Ramie Sprinkling Comes Back to Win Santa Barbara County
Champion Ramie Sprinkling
(VC County Star photo)
LOMPOC, Calif (October 16, 2016) -- Whenever you can post a round under-par at La Purisma, it's a great accomplishment. That's exactly what Raime Sprinkling did Sunday, posting a 2-under 70 to come from four shots behind to capture the Santa Barbara County Championship.
Sprinkling opened with 77 Saturday which put him four back of leader Jonathan Collins. His final round easily made up that margin and then some. Collins struggled with a 7-over 79 to post 152 and take 5th. Sprinkling's 147 total gave him a 2-shot victory over Brett Patton. Patton was the only other player to break par in a round this weekend, firing a 1-under 71 to take 2nd.
This isn't the first success Sprinkling has had at La Purisma. He won the Lompoc City in 2015 which is annually held at La Purisma each April. Sprinkling is also a former SCGA Mid-Amateur Champion and made it to the semifinals in last year's California State Amateur.
ROUND ONE STORY
Santa Barbara native Jonathan Collins leads the Santa Barbara County after opening with a 1-over 73 at La Purisma Golf Course.
Collins holds a one-shot advantage over Thousand Oaks native Alton Anderson and a two-shot cushion over Arroyo Grande residents Justo Warthen and Owen Avirt. Also in the hunt are Marc Reyes, Tim Romero, and Jack Avrit who opened with 4-over 76's.
The final pairing will tee off at 9:10 local time Sunday. La Purisima is known for its fair but rigorous test of pure golf that has challenged PGA Tour Qualifiers and earned a spot on Golf Magazine's Top 100 Places to Play in the United States. It is the only course in California between Monterrey and Simi Valley to be named to this prestigious list.