Johnson, Elkjer shoot low to claim V.E. Open


By Arcenio J. Trujillo

The Taos News

It was all smiles and laughter inside the Valle Escondido clubhouse July 28 as golfers turned their competitive energy into graceful afternoon camaraderie and congratulations at the end of morning competition.

In all, it was worth hanging around to close out another great year of golf and see if a prize was to be had. Indeed, nearly everyone walked away with something.

"We want to make golf in Valle Escondido interesting and fun for everybody," said co-organizer and official scorer Ed Forgarty. "Everybody enjoyed themselves, and with the multiple flights, there were lots of winners. A raffle with some great gifts also added to the fun."

Mark Johnson shot the lowest men's score with a 33 (3 under par), and Edie Elkjer shot the women's lowest score, garnering a 44 (8 over par).The Valle Escondido tournament helps support the Río Fernando Fire Department. Organizers were grateful for the many prizes and awards that were donated and helped their cause.

The golf course was in great shape due the efforts of course superintendent, Brett Hardy, lots of help from the members and recent rains.

The Valle Escondido course is laid out like a links course in Scotland. And due to this similarity, the club hosts a yearly "Tartan Tournament."

"We hire a bagpiper, serve haggis, and do all sorts of Scottish things," said Fogarty, who let it slip that participants are encouraged to wear a kilt. "Who knows? We may even have a few Robert Burns readings."

This event is open to the public and is scheduled for Aug. 18. The last tournament of the year is called the Labor Day tournament and will be held Sept. 1. Past events were formatted as a two-person best ball scramble, but this year's tournament format has yet to be decided.