The Sonoma Men’s Golf Association was lucky enough to have the chance to play the Contra Costa Country Club last month, a private course that was kind enough to open its doors to the group. Several members made the trip to Concord and got to enjoy a day on the well-manicured course.
Leading the way was Steve Lanning and Nick Blonder, who both carded net round of 71, before Lanning was awarded first place in a score-card playoff, with Karl Mayer grabbing third with a 74, while Pat Armitage’s 75 was good enough for fourth, and Ted Carrillo walked away with fifth at 77.
The SMGA holds its annual club championship tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, at the Windsor Golf Club.
The Sonoma Valley Golf Club has also been in action, recently, with play taking place at Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa.
In the first flight, Magnus Carlsson walked away with the first-place prize following his round of 67; while second and third place went to Jack Powers and Jerry VanWallinga, respectively, after both carded rounds of 71.
The second flight saw Russ Hurley’s 66 narrowly edge out Jack Doss’ 67, while Thom Culligan took home third at 68.
John Murphy cruised to a three-shot win in the third flight with his round of 68, while Ron Macaluso settled for second at 71, and Eloi Delagnes’ 72 was good enough for the third-place spot on the podium.
In the closest-to-the-pin competitions, playing from the white tees, Mac Bautista's shot on the downhill sixth saw the ball finish 7 feet, 7 inches from the hole.
VanWallinga showed why he had one of the lower scores of the day with his shot to 35-5 on the eighth, while Jim Schnabel joined the party on the 12th, carving a shot to 9-3, and Leon Valle got the better of the 15th hole with a shot to 8 feet.
From the gold tees, Dave Voepel’s shot to 15-6 on the sixth sealed first place, while Ed Cebula avoided the water guarding the eighth and had his ball stop 25-8 from the hole.
When Dan Stites hit his ball to 50-2 on the 12th, he probably didn’t think it would hold up, but it did, while Doss claimed the 15th with a shot to 16-10.
The red tees saw Kit Wood knock it to 13-3 on the sixth, while Mel McPherson did a little better than that on the 8th, his ball coming to rest 13 feet from the hole.
John Fanucchi grabbed a hold of the 12th with a shot to 31-6, while Jerry Marino got bragging rights on the 15th with a shot to 30-6.
From 2003 to 2009, the best players on the Champions Tour finished their year at the Sonoma Golf Club and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
In 2013, some potential future stars of the game will start their season at the famed layout.
The 2013 Alister MacKenzie Invitational will be played Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14 and 15, at the Sonoma Golf Club, with some of the top teams in college golf participating.