The Robson Challenge, on hold for the last two years, was played at Robson Ranch with teams from five Robson entities participating on April 19, 2017. The following communities sent teams this year: Quail Creek, Robson Ranch, SaddleBrooke Ranch, Eagle’s Nest and Tuscany Falls both from PebbleCreek. Each team was comprised of 16 players including a club professional. Each community had qualifying rounds in order to participate on their team. This is a total net event of which 12 players’ scores from each team plus the professional’s score are added together to determine a winner.
This year the winner was the Quail Creek team with a total score of 903 with an average net score of 69.46. A really good performance from a team not expected to be able to compete with the other clubs due to the lack of availability of several low handicap players who were playing in a separate event representing Quail Creek.
Coming in a close second was Robson Ranch, the home club this year with a score of 907, a mere four strokes behind Quail Creek.
Members of the Quail Creek team included Tom England 64, Paul Simpson 64, Stuart Minuskin 67, Tim Phillips 67, Paul Salazar 67, Paul Schupmann 68, Rick Sutton 70, Steve Spencer 71, John McGee 71, Howard Huisel 71, Robert Marshall 71 and Jim Topolski 73, – counting scores – plus Neal Smith, Jack Moberg, and Jim Lynch. Playing as our professional was Ken Steinke – 79, a Robson professional from SaddleBrooke who filled in for Joel Jaress. This was a fine team.
Several Quail Creek players were in the money; Flight 2 Paul Simpson 1st, Stuart Minuskin 2nd; Flight 3 Paul Schupmann 2nd; Flight 4 Tom England 1st; Flight 5 Paul Salazar 1st; Flight 6 Rick Sutton 1st, Robert Marshall 2nd and John McGee 3rd.
After enjoying a fine meal for all and results were announced, the Robson Cup that goes to the winning team remained in an unknown location. It has been reported missing for a few years now; however, the event for 2018 is already scheduled for an April 18 play date.