Simi Valley City: 3-Year Golfer Jake Ledbetter upsets Tim Hogarth in playoff
2015 Simi Valley City winner Jake Ledbetter
(Photo courtesy of Ventura County Star)
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (May 31, 2015) -- For a golfer
with a mere three years of competition under his
belt, Jake Ledbetter showed great poise on Sunday
at Simi Hills Golf Course. Tied for the lead in the
championship division with a veteran of the
leaderboard, Tim Hogarth (Northridge), Ledbetter
kept his cool under pressure and won the tournament
on the first hole of Sudden Death.
Ledbetter is a Thousand Oaks resident and
Santa Barbara City College golfer. He and Hogarth
ended the regulation 36 holes of competition with
scores of 141, one under par. However, Ledbetter
played the sudden death hole like a pro. His drive
found the middle of the fairway, leading to par in
regulation. Hogarth’s drive on the number one hole
landed in a fairway bunker, leading to a
disappointing bogey and second place finish.
"It was pretty nerve-wracking," Ledbetter told the
County Star. "I was fine on the tee, but the closer I got
green, the more nervous I got. I thought my second
going to be closer than it ended up, but it took a hard
it landed and released."
Los Angeles resident, Lee Ross took third place in
this event, with rounds of 75-68 for a 143 total,
followed by Brandon Gama (Santa Barbara), Dan
Sullivan (Pasadena) and Josh Lottman (Manhattan
Beach) who tied for fourth place one back at 144.
The Senior division Championship was earned this
year by David Eberstein of Granada Hills.
Eberstein carded scores of 74 and 75, for a two
round total of 149, one stroke better than Gerard
Sanders (Burbank) and two strokes better than Dario
In the “A” flight, the gross score championship was
earned by Rafael Padilla (Los Angeles) with a two
day total score of 150. Chris Hall (Moorpark), who
shared the win in this flight last year, took second
place honors with a two-round total of 152. In the
“A” flight net score competition, Todd Mayne (Malibu)
shot net 143 to take the award by 2 strokes over
Sunny Bhullar (Simi Valley).
In the “B” flight, Greg Cox of Simi Valley took the
win with matching rounds of 79, for a total score of
158. Second place went to Darryl Gordon (Saugus)
with a score of 159. The net competition in the “B”
flight resulted in honors to Alan Chien (Vista), who
carded a two day total of 136. Mickey Diaz (La
Crescenta) took runner-up honors with a net 137.
story courtesy Jackie Cochran, Simi Hills Golf Course