Faye Tong has won the 2017 Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club Championship, with a two-day gross score of 159 (78 and 81). The tournament was played at RBI on Tuesday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 14.
Tong joins 26 other Club members who have won the championship since the Club’s founding in 1963. Three players have won the championship five times each. (See the complete list of Club champions here.)
Other winners in the 2017 Club Championship tournament were:
First flight: first low gross, Melissa McBratney; second low gross, Young Lee; third low gross, Romona Smith (card-off with Caroline Dixon).
Second flight: first low gross, Jan Higley; second low gross, Sallie Britzman; third low gross, Fran Maxfield.
Third flight: first low gross, Carole Provost; second low gross, Jo Ann Trick (card-off with Nemira Stauskas); third low gross, Nemira Stauskas.
Closest to the pin: No. 2, Robin Hester; No. 4, Hilary Quinn; No. 11, Hilary Quinn; No. 13, Romona Smith.
The Club Championship is one of two major, members-only tournaments sponsored by RBIWGC each year. The other is the President’s Cup, which was played on Nov. 7 and Nov. 14.
Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club’s Team No. 1 earned the Net Championship title in regional team play this year. The team’s four-month season ended successfully on May 22 and 26 with wins over Temecula Creek Inn and The Vineyard, respectively, in the round-robin net-team playoffs.
During the regular season, the RBIWGC team won its division over teams from Mission Trails, Steele Canyon, Coronado No. 2, Carlton Oaks and Cottonwood. The RBI team tallied net-point wins in eight of its 10 matches to earn a spot in the playoffs.
“Our team competed strongly each week this season,” said Captain Caroline Dixon. “We played 10 matches in the regular season, plus two matches in the playoffs, to win. Each of the team’s 14 players contributed – and we had a lot of fun, as well.”
Members of the RBIWGC team were: Pat Bakke, Judi Berlin, Sallie Britzman, Caroline Dixon, Sue Haskell, Jan Higley, Young Lee, Melissa McBratney, Dena Marvel, Hilary Quinn, Sue Rowe, Erin Rowland, Romona Smith and Janet Tarr.
Team No. 1 from Coronado Women’s Golf Club earned the Gross Championship title this year.
The San Diego County Women’s Golf Association sponsors team match-play competitions each year for teams from San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties. The SDCWGA places each team in a division, and teams tallying the highest accumulated points in each division, plus playoffs, earn gross and net championships. Sixteen teams competed in three divisions this year. They were:
Division One: Temecula Creek Women’s Golf Club, Pala Mesa Women’s Golf Club, San Juan Hills Women’s Golf Association, and Encinitas Ranch Women’s Golf Club Team No. 2.
Division Two: Coronado Women’s Golf Club Team No. 1, Twin Oaks Ladies Golf Club, Encinitas Ranch Women’s Golf Club Team No. 1, The Vineyard Women’s Club, Admiral Baker Women’s Golf Club, and Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club Team No. 2.
Division Three: Steele Canyon Women’s Golf Association, Carlton Oaks Women’s Golf Club, Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club Team No. 1, Mission Trails Ladies Club, Coronado Women’s Golf Club Team No. 2, and Cottonwood Ladies Golf Club.
The golfers shouted, “What a fun way to begin a tournament!” as they departed the cart-staging area at the 2017 Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club Invitational, accompanied by music from the sixties and bubbles from a bubble machine. The tournament, which drew a full field of 144 players, was held on May 10 at Rancho Bernardo Inn.
In keeping with the Invitational theme, “America the beautiful: Celebrating the national parks coast to coast,” colorful signs of national parks were posted at each tee box, and a prize was awarded for the most creative team “costume.”
Sixteen teams won prizes in the four-person team, modified-waltz format, and individuals were rewarded for closest to the pin on the four par-threes, for the longest drive on hole No. 12 and for the straightest drive on hole No. 8. One player even scored a hole in one. Click here for complete results.
Golfers began their early day with a continental breakfast on the Rancho Bernardo Inn patio and then proceeded to their starting-hole assignments for an 8 a.m. shotgun start. After the round, players gathered in the Santiago Room for a lunch of watercress salad with jicama, shaved vegetables and pomegranate vinaigrette; guava honey-glazed chicken breast with grilled pineapple and chili salsa; wasabi mashed potatoes; baby carrots; and crème brulee with fresh raspberries and blackberries.
A large group of RBIWGC volunteers planned and produced the 2017 tournament. For the second consecutive year, Donna Dahl served as Invitational Committee chair. Other committee chairs included Judi Berlin, registration; Angela Schmidt, prizes; Romona Smith, tee-sign sponsors; Joyce Dubuque, breakfast; Karen Okey, decorations; Sallie Britzman and Verna Nickel, handicaps; and Diane Borden, communications. More than 20 other RBIWGC members volunteered to serve on the various committees.
Among the Rancho Bernardo Inn staff who contributed to the success of the tournament were Bryon Penfield, director of golf; Matt Loflen, tournament director; Paul Kipfstuhl, tournament coordinator; Nolan Schmuckle, first assistant; John Sullivan and Calvin Nollner, banquet managers; and all golf outside staff.
The Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club was founded in 1963. The first Invitational was held in spring 1964 and has since grown into one of the premier women’s golfing events in San Diego County.