Johnson, Elkjer top Valle Escondido July 4 tourney

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 7/11/19

The Fourth of July weekend was hopping at Valle Escondido Golf Course. Festivities started with a parade on July 4, a kids-only fishing tournament on July 5 and …

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Johnson, Elkjer top Valle Escondido July 4 tourney

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The Fourth of July weekend was hopping at Valle Escondido Golf Course. Festivities started with a parade on July 4, a kids-only fishing tournament on July 5 and ended with the 2019 Fourth of July golf tournament held Saturday (July 6). "The weather was good until the end but the much-needed rain did not dampen any spirits," according to Edward Fogarty in an email after the event.

The Fourth of July tournament was an "individual net skins" nine-hole match with men's and women's divisions, that is, each player was scored for each hole, with a "gross" being his or her highest score. There were 45 players in this nine-hole tournament and a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

There was a five-way tie in the men's skins division. The winners were Chris Bunch, Dan Ringeisen, Ed Fogarty, Rick Robberson and Ron Yeo with one skin each. The women's skins division winner was Dana Brienza with two skins. The low "gross" for the men was Mark Johnson with a with a 1 over par 37. The low "gross" for the women was Edie Elkjer also with a 1 over par 37.

"It was great tournament, the course was in good shape due to hard work of Scott Boomer's team of groundskeepers," said Fogarty.

The next competition is the Valle Open Tournament scheduled for Saturday, (July 27). The format is still to be determined. That will be followed by two more tournaments in the series: the Tartan Tourney on Aug. 17 and the Labor Day Tournament on Aug. 31.

The public is welcome to play in the tournaments and at any time during the week at the Valle Escondido Golf Course, which bills itself as "so close to heaven you'll never want to leave." The course is located in Taos Canyon about 11 miles from Taos.

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