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SMGA, SVGC; Swingers; Hanna, mentoring benefit tourneys

By Richard Davison (Special to the Index-Tribune)

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.

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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.

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, the SVGC headed out to its home course of Eagle Vine in Napa.

The first flight saw Bob Nolan continue his good play of late, firing a 71 and taking first place; followed by Ed Cebula’s second-place 72; while Casey Tatarian took home third with a 74.

In the second flight, Ron Hodges toured the fairways and greens in 67 shots, while both Wayne Coronel and Doug Brown tied with 69s, before Coronel took home second in a card-off.

The third flight had Don Richards at the top of the leader-board after a 66, with Kit Wood’s 69 good enough for second; while Bob Clair took home third at 70.

In the closest-to-the-pin competitions, Bill Seim, playing from the whites, made short work of the second hole, hitting his tee-shot to just 3 feet, 6 inches.

On the fifth hole, Richard Brozaites attack on the flag with a shot to 4 feet.

Jack Powers went flag hunting on the 16th, with his shot stopping 1-7 from the hole.

From the gold tees, John Muncy’s shot to 9 feet took the 16th hole; while Greg Warren’s laser-like shot to 2-6 won No. 5.

Benny Lee jumped into the winners circle with a shot to 8-3 on the 16th.

Those playing from the red tees hit some impressive shots.

First, Jack Kearny hit it to just 2-8 on No. 2; while Pete Charles’ shot to 4-1 on the fifth; and Gerry Orme’s ball finishing just 3-11 from the 16th.

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The Sonoma Swinger’s Golf League held its monthly tournament at Oakmont East on Tuesday, Aug. 12, with the August Captain’s Trophy won by Cathy Frayer, while Marlene Casaburi took home second place. Both Helene Eraldi and Winnie Lanning tied for third.

In the second flight, Elfie Ritter walked away the champion, while Jean Leal finished second, and Ruth Campbell and Mary McDermott tied for third.

Leal added to her winning ways by also claiming the closest-to-the-pin.

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Hanna Boys Center’s 22nd annual benefit golf classic will be held Monday, Sept. 15, at the Sonoma Golf Club, with a 9:30 a.m. registration, an 11:30 tee-off using the scramble format, and a cocktail hour and dinner following at 5 p.m.

The tournament cost is $275 and includes green fees, cart, driving range privileges, refreshments on the course, as well as dinner and a tee gift.

Also, Hanna Boys Center, with support from the University of San Francisco men’s tennis team, is hosting a benefit Pro-Am Tennis Tournament for 4.0 to 4.5+ ranked players on Friday, Sept. 26, with registration at the Hanna Center courts starting at 8:30, followed by tourney at 9 a.m.

The Entry fee is $250 and includes court fees, continental breakfast, gifts, tennis ball, refreshments, prizes, lunch, awards and locker room access. For more golf and tennis details,  go to hannacenter.org or contact Leslie Petersen at lpetersen@hannacenter.org or 933-2555.

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Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and the Kiwanis Club of Sonoma Plaza have again teamed up for the fourth annual Golf-A-Thon, which takes place on Friday, Oct. 3, at Oakmont’s East Golf Course.

There’s no cost to play, however, competitors are asked to raise sponsorship money, with only room for 16 more golfers. For more details, contact the Mentoring Alliance at 938-1990 or sonomagolfathon.org.