunteers, Barbara Poindexter, Suzie Erikson, Carl Johnson, Rod Scriban, and Ron Morgan were ready with paper, pen and measuring tape to record first, second and third closest to the pins.
Carl Johnson was waiting at Hole 6 for the last group when suddenly a ball bounced on the green right into the cup! "Hole in One!" yelled Carl, as golfer Barbara Greenburg made her way to see what she had done! It was the wrong hole for the Toyota, but a hole in one is a hole in one and she was thrilled as her mates cheered her accomplishment!
The golfers returned to the Club House, where delicious and beautifully displayed food from the generous restaurant sponsors was waiting. El Arrayán, Trio & Vitea, Ocho Tostadas, Kaiser Maximilian and Benitto’s each had a specialty that delighted the palate making it very hard not to eat from each one.
In the spacious dining area of the club, each golfer found Liverpool gift bags with goodies from the various sponsors. After finishing the scrumptious food, Carlos and K.C. awarded the prizes to the winners. First prize, with a score of 57, went to the Yogi, Duran, Gonzalez and Gladish group.
Second prize, with a score of 62, went to Pelegrini, Nunes, Escoto and Cuevas Group. Third Prize, with a score of 67, went to Whiteside, Eastcott, Rabune and Carter Group. Congratulations to all these great golfers.
Then the prizes were awarded to the first, second and third closest to the pin on the par three holes. Of course Barbara, with her hole in one received the largest ovation from her fellow golfers as well as a super prize.
After that raffle, prizes were awarded producing many more winners as each golfer was given a raffle ticket when he or she signed in. Prizes ranged from stays in the Marriott, the Melia and the Westin to gift certificates from Liverpool, green fees at the Vista and Marina Golf Courses, travel bags from Vector, red and white wine, a microwave oven, Ipods and more. Everyone got a golf cap, so that no one went home empty-handed.
Although that was really my first time on a golf course, I could see that the event was well organized, the sponsors enthusiastic as well as generous, and the golfers eager and fun loving. There was a spirit of comradery which seemed to exceed any spirit of competition. There was laughter and expressions of joy from golfers, sponsors and us Becas volunteers.
I think I can safely say that this first Club Corp Becas Golf Classic was a rousing success without even mentioning the money raised that will pay for more scholarships for Puerto Vallarta young people as well as help Club Corp’s charities.
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Polly G. Vicars and her husband of almost 60 years, Hubert (a.k.a. "Husband") retired to Puerto Vallarta in 1988 and soon became active members of several charitable organizations. Polly is the author of "Tales of Retirement in Paradise: Life in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico" [a sell-out!] and "More Tales of Retirement in Puerto Vallarta and Around the World." Proceeds from the sale of her books go to the America-Mexico Foundation, a scholarship foundation that is their passion.
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