2019 International Seniors Bonus Event
June 2-7, 2019 | Santa Fe, New Mexico

A wonderful group of members joined us for our 2019 International Seniors Bonus Event in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The event featured of three rounds of golf at The Club at Las Campanas, private tours at the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden and School for Advanced Research (SAR), and a themed dinner experience at the Bonanza Creek Ranch.

Thank you to all of the members who attended. It was truly a fun and memorable experience for all!


THE EXPERIENCE

Day 1 – Sunday (Opening Dinner): Our group arrived at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, which we found to be a wonderful respite that truly celebrated the spirit of the Southwest. After settling in, we traveled to The Club at Las Campanas where we enjoyed our welcome cocktail and dinner reception.

Day 2 – Monday (first round of golf): The first full day featured golf on the Sunrise Course of The Club at Las Campanas. Our field of 12 four-person teams took part in a shotgun event. The team of Mike Lane, Alex Duhamel, Ignacio Gomez-Urquiza and Miguel Ruiz Buelna took the top spot with a two best-ball net score of 123 (-21). Carol McBride, Cheryl Hine, Bert Winther and Jose Gomez Canibe finished second at 126 (-18), which was one shot ahead of John Mikkelsen, Steve Chernock, Mickey Sutfin and Keith Hynes.

Joe Johnson, David White, Gary Rathburn and Stephen Lombardo, MD turned in a strong fourth-place performance (129), while two teams made up of Jeff Anderson, Darlene Anderson, Jose Gomez Canibe and Paloma Gomez as well as Suzanne Bonafede, Weezie Davis, Sue Kelley and Paloma Gomez – were T5 with scores of 132.

Following our round of golf, we joined our non-golfing members at The Club at Las Campanas for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before we returned to the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi.

Day 3 – Tuesday (second round of golf… rain shortened): We set out to compete on the Sunset Course of The Club at Las Campanas. Most of the groups were well into their second nine when Mother Nature made a move with some prodigious thunder and rain, ending our round early. The group moved into the Clubhouse for an extended cocktail party complete with an ISAGS raffle that made many of the players very happy.

Day 4 – Wednesday (off day… tours and Bonanza Creek Ranch):The group enjoyed a day off from golf so that we could partake in tours of the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden and School for Advanced Research (SAR). Special thanks toDarlene andJeff Anderson for arranging these private tours for our members.

One group visited the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden, which proved to be the perfect introduction to the art of Allan Houser who is one of the most renowned Native American painters and Modernist sculptors of the 20th century. His work can be found at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and in numerous major museum collections throughout North America, Europe and Japan.

Others traveled to the School for Advanced Research (SAR), one of North America’s preeminent independent institutes for the study of anthropology, related social sciences, and humanities. SAR is home to the Indian Arts Research Center, one of the nation’s most important Southwest Native American art research collections.

The day concluded with an Old West style dinner at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, an all-inclusive film location nestled in the foothills of northern New Mexico. The ranch is spread out over several thousand acres and features ponds, a movie town and home sets. More than 130 movies, as well as various videos, commercials and catalog shoots have been filmed here.

The evening at the Bonanza Creek Ranch provided us with outstanding entertainment, food and service as well as memorizing views. The photo below came courtesy of John Mikkelsen.

Day 5 – Thursday (third round of golf, closing dinner): Players around early for an outstanding breakfast at Las Campanas followed by a blue-ribbon day for a round of golf on the Sunset Course at The Club at Las Campanas.

Capturing the top foursome spot with a net score of 127 (-17) was the team of Jose Gomez Canibe, Matt Blankenship, Ignacio Gomez-Urquiza, and Keith Hynes. Finishing second was Bill Davis, MiguelRuiz Buelna, Gary Rathburn and Harrison Hine, who bested the third-place team of Paloma Gomez, Beatriz Flores, SueKelley and Suzanne Bonafede.

Following golf, we all came together for a closing reception and dinner at the Rosewood Inn at the Anasazi.


PHOTO GALLERY

We are fortunate to be able to relive our adventures in Santa Fe through amazing photos. In addition to the images provided to us by a staff photographer from the Bonanza Creek Ranch, we are also awaiting photos taken that week by our incredible member photographer Gigi Johnson.

All images are available for complimentary and hi-res download. Enjoy!


UPCOMING EVENTS

2019 SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP
August 31 – September 14, 2019
Golf du Medoc – Bordeaux, France
Click here for more about our host site.

2020 MID-WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP
June 6-13, 2020
Killarney Golf and Fishing Club/Europe Hotel

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club features two of the Ireland’s best-known 18-hole championship golf courses – Killeen and Mahony’s Point. The course has hosted many high-profile events such as four Irish Opens, the European Amateur Team Championship, the Curtis Cup and the Ladies Cup Championship among many other great events.

Our accommodations will be the five-star The Europe Hotel & Resort in Killarney, which overlooks the world famous Lakes of Killarney. The Europe Hotel & Resort is one of the leading luxury hotels in not just Killarney, but in all of Ireland.

We are also working on Pre and Post trips that will provide a wonderful golf experience at some of southwest Ireland’s finest golf and tourist venues. Details will be provided as soon as we finalize the itineraries!

2020 SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP
October 3-10, 2020
Quinta do Lago Golf Club/Hotel Quinta do Lago in Algarve, Portugal

The Quinta do Lago, the site of our Summer Championship, was recognized t his month by Golf Digest as a recipient of its ‘2019 Editors’ Choice Award for the Best Resorts in Continental Europe’. The Portuguese facility features three outstanding golf courses – North, South and Laranjal – which will provide our members with a variety of challenges.

Our accommodations will be second to none as we will enjoy our stay at Hotel Quinta do Lago, a unique resort on Portugal’s pristine Algarve coast. Known as a haven for nature and golf enthusiasts, Hotel Quinta do Lago is set amidst 2,000 acres of pine forests, saltwater lakes, lagoons and amazing golf courses which we will play throughout our stay as well as scenic bird-watching paths and nature trails, creating the perfect combination between nature and pleasure.