Supporters swing for SchoolPower at 8th Annual Three Clubs Barefoot Golf Tournament Hosted by Hobie & The Ranch

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Monday, May 6, marked the eighth annual Three Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, generously hosted by Hobie and The Ranch. The sold-out event grossed over $50,000 to support Laguna Beach students through SchoolPower.

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Walking to the first hole sans shoes

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Tastings of Comisario Tequila at the first hole

Ninety barefoot golfers kicked off the afternoon’s festivities in full sunshine with a friendly nine-hole, four- or five-person scramble competition. As in past years, players tackled some nontraditional shots like putting with oven mitts and gave it their best shot at games including a pitching competition to win a Patagonia jacket and golf balls from Whittier Trust and playing casino games with Laguna Presbyterian staff members to better (or hinder!) their scores.

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Gorgeous sunny day with a slight breeze

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“Hosts with the Most” men’s team from Hobie and The Ranch included (L-R) Jackson Christy, Kris Carlow, Cameron Heard, Jake Schwaner and Mark Christy

“The Barefoot Classic is an event I look forward to every year. The Classic is the perfect combination of wonderful people, beautiful surroundings, a great cause, and bare feet in the grass. Many thanks to Mark Christy, The Ranch, and the SchoolPower team!” said Caleb Silsby of Whittier Trust.

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The Divot Divas, (L-R) Miki Latimer, Audrey Moy, Jennifer Roop, Erin Carlton and Sarah Wolsey return for the 8th Annual Three Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic

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(L-R) Exclusive Hole Sponsor Yashaar Amin, Co-Director of Children’s Ministry Gail Onodera, Laguna Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor Steve Sweet, and Preschool Director Anne Herzog on their sponsored hole

Lissa Pallo-Strong’s fivesome was decked out in full 80s attire. “To be in nature at the Ranch, in beautiful Laguna Beach, really makes it easy for us to go all out to support SchoolPower who do so much for our children!” she said. “Another great tournament golfing barefoot, laughing with friends, and raising money for our schools…thank you SchoolPower!” added golfer Chris Sirianni.

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F&M Bank, one of the sponsors, provided cookies

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The Ranch and Hobie Women’s team consisted of (L-R) Leticia Christy, Nicki Heard, Tori Schwaner, Katherine Rickey and Makayla Welfringe

Following golf, the party continued on the patio, where golfers and dinner guests gathered for a cocktail reception that included live music by Zach Churchill followed by a Harvest BBQ buffet dinner. As in past years, lifelong Laguna resident and longtime SchoolPower supporter Mark Christy served as auctioneer for the live auction. Bidders competed for a “stay and play” experience at The Ranch’s exclusive Treehouse, a Lost Pier fire pit experience, Hobie and Tuvalu shopping sprees, OluKai sandals, and signed drum sticks from Green Day drummer, Tre Cool.

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Paul Pohoresky, Mike Zingale, Shaun MacGillivray and Jonathon Cohen

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(L-R) Dennis Gaughan, Steven Goodman and Anthony Norelli

Special thanks to hosts and primary sponsors Hobie and The Ranch, as well as event sponsors RNDC, Tequila Comisario, and The Ecology Center. Thank you to hole sponsors A2 Energy Partners, Akers Law, Ballesteros Real Estate Group, the Draper Family, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Laguna Presbyterian, Livel Real Estate, Brady Schwartz Legal, and Whittier Trust.

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Walking uphill

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(L-R) Alan Castillo and Ken Norelli

“Sponsoring and attending the Barefoot Classic is always one of the best events of the year. It is wonderful to see our community come together and raise money for our amazing school system while enjoying a day with friends and golf at one of the true gems in all of Laguna Beach. The countdown has already begun for next year!” concluded SchoolPower Barefoot Chair and sponsor J.J. Ballesteros.

SchoolPower is the parent volunteer-based, nonprofit education foundation that has raised money for Laguna Beach public schools since 1981. SchoolPower’s mission is to enrich the education and support the well-being of all children in the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Through SchoolPower grants, the Family Resource Center, and the After School Program, SchoolPower supports academics, athletics, visual and performing arts, music, student experiences, social and emotional wellness, and community connections. Learn more about SchoolPower at www.lbschoolpower.org.


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