SMGA; El Verano benefit tourney; junior golf camp; PGA thriller

Light rain wasn’t enough to scare away the members of the Sonoma Men’s Golf Association as they traveled over the hill to Petaluma and the Rooster Run Golf Club last Sunday, with a new format used for the event, which saw players tee off from different tees on different holes.

Claiming first place with a combined score of 126 was the team of Jim Braun, Martin Bajuk, Jerry Borchelt and Pat Connolley; followed in second place by Mick Burrows, John Dennis, Tom Martin and Roger Rannikar’s 127; third-place’s Kay Groft Jr. Paul Groft, Kay Groft III and Bob Jennings’ score of 128; Steve MacCarthy, Greg Schult, Karl Mayer and Greg Tellis’ fourth with 120; and fifth-place Steve Lanning, Tony Enz, Al Rappoport and Ron Sharek’s 131.

Included in those teams scores were some impressive individual rounds, with Tellis and Rappoport firing 76 and 77, respectively.  In closest-to-the-pin action, Burrows found the sixth hole to be no problem, firing his shot to 4 feet, 8 inches, while Tellis mastered the always difficult No. 8 with a shot to 7-1.

The back-nine saw Woody Von Lackum join the winners with a shot to 14-3 on the 11th, while Schult avoided the water on the island green 15th and found his ball just 6-8 from the hole.

The SMGA returns to action on Sunday, March 16, at Silverado’s South Course in Napa.

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