Touchstone Energy Southwest Division

On Saturday December 11th the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa hosted the 2010 Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Benefit Tournament and are proud to announce that a check for $10,000 was presented to the Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Program on behalf of the Resort. The Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Program is a great introduction to competitive junior golf as well as an arena for more experienced players to compete. Through these events, kids will be able to further their

knowledge of the game of golf and will learn respect, honesty, knowledge, character building, self discipline, sportsmanship and many other attributes by participating. The proceeds from this tournament will go a long way to help support all the junior golfers in the Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Program.

The day began with a clinic featuring Don Pooley, Dan Pohl, Ronnie Black, Rich Barcelo, Greg Twiggs, Brian Prouty, Phil Ferranti, Christa Johnson and Cindy Rarick. The hour long clinic was led by former University of Arizona standout Dan Pohl, who did a fantastic job with how both the juniors and players could improve their games. Following the clinic lunch was served and at 12:30 PM twenty seven teams of five players (one professional, one junior, and three amateurs) began the competition. The winning team finished at -19 under par, led by Champions Tour member Ronnie Black and his partner’s junior golfer Ben Bradford and amateurs Ron Welch, Brian Murphy and Lou Weidman. Finishing second at -17 under par was the team of Professional Wendell Saunders junior golfer Trent Terry and amateurs Larry Pagel Stuart Wolff and Tom Reaves. Three teams tied for third at -15 under par.

Following golf, dinner and awards were handed out. The highlight of the awards ceremony was when former Ricki Rarick players spontaneously stood up and spoke of how the program had helped them in not only in competitive golf, but also in how to conduct one’s self in the arena of life. Dale Faulkner, Rich Barcelo, Brian Prouty and Cindy Rarick all shared numerous heart warming stories and experiences of what the program has meant to them. Michael Thompson a former Ricki Rarick member who recently qualified for the PGA TOUR was unable to attend but wrote a wonderful letter that was read to all the players at the clinic. In his letter, Michael spoke of how the program got him to where he is now, a member of the PGA TOUR.

The success of the Ricki Rarick Junior Golf program would be impossible if was not for all the sponsors and players who generously support this program, especially like Rick Vogel from Touchstone Energy Southwest Division stepping up as the title sponsor. Certainly making is a first class event was the support of the TOUR players and local professionals.

The Tubac Golf Resort was proud and honored to make a difference in supporting junior golf and looks forward to hosting the event every two years. So set aside on your calendar to join us at the Tubac Golf Resort for this event in December 2012 to help continue our efforts in supporting a great junior golf program in tribute to the legacy of Ricki Rarick!

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