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Men’s Golf League Results

On July16, the Willowick Golf Club in Santa Ana accommodated 13 men of the Leisure World Men’s Golf League. Willowick is a par-71, 6,000-yard course that is fairly flat, has small greens and is bordered with cleverly placed sand traps, but no water hazards. The greens were in great condition again this week, but the fairways are clumpy and have numerous wet, muddy spots. A couple of mole hills caught golf balls and significantly shortened drives. With the great playing conditions and little wind, the golfers attacked the course but generated only five at- or under-par rounds, and there were four birdies.

All scores below are net. A Flight handicap: 0-20; B Flight: over 20.

A Flight Winners: First place: Jim Goltra, 3 under 68, second: Bill McKusky, 2 under 69; third: tie between Gary Stivers, Sam Choi and Tim Looney, 1 under 70. McKusky had two birdies, and Tim Looney had 1. Stivers and Choi tied for fewest putts.

B Flight Winners: First place: Mike Looney, 1 under 70; second: Lowell Goltra, 2 over 73; third: Gene Vesely; fourth: Bob Munn. Goltra had fewest putts, and Munn and Vesely each had one birdie.

Ten Men’s League golfers competed on July 19 at the par-70, 5,800-yard Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. It was a warm, humid, sunny morning, with temperatures in the mid-70s at 7 a.m., but later in the morning, temperatures jumped to the upper 80s with humidity to match.

Riverview has numerous elevation changes and small greens. The back nine is more than 500 yards longer than the front and plays as much as seven strokes harder since many holes are alongside or cross the Santa Ana Riverbed. There are plenty of water hazards, and sand traps are sneaky in their placement. The greens and fairways continue to be in excellent condition, making it a pleasure to compete on this course. With the great playing conditions and no wind, the golfers delivered eight rounds at or under par and nine birdies.

A Flight Winners: First place: Choi, a marvelous 10 under 60, plus fewest putts; second: tie between Dave LaCascia, Stivers, McKusky and Clay Fischer, 1 under 69. McKusky was closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 ninth hole. Choi had three birdies, LaCascia and Fischer each had two, Stivers and McKusky had one apiece.

B Flight Winners: First place: Bill Zurn; an excellent 6 under 64; second: Vesely, a nice 2 under 68; third: Munn, even par 70; fourth: Mike Looney, 2 over 72. Zurn was closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 second hole, and Munn had fewest putts.

Friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join. The league plays at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World. The courses the group play are always quite full, so advance reservations with the league have become the norm, with a sign-up sheet available at each round.

There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net, birdies, closest to the pin on two par-3s, and the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-one and eagles, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact Gary Stivers at (714) 313-3697 or LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia

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