By Ed Anderson
Mike O”Donnell confirmed that being the low medalist in the qualifying round of the Classic Golf Cars 87th annual Chico City Golf Championship (the second longest running city championship in California) with a great score of 69, was not something to be taken lightly.
O”Donnell essentially breezed through five rounds of the match play format to take the championship going away. O”Donnell defeated Jeff Fowler, 7 and 6 in their 36-hole finals match.
O”Donnell had previously defeated Ricky Owaki, 2-up in their semi-final match to reach the championship match. Fowler, played great golf throughout the tournament, in particular in defeating Cody Thompson, 2 and 1 in their semi-final match to earn his berth in the finals match against O”Donnell, but simply could not overcome the consistency and great golf displayed by O”Donnell. When you”re hot, you”re hot!
Many of the players who did not qualify for the 32-spots in the championship bracket moved on to participate in the individual medal play net championship of the first flight. Jeff Nedved, the 2012 City Champion, was the overall low net winner with a two-day score of 135. (Not an easy accomplishment for a low-handicap player.) The other top finishers in the first flight were players who are very familiar to the local scene. Pat Goodwin won the first flight with a net score of 138, and if that is a surprise to anyone, welcome to Chico. Craig Fellner shot a net 142 for the second spot. Gary (the McCloud flash) Pederson took the third spot, by way of the card-off method, over Dave Koistinen after both players shot a net 143. Rounding out the top finishers in the first flight was Mike Rutledge for the fifth and final pay-off with a net 144.
The second flight winners also participated in an individual medal play net score format. The second flight scores were very close, similar to the first flight. Roger Hart took first with a net score of 137. Bryant Bourgeau (139) finished two-strokes back for the second spot. Jeff Blocker also had to rely on the card-off process to finished third ahead of Duane Wilk after both players came in with a score of 144. Sean Salyer claimed fifth place with a score of 145.
Bidwell Park Golf Course
Kelly MacKinnon is the 2014 Bidwell Park Women”s Golf Club Champion. MacKinnon shot a two-day gross score of 171 to claim the title. This event is usually played over three days, but the mid-week rain eliminated one-day of play. The net champion, Kay Kurdziel shot a net score of 143 for her victory. Sally Pearson won low gross in the first flight with a score of 176. Dorette Boyer (151) won the net title. Betty Linzy was low gross in the second flight. Eleanor Calvert took the net division. Third flight low gross went to Cheryl Reager. Wendy Donahoo was low net.
Canyon Oaks Country Club
Canyon Oaks held its 2014 Senior Open last week with the flights determined by age. Scott Borges was overall low gross in the 55-63 age division with a great two over par score of 74. The top net winners were: 1, Emmett Lazaro (73); 2, David Foreman (74); 3, David Landeck (card-off, 75); 4, Ed Silva (75). Brian Frink was low gross in the 64-66 age division with a score of 79.
The top three net winners were decided by a card-off: 1, Greg Miller; 2, Rick Barrett; 3, Gayland Taylor (69). Ron Coleman was low gross in the 67-70 age division with a score of 84. The net winners were: 1, Mike Rupp (71); 2, Tom Daly (73, via card-off); 3, Tom Peppas (73); 4, Jim Moon (73). Bob Baugher shot 79 to win low gross in the 71 and over flight. Charles Burks was overall all low net in the tournament with a score of 63. Lou Radisich took second place in the 71 and over flight with a score of 68. John Hatcher (69) was third. The closest to the pin winners were: Hole No. 3, Greg Foutz; Hole No. 6, Foreman; Hole No. 11, Don Craig; Hole No. 14, Jerry Gooch.
The Canyon Oaks Women”s Golf Club had a low turn-out for their weekly outing because many of their players were participating in the Butte Creek Women”s Invitational Tournament. Vickie Spelts was low gross over the field with a score of 92. Lenora Chapman (69) was low net. Chapman also won the game portion. Jakki Thomas was second and Susan Moon was third. Closest to the pin winners were: 1, Dorothy Cranston; 2, Sue Cumming; 3, Spelts.
Butte Creek Country Club
The Butte Creek Women”s Golf Club held their annual invitational tournament last week. The tournament was divided into four flights determined by handicap. Their theme this year in the eclectic format was “Swinging Hawaiian Style.”
