MountainView Preserve Women’s Golf Association Annual Member/Guest Tournament
The MountainView Preserve Women’s Golf Association (MPWGA) annual Member/Guest Tournament proudly boasting the theme Celebrate America this year. The word “celebrate” comes from the Latin celebrare, “to assemble to honor.” Ninety-two members and guests assembled to honor America, all wearing red, white, and blue.
Day one was played at The Preserve at SaddleBrooke under beautiful, spacious, sunny Tucson, Arizona skies. After receiving golf towels and bags of tees sporting the American flag, the patriotic parade set off to assigned shotgun holes for the four-person team scramble. Each player had one “magic putt” on both days. This was a comical challenge as alternating team members put with their drivers.
Day two at MountainView was again a beautiful day, opening with a touching ceremony performed by the American Legion Post 132 Color Guard. The second-day game was “Flag Ball”. Team members alternated playing holes with the flag ball. If lost, the flag ball replaced an ordinary ball, but if it lasted all 18 holes, two points were deducted from the team’s score. Each player received a cooler lunch box designed in stars and stripes with the emblem “Dream with US, Celebrate America.”
The teams gathered for celebratory award luncheons both days in the SaddleBrooke MountainView Ballroom. The winners, up to four places, received prizes in the form of Golf Shop credit. Team Freedom Ringers placed first on day one and team American Made on day two. These 16 flag-lovers won magnetized patriotic ball markers. The beautifully decorated tables had flags and red, white, and blue linens. America-themed music videos played, arranged, and orchestrated by Tom Horwedel. In conclusion, when Lee Greenwoods’ “I’m proud to be an American” played, the room burst out in celebratory applause.
Robson Resort Communities sponsored the Member/Guest Tournament. We appreciate the Golf Shop team who always take the fun to the limit with their emcee shenanigans. As always, gratitude to Andrea Gray for her photography memorializing the events and good times, and to Steve Lambesis for his contributions to the photo library for this event. Event Chair Loralee Horwedel, awed us with her incredible dedication, energy, and creativity. The heartfelt theme was important to her and the planning team of 10, who persevered for two years in the midst of pandemic turmoil to make this event happen.
The MountainView Preserve Women’s Golf Association came together as a group of compatriots to honor our county and each other. As a result, participants left knowing that each of us must be a soldier of the flag, our symbol of unity and freedom, to continue to celebrate America.
Written by: Ann Lange
About The Preserve at SaddleBrooke
The Preserve at SaddleBrook is an Arizona retirement community located in North Tucson. This golf community offers an 18-hole championship course with an enjoyable challenge for novices as well as senior golfers. Learn more about this Tucson active adult community here.