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.
The Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club annual Invitational golf tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Check-in for the event will begin at 6:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Format will be four-person team modified waltz.
“Each year, the Invitational provides an opportunity for our golf club to host amateur women golfers from across Southern California,” said Dena Marvel, club president. “We strive to make the tournament a fun and rewarding experience – including golf on the beautiful RBI course, a sit-down gourmet lunch and lots of prizes.”
The entry fee is $95 per player, which includes greens fees, golf cart, range balls, continental breakfast, lunch and prizes. Theme is, “America, the Beautiful: Celebrating the national parks, coast to coast.”
The Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club was founded in 1963. The first Invitational was a three-day event in spring 1964 and has since grown into one of the premier women’s golfing events in the county.
Rancho Bernardo Inn, located at 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive in north San Diego County, is a destination resort known for its superb golf and spa facilities and for its exceptional cuisine.
The 18-hole championship golf course opened for play in 1962 and was originally designed by William Francis Bell, also the architect of Torrey Pines and several other top-rated courses in Southern California. RBI is managed by JC Golf Management and has a championship rating of 72.3. More information about the course is available at 888-976-4417 or at www.ranchobernardoinn.com.