Picture and story by Ken Cookson
WESTERN STATES GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 32nd Western States Golf Tournament was held in Tucson, AZ in November, 2005 with beautiful weather, challenging golf courses, and great hosts. The organizing and hosting committee consisted of Tom and Jeanne George, Ron and Barbara Moreland, Larry and Karen Lenz, Ken and Connie Cookson, and Galen and Karen Bridge. The first night social was great, with an evening barbecue at the Morelandís. The final night festivities included a steak dinner and an awards program at the Bridgeís. Ken Cookson took a group picture that will be posted on the ARSCSE Website. Top golfers in the Menís Division were Ken Cookson, Ron Moreland, Larry Mills and Merlin Nelson. Top golfers in the Womenís Division were Jo Mills, Barbara Moreland, Jennifer Ing and Betsy Klofstad.

Other golfers, spouses, and guests were: Gordon Klofstad, Roy and Dorothy Bright, Rod and Sally Alt, Norm Priest, Warren and Barbara Lee, Van and Bernice Haderlie, Ron and Carolyn Schultze, Brian Schultze, Tom and Naomi Wehri, Gary and Jayne Nordstrom, Linda Nelson, Jerry and Phyllis Richard, Jim and Wilma Newman, Karl & Georgann Klingelhofer, Gordon & Carol Odell and Chuck and Marcella Doud.

We enjoyed seeing the roadrunners, the many rabbits, and quail but the most interesting encounter occurred at the Vistoso course on a par 3 on the back nine. The womenís group behind us came zipping up in their golf carts to excitedly explain that they couldnít tee off because there was a large bobcat crouching on the tee box and it was in no mood to leave. Gary Nordstrom immediately came to the rescue and the bobcat very reluctantly moved after several tenacious stand-offs. Seems the cat was in the process of stalking a rabbit and was not interested in anybody interrupting the hunt.