The 8th Annual Mesquite Cup, played between the Mesquite Mens Golf Association (MMGA) and the Oasis Mens Golf Association (OMGA), was played on Feb 24 at the Palmer Golf Course and on Feb. 25 at the Falcon Ridge Golf Course. A total of 72 members, 36 from each team played under ideal weather conditions for the right to have the cup at their home course for next 12 months.
The history of the Mesquite Cup Challenge dates back to the first years of the competition in 2009 and 2010 that was won by the MMGA, however the OMGA then won four years in a row from 2011-2014. Last year, in 2015, the cup was played at the Oasis Canyons course, instead of the home course Palmer and after the two-day competition, MMGA won but only by a very thin margin of 3 points. This year the OMGA went back to playing the Palmer, however the MMGA team, consisting of regular MMGA members and now Falcon Ridge Mens club members, did better than usual and after the first day’s competition the teams were separated by only 6 points: OMGA with 30 and the MMGA with 24.
On Thursday, the MMGA/FALCON team did win on their home course, but only by 3 points, so the cup was presented back to John Parkingson, president of OMGA for display at the Palmer Golf course for the next year.
“I would like to thank the following for their help this year: Adam Schwartz, head pro at the Palmer. Mathew John for breakfast at the Oasis Grill Wednesday morning, Marty Conway and Brian Bergman who coordinated the OMGA team and who are always a class act. Brian Wursten, head pro at the Falcon Ridge Golf course, Scotties Grill at Falcon for Thursday breakfast, City Shoppes Embroidery, who provided MMGA with Mesquite Cup shirts for new players, and all of the players from both teams who played hard to win but know that GOLF is more than just a game,” said Paul LeVan, MMGA Mesquite Cup Coordinator.