Oct. 13, 2004 - AHEAD OF THE GAME: As many golfers throughout the Grand Canyon State could probably tell you, finding a tee-time, even in a golf-centric state such as Arizona, this time of year sometimes can prove difficult. October is the month where traditionally all golf courses shut down for a two- week stretch for the over-seeding of their courses.
This is a small price to pay considering that one can golf year-round in Arizona. The luxury afforded those living in the Northwest is the number of courses readily available to golfers of all calibers.
Almost all courses will be switching from some form of bermudagrass, a turf suitable for the extreme Arizona summer heat, to a version of winter or desert rye. For some courses, the transformation is complete. See Vistoso, The Pines and the Pusch Ridge course of the Tucson Hilton El Conquistador Resort. Others with more than one course can shut down nine holes at a time and remain open, such as La Paloma which has already finished over-seeding 18 of its 27 holes. Ventana's two courses are one of three locations that reopened Oct. 15. The others are The Heritage and one half of The Gallery (its other half will be ready Oct. 29).
SaddleBrooke golfers itching to get back on to the Mountain View course will get their chance Oct. 18. While fans of the retirement community's The Preserve will have to wait through Nov. 1. Others schedule to open in early November are The Omni, El Conquistador's Canada, Stone Canyon (Nov. 4), Arthur Pack (Nov. 6) and Quail Canyon (Nov.1).
Even with two of its premier players out of its lineup due to injuries, Canyon del Oro's football team continues to cruise. The brother duo of Sean and Peter Romero were not needed in the Dorado's recent one-sided win over Buena. Sean a senior and the team's featured running back has been hampered with a leg injury. The same goes for the junior, Peter who has been sidelined for more than two weeks now. Peter is a leader on defense and does the team's kicking.
In the brothers Romero's absence, Brock Knight has been a one-man nightmare for opponents on both sides of the ball and a major reason why CDO is off to its best start in years at 6-0. Filling in for Sean at running back in the team's 47-15 drubbing of Buena, Knight not only ran in two touchdowns but had another called back on a penalty. While answering an injury-riddled Dorado's squad prayers, on offense, Knight has garnered most of his praise from coaches for his defense in the linebacker position.
Just when it appeared the senior couldn't possible do anymore, with CDO up big in the second half against Buena, Knight filled in as a snapper on punts.
The Cross Rams
The future of CDO football went on display Oct. 8 at halftime of the Dorado's home win over Buena. The school recognized the Cross Rams, the middle school league feeder-team to CDO on its perfect season. The Rams led by head coach Dennis Williams were honored for its unblemished 7-0 record this season in the Northwest League. The eighth-graders were provided a dinner by CDO, honored on the field at halftime, allowed on the sidelines during the game and given a chance to see what awaits them next year in high school with a trip inside the locker room before the game.
Pat Tillman Fund
It's a Grind Coffee Shop, 8260 N. Cortaro Road, will be sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation Oct. 29 at its location in the Arizona Pavillions shopping center. The Arizona Cardinal cheerleaders and mascot will attend. The purpose of event is to raise funds and awareness of the Pat Tillman Fund. Tillman was a former ASU and Cardinal football player who was killed Afghanistan. The event is from 2 to 8 p.m.
New region champ
The Tucson Hilton El Conquistador 7.0 Mixed Doubles team took home the United State Tennis Association's Section Title Sept. 18-19.
By winning the event held in Albuquerque, N.M., over teams from Phoenix, El Paso and northern New Mexico, the team now advances to the National Regional Championships in Minneapolis. The national tourney will be held on the weekend of Nov. 19 throough 21.