SUN VALLEY GOLF COURSE – It is not unusual for a school to have a parent fundraising golf tournament – with the traditional hole sponsors, closest to the pin contests, raffles and auction.
It is, however, quite unusual to have the students join their parents for the event.
That was the scene Sunday afternoon at La Mesa’s municipal pitch and putt – a nine hole course tucked in between I-8 and the city’s Community Center.
More than 60 fathers, mothers and children of the Warren Walker School picked up the sticks and headed out onto the links in the kind of brilliant, sun-drenched afternoon that this winter’s rainy weather made that much more appreciated. The tournament was named for the school’s inspirational artist and gym teacher, Savaii Seau, brother of former Charger linebacker Junior Seau.
Golf, they say, is a lifelong sport – and if that’s true, this Sunday outing launched more than a few love affairs with the old Scottish game. And, in keeping with a school activity, there was much learning to be done.
Students as young as pre-kindergarten learned not to walk in front of others’ shots. All were taught how to swing safely and there were on-going lessons in etiquette and honesty. This is, the students were taught, one of the few games in the world in which the players serve as their own judge, referee and scorekeeper.
Warren-Walker Head of School Ray Volker met each golfer as they arrived and was seen throughout the day delivering water to refreshment stands and assuring safety. Each hole was sponsored by a school supporter and, following the golf, all the families retired to the nearby golf cottage for a fish taco dinner and the announcement by Savaii Seau of the golf and raffle winners.
Undoubtedly there has been greater golf played at this little jewel of a course, but there have not been more energetic outings for a larger group of new golfers.
And there were winners: First place went to fourth grader Rachel Amaral and her dad; second place went to fifth grader Claudia Hall and her father; and third place went to Liam Hudson and his father.
California pending home sales lift in January after disappointing December
Pending home sales rose from December’s extreme lows and posted month-to-month and year-to-year increases in January, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.).
Additionally, California REALTORS® responding to C.A.R.’s January Market Pulse Survey saw more price reductions and an increase in open house traffic, compared to a year ago.
Making sense of the story:
- California pending home sales increased in January, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* rising 26.7 percent from 70.9 in December to 89.8 in January, based on signed contracts.
- The month-to-month increase was better than the long-run average increase of 16.3 percent observed in the last six years, and is attributed primarily to seasonal factors.
- California pending home sales were up 6 percent from the 84.7 index recorded in January 2014. The yearly increase was the largest since May 2012.
- The share of equity sales – or non-distressed property sales – fell for the third straight month in January. Equity sales made up 88 percent of all sales in January, down from 89.8 percent recorded in December.
- Equity sales have been more than 80 percent of total sales since July 2013 and have risen at or near 90 percent since mid-2014. Equity sales made up 84.3 percent of sales in January 2014.
- Conversely, the combined share of all distressed property sales rose in January, up from 10.2 percent in December to 12 percent in January. Distressed sales made up 15.7 percent of total sales a year ago.
- Indicative of a less competitive buyers’ market, the percentage of homes selling above asking price has dropped from its peak of 40 percent in March 2014 to 16 percent in January. The share is also down from 25 percent during the previous month and 27 percent a year ago.