FAIRFAX, Calif. (July 20, 2015) — Another full field of Northern California's top amateurs and Senior amateurs descended on Alister MacKenzie's first American design, The Meadow Club, to play a one-day, 36-hole tournament that has fast become a player favorite.
And why wouldn't it be?
The Meadow Club (1927) is a piece of California golfing gold. But you've got to work a little bit (and know a member) to play it.
The club is located several miles west of Fairfax on winding Bolinas Road. And if you haven't been there, you might wonder where in the jagged hills they could have possibly built 18 holes. The aptly-named course answers that question in the way of a gorgeous meadow where the population of deer far outnumbers that of permanent residents. (The only house in sight is California craftsman-style clubhouse.)
Now onto the golf. The team of Ross Vilinskas and A.J. Hohn took the overall title, posting rounds of 65-66 on the par-71 course for an 11-under total that edged runners-up Mike Furlong and Andrew Bonner by a single shot.
Sean Kawaguchi and Jonny Baxter — who along with Ryan Wilson and Tommy Semereau tied for low round of the tournament with morning rounds of 8-under 63 — posted 70 in the afternoon to take third at 9-under while the Wilson/Semereau duo posted an afternoon 71 to tie for fourth with Gary Dunn and Scott Colby at 8-under.
The Senior division, slightly larger than the overall with 26 teams, required a playoff to settle the score after Mark Miller and Steve Wilson tied with Dale Bouguennec and Scott Anderson in regulation at 11-under. (Both teams matched scores of 65-66.)
Miller birdied the first playoff hole, the par-5 1st hole, to take care of things in a hurry. "I got lucky," was his summary of the scenario.
As for Bouguennec, we'll have to name him "Mr. Playoff," as he's been in at least four that we know of in the last year. The straight-hitting, consistent player from Pleasant Hill had won a playoff the day prior at the Marin County Amateur at San Geronimo, a two-day AmateurGolf.com Satellite Event, in which many of the seniors participated.
In third place for the Seniors was the team of Brad Nelson and John Driver (9-under) while the teams of Jim Knoll/Tom O'Grady and Dave Rathjen/Pete Wlodkowski posted 8-under to tie for fourth. Rathjen and Wlodkowski had the low round of the day with a 7-under 64 in the afternoon.
Special thanks go out to Jim O'Neal, PGA and the entire staff at The Meadow Club for opening up on a normal "day off" and allowing golfers to experience this gem and be members for a day.
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