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.
The 10th annual Golf Tournament benefitting El Verano Elementary School is scheduled for Monday, April 14, at the Sonoma Golf Club.
Once again the event is hosted by the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa and will see players tee off at noon. A gourmet dinner will follow at 6 p.m., along with a raffle and awards ceremony.
As in years past, this event kicks off the season of benefit tournaments and gives participants the chance to play the wonderful Sonoma Golf Club.
Cost for this year’s event is $195 and includes golf, lunch and dinner, while for those who don’t want to golf, but would like to attend the dinner, the cost is $65.
The raffle is not to be missed, with the grand prize being a trip for two to Maui that includes a five-night stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani, along with spa treatments, golf at the Wailea Golf Club and $500 voucher for Hawaiian Air. Tickets for the raffle are $50 or three for $100. To sign up or for more details, visit elveranoschool.org.
Parents looking to get their children interested in golf can check out the Adobe Creek Junior Golf Camp in Petaluma. PGA Apprentice Neal Hellman will be hosting the camp starting in April.
There will be a beginning class/Level 1, which will include juniors between the ages of 5-to-13-years-old who have little or no golf experience and are ready to learn the basics of the game, from full swing to chipping and putting.
There will be two classes a week for three weeks, each class being one hour long. The camp takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the cost is $100 a student for the six classes. For more details, contact Hellman at 364-1523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.