Golf Notes Published Wednesday, April 23, 2008
April 22, 2008 11:00 pm

Claveran inducted into Hall of Fame

Brookings resident Felix Claveran, 74, was recently inducted into the Mexican Hall of Fame in Stockton, Calif., for his lifelong achievements as a golfer and ambassador for the sport.

In 1998, Claveran moved to Brookings with his family when they began to work on plans to build Salmon Run Golf Course.

The first golf course Claveran built was Trinity Alps Golf and Country Club in Weaverville, Calif., where he stayed 25 years before moving to Brookings.

As a golfer, Claveran is highly decorated and still holds a few course records.

For nine years, Claveran was undefeated in Northern California Pro-AMs.

He still holds records at the Stockton City Tournament and Colorado Springs Open.

Four times, on different courses, Claveran shot 28s for nine holes on par 36 courses.

While working as an assistant golf professional at Swenson Park Golf Club, Claveran won all but two of the Assistant Professional Tournaments he entered in three year.

Claveran applied for professional status with the PGA in 1963 and became a member in 1968. He is currently a lifetime member of the PGA.

BHHS golfers lead league standings

High winds and rain cancelled the fourth Far West League (FWL) match of the year for the Brookings-Harbor High School golf team Monday at Sand Pines Golf Course in Florence.

"In my nine years of coaching, that's the first high school match I've seen cancelled," Coach Bruce Alexander said.

The next match will be on Monday, April 28 at Myrtle Creek Golf Course.

A make-up match at Sand Pines has been set for Thursday, May 1 for the final league match of the season.

Through three league matches, the Bruins hold a 79 stroke lead over second place North Bend.

If the Bruins continue their dominance in league play, they should wrap up one of two league spots in the state championship tournament with a FWL regular season championship.

The other spot will be determined at the district tournament, which will take place on Monday and Tuesday, May 5 and 6, at Bandon Crossings Golf Course.

On April 17 and 18, the Bruins participated in a Tournament of Champions at Sand Pines and Salishan Spa and Golf Resort located just south of Lincoln City.

"It wasn't raining on Thursday, but it was very cold with sustained wind at 40 to 45 MPH," Alexander said. "They've never played in anything like that. It was incredible."

The Bruins finished the tournament in second place with a team score of 358.

Beginning golf classes offered through SOCC

Southwestern Oregon Community College and Salmon Run Golf Course are partnering to offer a Beginning Golf class this spring.

The class starts Thursday, May 1 and is for people who want to learn the rules of the game and gain hands-on experience.

PGA professional golf instructor Felix Claveran will be teaching the class, assisted by Ed Murdock.

Anyone interested in learning to play golf or improving their golf game is encouraged to sign up for these classes. No prior experience is necessary. If you don't have your own golf clubs, they will be provided to students at no charge.

Beginning Golf courses are scheduled for Thursday, May 1 through Thursday, June 5 from 6-7 p.m.

The class will meet at Salmon Run Golf course. The cost is just $65 per student.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call Southwestern in Brookings at (541) 469-5017 or in Gold Beach at (541) 247-2741.