Southern California Four-Ball: 2 teams share lead at 66
GLENDALE, CALIF., (November 13, 2006) -- David Bartman of Los Angeles and Robert Funk of Canyon Lake and Jim Camaione of Upland and Michael Nubel of Los Angeles each shot 5-under-par 66 at Oakmont Country Club and share the lead at the midpoint of the 16th Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Four-Ball Championship.
Using a better-ball format, the two teams are a shot in front of Bill Borden of Alpine and Rick Winslow of La Quinta, who finished 67, and two shots in front of Jim Ream, Jr. of Cerritos and Jerry Hutton of Long Beach and Daniel Donovan of Manhattan Beach the Luis Romero of Huntington Beach, who posted 68s.
The final round is tomorrow (Tuesday) with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. and the lead groups beginning play at 10:00. Live scoring will be available.
Funk, the reigning SCGA Mid-Amateur champion, and David Bartman, the 2005 Trans-Mississippi titleholder, had seven birdies and two bogies today, as did Camaione and Nubel. Ironically, the two teams played together in qualifying at Crystalaire CC last month when Bartman and Funk earned medalist honors with a sizzling 60.
Funk and Bartman were part of the SCGA that retained the Seaver Cup yesterday at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Other Seaver Cup team members who continued their strong play today were Tim Hogarth of Northridge and John Pate of Santa Barbara, who finished with 69 today and two-time defending SCGA Amateur champion Scott McGihon of Bermuda Dunes who teamed with Jason Bittick of Coto de Caza and shot 70.
Hogarth played the first four holes by himself as Pate arrived late due to a business meeting. They could have been closer to the lead but both players struggled to double- bogey 6 on their closing hole, the 463-yard, par-4 ninth. McGihon and Bittick bogied the same hole.
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