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Men’s Golf League Results

On July 30, 12 men and one woman of the LW Golf League tackled the beautiful, well-maintained Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. The 5,600 yard, par-70, 18-hole course has numerous elevation changes, diabolically placed sand traps and abundant water hazards. Additionally, there is a large practice area including three putting and chipping greens, plus a substantial driving range. It has been a pleasure to play all year.

At tee time, the day was warm and humid with no wind. The sun came out later, but the temperatures remained lower than expected. The typical late-morning wind did show up, making it difficult to choose the proper club for any approach shot on the last few holes. Despite the great course conditions, the golfers generated only four at- or under-par rounds and just two birdies.

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

A Flight Winners: First place: Bill McKusky, 1 under 69, plus a birdie; second: Dave LaCascia, even par 70 and fewest putts; third: Tim Looney, 3 over 73; fourth: league director Gary Stivers; fifth: Clay Fischer, plus a birdie; sixth: Sam Choi. Stivers was closest to the pin on the 150-yard, par-3 16th hole.

B Flight Winners: First place: Ron Sommer, an excellent 6 under 64; second: tie between Gene Vesely and Lowell Goltra, 1 over 71; third: Tom Ross, 3 over 73, plus fewest putts; fourth: Bob Munn; fifth: tie between Liz Meripol and Chris Lankford. Munn was closest on the 140-yard, par-3 seventh hole.

Thirteen league golfers competed on Aug. 2 at the par-62, 4,000-yard David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley. It was hot, sunny and humid, with temps approaching 80 at the 7 a.m. tee time. It warmed up even more by round’s end. Baker has only short par-4s and -3s, with small greens and plenty of water hazards.

The greens, tee boxes and fairways were in excellent shape, with the tees set about half way,shortening the course even more. The golfers were primed to make good score, delivering 11 rounds at or under par, plus six birdies. Several of the scores were more than 10 under par, net.

A Flight Winners: First place: Stivers, an astonishing 13 under 49, plus fewest putts and a birdie; second: McKusky, a terrific 7 under 55, plus a birdie; third: Jim Goltra, a super 6 under 56; fourth: Choi, 2 under 60, and a birdie; fifth: Larry Hillhouse, 1 under 61, plus a birdie; sixth: Fischer, 1 over 63; seventh: LaCascia. Stivers was closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 third hole.

B Flight Winners: First place: Bill Zurn, an incredible 13 under 49, plus fewest putts; second: Sommer, a very good 7 under 55, plus a birdie; third: Chris Lankford, a nice 4 under 58; fourth: tie between Vesely and Munn, 3 under 59, plus Vesely had a birdie; fifth: Lowell Goltra, 2 under 60. Vesely was closest to the 110-yard, par-3 15th hole.

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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