Golfers invited to annual Gas Mask Tournament


Men and women golfers with established handicaps are invited to mark their calendars for the 35th annual Gas Mask Tournament. This year’s tourney is set for May 4 and 5 at the San Vicente Golf Course in Ramona, California.

Thirty-five years ago, Gene Brown and some of his Canyon Lake golfing buddies arranged for a golf tournament at the Horse Thief Country Club in Tehachapi, California. Little did they know that this little event would take hold and become one of the favorite outings for Canyon Lake golfers.

According to Jim Magill, this tournament has always differed from any other because of the name that was derived from a special “award” presented each year at the event. Gene and his fellow golfers came up with an old World War I gas mask that they decided to “award” to the golfer who played the stinkiest game for the two days of play; in other words, the player whose net par was the highest of any in the field.

To this day the awarding of this trophy is one of the highlights at the tournament-ending awards dinner.

The format for the ladies’ event is “Partners Best Ball” and they will be picking their own partners.

The men’s game will be an “Aggregate Partner Tin Whistle” and they can also pick their own partner. The organizers will find a partner for those who don’t have one.

Entry fees range from $350 for a lady playing and staying at the resort, to $530 for a couple staying there and both playing golf. The fee includes two nights’ lodging, two days of golf, and dinner at the awards presentation.

For further information, contact Jim Paulis at 951-244-8020 or


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