The Tubac Golf Resort & Spa hosted the bi-annual Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Benefit Tournament. Tour professionals such as Dan Pohl, Don Pooley, Tom Purtzer, Ronnie Black, Andrew Magee, Rich Barcelo and Sara Brown as well as local PGA professionals participated in the event and put on a golf clinic for all the participants. Professionals put together a team of three amateurs and one junior with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Southern Chapter PGA Ricki Rarick Junior Golf program.
The junior golf program is a great introduction to competitive golf as well as an opportunity for more experienced players to compete. Through these tournament events, they will further their knowledge of the game of golf, learning respect, honesty, knowledge, character building, self-discipline, sportsmanship and many other positive attributes. The program is in its 59th year of generating an unforgettable golf experience for juniors. The program is open to juniors of all skill levels, ages 6-18. For further information about the junior program, you can go to www.tucsonjuniorgolf.com.
After the golf clinic and lunch, the professionals and their teams went out to play. The winning team posted a score of -18 under par with the professional of Andrew Magee, junior golfer Krystal Quihuis, S. Magee, L. Lippon and C. Lippon. In second place was the team with professional Don Pooley, junior golfer Ryan Tanner, A. Tanner, T. Sleggreen, B. Hazen shooting -17 under and finishing third was the team Joe Nehls, junior golfer Andy Hunter, A. Moncada, S. Moncada and B. Gibson.
The proceeds from the tournament go a long way to help make the program affordable for all the junior golfers. Dennis Palmer Vice President of Golf Operations at the Tubac Golf Resort said, “As Golf Professionals and players of the game, supporting junior golf is a great way to help these young people who will be our future customers in the years to come.” Palmer went on to say, “The event was a huge success! A special thank you to all the golf professionals who participated and to all the players and sponsors that gave so generously! The Tubac Golf Resort & Spa was so proud once again to write a check for $10,000! Please remember to save the date for the 2014 event on December 6th.”