Community Unites to Save Sharp Park at 5th Annual Alister MacKenzie Tournament

- by: San Francisco Public Golf Alliance

2016 Alister MacKenzie Tournament to Save Sharp Park

On June 4, an extraordinary association of local golfers, environmentalists, preservationists, public and private golf courses, San Francisco history buffs, golf architecture enthusiasts, premier Bay Area corporations and local civic leaders  joined a host of tournament volunteers, coaches, parents, and well-wishers at Sharp Park to enjoy Alister MacKenzie’s muni masterpiece. 

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the Mayor's Women's Golf Council Chair , Lyn Nelson

Our Fifth Annual Alister MacKenzie Benefit Tournament was a great success thanks to the local Players, Sponsors, Donors, Volunteers, and other friends of  Public Golf.  We cannot thank you enough for helping to Save Sharp Park!  

Over 250 golfers participated and enjoyed the full range of Sharp Park weather – breezy, sunny, overcast, you-name-it.  Tom Adams’ Video captured the festivities and Bo Links, San Francisco Public Golf Association Co-Founder, reminds us why this course is so important to so many. 

Attending were golf officials from the Northern and Southern California Golf Associations, the PGA Tour, the San Francisco Mayor’s Women’s Golf Council, Mayors Ed Lee of San Francisco and Gary Phillips of San Rafael, San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission President Mark Buell, NBA basketball executive Kiki Vandeweghe, high school and First Tee players from San Jose, San Francisco, the Peninsula, and Oakland, and men and women muni and club players from all over the Bay Area.  

Lowell High School Girls Team

Lowell Laides Flash Victory Smiles

The day’s low scores were a 66 posted by the Lowell High Girls’ Team of Stephanie Sunga, Laureen Shew, and Juliana Dere (pictured above), an afternoon 68 posted by the NCGA women’s team of Gail Rogers, Jennifer Young, Stacey Baba and Brad Shupe, and 59’s posted by four different teams:   (1) Andy Miller, Elaine Harris, Doug Yarris, and Jim Mason; (2) Ron and Steve Saisi, Brian Cresta and Kyle Ortiz; (3) Dennis Ventry, Bob Kittle, Mark Ladining, and Bill Domhoff; and (4) Jay and Ian Johnston, Adam Tracy, and Pete Mangan.  Andrew Smothers and Lisa Villasenor won the men’s and women’s closest-to-the-pin contests at Hole #15, with shots to 5’6” and 11’, respectively.

2016 Alister MacKenzie Tournament Sponsors 
 
Special thanks to our generous sponsors, donors of our fabulous silent auction prizes, enthusiastic volunteers from our co-hosts, the Sharp Park Men’s and Women’s Golf Clubs, and to our other co-hosts, the Alister MacKenzie Foundation, Pacifica Historical Society, and Pacifica Chamber of Commerce.  Please see the Sponsors Page from our Tournament Program (above) for a complete list.  Finally, a grateful tip of the hat to Head Greenskeeper Almar Valenzuela and his small-but-mighty SF Rec and Park Department greenskeeping crew for true-rolling greens and some strategic tree pruning which opened beautiful vistas of the golf course.
 
See you down the fairway.
 
Save Sharp Park!  

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