Golf League Results
Monday Golf Scores
The Men’s Monday Golf League played on Sept. 21 at the Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana. Eight men challenged the par 71, 6000-yard 18-hole course. The long and water-hazard-free course has wide fairways and long par threes coupled with calculated positioning of sand traps.
This makes it challenging to all levels of golfers. A cool and damp start to the morning became a lovely day. Surprisingly, the improved course condition and the sunny weather on the back nine only yielded two birdies and two rounds under or at par. There were no closest-to-the-pin awards either.
Masks are required at the pro shop and while waiting to tee off. The snack bar was closed, and there is no outdoor seating. No masks are required on the putting greens, driving range or the course itself. The golfers are all respectful of each other’s personal space and social distancing is observed. Golf carts are single person only unless you are from the same household.
All scores are net (actual score minus handicap). A Flight handicaps range from 0-20; B flight, higher than 20.
A Flight Winners:
First Place: Gene Vesely, 2 under 69 plus a birdie; second: tie between Dave LaCascia and Bill McKusky, 1 over 72; third: Fujio Norihiro; fifth: Sam Choi. Bill also had a birdie, and Fujio had fewest putts.
B Flight Winners: First Place: Bob Munn, even par 71; second: Tom Ross and fewest putts; third: Marv Ballard.
Friday Golf Scores
The Men’s Friday Golf played at Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach on Sept. 25.
Eight men and one woman agreed to take the course challenge on the picturesque par 70, 5800-yard course.
Interestingly, using a GPS, the course as walked by one of the players was measured at 4.35 miles or 7600 yards probably because few of the golfers hit the ball straight down the middle every time and walks between greens and the next tees are not accounted for in the course yardage.
The weather was overcast and humid but not damp. The sun came out around mid-back-nine and then warmed up nicely. Of course, the ever-present wind ramps up late morning and the last few holes were challenging. With tree-lined fairways, accurate drives were required. Frequent elevation changes and elevated greens made club selection particularly important. The grounds were in good condition, but there were only two under-par rounds and only 4 birdies.
Masks are required at the pro and coffee shop and while waiting to tee off. No masks are required on the putting greens, driving range or course. Golfers are all respectful of each other’s personal space and social distancing is observed. There are no shoe or
10 golf ball cleaners and the flags cannot be moved. Golf carts are single person only unless you are from the same household. There is outdoor picnic-style seating. All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).
A Flight Winners:
First Place: Dave LaCascia, 2 under 68 plus 2 birdies; second: Fujio Norihiro, 2 over 70 plus a birdie, fewest putts and closest to the pin on the 140-yard, over water, par 3 seventh hole; third: tie between Sam Choi and Gene Vesely, 3 over 73; fourth: Bill McKusky; Fifth: Cindy Cooper.
B Flight Winners:
First Place: John Petersen, 1 under 69 plus a birdie and closest to the pin on the treacherous 140-yard par 3 sixteenth hole; second: John Meyer, 1 over 71; third: Bob Munn.
Friends, ladies, spouses, and family are all welcome to play and/ or join. Both the Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7-7:30 a.m., except holidays. The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview in Santa Ana, and Willowick in Garden Grove. LW Men’s Club membership is not required. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight; two prizes for closest to the pin on par threes; and a prize for the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-One, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact, Bill McKusky (562) 430-8618 or Dave LaCascia (801) 674-5975.
The Men’s Monday/Friday league is looking for golfers (men and women) to join the league during the reduced playing time at the local course. Handicaps can be determined using LW course handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer and more difficult courses