BY ROBERT GAUTNEY Contributing golf columnist
Jeremy Myers and Julian Williamson III, representing Bakersfield Country Club, etched their names into SCGA history last week when they won the SCGA 4-Ball Net Championship at the Sycuan Resort in El Cajon.
Myers and Williamson III were the co-medalists in qualifying with a 12-under-par 60 score in early September at Soule Park GC in Ojai and just continued their hot play when they fired net rounds of 60 and 64 to finish at 20-under-par 124.
That score was four shots clear of the field. In fact, the runners-up were also local as the tandem of Dale Keene and Mike Banducci from Haggerty-North Kern finished at 16-under-par 128 after a final round 59, the best of the 36-hole tournament. Keene had a hole-in-one on the par-3 ninth hole, which was their first of the day on the way to shooting net 61 on his own ball!
Myers and Williamson III held a two shot lead after the opening round over Don Hudzeitz and Greg O'Brien from the El Dorado Park GC in Long Beach who shot 62, while Keene and Banducci were tied for 24th in the 52-team field.
Myers and Williamson III became just the second team from Bakersfield/Kern County to win the SCGA 4-Ball Net title, joining the duo of Mike Hawk and Robert Gautney (yep, this columnist) who were co-champs way back in 1989.
One other local team was in the field. Larry Frank and Joe McElroy, Jr., representing the Kern County Fireman's GA, shot 72-67 and finished T-28.
The 52 teams in the championship had to qualify at one of four sites where anywhere from 12-16 teams advanced from each site.
McPherson wins RiverLakes Amateur
Blake McPherson beat Ron Killmer in a playoff to win the 13th RiverLakes Amateur Championship at The Links at RiverLakes Ranch last weekend. Both players shot 152 (8-over-par) as the links style course was playing difficult.
Just missing out on the playoff and finishing third was Chad Harmon at 153 while Shannon Chilko was fourth and Tony Denesha fifth. Results of the rest of the top 10 were not available.
For the win, McPherson earned 20 points for the 2013 Michelob Ultra/Sports Authority Player of the Year Series and now has 56 on the year which places him second to Killmer. Killmer's 18 points earned vaulted him into the lead with 60.
Manav Shah, a UCLA junior, was the leader with 46 points but did not participate in the event and is now third. Denesha earned 12 points and stayed in the fourth spot with 44 points.
The Kern County Amateur at the end of this month at Kern River and Buena Vista is the last tournament on the Player-of-the-Year schedule and will determine the 2013 winner. The top four in points -- Killmer, McPherson, Shah and Denesha have the only realistic chances of winning the award, although Neil Bautista, Jack Mulroy and Dan Hogan have slim mathematical chances of they all play.
There was also a net flight in the tournament and Joe Buccino emerged as the winner with a net score of 148, one better than Van LaFond. Bob Boyd was third, Fernando Nieto was fourth and Gary Anderson was fifth.
Kern County Amateur
Entries for the 63rd Men's Kern County Amateur Championship are now being accepted at the KR pro shop. Entry is $100 and includes greens fees and range balls for both days and awards. The tournament will be played Saturday, Oct.26 at Foss-Kern River and Sunday, Oct.27 at Mifflin-Buena Vista.
The tournament is a gross only championship event. Players can sign-up in the KR pro shop or call 661-872-5128.
Patel misses out on PGA Tour card
Last week I stated in my column that Bhavik Patel would probably need at least a top-20 finish in the Web.com Tour Championship to secure a playing card for the 2013-14 PGA Tour season. A top 15 finish would probably give him his card and a top 10 finish was a lock.
As it turned out, Patel needed to tie for 17th to earn enough prize money to finish in the top 50 on the Priority Rankings. Patel finished equal 54th and earned $3,250 which put him at $25,591.66 for the 4-event playoffs. Bobby Gates earned the last spot and finished with $33,650.
Patel shot 69-71-70-74 and finished at 4-over-par on the Dye's Valley Course at the TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Chesson Hadley won the event and the $108,000 winner's share and finished second on the playoff money list to John Peterson, but Hadley had already secured his PGA card by virtue of his third place finish on the regular season money list.
Peterson and Michael Putnam, who was the regular season No.1, both secured full-exempt status for the 2013-14 PGA Tour season which starts next week and spots into the 2014 Players Championship.
Although Patel didn't earn his PGA Tour card, his rookie year as a professional wasn't too bad when you look at the full scope of it. He finished with $113,461.66 in 20 events ($5,673 per event) and will have full exempt status again next year on the Web.com Tour and a valuable year of experience under his belt.
-- Thomas Finch aced the 145-yard 5th hole at RiverLakes Ranch with an 8-iron on Oct.1.
-- The 16th Plank Foundation Golf Classic will be Monday, Oct.7 at the Bakersfield Country Club. Playing spots, groups and sponsorships are all available. It's a 12:30 shotgun start with great prizes. Call John Wells at 661-395-7227 or Bob Parker at 661-301-0345 for more information.
-- The President's Cup, the bi-annual competition between America's best players against the best from all over the world was this past week at Muirfield Village GC in Dublin, Ohio. The Red, White and Blue won 18-1/2 to 15-1/2. It would be a big upset had the American's lost as the International team wasn't as strong as the Europeans in the last few Ryder Cup's.
-- Meghan Shain placed 31st to help her Santa Clara University golf team to a fourth place finish in the Cougar Cup hosted by Washington State in Pullman, WA, two weeks ago. Shain's teammate Annie Freeman finished 9th and Kaci McCarten was 10th to lead the Lady Broncos.
-- There's a new ball on the market from INeedtheBall.com. "The Ball" is a 3-piece design with a tungsten core and was constructed to give maximum distance while maintaining feel and control around the greens and it won't hurt your wallet as much as the leading brands at $34.99/doz. You can order or find out more about the ball at the previously mentioned website.
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