Laughlin and Williams clean up in desert

Mike Laughlin & Craig WilliamsMike Laughlin and Craig Williams, the brother of member Sid Williams, teamed up to win the two day title in our annual Desert Kick Off tournament.

The two day event was again held at the Indian Wells Golf Resort on January 13 and 14 and attracted 26 players.

Second low net overall went to Sid Williams and Tom Warburton and Barbara Mehan and Renee Jorgersen were third.

The field played a best ball event on Day One on the Celebrity course. First low net went to Deb Knowles and Jim Brock, second went to Williams and Warburton and third went to Anne Johnson and Larry Rambaud. Closest to the flagstick winners were Barbara Mehan and Sid Williams. We also held a second shot closest to the flagstick on two par fours and those winners were Don Taylor and Craig Williams.

Teams moved to the Players course on day two and played both balls. Laughlin and Williams won a card off for first place over Tom McKinney and Gary Long. Third place went to Barbara Mehan and Renee Jorgensen. Renee also claimed both closest to the flagstick contests and money for second shot closest to the flagstick went to Bob Blum and Laughlin.

Players and guests again enjoyed a Saturday evening dinner at Castelli's Restaurante in Palm Desert. Bob Wyrick was recognized as the 2017 Trotter Cup winner. Wyrick has claimed the Trotter Cup seven times since it was first awarded in 1995.

Thanks to MBGFR President Tom McKinney for arranging the 2018 Kick Off event.


Paden and McKinney capture finale

Tom McKinney and Gary PadenThe team of Gary Paden and Tom McKinney edged out Larry and Pam Rambaud to claim the 2017 MBGFR Finale title.

The two day Finale was held December 2 and 3 at Quail Lodge Golf Club and Carmel Valley Ranch.

On day one at Quail Lodge, Paden and McKinney fired a 65 to claim first low net. They followed that up with a 64 on Sunday at Carmel Valley Ranch to claim a card off win over the Rambauds.

Paden and McKinney took the two day title with a 129, three shots better than Pam and Larry's 132.

Competitors enjoyed two days of beautiful weather and both courses were in excellent shape.

Although Bob Wyrick and partner Geary Engles failed to finish in the money in the Finale, Wyrick still repeated as our Trotter Cup Champion for the year.