Arbuckle and Colusa each have their own golf courses, and their close proximity led to a friendly rivalry between the two clubs.
For 24 years, club members have swung for the coveted trophy that resides at the winning club each year. Arbuckle won 46.5 to 25.5, which means the trophy will remain at Arbuckle until Colusa has the chance again next year.
“Arbuckle did well,” Bill Collignon humbly stated, while others, who anticipated the outcome, joked that the trophy was not brought from its current residence in Arbuckle.
“They should just leave the trophy where it is,” they said.
“But the funny part is that we keep showing up because we don’t want to admit that (Arbuckle) is better,” laughed Brady Myers, of Colusa.
Some would say that Colusa’s course is more difficult because it is rated harder, but Arbuckle’s course is situated in the foothills and dotted with the trees.
“It’s tough to play (Arbuckle) if you don’t play it all the time,” said Steve Cribari, who has been with Colusa Golf since 1958.
Games were played on Saturday in Arbuckle and in Colusa on Sunday.
After the competition was completed on Sunday, the golfers made their way to the clubhouse, where the scores could be tallied. Meanwhile, refreshments and a late lunch was served.
James “Homer” Simpson commented that there used to be 30 people for each team and now it is down to half that. The golfers would like to see some new golfers, but that doesn’t mean they will take it easy on the new bloods.
“Golf is the purest sport,” said Collignon, “Because you’re playing against yourself.”
Others agreed to that assessment, pointing out that if you want to get better, you have to challenge yourself because you cannot rely on other teammates to assist.
Following the event, gentlemen bellied up to the bar or reclined on couches. Some played games of Boss Dice while others preferred lively talk, some jovial ribbing, and recalled stories from previous years.
“It brings people together; they have a good time,” said Myers. “There’s an after game aspect, it’s called the 19th hole. The 19th hole is the best part of it – food, fun, drink, and the stories come out of it.” ■