Two Wild Finishes Rock A and B Gross Flights as the Tiebreaker Goes to a Card Off!
On a warm and balmy morning, 26 Amigos golf club members teed off at beautiful Los Robles Greens to compete in our monthly club tournament getaway. When the last foursome left the 18th green little did anyone know about the incredible finish that had taken place to decide an eventual gross champions in both A and B flights.
As customary, whenever there is a tie the winner will be decided by a "card off." This means scorecards will be used to compare who plays the most difficult hole(s) the best. The only exception is our club championship, where if there is a tie, a playoff must be played to crown the club champion.
The A flight amigos had Goose and "Little Al" tied with sizzling low 74's. The exciting A flight battle was highlighted by all their scores which were just only one over par at the turn.
Jaime started on all cyclinders and carded 3 straight birdies to start the round. However, Jaime ballooned to 8 over par on the back nine to finish his round with a 79. Doug uncharacteristically took a triple bogey on 18 that took him out of the competition. Felipe finished with a very nice 75 just one shot out of tying Goose and Al. However, Felipe's double bogey on the very difficult number 10 hole did not help. At the end, when a card off had to be ultilyzed on the number 10 hole it didn't help Little Al, as he bogeyed and thus, the tiebreaker went to Goose who parred and took home the first place A flight title.
The "Money Shot" was too much of a challenge even for the best putters of the Amigos club members. Nacho planned out a very difficult 60 foot subtle double breaker with a small uphill and then downhill swell. Fifteen members took the challenge with only our Money Shot coordinator getting even close to "holing out..." (or so he says). $75 will be added to our next Money Shot contest in Santa Barbara next month.
Vice President Hector Betancourt with Robert Sandoval
The B flight gross champion had to go to, not one, but two of the most difficult holes: #10 and #7. Robert Sandoval shot 4 over par on the front nine while John Trueba was 3 over par. All the while, Nacho "don't- talk- to- my- ball!" Corral was "even par" going to number 9 before hitting a wall and taking a "snowman" to finish the front nine. On the back nine, John shot one better than Robert which had them both with a sweet 77 score. Then came the card off. Robert and John both parred number 10, but on the second most difficult hole, #7, Robert prevailed with a par while John had to settle for a bogey. A very costly mistake by John Trueba on the short number 8 par 3 may have cost John 1st place. John nonchalantly whiffed a tap- in putt using his left hand which cost him a stroke and thus ended with a bogey. It was reported that John tried avoiding stepping on someone's line when he made that unforced error.
Mati recieves 1st place Net payout from V.P. Betancourt as Robert Sandoval looks on
Mati went way low to card a cool net 63 to easily out distance "Don't talk to my ball!" Nacho by 4 strokes. Six pars and one birdie was all it took for our favorite amigo to win 1st place net. Nacho played well on the front, with the exception of number 9, for one under net par and 2 under par on the back nine for a second net place finish with a very respectable 67.
Felipe Gutierrez and David Kuaea won a free round of golf at Los Robles Green for hitting the closest to the pin. David and Felipe both hit number 8 within 5 feet to win a free round of golf courtesy of Los Robles Greens GC with the expiration date good for one year. Way to go Amigos!
Smoky and the King
I guess playing in beautiful southern California we are bound to run into celebrities now and again. Our third group who consisted of Mati, Frankie, David, and Manny had the opportunity for a photo op with none other than the great Smoky Robinson who graciously took time to put his driver down for a picture or two.
Frankie, Smoky and Mati
Thanks to David Kuaea's idea,we will now have Maria available to massage those sore and tired muscles after a round of golf. Maria will work out and relax your muscles for tips. Several Amigos golf club members agreed that the 19th hole is a very good spot to turn your day around even after a bad round of golf. Thanks David and especially Maria!