BEAUMONT, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2007)-- Fred Artim and David Bianchi of Palmdale and Kerry Booth of El Cajon and Warren Shafer of San Diego each shot 5-under-par 67 today over the PGA of Southern California Golf Club's Champions Course and share the first-round lead at the midpoint of the Scratch Division of the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Four-Ball Championship.
Under sunny skies with moderate winds, the two teams have a one-shot lead over Rich Logan of Rancho Santa Fe and Kemp Richardson of Laguna Niguel, who finished with a 4-under-par 68 in the better-ball format. A quartet of teams are tied for third at 3-under-par 69.
Reigning SCGA Senior Amateur champion Rich Tolly of Laguna Niguel and Boyd Martin of Corona del Mar in a group at 2-under-par 70.
In the Net Division, Nick Parker and John Nuchols of Cathedral Canyon share the lead with Bob Tyler and Salberg of Helendale. Each shot net 62.
The final round is tomorrow with tee times for the scratch division beginning at 8 a.m and the net division starting at 7:30 a.m.
Artim and Bianchi and Booth and Shafer each shot 34-33 but in reverse order as the San Diego team started on hole No. 10 in the split-tee format. Shafer shot even-par 72 on his own ball (four birdies, four bogies) while Booth carded a 1-over-par 73 (two birdies, three bogies). Bianchi shot 1-over-par 73 on his own ball, including five birdies, while Artim posted a 76.
Logan and Richardson finished with a flourish as Logan made eagle 3 on the 526-yard 9th hole (their final hole in the split-tee start).
--Story courtesy SCGA