The Annual Don Shelton Memorial Golf Classic was held Monday, September 18 at the San Dimas Canyon Golf Course in San Dimas. The winning team was one of the two teams entered by First Christian Church, Torrance. With a net score of 53 (19 under par), the team of Scott Johnson, Dave Marvin, Jeff Marvin and Ted Oden came in first among the 27 groups competing in this year’s event. Second place went to one of the two teams entered by Mill Creek Christian Church, Bakersfield. Their members were: Chris Boyd, Dan Crawford, Gary Grunsky and Mark Jones. Their score was 55. After winning this tournament 9 of the last 10 years, the team of Brandon Carter, Randy Carter, Brandon Harper and Marc Harper, representing First Christian Church, Orange, did what all of us thought was impossible...they finished third. They were gracious in defeat, as they always were in winning, including donating their prize money back to the tournament. So, we have a new champion for 2017. This is the second time a team from our Torrance congregation has finished first in the 13 years this event has been held. Congratulations to our winners who will have the Church Trophy in their possession for one year.

The winning Senior team, all of whose members are 60 years of age, or older, was our second place team, Mill Creek Christian Church, Bakersfield. So they were double winners. Congratulations for a double victory, Mill Creek CC!

Our contest winners were as follows:

Closest to the Pin, Men, #2 -- George Garza--whose tee shot stopped 6 ft. from the cup. George is a good friend of Dan Romero, a member of the Golf Tournament Committee who invited him to play in this year’s event for the first time. George had a good beginning, didn’t he?

Closest to the Pin, Women, #2 -- Justine Gelner, a Chapman student. We did not receive the length her shot stopped from the cup, but her name was the last one listed on the sign marking her shot to this well guarded green. It has two traps inviting stray shots to land therein if one’s tee shot is short of the green and also misses the narrow opening between those traps.

Straightest Drive, #4 -- Jake Zawalkow, a friend of Mike Christman, who was playing in one of the two foursomes representing First Christian Church, Fullerton, was our winner.

Longest Drive for Men, #18 -- Brandon Carter from First Christian Church, Orange.

Longest Drive for Women, #18 -- Kay Gault, wife a Jerry Stinson, who is a retired UCC Pastor and represents the UCC on the Golf Tournament Committee.

Longest Drive for Seniors, #18 -- Lary Row, a member of First Christian Church, Orange, and a member of the Golf Tournament Committee representing Eastmont Com-munity Center.

Our event, as usual, had some non-golfing winners for the Shelton Family Scholarship Drawing and for the prizes in the Opportunity Drawing.

The Shelton Family Scholarship Drawing was won by Mary Dunson, a member of the Abundant Life Christian Church, Los Angeles, and wife of Leroy Dunson, a member of the Golf Tournament Committee. Her prize? A cruise to Mexico or the Carribean.

The Opportunity Drawing winners were as follows:
First Prize -- Season tickets to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for their 2018 series of Broadway plays was Cheryl Carew, a member of FCC Torrance.
Second Prize -- An iPad Mini was Dave Marvin, a member of First Christian Church, Torrance
Third Prize -- Two tickets to the 2018 Rose Parade was Kari Kempf, First Christian Church, Orange. Kari is a member of the Golf Tournament Committee representing Chapman University.

At this point in time, we do not have all of the financial data concerning the Don Shelton Memorial Golf Classic. We will report that information as soon as possible.

We have made arrangements for the 2018 Don Shelton Memorial Golf Classic. We will be returning to San Dimas Canyon for next year’s tournament. The date is Monday, September 17.  We encourage all golfers in PSWR congregations to put this date in their calendars now.


Thank you to the following 2017 sponsors:

Dinner Sponsor ($3,500): Rodney Gould

Lunch Sponsor ($1,500): Westminster Gardens

Beverage Sponsor ($1,000): McAulay-Wallace Mortuary, Fullerton

Tee/Foursome Sponsors ($1,000 each): CMF, Mill Creek CC, Bakersfield (2); McAulay-Wallace Mortuary, Fullerton; Mike Christman, Friend of Loch Leven; President Daniele Strupa, Chapman University; Randy Carter and Marc Harper

Tee Sponsors ($500 each): Abundant Life CC, Los Angeles; Argyros Family Foundation, Costa Mesa;Disciples’ Men and Disciples’ Women, FCC, Orange; Dr. Jon Berquist, Disciples Seminary Foundation, Claremont; First Christian Church, Burbank; First Christian Church, Fullerton; Pacific Beach Christian Church, San Diego

Contest Sponsors ($500 each): Closest to the Pin, Cam and Nancy Malotte, Fullerton; Hole-in-One Contest, Disciples Men of the PSW Region; Longest Drive for Men, McAulay-Wallace Mortuary; Longest Drive for Seniors, Mike Christman, Fullerton

Prize Sponsors (any various levels): All Peoples Community Center, Los Angeles; Disciples’ Women, FCC, Fullerton; Mike Christman, Fullerton;
Mike and Masumi Hogan, FCC, Fullerton; Dan Romero, Centro Romero Border Ministries, San Ysidro; The Moore Family, San Bernardino
Janelle Vannoy, Harbor Christian Church, Newport Beach


If you are interested in learning more about being a sponsor for 2018, either as an individual, or in the name of your congregation or business, please contact Pat Vannoy at 657-220-5819.

The PSWR golf tournament has always been filled with great fellowship and lots of fun. I’m happy to see that it continues into 2017. These tournaments always serve as a bit of a reunion for me as I get to reconnect with those I have not seen for a long time.
— Dan Wall, annual participant


A special thank you to our committee volunteers from throughout the region, who help to make the Golf Tournament possible. They include: Lary Row, Saundra Bryant, Leroy Dunson, Nancy Brink, Kari Kempf, Lura Harper, Jessica Kim, Hank Smith, Dan Romero, Jerry Stinson, Donna Woodbridge, and Co-Chairs Pat Vannoy and Ed Linberg.