SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (June 1, 2014) -- On his way to his third Simi Valley City Championship trophy, James Holley (Chatsworth) slid by the new course record holder, Johnny Ruiz (Camarillo), to win in the third hole of a sudden death playoff.
Ruiz came from a first round 73 (two over par) – in 12th place – to set a course record at 8 under par 63 on Sunday and tie Holley after 36 holes of regulation play. Holley started the day tied for first place at four-under par 67 and carded a two-under 69 to force the playoff.
The previous course record of 64 was earned by James Holley during the 2012 City Championship. To break that record, Ruiz scored four birdies and five pars on the front nine and two birdies and an eagle on the back nine, for nine hole totals of 31 and 32.
Holley, a junior at San Diego State University and member of their golf team, played par golf for 11 holes on Sunday before earning the first of two birdies on hole 12.
In Sunday’s sudden death playoff, Holley and Ruiz both made par on the first hole and birdied the second. On the third hole of sudden death, Simi Hills’ par-four seventh hole, both golfers were off the green after their second shots. Ruiz’ third shot ran about 20 feet past the hole, while Holley put his shot one foot from the flag. Ruiz was unable to convert for par, while Holley made his short putt to win the event.
The Senior division Championship was earned this year by Brad Halfon of Westlake Village. Halfon carded scores of 74 and 70, for a two day total two-over par 144, taking the tournament by two strokes over David Eberstein of Granada Hills.
Halfon’s one-under par 70 on Sunday was the only subpar round in the Senior division during the event.
In the “A” flight, the gross score championship was shared this year by Chris Hall (Moorpark) and Jason Dubrovo (Northridge), with two day total scores of 150. In the “A” flight net score competition, Richard Lovato (Ventura) shot net 137 to take the award by two strokes over Ricky Cordero (Simi Valley).
In the “B” flight, Eric Barnitz of Simi Valley blew away the field, winning his flight by nine strokes with two rounds of 78, for a total score of 156. Second place went to Asheesh Danee (Simi Valley) with a score of 165.
The net competition in the “B” flight resulted in honors to Ross Gould (Chatsworth), who carded a two day total of 135. Michael Gitomer (Burbank) took runner-up honors with a net 140.
In the Senior “A” flight, last year’s runner-up, Randy Foster (Camarillo) took the honors with an 11-over par 153. Danny Duggan (Simi Valley) earned second place honors with a score of 155.
In the net score Senior “A” flight competition, Gary Smyres (Encino) tore past the field, shooting nine-under par 133 to win by six strokes over Al Mendenhall (Canoga Park).
This weekend’s event was the 33rd annual championship for Simi Valley and was another event sell-out.