Sonoma Men’s Golf Association President Nick Blonder locked horns with Myron Donesky in the finals of the 2013 Club Championship in late last month with a hard fought battle going to Blonder in 19 holes.
“It was a great match, Myron played really well and we both had a great time,” Blonder said after winning his third Club Championship title for the SMGA.
In other club news, the trio of Eric Biggs, Ron Sharek and Al Rappoport traveled to Carmel Valley and the Quail Lodge Golf Club for the Associate Club Net Amateur event on Monday and Tuesday.
Biggs came away faring the best, with his two day total of even par 142, which gave him fourth place in the Secretary’s Flight. Sharek managed a score of 145, which gave him a tie for sixth place in the Secretary’s Flight, while Rappoport’s 159 garnered him 35th place in the President’s Flight.
The SMGA returns to action this Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Rio Vista Golf Club. Members still interested in playing still have some time to commit.
The club’s annual membership drive will start at the end of October as the board of directors begins looking at putting together the 2014 schedule.
Hanna Boy’s Center held its annual tournament on Sept. 16, under sunny skies and warm temperatures at the Sonoma Golf Club.
Leading the way with a gross score of 57 was the group from Stevens Hemingway Stevens Inc., including Pat Hemingway, Cole Hemingway, Grant Hemingway and John Snyder, with second place going to the team from The Pasha Group – Mike Hopkins, Bill Lickert, Yon Erting and Charlie Hermosa – with a score of 60.
The Noel Merten’s Trophy went to the blind bogey foursome winning team of Dick Malone, Scott Brubaker, Mark Santi and Joe Demko.
Stuart Crandall took home the men’s long drive, while Maureen Reilly took home the women’s prize. Frank Gullum showed his penchant for hitting it straight by winning the most accurate drive, while Bob Maloney claimed the closest-to-the-hole award.
This week will see the United States take on the International team that encompasses everyone not from the United States or Europe at the President’s Cup.
The bi-annual event, which was played at San Francisco’s Harding Park Golf Course in 2009, is being played at Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin Ohio, and the International team, who is a heavy underdog, looks to win the Cup for only the second time, and the first time on U.S. soil.
Ironically, it was at the same golf course that the European Ryder Cup team first won the Ryder Cup on U.S. soil back in 1987. Perhaps an omen for Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel and captain Nick Price?
The 2013 FedEx Cup season is over, with Henrik Stenson making it look easy while winning two of the FedEx Cup playoff events and taking home the $10 million first prize for the FedEx Cup. Golf fans don’t have long to wait for the new season, however, as the 2014 FedEx Cup season gets underway next week at the Frys.com Open at nearby CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, south of San Jose.