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Golf and Tennis Tournaments Return in Full Swing!

OCS Supporters Enjoy Day of Camaraderie, Competition 


After a one-year hiatus, the Oaks Christian Annual Golf and Ladies Tennis Tournaments were back in full swing on the greens and courts of the North Ranch Country Club. Over 175 players gathered under a crisp fall sky on Nov. 4 to enjoy camaraderie and competition all for a good cause – raising support for all OCS students and programs.

With events such as the putting contest, the hole-in-one contest, the longest drive and the closet to the pin contests, golfers had ample opportunity for friendly competition while supporting the school. In addition to those contests, players also bought mulligans—with OCS dad Zack Schuler, breaking the mulligan sales record by purchasing 24 mulligans—or paid a member of the OCS golf team to make a drive for them. Over on the courts, the ladies enjoyed singles and doubles play before heading over to the club house for a gourmet lunch, silent auction and raffle.

OCS parent Anna Cutino— who golfed with her foursome of Shawn O’Hare, OCS Middle School Athletic Director Kristy Hopkins and High School Principal Karen Coyle— shared her thoughts on the event.

“It was a great day, and my favorite part was seeing everyone gather to celebrate Oaks Christian. I got to make some new friends, see our alumni come back, see some families who are thinking of coming to Oaks as well as some long-term families. It’s a testament to the past and future generations that love Oaks.”

In addition to parents, friends and community businesses, the event also saw several alumni come out in support of their alma mater. Alumni teeing-off included Brian Farwell and Brett Hall, Class of 2003; Chris Judge, Nick Nugwynne, and Andrew Bierschenk, Class of 2009; Erik Kohler, Nick Lyskin, and Daniel Ross, Class of 2010; Richie Harrington, Class of 2011; Phillip Morton, Class of 2013; and Brigitte Dunne, Class of 2015.

Dunne, who was named Ventura County Player of the Year twice as a member of the OCS Girls Golf Team, was thrilled to be back at North Ranch to support her alma mater.

“It was such a blast to be here, hitting some big shots, being back with the Oaks family and seeing other alum. The school did a great job organizing this event. It’s crazy what a good time we had today.”

The foursome of Chris Harrison, Paul Coleman, Lisa O’Hurley and Ken Mesloh captured first place with a score of 54. Second-place team birdie honors went to Ryan Salinas, Luke Barret, Kevin Salinas, Rob Jacobus.  

Dan Zarraonandia won closest to the pin; Alan Hopkins won the putting contest; Morton took the men’s longest drive while O’Hurley claimed the women’s longest drive, and Dunne won the straight drive.

The always exciting helicopter ball drop did not disappoint as dozens of balls fell from the sky as onlookers cheered. Alumnus Brett Hall won the top prize with his ball closest to the hole.

Over on the courts, Karen Whipple won first place. Leslie Matthews and Debi Cassar tied for second, but a fun, trivia question (Q: what was the longest Wimbledon match in hours and minutes? A: 11 hours and 10 minutes in 2010) was the tie breaker. Matthews took second with the closest answer.