BY ROBERT GAUTNEY Contributing golf columnist
While Moorpark Country Club proved to be a tough test for the best senior amateur golfers in So Cal this week, it proved to be even tougher for our local contingent.
Kent Richardson and Jim Seymour were the lowest finishing duo with consecutive rounds of even-par 72 on the Moorpark CC layout as swift winds both days made scoring difficult for most of the teams. The 144 total left Richardson and Seymour equal 42nd from the 65 team field.
Next in line was the team of Hank Hoss and Bob Rensel, who shot 75-70 and finished tied for 47th, while the other local team, Robert Gibson and Greg Nichols, shot 75-72 and were 53rd.
The team of Mel Collins from Long Beach and David Ujihara from Brea won the title when Ujihara birdied the final hole on Tuesday to cap off a 6-under 66 and a one-shot win over first-round leaders Don Baker from Woodland Hills and James Camaione from Upland. The latter had shot 64 in the opening round.
Ricard Doebler from Fullerton and Mke Miyasaki from La Habra were third at 134 while three teams tied for fourth at 135.
Second stage for Patel
Former Bakersfield High and Fresno State star Bhavik Patel will continue his quest to earn a PGA Tour playing card for 2013 when he competes in Second Stage Qualifying at Bear Creek GC in Murrieta Wednesday thru Saturday.
It is not known how many qualifying spots will be available as the number will be announced the first day of the tournament, but could be around 20 or so.
Patel has advanced through pre-qualifying and first stage qualifying to get to this point. Patel was 11th in pre-qualifying with a 54-hole score of 5-under 211 at PGA West in La Quinta in September, then was equal third in the first stage at The Classic Club in Palm Springs in October when he shot 276 for 72 holes.
Should Patel advance, he will compete in the 90-hole final stage Nov.28-Dec.3 at PGA West.
2 local teams in SCGA 4-Ball
The teams of Scott LaBare and Kevin Anderson (from Los Angeles) and Nick Vallejo and Ron Killmer will compete in the 22nd SCGA 4-Ball Championship Monday and Tuesday at the Hacienda CC in LaHabra Heights.
Both teams qualified for the championship when they finished second and fourth, respectively at Rustic Canyon GC in Moorpark in October. The LaBare/Anderson team shot 64 while Vallejo/Killmer shot 65.
Locals Bhavik Patel and Manav Shah won the tournament last year when it was played at Bakersfield CC but because Patel has turned pro they are unable to defend their crown.
California State Senior Amateur
While our local teams compete in the SCGA 4-Ball Monday and Tuesday, Kent Richardson and Jim Seymour will be playing in the 21st California Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship at Del Rio CC in Modesto.
There will be a cut to the low 33 and ties after Tuesday's second round for the final round on Wednesday.
Both Seymour and Richardson qualified with a 10th place finish at Breamar CC in Tarzana in October when they each shot 75.
Golfer DQs self from Tour qualifying
Instead of getting ready to compete in second stage qualifying for the PGA Tour next week, Blayne Barber will be watching while five other golfers will be playing thanks to Barber's conscience.
Barber, who played in college at Auburn and was a member of the 2011 Walker Cup team, applied a 1-shot penalty after he thought his club moved a leaf in a bunker during his swing in first stage qualifying. Although Barber's caddy said he didn't see the infraction, Barber thought enough about it and after talking about it to other competitors, he realized the correct penalty should have been two strokes and not the one that he applied.
The result was an incorrect scorecard one shot better than he should have and even though he would have made the cut with the extra penalty shot added, he was thus disqualified by the PGA Tour.
With his removal, five golfers then tied for 18th, which was the final spot to advance at the Calloway Gardens Mountain View GC in Pine Mountain, Ga.
This is one of the rules of golf that just don't make since. Yeah, I know a rule is a rule, but just go ahead and add the stinkin' stroke penalty to give him the correct score and let it stand. He obviously wasn't trying to cheat as he was five shots clear of the cut line!
ReMax Long Drive to Golf Channel
After 17 years of being televised by ESPN, the ReMax World Long Driving Championships will move to The Golf Channel starting 2013.
The 2012 competition was recently held and Ryan Winther won with a drive of 343 in the finals to beat Tim Burke who had a best of 335 into the wind.
Winther qualified No.1 in the Round of 8 with a 393 yard blast while Burke was No.3 at 385.
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