Happy April, MOGA Members and friends! 2020 is one-fourth of the way done, and we hope to see each and every one of you out on the course soon! MOGA has some amazing stories to tell and even more memories to make, so come join us!
2020 is here, and so is the New World Handicap Golf System (WHS).
Noticed that your handicap has gotten a bit lower and not sure why? The New World Handicap Golf System is considering a few less scores when determining your handicap (check out the link on our webpage for more info)!
Upcoming Schedule for April MOGA Games:
April 2: Beat the Pro – 75% HCP, 7:30 a.m. start/12:30 p.m. start
April 9: AM Cottonwood H&H/PM ABCD Mix, 7:30 a.m. start/12:30 p.m. start
April 11: AM Cottonwood H&H at Cottonwood, 7:30 a.m. start/NO PM
April 16: ABCD 132, 7:30 a.m. start/12:30 p.m. start
April 23: Individual Low Net, 7:30 a.m. start/12:30 p.m. start
April 30: AM Team Stableford/PM Individual Stableford, 7:30 a.m. start/12:30 p.m. start
Game descriptions are on the MOGA website, www.mogagolf.org, and results of each week’s event are posted on the website.
MOGA Championship Results: This year’s MOGA Championship was an awesome event, played over three days in February 2020, and it didn’t disappoint!
The MOGA Championship could not be settled over 54 holes, as Doug Stodgel and Russell Smith were tied 222 at the conclusion of three rounds of golf. So, Bonus Golf was required to determine the 2020 Club Champion, and both players were on top of their games. They played Palms 1, Palms 9, Palms 1, and Palms 9 again, and they were still tied! With 10 carts full of spectators following the two competitors, the pressure was on, and both Doug and Russell did not disappoint. Fifty-eight holes in, and these two were still tied, so they moved to Lakes 1. The par 5 would turn out to be the final hole, with Doug Stodgel winning on a par putt to take the championship for the second consecutive year. What an exciting event, and congratulations to all who participated, and special congratulations to Doug Stodgel!
The Super Senior Championship was won by Bud Hewitt, with a final three-round score of 251. Congratulations to Bud and our two runners up, Buster Laughlin and Sid Schwartz.
Presidents Cup: The Presidents Cup was a great success! Over three days, individuals competed for the Presidents Cup in eight different flights. Congratulations to our tournament winner Timothy Grimm and runners up Bill Knack and Gil Reed and to all our flight winners!
Flight 1: 1st Place Steven Engler (218), Runner-up Ken Gaylord (220)
Flight 2: 1st Place Richard Scranton (214) Runner-up Mark Palmatier (216)
Flight 3: 1st Place Gil Reed (209), Runner-up Ken Gaylord (220)
Flight 4: 1st Place Sid Schwartz (213), Runner-up Paul Dinardo (214)
Flight 5: 1st Place John Benoit (212), Runner-up Ken Hoekstra (217)
Flight 6: 1st Place Jim LaBarge (215), Runner-up Jerry Alexander (223)
Flight 7: 1st Place Timothy Grimm (206), Runner-up William Knack (209)
Flight 8: 1st Place Don Nielson (221), Runner-up Jerry Hedberg (222)
Getting to know… MOGA!
This month, getting to know Dan Bogaard, our president for MOGA! Dan was born and raised in Northwest Iowa, where he grew up on a farm. He started golfing when he was 12 years old, and after graduating from high school, he attended the University of Iowa in 1973 (Go Hawkeyes). After graduating from college, Dan was a banker for 15 years. After 15 years of banking, Dan decided to strike out on his own, and he owned and operated a small business in Pella, Iowa, for 30 years. Dan is married to his wife Betty, and they will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in August of this year! They have two sons: John and Nick, and a three-month-old granddaughter! He has lived in Sun Lakes for five years and has been a MOGA member for five years as well! Thank you, Dan, for sharing a little about your family and history!
If you are interested in sharing your personal bio and you are a member of MOGA, we would love nothing more than to share your information with our membership! You can provide the following to firstname.lastname@example.org: name, spouse’s name, children, grandchildren, where you are originally from, how long you have been a member of MOGA, your handicap, hobbies, past professions, etc. If you provide the basics, we can write the article and obtain your approval to publish! Let’s learn more about the amazing members of our MOGA group!
Don’t forget — if you have information to share or you want to add something to the Splash, send a message to MOGAgolfnews@gmail.com, and I can add it to the next newsletter!
This is YOUR newsletter, and I would like nothing more than to continue on the great work Wayne Karp has put into this and share more with our members! Let’s make the newsletter something that we look forward to every month! Share, Share, Share!
MOGA Board for 2020: President Dan Bogaard, Vice President Dan Strafalace, Treasurer Mark Heth, Secretary Pat Wilson
Standing Committee Chairs:
Membership: Wayne Karp, Handicap and AGA: Stephen Newkirk, Tournament: Dan Muth, Tournament Asst.: Doug Stodgel, Publicity: Jared Paul, Webmaster: Aki Yasuda
Next up… the One Million Dollar MOGA Cup, sponsored by Dan Muth, on April 1… check in for more details (April Fools… you can breathe now, Dan!) Thank you for taking the time to read the MOGA Golf News!