The DesertCADDIE 12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a birdie putt at BD.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two Titleist gloves and a birdie putt at BD.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three frog hairs, two Titleist gloves and a birdie putt at BD.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four Callaways, three frog hairs, two Titleist gloves and a birdie putt at BD.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me Five Golden Tees, four Callaways, three frog hairs, two Titleist gloves and a birdie putt at BD.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six skins a paying, Five Golden Tees, four Callaways, three frog hairs, two Titleist gloves and a birdie putt at BD.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven clubs a swinging, six skins a paying, Five Golden Tees, four Callaways, three frog hairs, two Titleist gloves and a birdie putt at BD.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight balls a slicing, seven clubs a swinging, six skins a paying, Five Golden Tees, four Callaways, three frog hairs, two Titleist gloves and a birdie putt at BD.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine ladies chipping, eight balls a slicing, seven clubs a swinging, six skins a paying, Five Golden Tees, four Callaways, three frog hairs, two Titleist gloves and a birdie putt at BD.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten hackers laughing, nine ladies chipping, eight balls a slicing, seven clubs a swinging, six skins a paying, Five Golden Tees, four Callaways, three frog hairs, two Titleist gloves and a birdie putt at BD.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me eleven G.I.Rs, ten hackers laughing, nine ladies chipping, eight balls a slicing, seven clubs a swinging, six skins a paying, Five Golden Tees, four Callaways, three frog hairs, two Titleist gloves and a birdie putt at BD.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve dubbers dubbing, eleven G.I.Rs, ten hackers laughing, nine ladies chipping, eight balls a slicing, seven clubs a swinging, six skins a paying, Five Golden Tees, four Callaways, three frog hairs, two Titleist gloves and a birdie putt at BD.

 

Ted Schulz Back in So Cal Golf

Ted Schulz

Newport Beach, CA-The Champions Golf Tour has a stop this week in Southern California.  The Toshiba Classic Golf Tournament will bring a field of the top Senior Tour players in the world to the Newport Beach Country Club.  Players like Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Bernard Langer and Ted Schulz will be in the field.

Ted Schulz?  Yes, you know the guy who won the Southern Open in 1989 and the Nissan L.A. Open at Riviera in 1991.  The guy who came out to the desert after college and picked the range at Bermuda Dunes County Club for $150 dollars a week.  Ted Schulz, the guy, who was supposedly at the top of his game and then fell off the tour radar.

What happened to Ted Shulz you ask?  Ted decided to go with a manufacturer who would pay him to play their product.  No longer was Ted playing the Powerbilt driver he could carry easily 300 yards or the Ping irons that he could hit with tour precision.  After the equipment change, Ted never hit a golf ball quite the same again and he lost his passion for tournament golf.

Schulz at 1991 Nissan LA Open

Ted faded out of the tour spotlight and moved to Kentucky where he took the Director of Golf position at the Cardinal Club in Louisville.  Ted Schulz, a Louisville native who played college golf at the university, has been the director of golf ever since the Cardinal Club opened in the fall of 2001. Ted got married, started a family, and settled down leaving the crazy tour life in exchange for God, stability and family.

Ted has played some sporadic tournaments on the tours over the last 15 some odd years, mostly on the Nationwide Tour.  Ted became eligible to play on the Champions Tour this season and qualified to play in the Toshiba Classic by winning the qualifier on Monday.  Ted is now back in golf, playing his old Ping irons, so look out and if he can putt, you might just remember his name next time.

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Tony Letendre is the Golf Professional of the Year

Tony Letendre(L) Craig Freeman(R)

Tony Letendre(L) Craig Freeman(R)

Palm Desert, CA-The Desert Chapter PGA held it’s annual meeting Tuesday night at The Classic Club at North Star in Palm Desert.  PGA members and apprentices from throughout the Southern California area were in attendance.  The highlight of the Annual Meeting is always the yearly awards presentation.  Awards are given out in several different categories for golf professionals and associates who are outstanding in their field.

The Golf Professional of the Year Honor, which is the highest honor that a PGA Professional can earn on the chapter level, was given to Tony Letendre.  Tony is the Head Golf Professional at Toscana Country Club in Palm Desert.  Tony is also the President of the Desert Chapter Board of Directors. Tony has been instrumental in maintaining the highest standards for golf and area professionals. He is an active participant in many local and regional charitable organizations.  Tony is also a guest blogger on DesertCADDIE.com.

