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Wednesday, Apr 09 2014 07:39 PM

ROBERT GAUTNEY: Why The Masters is golf's event of the year

BY ROBERT GAUTNEY Contributing golf columnist Gautney@att.net

It's Masters week. Just about every golf columnist and golf writer for practically every golf magazine, golf weekly and newspaper will have written about the Masters by publication today. And since they each were allowed to put in their two cents worth, I'm putting in mine!

The Masters is the best golf tournament of the year. Sometimes the actual competition may not be, but just the allure of the event itself makes it No.1.

You can just smell the dogwoods, azaleas and Georgia pines coming right out of your TV when the telecast is on. The course is so perfectly manicured, you hate to see divots being extracted from the lush fairways and tee boxes.

The Masters makes golfers who haven't played in a while bring those dusty clubs out from whereever they are being kept. Throw in the Leeds Music, which sends the telecast off for the few commercials and leads it right back in, and it's nearly as peaceful of a time as swinging in a hammock in Hawaii!

Add in Jim Nance, the patrons and those white jump suits, and it all culminates in eight hours of "couch potato" for the weekend.

Although my favorite golfer, Tiger Woods, won't be playing, I'll be watching every second and I hope you will too.

Wells, Branson compete at SCGA Amateur Net

Local amateur golfers Patrick Wells and Calvin Branson, both members of The Links at RiverLakes Ranch, were the only local competitors in the annual SCGA Amateur Net Championship this week at Industry Hills GC.

Wells participated in the Jack Nicklaus flight and shot net rounds of 88 and 74 to finish 34th, while Branson shot net rounds of 73-75 to finish 15th in the Ben Hogan flight. Both players had to qualify (as does every player) for the championship at one of six sites throughout So Cal.

Bob Osborn of the Navy Golf Club won the Nicklaus flight with net rounds of 65 and 76 while Carlos Hernandez from the Rio Hondo CC won the Bobby Jones flight with net scores of 65 and 71. Hernandez also won back in 2010.

In the Arnold Palmer flight, James Kim from the Roger Dunn Mission Viejo, beat Gordon Wilson from the LA City Firefighters Golf Club in a card-off after both players tied at net 136.

And finally in the Hogan flight, Keith O'Donnell from the Southern Pacific GC won in a 3-way card-off over Satish Joshi from Palos Verdes CC and Neil Brown from Anaheim Hills GC after all three tied at net 138.

Next week, we have competitors in the SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Valencia CC, so check out this column for those results.

Patel in Mexico this week

Local professional Bhavik Patel will attempt to get his game back on track this week as he competes in the El Bosque Mexico Championship today (Thursday) through Sunday on the Web.com Tour.

Patel missed the cut in the last event two weeks ago in Louisiana and that came on the heels of a 52nd- and 26th-place finishes the previous two tournaments.

Patel enters this week in the No.27 slot on the money list at $33,628. The top 25 at the end of the regular season earn playing status for the 2014-15 PGA Tour.

Chip shots

-- What did you think of Lexi Thompson's win in the Dinah Shore this past weekend in Mission Hills GC in Rancho Mirage? At 19, she is definitely the rising star of the tour and it was also nice to see the 24-year-old Michelle Wie playing good again.

-- The West High Alumni Fundraiser Golf Tournament will be Saturday April 26 at The Links at RiverLakes Ranch golf course. Proceeds will benefit the baseball and golf teams for the Vikings. If you are interested in playing, sponsoring or volunteering, contact Craig at 333-2990 to enter or to get a flier.

-- This week both the LPGA Tour and the Champions Tour are off.

-- Don't hesitate to report top individual and team performances, holes-in-one or any other golf related news, both amateur and professional that you think the readers would like to know about and keep Tee to Green posted on results for college players, etc. to the e-mail address below. And thanks in advance!

Tee to Green appears weekly at Bakersfield.com/Sports.

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