The Sonoma Men’s Golf Association conducted its annual Club Championship over the last couple of weeks, and although the championship flight has yet to decide a winner, the remaining flights all have a 2013 Champion.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, Ron Sharek defeated Don Roesh 3-and-2 in the first round of the Cabernet Flight, while Mike Lucas took down Jim Hybiske 2-and-1 to set up the final, which saw Sharek take home another championship with a 4-and-3 winning margin over Lucas.
The Chardonnay Flight saw John Bogardus take down Eric Biggs 3-and-1, while perennial contender Tom Martin outlasted John Ervin 3-and-1. In the final, Bogardus got the better of Martin with a 3-and-2 final score.
In the Zinfandel Flight, Kay Groft got the better of Karl Mayer 6-and-5, while Paul Groft set up an all Groft final by besting Jim Lybrand 1-up, with the final seeing Kay Groft defeat Paul 4-and-3 and was crowned the Zinfandel champion as well as Groft champion.
Myron Donesky outdueled Jack Harding 4-and-2 in the Championship Flight, while Nick Blonder sent Steve Lanning packing with a score of 2-and-1. Donesky and Blonder will duel this Sunday, Sept. 22, at Windsor Golf Club for that title.
The SMGA returns to action Sunday, Oct. 6, at Rio Vista Golf Club.
Sonoma Men’s Golf Association members Eric Biggs, Ron Sharek and Al Rappoport played well enough recently at Mare Island to qualify for the Associate Club Net Amateur to be played at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley from Sunday, Sept. 29, through Tuesday, Oct. 1.
This is the first group from the SMGA to have made it to the Northern California Golf Association's associate event in many years.
The Sonoma Valley Golf Club has also been in action lately, with two events at Rancho Solano in Fairfield and its home club of Eagle Vines in Napa, respectively.
At Rancho Solano the club played a 3-better-ball event, with the winners combining the low 3-scores on each hole out of the foursome.
In the first flight, Bud Schuerman gathered up his band of merry men, Ron Hodges, Ron Sharek and Gregg Warren, and took home first place with a score of 197, which was 11 shots ahead of Jerry VanWallinga, John Long, Dave Voepel and Bob Jaeger and their 208 total. Two teams coming registered a 213 score, before a card-off saw Dick Moore, Bob Leal, Al Marty and El Delagnes take home third place and Marc Sylvester, Michael Lipson, Dan Stites and Herb Seidell settle for fourth, and rounding out the top five were Deby Braun, Tom Braun, Russ Hurley and Jim Schnabel with a 223.
In the second flight, Jack Powers, John Fanucchi, Jack Doss and Ed Cebula walked away with first place after firing a 208 total, followed by Jack Nisson, John Murphy, Tom Culligan and Hank Martinson combining for a 223 and second. Joe Valls, Magnus Carlsson, Gerry Orme and Bill Rosa had to settle for third after matching with a 223 score, only to lose in a card-off, with Don Richards, Jack Kearney, Kit Wood and Tom Reynolds finishing fourth at 228, and Lou Pignati, Ron Macaluso, Charley Avery and Harry Tistle ending in fifth with a 231.