Southern California Parent/Junior: Ujihara's take it
23 Jul 2007

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (July 23, 2007)-- David Ujihara and son Taylor of Brea shot a team net 66 to win the President Flight of the first SCGA Parent/Junior Championship, and Tehachapi’s Victor and Blake Keesey shot the same 4-under-par score to win the Vice President Flight today at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano.

The elder Ujihara, a landscape contractor, and 16-year-old Taylor, an incoming senior and golf team member at Brea Orlinda High School in Brea, finished two strokes in front of duo Jim and son Andrew Akers of Coto de Caza in the modified net foursomes (alternate shot, with the team’s choice of tee shot) event.

Laguna Niguel’s Gary and son Corey Sammon shot a 1-under 69 on the 6,229-yard course to finish third.

“We just played the eighth hole really well,” said David Ujihara, who was the President Flight winner in the 2005 SCGA Four-Ball Net Match Play Championship. “I hit a great drive, Taylor hit a great approach shot, and we ended up birdieing the hole, one of two birdies we had.”

In the Vice President Flight, 7-year-old Blake Keesey, the youngest in the field, and dad Victor of Tehachapi topped Dennis and son Chris Noren of Newport Beach by one shot, while the team of Ken and son Taylor Crouse of Fallbrook shot a 2-under 68 for third place o the 5,778-yard layout.

“I love this course, I enjoyed the heck out of it,” said Blake, a incoming second-grader at Carden School of Tehachapi who is also the flight champion of the junior club championship at his home course, Oak Creek GC. “I’ve been playing golf for five years, and maybe one day I’ll be a little better than my dad.”

With the team using four of Blake’s tee shots in the event, the elder Keesey, a Southland golf native and sheriff’s deputy, said that “we had some good sand shots, and we had a gross birdie on the third hole which was good. It was just so much fun out there.”

The round wasn’t without some tense moments, however.

“The 10th hole wasn’t very good,” Blake said. “I got all mad at my dad for shooting a 7.”

The winners weren’t the only teams that fared well. Twelve-year-old Frank Cuccia, Jr., a golf student of Mike Raschko at The SCGA Golf Course in Murrieta, shot his first career ace on the second hole he played in the Vice President Flight, the 117-yard 11th with his 5-iron.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “I have one more hole-in-one than my dad now.”

Full results follow:

*** President's Flight ***

  Name Tot.
1 Ujihara/Ujihara 66
2 Akers/Akers 68
3 Sammon/Sammon 69
T4 Capo/Capo 70
T4 Tagley /Tagley 70
T6 Hunt/Hunt 72
T6 Kubis/Kubis 72
8 Murphy/Murphy 74
9 Smylie/Smylie 75
T10 Fuzzard/Fuzzard 76
T10 Ontiveros/Ontiveros 76
12 Levin/Levin 78


*** Vice President's Flight ***

  Name Tot.
1 Keesey/Keesey 66
2 Noren/Noren 67
3 Crouse /Crouse 68
T4 Cuccia/Cuccia 71
T4 French/French 71
6 Melvin/Melvin 73
7 Green/Green 74
8 Lindley/Lindley 77
9 Soran/Soran 78
10 Young/Young 82



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