So how many bottles of wine are typically in one barrel? The best way to find out is to sign up and play in the 2nd Annual Wine Barrel Open at Greenhorn Creek Resort in Angels Camp. A “barrel full of wine bottles” will be the grand prize at the tournament to be held Nov. 6, 2014. Though it should be a barrel of fun, it is not exactly a barrel of wine. The winning team will pop the corks on 36 bottles of locally produced wine which will include Zinfandels, Barberas, Syrahs and other varietals. The format is a four person scramble and costs $150 per player and is open to the public. The event will conclude with dinner and a wine tasting. To register or for more information go to www.greenhorncreek.com.
The George Archer Memorial Foundation for Literacy is once again hosting it’s “Stroke of Genius” Pro-Am Tournament on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Penninsula Golf And Country Club in San Mateo. Archer, who was introduced to his wife Donna by Sacramento based amateur Verne Callison while playing in a State Fair tournament in Sacramento, was unable to read or write. He suffered in silence throughout his career and upon his death his family was finally able to let the public know of George’s illiteracy. Longtime friend Dave Stockton will be on hand along with Dan Boever who bills himself as a long drive specialist but is equal parts comedian and trickshot artist. Proceeds from the event will go to promote literacy efforts. Check out www.georgearcherfoundation.org or call 650-340-1761 for information on playing. This event sells out so act now.
The PGA Tour’s Fry’s.com Open is next week at Silverado Resort and Spa in nearby Napa. The tournament is now the opening event on the 2014-2015 schedule and players will accrue FedEx Cup points. That’s a plus for attracting a good field. Some of the early entrants include former U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Robert Allenby, Tim Clark, Rory Sabbatini and even Lee Westwood, fresh off another Ryder Cup victory. Single day and week long tickets are available but it is best to go to www.frysopengolf.com.
In the Bay Area, Sharp Park and Lincoln Park golf courses will be venues for a new tournament using hickory shafted clubs. The San Francisco Hickory Open, October 11-12, cost is $100 and covers greens fees for both days. Hickory-shafted clubs can be reserved at no cost. Here’s that website; www.norcalhickory.com/viewtopic.php?t=147.
Reminder. Anyone wanting to work as a volunteer at next year’s U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso Country Club better hurry as volunteer slots are almost full. Go to www.2015ussenioropen.com.
Vince Mastracco hosted The Golf Talk Radio Show on Sacramento’s CBS radio affiliate for 19 years. These days he is the Sacramento Golf Examiner for yeahstub.com and guest hosts on various radio shows and is a Real Estate agent with Lyon. Want to reach out to Vince about your upcoming event or golf story? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 916-220-PUTT.