Other key awards that were given out Tuesday night included:

Tracy Lane- Assistant Golf Professional of the Year.  Tracy is at The Palms Country Club

John Birchard-Bill Strausbaugh Award.  John is at Ironwood Country Club

Meredith Johnson-Horton Smith Award.  Meredith is at Desert Horizons Country Club

Steve Creps-Teacher of the Year.  Steve is at Cathedral Canyon Country Club

Paul Bucy- Junior Golf Leader of the Year.  Paul is at Desert Willow Golf Club

Derek Lane-Merchandiser of the Year Private.  Derek is at The Quarry at La Quinta

Brady Wilson-Merchandiser of the Year Public.  Brady is at the Classic Club at North Star

Joe Williams-Merchandiser of the Year Resort.  Joe is at The Golf Resort at Indian Wells

Mike Hall-Sales Person of the Year.  Mike is with TaylorMade Golf

Tony Schieffer-Media Leader of the Year.  Tony is with DesertCADDIE.com

Jeff Cranford-Player of the Year.  Jeff is at The Palms Country Club

Butch Sheehan-Senior Player of the Year.  Butch is at Indian Wells Country Club

Congratulations to all of the winners.  If you know any of these PGA Professionals, thank them for their efforts to keep golf alive and strong in the Coachella Valley Community.

Tournament winners for the Annual Meeting Pro-Pro Event were:

Tie 1st-Barry Clayton/Anthony Holder 63    $1000

Tie 1st-Kirby Pert/Kyle Kelly 63   $1000

3rd-John Klug/Steve Pircher 64   $600

Tie 4th-Gordon Leith/Randy Duncan 66   $200

Tie 4th-Nik Remer/Mark Range 66   $200


Paul Bucy-Junior Golf

Paul Bucy-Junior Golf

Tracy Lane-Assistant

Tracy Lane-Assistant

Meredith Johnson-Horton Smith Award

Meredith Johnson-Horton Smith Award

John Birchard-Bill Strausbaugh Award

John Birchard-Bill Strausbaugh Award

Mike Hall - TaylorMade Sales Person Award

Mike Hall - TaylorMade Sales Person Award

Brady Wilson - Public Merchandiser Award

Brady Wilson - Public Merchandiser Award

Steve Creps - Teacher of the Year Award

Steve Creps – Teacher of the Year Award
Derek Lane - Private Merchandiser Award

Derek Lane - Private Merchandiser Award

Not shown in photographs are:

