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SCGA Foursomes: Adams, Bittick pull away

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (March 14 2008)--John Adams and Jason Bittick rode two golf cliches – “pars win foursomes tournaments” and “horses for courses” -- to a seven-shot victory in the 6th SCGA Foursomes Championship today at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course.

The 41-year-old Adams and his 40-year-old partner finished with rounds of 72-70--142, even par in the challenging alternate-shot format over the Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed layout that was buffeted by strong winds for a second consecutive day.

They ran away from Bob Carver of Fullerton and Brian Edick of Valencia, who were tied for the lead heading into the final round but slipped to a 6-over-par 77 today. Their 149 total was a shot ahead of five teams who finished at 149 after the two rounds.  Another shot back was a trio of teams that included defending champions David Bartman of Los Angeles and Robert Funk of Canyon Lake.

“We used the same plan as yesterday and it worked,” said Bittick after securing his first SCGA championship. “The course set up perfectly for us in this alternate-shot format.  If we could hit every green in regulation, John would end up having 12 of the birdie putts, including eight of nine on the back nine. Having a partner who putts as well as John does makes for a huge advantage in this format!”

For Adams, who also secured his first SCGA title, the two windy days harkened back to last year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur at Bandon Dunes when both he and Bittick nearly earned medalist honors.

“The greens here [at Rancho San Marcos] were more severe because strong winds are not normal,” noted Adams. “The greens at the Bandon Dunes courses were designed for the wind because it always blows up there.  But essentially our strategy today was similar to what we both used at Bandon Dunes: hit it in the middle of the green and attack when we had a short iron, like a wedge, in our hand for the approach shot.”

Adams and Bittick had two birdies and a bogey on their front nine today and two birdies and two bogies on the back. “Our goal,” both said, “was not to do anything stupid, keep it below the hole on the greens, and don’t make a big number. That’s what we did both days and it worked.”

Today’s finish was especially frustrating for the 23-year-old Edick, because it marked his fifth SCGA championship runner-up plate.  “This is getting old,” he said with a rueful smile later. 

Edick and Carver, his 72-year-old partner who is the reigning (and three-time) SCGA Super Senior Amateur champion, struggled all day with the swirling winds.

“We didn’t hit that many bad shots,” said Edick. "But we made what turned out to be awful decisions, mostly because we weren’t able to judge the wind correctly.”

Carver concurred. “I’m not sure we could have caught them [Adams and Bittick] the way they were playing today,” he said. “They didn’t make any mistakes and we always felt like we were behind the 8-ball, playing from behind.”

--Story courtesy SCGA, full results follow:

Pos Team Rd.1 Rd.2 Tot.
1 Adams/Bittick 72 70 142
2 Carver/Edick 72 77 149
T3 Marsh/Pate 76 75 151
T3 Meyer/Richardson 75 76 151
T3 Duncan/Duncan Jr 76 75 151
T3 Norys/Ober 76 75 151
T3 Osborn/Osborn 75 76 151
T8 Bartman/Funk 80 72 152
T8 Caves/Franey 77 75 152
T8 Gulla/Ware 75 77 152
11 O'Connor/Roberts 82 71 153
T12 De Forest/Gross 77 81 158
T12 Esky/Hulvey 78 80 158
T12 Kramer/Young 78 80 158
T15 Oas/Park 81 78 159
T15 De Lapp/Desario 79 80 159
T17 Ream Jr/Hutton 83 77 160
T17 Gardner/Rice 81 79 160
T17 Anderson/Keene 85 75 160
T17 Mamola/Wade 77 83 160
21 Krusen/Wilson 82 79 161
T22 Daniels/Thornes 83 79 162
T22 Bridges/Tolly 85 77 162
T22 Free/Underhill 81 81 162
T22 McCaskey/Trella 81 81 162
26 Ayers/Gipner 82 82 164
T27 Breuer/Crawford 87 78 165
T27 Etue/Murphy 80 85 165
T29 Taylor/Warren 84 82 166
T29 Miyasaki/Temple 88 78 166
T29 Brakas/Wall 88 78 166
32 Billington/Struble 91 77 168
33 Seely/Wright 88 81 169
T34 Collins/Hetzer 87 83 170
T34 Hough/Nordlund 87 83 170
T34 McHugh/Owen 91 79 170
T37 Clark/Cook 84 87 171
T37 Garcia/Lowery 86 85 171
T37 Church/Conlin 89 82 171
T40 Bradshaw/Young 83 89 172
T40 Engel/Reekes 82 90 172
T40 Cassriel/Derrick 86 86 172
T40 McDonald/Nolan 81 91 172
T44 Blake/Chiurazzi 90 83 173
T44 Dargan/Malinowski 90 83 173
46 Olander/Olander 94 80 174
T47 Brewer/Lipp 84 91 175
T47 Clesson/Clesson 92 83 175
49 Hicks/Knapp 90 95 185
50 Alari/Bailey 92 96 188

 

 

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