The team of Sherian Hornbeak, Carrie Hildebrand, Karla Dreiss and Kelly Mackinnon were the overall low gross team with a two best- ball score of 143. The team of Carla Vanella, Pam Sorenson, Pam Miller and Marylin Fairchild won overall low net with a score of 100. The top finishers in the Hawaii Islanders flight were: 1, tie, Sue Martin, Nan Wysong, Melanie Drakulic and Jackie Drakulic, and Jeannie Stone, Gloria Burson, Jeanne Webb and Jackie Schimmel (109); 3, Marilyn Winterstein, Penny Wickman, Linda Scarff, Linda Layland (113). The top two teams in the Maui Islanders flight was also a tie between the team of Karey McKenney, Susan Wever, Irma Jenkins and Bonnie Seely and the team of Yasuko Zingg, June Park, Linda Boone and Barbara Burch (105). Third place was also a tie between: Pat Stephenson, Pam Weichert, Cilla Hauer and Kris McGee and the team of Jackie Heal, Pam Coleman, Fran Wedow and Maria Lewis at 107.
The team of Hope Baber, Carrie Gausemel, Sandy Fortino and Elisa Senko won the Lanai Islanders flight with a score of 101. Finishing in second place was the team of Karen Beckman, Christie Smith, Ruth Younger and Pat Radisich at 108. The team of Barbara Joronen, Gail Johnson, Darlene Thomasson and Dorette Boyer took the third pay-off spot at 114. Winning the Kauai Islanders flight was the team of Shirley Leighty, Carol Nichol, Joan Bequette and Liz Williamson a 102. Taking the second spot was the team of Connie Chrysler-Anderson, MarianChandler, Yumiko Hankins and Kit Harvey at 106. Finishing third was the team of Cheryl Knott, Linda Jones, Lou Bentley and Carol Lopez with a score of 108. Karen Beckman (member) and Penny Wickman (guest) were the winners of the accuracy drive contest.
The winners of the four flights in the horse race contest were: Flight 1: Hornbeak and Hildebrand; Flight 2, Hankins and Harvey; Flight 3, Jenkins and Seely; flight 4, Beckman and Smith. Closest to the pin winners were: Hole No. 6 on Thursday: Susan Martellaro; Friday, 1, Pearson; 2, Gail Johnson; 3, Judy Bosanek. Hole No. 17 on Thursday: 1, Stallins; 2, Chandler; 3, Ellie Fairchild; Friday, 1, Zingg; 2, Paula Sands; 3, Stephenson.
I would be amiss if I didn”t acknowledge the fantastic work and preparation that was done by the tournament committee. The tee prize packet contents, decorations, and overall organization of the tournament was outstanding. The tournament chair, Cilla Hauer was ably assisted by her hard-working committee members: Janet Alves, Joye Smith, Vicki Ellcessor, Karen Beckman, Sherian Hornbeak and Patricia Stephenson. The players were very impressed. However, I understand that Dave Smith”s impersonation of a Hawaiian hula dancer was a little risqu?.
Paradise Pines Golf Club
Congratulations to Wanda Tessaro for winning the Paradise Pines September Golfette-of-the-Month for her low net score of 33.5.
Tuscan Ridge Golf Club
The Tuscan Ridge Men”s Golf Club held a 6-6-6 format tournament last week (6-holes alternate shot, 6-holes best-ball and 6-holes scramble). Taking first in the two-man event was the team of Brian Curtis and Bobby Vargas with a score of 65.5. Marc Grosso and Ed (Hooch) Fisher teamed up for second place with a score of 66. Third place went to the team of Dick Vermillion and Mike Graham at 67.5. The closest to the pin contest was a “no brainer” when Mike Vargas proceeded to hit a perfect 137-yard, 8-iron into the cup on the 16th can thank Ron West, my faithful reporter, for the “handle”, Ed.)
In addition to the ace reported above scored by Mike Vargas during the Tuscan Ridge tournament, Steve Storm recently recorded his fourth lifetime hole-in-one at Bidwell Park. Storm hit a perfect 168-yard, 5-iron on the difficult (at least it is in my opinion) 12th his playing companions, Jerry Wright, Ken Rice and Kevin Rice.
The popular 18th annual Pink Ribbon Open, sponsored and hosted by the Canyon Oaks Women”s Golf Club, is set for October 26 at Canyon Oaks. The 9 a.m. shotgun start, four-person scramble format tournament is open everyone who has a desire to support the “Bridging the Gap for Breast Cancer Fund.” The entry fee ($65 for COCC members, and $95 for non-members) includes golf, breakfast, lunch, raffle prizes and a silent auction. The raffle grand prize is two- days of golf and a two-night stay at Pebble Beach. Put your team together and call the COCC golf shop, 343-1116 for more information or to sign-up.