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‘Real Housewives’ invade Morgan Run for day of fun

RANCHO SANTA FE — There was no shortage of leopard print, pumps and fedoras — as well as club covers that included everything from Rocky and Bullwinkle’s Natasha to a cactus and a giraffe — when the Real Housewives of Morgan Run hit the links on March 18 for fun and philanthropy.

The event, for guest day at Morgan Run Club & Resort, was organized by Susan Horvitz, with help from her longtime partner, Tony Perez, and Deb Fisher.

“All the clubs in the area have about four guest days a year,” Horvitz said. “They usually do something very generic, like a beach theme or Big Bird Yellow.

“My girlfriends and I starting thinking about Bravo shows,” she added. “Then I said, ‘Why don’t we do Morgan Run Housewives?’ People from all over said they never heard of such a great theme.”

Susan Kim, Mitzi Lobelson and Anne Yorkey are ready for the 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
Susan Kim, Mitzi Lobelson and Anne Yorkey are ready for the 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Many of the women donned bling, bathrobes, haute couture or curlers, while others were equipped with Swiffers.

The not-ready-for-the-red-carpet foursome of Connie Paulino, Florence Brill, Erlinda Nelson and Maryann Herbenar wore The Dollar Store, with knee-high fishnets, tulle hair accessories and aprons.

“We figured we are the least sexy foursome here so we needed to be crazy,” Herbenar said. “I don’t know if we can golf like this, though.”

The foursomes were divided into three flights: Collagen Cougars, Silicone Sistas and Botox B’s.

Event organizer Susan Horvitz shows off her bling with co-chair Deb Fisher. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
Event organizer Susan Horvitz shows off her bling with co-chair Deb Fisher. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Julia Gorman, Susan Smith, Fran McClure and Sue Lyerly won best flight.

Awards were also presented in other categories, including closest to the pin and Fashion Divas of the Day. The top raffle prize was a $300 TaylorMade Driver.

The post-game lunch included chicken marsala, “flown in from the farms of Foster,” and crème brulee, with “berries confiscated from the backyards of New Jersey.”

The event also raised $300 for Operation Game On, a program founded by Perez that provides free golf lessons, equipment and playing opportunities for combat-injured soldiers.

“It turned out so good,” Horvitz said. “Everything was perfect and everyone had a great time.”

Susan Smith-Fenche, from Oceanside, and San Marcos resident Sue Larkin chill in their cart before heading out to the course. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
Susan Smith-Fenche, from Oceanside, and San Marcos resident Sue Larkin chill in their cart before heading out to the course. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Horvitz said she isn’t sure if this would become an annual event.

“We might not be asked to do this again,” she said. “And it’s a lot of work.”

While the housewives may not return to Morgan Run, “Duck Dynasty” characters may invade next time, she said.

 

 

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