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Bear Creek Wins Third Consecutive California Scratch League Title
Winning Bear Creek Golf Club team <br>(Photo courtesy of David Ober)
Winning Bear Creek Golf Club team
(Photo courtesy of David Ober)
RANHO CUCAMONGA, CA (Dec 1, 2016) -- Bear Creek Golf Club of Murrieta dominated this year's California Scratch League finals at Red Hill Country Club in Upland by securing 44 of a possible 49 points against three other finalists: Oakmont Country Club from Glendale (31 points); Canyon Oaks Golf Club of Chico (22 points); and Turlock Golf & Country Club (15 points).

This was Bear Creek's third consecutive win and fourth in the last six years. They rode strong performances from Rick Taniguchi, Todd Stires, Robert Funk, and David Ober, all of whom tallied the maximum 7 points in their respective foursomes.

Low rounds of the day went to pros Tony Greco of Bear Creek and Scott Heyn of Oakmont, both of whom turned in stellar under-par performances, Greco with a 3-under 69, and Heyn with a 5-under 67 on the tricky, par-72 Red Hill course, where the confounding greens can leave even the best of golfers scratching their heads.

The low amateur round of the day was 73 by Jeff Fowler of Canyon Oaks along with Robert Funk, Todd Stires, and David Ober of Bear Creek.

Bear Creek Captain Tom Norys was pleased: "We have a deep team, and that's really the difference. To be able to field a team of six guys, all of whom play quite a bit of tournament golf, is a big plus in this format."

The league uses a format where every hole is with 16 points within the foursome: 7 to the winner, 5 to second, 3 to third and 1 to fourth. Points are split in the case of ties. Tally up all the points over 18 holes and whoever has the most points gets 7, then 5, then 3, then 1, again splitting points in the case of ties.

Editors Note: Story by David Ober

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ABOUT THE California Scratch League Finals

The SCGA Scratch League is open to every private, semi-private and public golf course within the SCGA. Teams are comprised of seven players, six amateur members and one member from each club’s professional staff. Clubs are arranged in groups of three, four or five and will play a series of home and away matches within their assigned group. Each match will be played without handicaps utilizing the scratch league points system. The top teams from each region advance to the finals, a one-day event to decide the champion club.

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