Men’s Club Championship
The Men’s Club Championship was played September 18 through 20 and started with 14 players. That number decreased by one when the test proved too tough for one competitor after nine holes on Saturday morning. The other 13 players navigated the 7,000-yard setups for three days in a constant north wind. After the 54th hole on Sunday afternoon, Phillip Earnest reached rarefied air by not only becoming the only member to claim three Club Championships, but he won them all in a row. Phillip earned this ‘turkey’ with rounds of 74-74-77 for a 9-over par 225 and a 10-shot victory over John Long who finished in second place. As a refresher, Long won the Senior Club Championship earlier this year. New member, Bart Wilson, finished one shot behind Long.
On Saturday morning, the Championship Flight was joined by 27 competitors broken into two flights for a net competition. Alex Preston won the 1st Flight with rounds of 73-70 for a net 1-under par 143. He bested Rick Webb by four shots and Mike Wickless by seven shots. In the 2nd Flight, Brian Werner finished at the top of the leaderboard with rounds of 76-74 for a net 6-over par 150. He bested Robert Hobbs by one shot and Glen Emery by two shots.
Ladies’ Club Championship
We had 21 competitors in the Ladies’ Club Championship that was conducted on September 16 and 17. In the final round on the 18th tee, Yana Dommert had a 2-shot lead over Maria Sayers. Both players hit great tee shots and were faced with a tough decision considering we had the hole tucked left — layup or challenge the bunkers in hopes of having a birdie putt. Yana took the conservative route and then pitched it behind the hole to leave a 15-foot par putt. Needing a 2-shot swing, Maria took the aggressive route, but her ball ended up just short of the green. She proceeded to chip it to about four feet from the hole. Yana confidently secured her victory with a 2-putt bogey. Maria holed her par putt to finish in second place — one shot behind Yana. Liza Robinson finished in third place and five-time Ladies’ Club Champion, Isabelle Mumford, finished in fourth place.
On the net side of the competition, Susie Long had a landslide victory by nine shots after firing net rounds of 67-72 for a 5-under par 139 total. Mary Smith and Mary Callahan both finished at 4-over par 148. Janice Brazil finished fourth with 5-over par 149.