BERKELEY, CALIF (Aug. 7, 2011) -- Sometimes winning a golf tournament takes a little luck and some member bounces. Just ask Chris Moreno-Hunt.
He claimed his first victory at his home track and dedicated it to his grandfather that started him in golf and who passed away this time last year. "He's the one that started me in golf," said Chris who was greeted by his brother Andrew, who also competed in the championship division, at the 18th green.
The extremely close final had all 4 players in the final group tied going to 16. Rion Noone made bogey on 16, followed by bogeys by Timothy Bender and Randy Haag on No. 17.
Standing on 18 Moreno-Hunt, a lifelong Berkeley resident, had a one shot lead. After a perfectly placed drive he had 110 yards to go and hit a perfect PW to 6 inches and a gimme birdie.
"When I walked up and saw how close it was, I knew I had won," said Moreno-Hunt. "I instantly thought how proud my grandfather would be of me."
Hunt had 5 birdies each round and two 2's on his card on Sunday, including a shot to 3 inches on the par 3 11th. But the turning point was the 14th hole where he hit a drive that hit a tree just off the tee and bounced behind the 18th green. After a solid hybrid and then a wedge to 10 feet, he drained the par saving putt.
Jennifer Brumbaugh won the women's flight by one stroke over Alexandra Phillips. She had a two-shot lead going to 18, but didn't realize it until she had a 3-footer for bogey that she needed to win after Phillips, a sophomore to be at San Luis Obisbo, was in for par.
The turning point of the ladies match was the 14th hole where Jennifer sank a 50-footer for par and Phillips three putted for bogey. That seemed to settle Jennifer down. After the 14th Phillips went bogey, double-bogey, triple-bogey, bogey, and par on the final hole. She finished with an 80 for a total of 165.
Mark Miller wins a fog filled tournament with rounds of 73-80--153 to win by 4 over Tod Hara.The Seniors went out early and played nearly the entire round in fog.
Damon Hope shoots 71-68--139 for his first career victory in the Net Divison.