BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — When Brady Baguio and Hunter Robinson reached the 18th tee at Sundale Country Club, Baguio owned a narrow one-shot advantage.
On a controversial final hole, which involved rules clarifications for both players, Baguio drained a par putt following a missed birdie opportunity by Robinson.
The long-hitting Robinson had driven well right on the short par-5, into the 10th fairway. From there, his second shot barely cleared the water hazard and wound up against brow logs on the edge of that hazard.
Although he was granted relief -- since the logs were not in the hazard and thus declared immovable obstructions -- he couldn't take advantage with his third, and wound up with a long, downhill birdie putt.
Baguio, whose 36-hole scores totaled 139, hit his second shot with a long iron to over the right side of the green, where he received relief from the cart path, then punched through some trees onto the green.
When Robinson's long birdie chance didn't fall, Baguio was able to two-putt for his fourth career Bakersfield City title.
“I was a little disappointed coming down the stretch," Baguio told the Bakersfield Californian.
"Because I wasn’t hitting the shots I was yesterday. I just grinded through it, make par if I can, chip it in for birdie on some of those holes. I just tried to stick to my routine the whole time.”
Ron Killmer finished at four-under par 140 to tie with Robinson, while Nate Jessup and Brian Edick were two back in a tie for fourth place at 141.