Tony Schieffer – Media Person of the Year Award

Joe Williams – Resort Merchandiser of the Year Award

Jeff Cranford – Player of the Year Award

Butch Sheehan – Senior Player of the Year Award

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Fall Golf Course Rates 2009

Club
Contact Information
Location
Cathedral Canyon760-328-6571
Cathedral Canyon Website
68311 Paseo Real Cathedral City, CA 92234
Cimarron
Pebble Course
Boulder Course
760-770-6060
Cimarron Golf Website
67603 30th Avenue
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Classic Club760-601-3601
Classic Club Website
75-200 Classic Club Blvd. Palm Desert, CA 92211
Desert Dunes760-251-5370
Desert Dunes Website
19300 Palm Drive Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Desert Falls760-340-4653
Desert Falls Country Club Website
1111 Desert Falls Parkway
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Desert Princess760-322-2280
Desert Princess Website
Landau Blvd
Cathedral City, CA ‎
Desert Willow
Mountain View Course
Firecliff Course
760-346-0015
Desert Willow Golf Resort Website
38-995 Desert Willow Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Eagle Falls760-238-5633
Eagle Falls Golf Website
84-245 Indio Springs Parkway
Indio, CA 92203-3499
Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon
(formerly East Valley)
Champions Course
Legends Course
877-742-2500
Morongo Golf Club Website
36211 Champions Drive Beaumont, CA 92223
Escena Golf Club760-778-2737
Escena Golf Club
1100 Clubhouse View
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Golf Club at Terra Lago
North Course
South Course
760-775-2000
Terra Lago Website
84-000 Terra Lago Parkway
Indio, CA 92203
Heritage Palms760-772-7334
Heritage Palms Website
44-291 South Heritage Palms Dr. Indio, CA 92201
Indian Canyons North760-327-1321
Indian Canyons Website
1100 E Murray Canyon Dr‎
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Indian Canyons South760-327-6550
Indian Canyons Website
1097 Murray Canyon Dr‎
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Indian Palms Country Club760-347-2326
Indian Palms CC Website
48630 Monroe St.
Indio, CA 92201
Indian Springs760-200-8988
Indian Springs Website
79-940 Westward Ho Dr.
Indio, CA 92201
Indian Wells Resort
Players Course
Celebrity Course
760-346-4653
Indian Wells Website
44-500 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210
Indio Municipal Golf Club760-391-4049
Indio Muni Website
83-040 Avenue 42
Indio, CA 92201
La Quinta Resort
Mountain Course
Dunes Course
760-564-7610
La Quinta Resort Website
49-499 Eisenhower Drive La Quinta, California 92253
Marriott Desert Springs
Palm Course
Valley Course
760-341-1756
JW Marriott Desert Springs Website
74-855 Country Club Drive Palm Desert, CA 92260
Marriott Shadow Ridge760-674-2700
Marritt Shadow Ridge Website
9003 Shadow Ridge Road
Palm Desert, California 92211
Mesquite760-323-9377
Mesquite Golf Website
2700 E. Mesquite Ave.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Mission Lakes760-329-8061
Mission Lakes Website
8484 Clubhouse Blvd
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Monterey Country Club760-346-1115
Monterey Country Club
41500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Oak Valley951-769-7200
Oak Valley
1888 Golf Club Drive
Beaumont , CA 92223
Oasis760-345-2715
Oasis Website
42330 Casbah Way
Palm Desert CA 92211
Palm Desert CC760-345-0222
Palm Desert CC Website
77-200 California Drive
Palm Desert, CA, 92211
Palm Desert Resort760-345-0222
Palm Desert Resort Website2781
77-333 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211
PGA West
Stadium Course
Nicklaus Course
Norman Course
760-564-7170
PGA West Website
55-955 PGA Blvd.
La Quinta, CA 92253
Rancho Las Palmas760-862-4551
Rancho Las Palmas
41-000 BOB HOPE DRIVE
RANCHO MIRAGE, CA 92270-
Shadow Hills
South Course
North Course
760-200-3375
Shadow Hills Golf Website
80-875 Avenue 40
Indio, CA 92203
SilverRock Resort760-777-8884
SilverRock Website
79-179 Ahmanson Ln
La Quinta, CA 92253
Tahquitz Creek
Resort Course
Legends Course
760-328-1005
Tahquitz Creek Website
1885 Golf Club Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Golf Club at La Quinta760-771-0707
Golf Club at La Quinta
60151 Trilogy Parkway
La Quinta, CA 92253
Westin Mission Hills
Gary Player Course
Pete Dye Course
760-770-2908
Westin Mission Hills Website
71333 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Woodhaven CC760-345-7513
Woodhaven CC Website
41-555 Woodhaven Dr. East
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Southwestern Growers Tournament-43 Years and Counting

welcomeBermuda Dunes, CA-The Southwestern Growers Golf Tournament started out as an invitational charity tournament back in 1966.  Bermuda Dunes Country Club was opened in 1959 and was host to the Southwestern Growers Tournament in it’s first year and has remained the host for the events 43 year history.  Back in 1966, Bermuda Dunes Country Club was in the middle of nowhere. There was no Interstate 10 and Washington Street was nothing, Welty’s Market and (the old) 19th Hole were the only things that sat on the corner of Washington and Ave. 42.  Ernie Dunleavy was starting the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic for a new 90 hole Pro-Am event.  Ed Vines was the golf professional.51I1CPCzrJL._SS400_

The inaugural event was a four day match play tournament with 36 holes of match play on the final day.  Allen “Oop” Willard and Andy Sfingi won the first Southwestern Growers Tournament.  Oop was the owner of the Indio Florist and Andy married  LPGA star Beverly Hanson, who was the Pro at Cochran Ranch and who later taught at Eldorado Country Club.  Oop said he remembers that first tournament as if it were yesterday.  “I shot 2-under par for 36-holes that final day and it was the best golf I had ever played.  Not bad for an 8 (handicap).  We won that tournament and I was so excited that I proposed to my then girlfriend Ann Kennedy and we got married a week later.”

The Coachella Valley has come along way since then, but one thing has remained a constant and that is the relationship of Bermuda Dunes Country Club and The Southwestern Growers Golf Tournament.  This year the tournament will go from a 4-day event to a 3-day event.  The dates are September 17-20, 2009.  100% of sponsorships for this event go to help  more than 4000 children who attend the Boys and Girls Club of the Coachella Valley.

A special Thank You to Jim Ducatte and Lucy Fox of the Boys and Girls Club and to Mark Range, General Manager at Bermuda Dunes Country Club.  For more information on the 2009 tournament please click on the link below.

Click here to download 2009  Southwestern Growers tournament Invitation.

Click here to view the 1966 Tournament Brochure.