A chamber of commerce day greeted the Sonoma Men’s Golf Association last Sunday for its NCGA Fourball Qualifier at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in American Canyon.
Leading the way was the team of Jack Harding and Myron Donesky, who combined to shoot a fantastic best-ball 59, Harding carding an impressive even-par 72 on his own ball. Four teams followed with a 62 each, and after a scorecard playoff, Kay Groft and Bob Jennings took home second place, while Mike Lucas and Wood Von Lackum grabbed third, Martin Bajuk and Roger Rannikar took fourth, and Pat Connolley and Mick Burrows were fifth.
The two teams that will now represent the club in the next round of qualifying will be the blended team of Lucas and Harding, and Connolley and Burrows, who will play the next round of qualifying on May 29.
In closest to the pin action, Karl Mayer took it straight at the pin on the third hole, his ball finishing just 7 feet, 11 inches from the cup.
Connie Gustafsson liked the look of the sixth hole as his tee shot stopped just 5-7 from the pin.
The downhill 13th was no match for Ted Carillo, as his ball came to rest 8-2 away, while Tom Martin’s shot to 1-3 on the 15th was easily the best of the day.
Dan Campbell showed up on the 17th hole and walked away a winner with his shot to 23-10.
The SMGA returns to action on May 3, at the ever-popular Aetna Springs Golf Course in Pope Valley.
A group of 76 Sonoma Valley Golf Club members headed to Santa Rosa and the Fountaingrove Golf Club for a late March, four-man team event.
The overall champions were the group of Bob Ford, Mike Cox, Bob Clair and Wayne Petersen, who combined to shoot a fine score of 114.
In the first flight, Ron Sharek, Bud Schuerman, Hugh McNeilly and Al Rappoport took home first place with their 118 total, with two teams tied at 126, and following a scorecard playoff, the team of Michael Lipson, Ed Cebula, Marc Sylvester and Dick Kingsbury took home second place, while Gregg Warren, Ron Hodges, Bob Selby and Steve Martin were third
The second flight saw Dave Voepel, Bob Jaeger, John Long and Conny Gustafsson fire an impressive 115 for first place, with Kit Wood, Tom Reynolds, Jack Kearney and Dan Weber grabbing second place at 119, and Lou Pignati, Wayne Coronel, Ralph Giancaspro and Roger Sloss finishing third with 121.
The closest to the pin competition had players broken up into two groups split at the white tees and gold tees.
From the white tees, Bob Selby conquered the fifth hole with a shot to 5 feet, 8 inches. Jim Schnabel avoided all the water on No. 9, his ball stopping 31-6 away. Sharek showed why his name was at the top of the leaderoard, hitting his shot to 6-6 on the uphill 12th.
Steve Griggs hit the shot of the day on the spectacular 17th, his ball coming to rest just 2-11 from the hole.