The Sonoma Men’s Golf Association traveled north to Windsor Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 3, to walk in the footsteps as such PGA Tour stars Tom Lehman and Stuart Appleby, who both won on that course when the Buy.com (then Ben Hogan/Nike) Tour made an annual stop there during the early 1990s. The event was qualifying for both the NCGA Net Amateur and the SMGA Club Championship.
In the net flight, Tony Enz came away as the winner with a fine round of 67, followed by the trio of Myron Donesky, Tom Martin and Ron Sharek, who all carded 69s, and after a scorecard playoff Donesky grabbed second place, while Martin and Sharek settled for third and fourth, respectively, and Woody Frink was fifth at 72.
In the gross division, Richard Davison suffered a late-round double-bogey, but recovered to shoot 72, while George Bevan’s 78 was good enough for second place.
In the closest-to-the-pin competition, Nick Blonder grabbed the fifth hole with a shot to 6 feet, 1 inch, while Davison was lucky enough to grab the uphill seventh with a shot to 4-9, and the downhill 13th with a shot to 14 feet.
Donesky showed one reason he was near the top of the leaderboard with a shot to 15-7 on the 11th.
Qualifying for the NCGA Net Amateur will be the team of Enz, Martin, Sharek and Frink.
The SMGA played the Marin Country Club yesterday, with results not available at presstime.
The Sonoma Valley Golf Club has also been in action recently, starting with a travel-event to Rancho Solano Golf Club in Fairfield.
Members making the trip were broken into four-person teams, with first place going to Harry Tistle, Peter Charles, Benny Lee and Jim Schnabel, who carded a net score of 157, followed by two teams coming in with a 158.
After a score-card playoff, the team of Al Marty, Bob Leal, Dick Moore and El Delagnes grabbed second place; while Bob Nolan, Wayne Coronel and Roger Sloss had to settle for third; followed in fourth by Bud Schuerman, Ron Sharek, Jerry VanWallinga and Gregg Warren with a 159; and Conny Gustafsson, Jun Jasareno, Mac Dautista and Dave Bartel were fifth at 160.
The two-tee format for closest-to-the-pin was in use, with players either playing the white tees or gold tees.
From the whites, Casey Tatarian took home the fifth hole with a shot to 26 feet, 10 inches, while Jasareno found the large green on the eighth, his ball stopping 27-2 from the cup.
Steve Griggs mastered the long and water-guarded 12th with a shot to 22-8, while Bautista hit the shot of the day on the downhill 15th, his ball coming to rest 13-1 from the hole.
From the gold tees, Marc Syvester liked the look of No. 5, his ball coming to rest 20-9 from the cup, while Warren’s shot to 6-1 on the eighth was the best of the day.
Jack Doss joined the party, not once, but twice, as he claimed both the 12th and 15th holes with shots of 49-2 and 20-11, respectively.