Also -- Peace, Golf & Mesquite BBQ
Also -- Peace, Golf & Mesquite BBQ
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To all our SGA Members --       

       In the spirit of the season, we give thanks for all the wonderful members who make Senior Golfers of America not just possible, but absolutely superb. May this Thanksgiving be as joyful as each of you deserve, and the start of a happy holiday season and an even happier new year!
       All the best,
       Cynthia & Catherine
 News from SGA 2023 Fiesta Texas
October 29, 30, 31, November 1, 2023
Harbor Lakes • Links at Squaw Valley • Pecan Plantation
Granbury, Texas
Can you spot the native Texan among these Halloween cowpokes?
  The pristine Squaw Valley Course
Congratulations to Ken, Charlene, Jane & Walt -- SGA Fiesta Texas Winners
Jane, Chris, Janie, Charlene & Janet
Mark, Bob & Bill
SGA celebrates a Texas Halloween 
The Senior Golfers have been visiting the great state of Texas since 1986, and have enjoying playing golf and experiencing the unique small towns in the Lone Star State. The group was happy to try a brand-new location, the delightful hamlet of Granbury
The event opened with a fun excursion to the totally-Texas Mesquite Pit on Lake Granbury. It was an honor to welcome back the famous Brothers Rabalais (David, Mark & Ken), who traveled to Granbury from Lafayette, Louisiana. SGA Hall of Fame members Walt Schroeder and Bill Suehs were recognized. Everyone savored mesquite-grilled BBQ, "just-herded" Texas beef, local catfish, fried pickles(!) and a fun evening together. 
Bob, Chris & Ken
Ken, Dave, Sam, Mark, Jane & Janie
The Lone Star State's beautiful Pecan Plantation
Greetings from ... the Mesquite Pit!
David & Chris
Jim, Jane & Ken
Tohono basket trophies for the winners
Our waiter with many names
Three chilly days of golf were played over three absolutely beautiful courses: Harbor Lakes, Squaw Valley, and Pecan Plantation. Some scores were good, and some players wanted to improve, but everyone enjoyed the layouts and conditions of the links. Special thanks to Janie Risley and nephew Kevin for inviting us to the Granbury area.
A festive Western Halloween was celebrated and participants were astonished by how quickly South Dakotan Jim Harrenga could grow a mustache! The SGA Fiesta Texas event closed out with an elegant dinner at Granbury's 1890 Grill on the Square, where one of the highlights was, "Name the Waiter," a new game introduced by Chris Grant. 
Event winners at gross were Houstonian Charlene Gideon for the ladies and Ken Rabalais, representing the great town of Lafayette, Louisiana, for the men. Ken's golf skills shone during the week, notably on the Squaw Valley course, where he posted a fine 75 for the tournament low score.
"It has been a lovely trip," said Charlene. "I enjoyed being with everyone. However, I had to carry my Best Ball partners, Bill & Mark -- these guys!" Ken's remarks were in agreement. "It has a genuine pleasure to be with my two brothers here in the great state of Texas. I enjoyed these beautiful courses, and a real asset was our lift, clean, and place rule! I hope to be back together with everyone on another trip soon."  
Low Net winners were Jane Harrenga and Walt Schroeder.  Runners-up were Chris Grant and David Rabalais. Close to pin winners were Chris Grant, Ken Rabalais, and Bob Fairchild, who had two close-ups.  SGA Best Ball Team winners were Charlene Gideon, Mark Rabalais, and Bill Suehs, first, and Jane & Jim Harrenga and Ken Rabalais. second. Congratulations to all!
The Town Square of Granbury
Granbury is home to the most historic courthouse square in Texas. Its successful preservation movement began in 1969 with the restoration of the Hood County courthouse. The county commissioners actually considered removing the courthouse clock tower, but a movement to save it was led by Norma Crawford, Granbury's prominent newspaper publisher. Other residents restored their family property in the late 1960s, many of which were empty and dilapidated. The community then joined together and restored the 1886 Granbury Opera House in the early 1970s.
In 2015, the City chose to apply for a Transportation Alternatives Grant, seeking to improve deteriorating downtown sidewalks and roadway pedestrian crossings, and implement "traffic calming" measures.The result was a unique, very convenient downtown parking area surrounding the courthouse, which was made excellent use of by trick-or-treating young and adult locals on Halloween!
Today, locals and visitors can experience boutique and specialty shopping in more than 40 one-of-a-kind stores housed in revitalized buildings around the Historic Granbury Square. Additionally, more than a dozen restaurants and eateries are available right on the Square.
Cynthia snapped this pic of Granbury's courthouse on Halloween afternoon.
Coming Up...

SGA events coming up are:
Christmas at the Cloister, Seaside, Plantation, Retreat, Sea Island, Georgia, December 11, 12, 13, 14
Caribbean Soul, Rio Mar, Puerto Rico, January 22, 23, 24, 25, 2024
Florida Sunshine, Jupiter, Florida, February 12, 13, 14, 15, 2024
Out West, Tubac, Arizona, March 2024
RTJ Alabama Trail, Prattville, Alabama, April 1, 2, 3, 4, 2024
SGA Homecoming, Waynesville, North Carolina, May 20, 21, 22, 23,2024
Tom Morris Tribute Tour, St. Andrews, Scotland, June 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2024
Rory McIlroy Tribute Tour, Northern Ireland, June 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2024
Lobster Festival, Rockport, Maine, July 22, 23, 24, 25, 2024

Plan to join us!  Reply to this email, or call Catherine on her cellphone at 310-600-9278, for details. 
Let us hear from you!

Catherine & Cynthia

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