March 26th through 29th, 2019 , 14 teams comprised of Hemet, California District 7, Palm Springs, California District 5 and Mesa, Tucson, and Yuma, Arizona, residents and snowbirds from all over the US and Canada played in this, the 13th Annual CSA Soboba Classic open team tournament. It was hosted by District 7, and sponsored by the Soboba Foundation, the Bank of Hemet, Miller – Jones Mortuary and Cemetery, Poly Glide, Dura Dress, Travelodge, Motel 6, and some local merchants offering special discounts.
Each year, many of the same players enter the competition at 4 to 5 different venues, hoping to place in the top of their division . This year the venues were Hemet Muni the only open City provided club, Sierra Dawn South senior community, Seven Hills’ senior community and The Lakes at Hemet West senior community. After a year of planning about 250 players enter into the thrill of competition. However, notwithstanding the outcome they find themselves in making new friends and new memories until the next year, when the competition will start all over again. The week concluded on Friday evening with a most wonderful banquet held in the ballroom of the brand new Soboba casino.
All winners will receive commemorative jackets. And the winners are: Blue division 1st place and overall champions, The Calizona Compadres, captained by Dale Monday. (8th from left)
2nd place Blue division, Kokopelli Players, Captained by Sylvia Smith. (5th from left)
1st place Red division, District 5 Roadrunners, captained by Shirley Eager.(holding the roadrunner in the cage)
2nd place Red division, Terminators, captained by Carol Anderson. (2nd from right)
Graphics of the division jackets.