The season might be coming to a close, but the great weather of late has given both the Sonoma Men’s Golf Association and Sonoma Valley Golf Club the chance to make multiple trips to local courses.
The SMGA traveled toward the Delta and the Rio Vista Golf Club on Sunday, Oct. 6, with Jim Lybrand walking away the winner with his 36 Stableford points, followed by second-place Paul Groft’s 32, new member Steve Crisafulli’s 28 for third in his debut, with Nick Blonder grabbing fourth at 26, and Karl Mayer finishing fifth with 22.
Mayer showed the rest of the membership who was on his iron game that day, however, as he took home not one, but two closest-to-the-hole awards.
On the fifth hole, Mayer’s tee-shot stopped 7 feet, 7 inches from the hole, while he also conquered the eighth with a shot to 3-7.
Crisafulli showed why he was near the top of the leaderboard with his shot to 13 feet on the 13th hole, while Tony Enz joined the party with his shot at 12-6 on the long 15th.
The SMGA returns to action this Sunday, Nov. 3, with its annual appreciation day tournament, being held this year at the Bennett Valley Golf Club in Santa Rosa.
The Sonoma Valley Golf Club, meanwhile, has been busy at its home course of Eagle Vines in Napa, as well as three away courses over the past month.
On Oct. 3, the membership headed west to Bodega Harbor Golf Links to take on the hills and marshes that hug the coast, with the scoring system of the day being low net from the team of four, plus one low-net blind draw.
Leading the way with a score of 105 was the team of Al Marty, El Delagnes, Dick Moore and Bob Leal; followed by a fine 108 scored by Russ and Gary Routt, and Michael Lipson and Herb Seidell; with Pete Charles, John Muncy, John Murphy and Tom Culligan grabbing third with 110; while Jack Doss, Ed Cebula, Bob Flores and Charley Avery settled for fourth at 110; and Deby Braun, Tom Braun, Ernie Braun and Russ Hurley were fifth at 116.
In closest-to-the-pin action, no one from the blue tees found the uphill third hole, but Leon Valle found the downhill sixth to his liking, as he had his shot stop 24 feet away.
On the very next hole, Mac Bautista hit his shot to a mere 1-foot, 2 inches on the seventh.
Jerry VanWallinga joined the party on the 12th with a shot to 25-4, while the 17th proved to be too tough for everyone.
Playing from the white tees, Dave Voepel claimed the third with a shot to 21-11, while Leal’s shot to 4-8 was easily the best on the sixth.
Leal showed that was no fluke, hitting his shot to 13-4 on the seventh, while Voepel grabbed his second of the day with a shot to 26-4” on the 12th. Susie Alberigi tamed the difficult 17th with a shot to 29-6.