Finally, a crisp autumn morning. Our team captain reported the temperature at 66 degrees, so we “layered” on clothes for our 9 a.m. match against one of the top teams, the Bombardiers. Four Sharp Shooters went to the bocce court at 8 a.m. and practiced hard for an hour. They showed up about 9 and wiped us out in 30 minutes, flat.
We have two more matches in October, both against top tier players. The captain has decided four of our men will play the first game; four ladies will play the last one. And all 10 Sharp Shooters will adjourn to the Café terrace to celebrate end of 2015 Bocce season.
So, it’s time to talk about golf which we can comfortably play year round in this lovely Northern California climate.
The PVE Charity Golf Tournament last June raised over $20,000 for the Travis AFB Fisher House which houses families of patients at the base hospital during their time of need. There are many Fisher Houses in the U.S.A. Once built, they must raise their own money to maintain the facility. Last year, our first Fisher House benefit golf tournament raised $11,000. The third tournament has already been scheduled for June 2016 and the goal will be raised again. We’re getting better each year.
Last Friday, the Travis AFB Fisher House management thanked all their volunteers at an awards ceremony, followed by a luncheon and tour or the beautiful four-month old home. An event like that inspires us to work hard to help them.
Meanwhile at PVE, the newly formed PVE Putting Club has begun its activities with monthly tournaments, eventually with men’s and women’s ladders, and host a clinic with a local golf pro. The putting course is pristine, benches and sail-type awnings are not yet installed, pending City permit process. Yours truly is ready to jump into this. I do not want to think about bocce again until February 2016.