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Men’s Golf Club Tournament

On Sept. 8, two groups of three flights of variously skilled golfers vied for best net scores (gross score minus handicap), plus four circle holes (shots within a 5-foot circle rewarded) and two closest-to-the-pin challenges at the Leisure World Men’s Golf Club Tournament. The Turtle Lake Golf Course is a 1,658-yard, 18-hole, par-54 course that has great fairways and greens. The tee boxes have yet to recover from their dormant state, and several tee boxes have deteriorated significantly. There is just enough grass there to not be considered bald, which is not conducive to good play.

A total of 53 golfers played 18 holes through the early morning and into the afternoon. The weather was sunny, humid and warm at the 7:30 a.m. tee time, but within an hour, the marine layer returned, and the remainder of the tournament was played in overcast weather. There was little wind.

Only 18 of the 53 rounds were net under par, vs. 19 for the last tournament, plus there were only two circle hole winners vs. seven last tournament. Pat Paternoster had a hole-in-one on the 105yard, par-3 first hole.

A Flight encompasses golfers with handicaps of 0-7; B Flight, 8-11; and C Flight, 12-18. All scores below are net (gross score minus handicap).

A Flight Winners: First place: Steve Walker, a fine 4 under 50; second: tie between June Um and Bob Barnum, a nice 3 under 51; third: tie between John Kolthoff, Bruce Bowles and Jae Kim, 2 under 52; fourth: Steve Ro, 1 under 53; fifth: tie between Jae H. Lee, Ron Steele, Bob Turner, Trai Nguyen and Ron Jackson, 1 over 55.

B Flight Winners: First place: tie between Paul Alloway, Joon Sup Yoon and Ryan Hong, 1 under 53; second: Hyon Shin, even par 54; third: tie between Won Song and Ken Notorleva, 1 over 55; fourth: tie between Roland Phillips and Paul Cose, 2 over 56.

C Flight Winners: First place: tie between Paul Shellenberger and Jong Lee, a well-played 4 under 50; second: Rolando Ramirez, an excellent 3 under 51; third: Sang H. Kim, 1 under 53; fourth: tie between Bill Zurn, Steven Kang and Manny Miranda, even par 54; fifth: Dennis Jensen, 1 over 55.

Closest to the pin on the 80-yard, par-3 eighth hole was Jae Kim, and at the par-3 17th hole, it was tournament director Alan Sewell.

Note to All Golfers: Please repair ball marks on the greens, and if divot repair bottles are on the tees, use them to fill divots. The LW greens are starting to look like Swiss cheese with all the unrepaired and poorly repaired ball marks. There are so many divots that sections are becoming unusable. Each golfer is responsible for his or her ball marks on the greens.

The next Men’s Golf Club Tournament will be on Sept. 22. The next Guys & Gals Tournament will be on Sept. 29. Golfers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time and ready to play. Anyone who had planned to play but cannot should contact Alan Sewell at (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975 as soon as possible.

—Dave LaCascia

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