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Men’s Golf League Results

On July 23, the David L. Baker Golf Club in Santa Ana hosted 15 men (including three guests) and one woman of the Leisure World Golf League. An executive golf course, Baker is a short 4,000 yards, par 62, and fairly flat, with wickedly placed sand traps and numerous water hazards. Although some of the tee boxes needed help, the greens and fairways were in great condition.

At tee time, the day was warm, overcast, humid and with no wind. When the sun came out later, it became a hot, muggy morning. With the great playing conditions and little wind, the golfers generated nine at- or under-par rounds and five birdies.

All scores are net. A Flight handicap is 0-20; B Flight, over 20.

A Flight Winners: First place: Larry Hillhouse, 7 under 55 and fewest putts; second: tie between Sam Choi and Tim Looney, 6 under 56; third: Gary Stivers, 3 under 59; fourth: Dave LaCascia, 2 under 60. Tim Looney, Choi and LaCascia each had one birdie. LaCascia was closest to thepin on the 140-yard, par-3 12th hole, and Stivers was closest on the 110-yardpar-3thirdhole.

B Flight Winners: First place: Bob Munn, an excellent 8 under 54; second: Gene Vesely, 6 under 56; third: Ron Sommer, TK; fourth: Liz Meripol, 2 over 72. Vesely and Munn each had a birdie, and Mike Looney and Ron Sommer tied for fewest putts.

Eight golfers then competed on July 26 at the par-71, 6,000yard Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana. It was a rainy, humid, overcast round with temperatures in the low 70s and little wind. Willowick has long, wide fairways and small greens, but no water hazards. The back nine has two par-5s that are more than 520 yards long.

This week, the greens were in excellent condition, but the tee boxes and fairways need to be better maintained. Even with the so-so course conditions and the rain, however, the golfers delivered seven rounds at or under par, plus three birdies and a rare 2-under-par Eagle.

A Flight Winners: First place: Stivers, an excellent 7 under 64, plus fewest putts; second: tie between Choi and Clay Fischer, 5 under 66; third: Jim Goltra, 3 under 68; fourth; tie between Bill McKusky and LaCascia, 1 under 70. Choi was closest to the pin on both the 140-yard, par-3 fourth and the 130-yard 12th hole. Choi had two birdies, McKusky had one, and Fischer had a rare Eagle by chipping in from the fairway.

B Flight Winners: First place: Munn; a very good 6 under 65; second: Lowell Goltra. Munn also 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 (2 under par), 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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