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Jojola, Sloane make high-intensity run to Sac City 4-Ball win
Domingo Jojola and Ryan Sloane (SGC photo)
Domingo Jojola and Ryan Sloane (SGC photo)

Ryan Sloane likes his informal, yet well-earned nickname: The King of Bing. The Campbell, Calif., resident earned that as the five-time defending champion of the Sacramento State Fair Masters Tournament played at Bing Maloney Golf Club. He garnered a little more Bing bling this month by combining with Domingo Jojola to win the Sacramento City Four-Ball.

Sloane and Jojola defeated defending champions Andrew Gunson and Matt Montez, 1 up, in the final match for the win, which is Sloane’s first in five tries. Still, it almost ended a lot earlier than that.

Jojola and Sloane barely got onto the match-play bracket, shooting a 2-under 70 in qualifying and taking the 31st seed out of 32 teams. But they started their run with a 2-and-1 win over the stroke-play medalists Kyle Christian and Bill Hurwitz before winning four matches during the second weekend of play.

All of their matches were close, with the first two going to the 17th and the final three ending on the 18th.

In the final match, the two teams were all square entering the final nine holes. At the short par-5 14th, Jojola hit a deft pitch from across the green to hole out for eagle and a 1-up advantage. Sloane added a birdie at 15.

Montez, meanwhile, drained a clutch 12-footer for par on the par-3 16th to keep the match going. Montez shortened the deficit to 1 up by making a 20-footer for birdie on No. 17 and the two teams traded pars on the final hole for Jojola and Sloane to come out on top.

For Gunson and Montez, it was a spirited defense of their title even if they didn’t actually win it again. They took the No. 1 seed as defending champions, then won four matches, including a 23-hole match in the second round against Craig Miyamoto and Dave Swanson.

The Sloane-Jojola partnership is rock solid, as demonstrated by a post-tournament text from Jojola to Sloane.

“It was a great win for Dom and truly a sweet win for me as I wanted the team victory so bad on this course that had been so good to me over the years,” Sloane said. “Domingo texted me this morning that it’s now official: I am the ‘King of Bing.’”

ABOUT THE Sacramento City Four-Ball

The 65th annual Sacramento City Regional 4 Ball Championship will be contested over two weekends at Bing Maloney Golf Course on March 16, 17, 23 and 24. The tournament is open to all amateur golfers with a current USGA handicap index of 7.0 or lower. A handicap card or other verification must be presented prior to teeing off on the first day of the tournament.

The tournament format is as follows:

All play conducted under USGA rules. Play is at scratch. All rounds will be posted by the Tournament Director.

4-Ball stroke play qualifying round on Saturday, March 16 - 8:03 a.m. morning tee times*
1st Round matches 18 holes Sunday, March 17 - 8:03 a.m. morning tee times
2nd Round matches 18 holes Saturday, March 23 - 7:30 a.m. morning tee times
3rd Round matches 18 holes Saturday, March 23 - 1:00 p.m. afternoon tee times
4th Round matches 18 holes Sunday, March 24 - 7:30 a.m. morning tee times
Championship match Sunday, March 24 - 1:00 p.m. afternoon tee time if needed.

* Low 31 or 15 teams plus defending champions or low 32 or 16 teams will advance to the match play round on Sunday, March 17. (Defending Champions playing as a team shall receive automatic qualification into match play unless they elect to compete in the qualifying round). Ties will be broken by sudden death playoff from first hole unless there would be an option to play from another hole if both teams agree.

The entry fee is $260 per team and includes ALL qualifying and match play green fees. Golf carts may be rented in the golf shop prior to play. The field is limited to paid entries from the first 72 teams.

The entry deadline is 9:00 p.m. March 11, 2019 and there will be no refunds after that date.

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