It was a busy weekend for golf, and I'll get right to it with the 11th annual Four Corners Stroke Play Championship at the Dalton Ranch Golf Club.
After a birdie on the second hole of sudden death, Kermitt Barrett emerged overall gross champion. Barrett tied Bob Barnhardt after 36 holes of regulation play with 150s.
Pat Diaz took third gross at 158, while Mike Dodds and Adrian Morse tied for fourth at 161.
Steve Pease was low net winner in the Championship Flight with a 146, while Jeff Wall and Ray Byrne tied for second at 151. Chris Engle and Rocky Ariano tied for fourth at 153.
Curtis Garver was low gross winner in the First Flight with a 142, followed by Tim Steidle and Chuck Kuehn in second at 161. Mark Miller and Aaron Sinberg tied for fourth at 163.
Roger Hayes was low net winner with a 139, with Mark Hill second at 147. Paul Onuska and Robert Farmer tied for third at 149, with Mike Battaglia fifth at 150.
Ray Baker was low gross winner in the Second Flight with a score of 159, with Steve Zink second at 170. Patrick Gaughan and Dean Cunningham tied for third at 173. John Betka was fifth at 175.
Wally Bryniarski was low net winner with a 145, with David Jenkins second at 148, Dru English third at 149, Mel Rousseau fourth at 151 and Jo Warfield fifth at 152.
Mark Gaughan was low gross winner in the Third Flight with a 176, with John Ball second at 179. Larry Gaughan came in third at 181, with Dave Lambert fourth at 185 and Jim Howell fifth at 187.
Randy Smith was low net winner at 144, followed by George Reynolds at 148. Ralph Hey and Gary Wimsatt tied for third at 150, while Joe Cheavins rounded out the place-winners in fifth with a 151.
Ten teams relished splendid weather at the Golfing for Kids with Disabilities tournament last weekend at the Hillcrest Golf Club. Ashleigh Tarkington, Mike Smithwick, Dave Brown and James Bedford won first place with a 63. Mike Amato, Jerry Thomas, Mike Epson and Gary Meredith were second, two strokes back.
John Clark was closest to the hole on No. 5, while Scott Smith won closest to the hole on 12. Shelly Earle was the long-drive winner on the 18th.
The 2009 St. Columba Bill Pearce Classic also was held last weekend at HGC, and Paul Peterson, Jim Cross, Mike Anziano and Louis Steele took top honors with a score of 59. Roy Davin, Mike Shave, Mick McDermott and Curtis Toledo came in second with a 60. Brian Brock, Neil Mynatt, Bill Zimsky and Doug Sitter were third with a 62. John and Jack Siegrist teamed with Mike Albert and Max Wanotka to finish fourth overall with a 63. Rudy and Jack Duran, along with Billy Weaver and Dan Silva, came in fifth overall with a 66.
Upcoming events on the October calendar at DRGC: a men's pro-am Monday; a couples tournament Oct. 11; a pro-lady tournament Oct. 12; and the Mailman on Oct. 24. HGC will complete its tournament season with the Todd Sieger Shootout on Saturday.
This is the final seasonal column for 2009, and it marks a milestone for me. It all began back in 1981 when I was asked to finish up the season of columns until they could get someone to take over for '82. That was 28 years ago, and this column marks my 700th Clubhouse Porch.
As one person asked me earlier this week, 'Do you have writers cramp?' Not yet!