With the official start of spring just a month away, both the Sonoma Men’s Golf Association and the Sonoma Valley Golf Club are kicking their seasons into gear.
The Sonoma Men’s Golf Association made its way into Marin and played the StoneTree Golf Club on Feb. 13, taking advantage of some clear weather after the storm that brought much-needed water to the area, with the 24 members who made the trip rewarded with a course that was in good shape and had fast greens.
Leading the way in the net division was Al Rappoport with a fine round of 70; followed two shots back by Tom Martin’s 72; while Ron Sharek’s 75 was good enough for third place; Kay Groft took fourth with a 76; and Chuck Lee and Phil Rollins tied for fifth with a 77 each.
In the gross division, Woody Frink’s 80 was good enough to take the top spot, while Martin Bajuk’s 85 earned him second place.
The difficult group of par-3s proved to be no match for those that teed it up in closest-to-the-hole action, with Mike Gauthier mastering the third hole with a shot to 8 feet, 7 inches.
Sharek conquered the canyon that lies between the tee and the green of the tricky eighth, with his ball coming to rest 9-2 away.
Lee hit the shot of the day on the water-guarded 10th hole, with a laser-like approach to just 3-7, while Karl Mayer made his presence known with a shot to 24-8 on the 17th.
The SMGA has two good venues coming up in the next few weeks, with Rooster Run on March 2, and Silverado’s south course on March 16.
The Sonoma Valley Golf Club returned to its home course of Eagle Vines in Napa for its first event of the year on Feb. 11.
In the first flight, Barry Robertson toured the fairways and greens with a round of 73, good enough for first place; followed by Jun Jasareno’s second-place 74; while the crafty south-paw Jim Schnabel grabbed third with his round of 75.
Scores dropped for the second flight with Lou Pignati firing a 65 for top honors; with Bud Schuerman and Wayne Coronel matching cards with 67s, before Schuerman took second and Coronel third in a card-off.
The third flight saw scores take another dip, with Ernie Loveless having the round of the day with a 63; followed by John Fanucchi’s 64 for second; while Mike Cox finished third with a 66.
In closest-to-the-pin action, playing from the white tees, Bob Clair claimed the honors on the downhill sixth with a shot to just 4 feet.
Ron Sharek showed his consistent game was back for another year with a shot to 10 feet, 8 inches on the difficult eighth.
Jerry Van Wallinga opened his season with a shot to 20-5 on the 12th, while Jim Ansel found the 15th to his liking with a shot to 6- 1.
Playing from the gold tees, Dan Stites’ shot to 26-7 on the sixth was good enough, while John Muncy garnered top honors on No. 8 with a shot to 12-5.