SCGA Affiliate Team: Final results

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. (Aug. 19, 2008)--Peter Pozzuoli and C. Michael Summers of Par None Golf Club and Bill and Gary Davison of Coast Golfers earned co-champion honors at the 21st Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Affiliate Team Championship at Cypress Ridge Golf Course.

The two clubs each finished with net scores of 133 over the 6,443-yard layout on the Central California coast. Par None was the co-leader after yesterday’s four-ball net round with a 65 and posted a net 68 today under the more difficult Pinehurst (Chapman) format. Coast Golfers shot 66-67 for the two rounds.

Ernie Gomez and Bob Campregher of Pacific Coast won third place in a card-off over Scott Walker and Joe Randle of Tidelands. Each team shot 134 for the two rounds.

The tournament is for SCGA affiliate clubs (often called “golf clubs without real estate”), clubs that are not necessarily connected with a golf course facility. The SCGA has more than 800 affiliate clubs throughout Southern California.

Both times are veterans of this event. For Pozzuoloi, 38, and Summers, 39, this was their third year competing.

“We each brought our wives this time around and made a trip out of it,” said Summers. "This is a beautiful course and is sure inexpensive, at least when compared with courses in Orange County. Plus, I’m sure our wives enjoyed the trip; they’re out shopping.”

In the Pinehurst format (where players each hit their drives, then hit their partners ball for second shots, then choose one ball and play that into the hole using an alternate-shot format), Summers (who is Veri-Tax's vice president of sales and marketing) and Pozzuoli (who is president of Veri-Tax), shot 41-41 to earn their share of the title. “We scrambled a lot and made a lot of putts,” said Pozzuoli after their round.

Both players pointed to yesterday’s four-ball net round as the key to their victory.

“We shot two 88s,” said Summers, "But it was the ultimate in ‘ham ‘n egg’ golf because we each spread out our pars perfectly.”

The Davison brothers (Bill, 51, is an engineer who lives Escondido and Gary, 54, an optometrist who lives Chula Vista, have played in three previous Affiliate Team championships.

They shot net 31 on the front nine and came home with net 36 on the back nine. “Early on,” said Bill after their round, “things didn’t look too good and we had some words with each other. But we settled down and played our games. When you make putts, all is forgiven.”

--Courtesy SCGA

ABOUT THE Southern California Affiliate Team

The tournament is open to two-person teams, with both players members of the same SCGA Affiliate club, and each having established full, active current indexes not exceeding 24.4.

If the size of the field is not complete (64 teams) by the date of the entry deadline, the SCGA will allow a second team from an affilliate club, by date of entry receipt, to enter. Clubs should, therefore, be sure to designate which is the No. 1 team and the No. 2 team on entry forms they submit.

Tues., — 18 holes, Four-Ball net stroke play. Wed., — 18 holes, Pinehurst net stroke play.

HANDICAPS: On Day 1, individual players will play to 80% of their course handicap. In the Four-Ball competition only, handicap spread restriction of 5 strokes is imposed on teams. Although players may not “play down” to meet the maximum current index of 24.4, they must “play down” to meet the maximum 5- stroke handicap spread between team members. On Day 2, 20% of the higher handicap player plus 50% of the lower handicap player will determine the team’s handicap. Each partner drives from each tee, then plays the second shot with the other’s ball. After the second shot, the team chooses which ball it will use to complete the hole, hitting alternate shots. Handicap is deducted from team score at the end of the round.

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