BY ROBERT GAUTNEY Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Killmer had been close to winning a local major men's amateur golf title more times than he can remember. He even lost in a playoff in the Bakersfield City Amateur a few years back. Throw in a couple of other top-5s in both the City and County amateur tournaments and you could see why Killmer has wanted to shed the "bridesmaid" tag for a while.
Additionally, Killmer has finished as the runner-up in the Michelob Ultra/Sports Authority Player of the Year Series twice, another sore spot on the former CSUB star's resume.
But all of that is "old news" now after Killmer not only won the 61st Men's Kern County Amateur in a playoff over Brady Baguio this past weekend, but propelled himself over Jeff Acebedo with the win to earn the Player of the Year crown.
"Awesome, can't believe I finally won one of these things," Killmer said after his win. "And to think that I won Player of the Year, too. I didn't think I had a chance."
Killmer trailed first-round leader Rich Gilkey by five shots and was two behind Baguio and M.J. Morin after the opening 18 holes at Mifflin-Buena Vista on Saturday. In the Player of the Year point standings, he trailed Acebedo by 19 points.
But a final round 3-under 69 at Haggerty-North Kern put him in a tie with Baguio at 3-under 141 following Sunday's final round.
Meanwhile, Acebedo shot a 74 at BV and a 78 at NK and finished 17th and out of the points.
With the Player of the Year title wrapped up (Killmer would either get 30 for a win or 27 as the runner-up), he went to the playoff with Baguio, the former pro who like Killmer is an ex-CSUB star.
It took five holes, but Killmer's par on the 220-yard 5th won it and Killmer had accomplished a seemingly impossible double.
As winner of the 20th Player of the Year, Killmer will get to display the perpetual winner's trophy at his home course, Foss-Kern River for the next 12 months and will get to proudly display his KC Amateur champions plaque and his Player of the Year bronze statue award.
"These will look good," Killmer said Sunday in the NK clubhouse. "I am going to have to figure out where to put them."
That shouldn't be a problem, just as that bridesmaid tag will no longer be a topic of conversation.
Mike Yates and Neil Bautista finished equal third, just a single stroke back 142, while Gilkey, Morin and Nick Vallejo were next at 1-under 143. Bill Frankhouser, Jr. was eighth at 144, Blake McPherson was ninth with 146 and four players -- Chris Holloway, Vance Manning, James Phillips and D.J. Fernando all finished tied for 9th at 147.
In the Player of the Year final standings, after Killmer and Acevedo, Baguio finished third, Vallejo fourth, Gilkey fifth, McPherson sixth, Chase Goodvin seventh, Ruffie Fessler eighth, Bryce Holloway ninth and Brett Kettler 10th.
All received gift certificates and those players that did not get theirs at NK Sunday can pick them up at Sports Authority starting next Monday or contact this writer at the e-mail address listed at the end of this column to arrange to pick theirs up beforehand.
Patel slated for Second Stage at Bear Creek
Bhavik Patel's quest to earn a PGA Tour playing card for 2013 will continue in the Second Stage Qualifying at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrietta Nov.14-17. Patel was assigned to that site, one of six sites that will determine the final field for the Final Stage at PGA West later this month.
It is not known how many players will qualify and move on as the PGA Tour doesn't announce the number until the first round of play, but somewhere around 20 players should advance.
Patel will be competing against players like Patrick Cantlay, the No.1 ranked amateur in the world the last two years prior to turning pro earlier this year, and David Duval and Jason Gore, both multiple winners on the PGA Tour.
Duffy Waldorf, Tom Pernice and Bob May are also scheduled to compete in the 80-plus player field.
Three teams in SCGA Senior 4-Ball
Three local teams will compete in the 9th SCGA Senior 4-Ball Championship at Moorpark CC this Monday and Tuesday.
Robert Gibson/Greg Nichols, Kent Richardson/Jim Seymour and Hank Hoss/Bob Rensel will compete against some of the best senior amateurs in So Cal. Tee to Green will report on their performances 8in next week's column.
In wins Central Section
The titles keep piling up for Stockdale High's Kaley In. The talented senior, headed to UC-Irvine, added the Central Section Individual title to her Area and League titles after she shot a 74 and best Clovis West's Camille Orito in a 3-hole playoff.
In, and the rest of the Stockdale girls' team will now compete at the So Cal Regional Nov.8 in Murrietta with a chance to advance to the state tournament. The top two teams and the next 9 players not on those teams will advance to the state. Go Mustangs!
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