By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Bakersfield had one chance for a top finish in the SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Valencia CC this week, and while Ron Kilmer didn’t earn a silver plate (top-5), he didn’t disappoint either.
Kilmer finished a respectable T-24 with rounds of 75-80-72 as the Valencia track was playing extremely tough. So tough, in fact, that Kilmer’s final round of even-par 72 was tied for the second best round on the final day!
Ryan Dwight of Costa Mesa was the only player to break par in the final round with a 71 and that allowed him to vault into a 4-way tie for third at 5-over 221.
Just ahead of Dwight and the other four was multi SCGA event winner Tim Hogarth of Northridge who finished at even-par 216 while the winner was Ramie Sprinkling from Camarillo who shot 1-under 215. Sprinkling’s second round 67 (they played 36 holes on Monday) was the only round in the 60s and Hogarth’s 70 in the opening round was the only score of 70.
The cut came at 11-over 155 as 42 players from the field of 83 survived the 36-hole cut.
Kilmer, who was the medalist at the qualifying at Avondale GC in Palm Desert last month with a 69, was one of five players who just made the cut line of 155 and his final round vaulted him from T-38. There were nine other players who shot 72s in the final round.
One other player with Bakersfield ties was in the field. Garces High (mid-90’s?) grad Matt Pearl, now living in San Diego, shot 85-78.
Fernandez red hot for UC Irvine
Things are going well right now for Stockdale High grad Pete Fernandez, Jr. Fernandez finished T-4 and T-3 in the two collegiate tournaments he participated in last week for the UC Irvine Anteaters.
Fernandez shot 4-under-par 206 (T-4) on the Talking Stick GC in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, AZ, last week to help his Irvine team to a seventh place finish from a field of 21 teams. At the time, it was his fourth top-10 of the year.
Fernandez then upped that with a another 206 total for 54 holes in the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz that concluded Sunday, but this time it was good for a T-3 finish. His final round of 2-under-par 68 at the Pasatiempo GC helped Irvine to a ninth place finish.
To top everything off, Fernandez, who is a red-shirt junior, will graduate in June with a degree in Criminology and has been accepted into the Masters program to which he can attend while playing his senior year!
Fernandez and his Anteater teammates competed in the OGIO-Santa Barbara Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday at Sandpiper but results were not available at the time of this writing.
Another cut missed for Patel on Web.com Tour
It’s not time to panic, but local pro Bhavik Patel is going through a rough stretch right now as he missed his second straight cut on the Web.com Tour.
Patel shot 76-71 on the El Bosque GC in Leon to miss the cut by two shots in the El Bosque Mexico Championship. The MC kept his yearly earnings at $33,628 and he dropped from 27th to 30th on the money list.
The tour takes another week off before resuming in Midland, TX with the WNB Golf Classic at the Midland CC April 24-27.
Carlos Ortiz of Argentina, won his second event of 2014 with a 275 total (13-under) and is now No.1 on the money list at $304,458, virtually assuring himself a PGA Tour playing card for the 2014-15 season.
The BC men’s golf team was led by Paul Cooper who shot a 79 as the Renegades finished fourth in the Western State Conference tournament at Oakmont CC in Glendale on Monday.
What did you think of the Masters? I was glad to see Bubba Watson win again, but I am definitely a fan of the 20-year-old Jordan Speith. The All-American from Texas hasn’t even finished a full year on tour (turned pro last summer) and he already has a win, another top-5 and now this runner-up in the Masters! I wonder what kind of an endorsement deal Under Armour gave him? At this rate, they may need to re-work that deal!
This week the PGA Tour is in Hilton Head, SC for the RBC Heritage Classic at Harbor Town Golf Links, the Champions Tour is in Duluth, GA, for the Greater Gwinnett Championship at the TPC at Sugarloaf and the LPGA Tour is in Hawaii for the Lotte Championship in Oahu.
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.
The Footwork Elite Basketball “Hoop Dreams” Golf Tournament will be May 3 at Mifflin-Buena Vista. It’s a 4-player scramble with a shotgun start at noon. Entry is $90 and includes fees, cart, lunch and contests. Proceeds benefit the FW Elite AAU basketball program. Call Ron Stapp at 661-817-4325 or email @ email@example.com for more information about playing, sponsoring or volunteering.
I guess the LPGA Tour as a whole is not pleased with the fitness feature in Golf Digest (July issue) of Paulina Gretzky, current girlfriend of PGA Tour star Dustin Johnson and the daughter of the “Great One” Wayne Gretzky. Also, there is a video of the shoot now available online too and I guess a majority of the LPGA Tour players think it might be a bit risqué. I subscribe to Golf Digest, I received my July issue this past weekend and from a man’s point of view, I don’t see any problem with the feature!
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