2012 New Year's Skins Game is biggest ever
09 Jan 2012
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: amateurgolf.com 2012 New Year's Skins at Aviara, Aviara Golf Club


CARLSBAD, Calif. (Jan 8, 2012) -- For the fourth straight year, the Amateurgolf.com Tournament Series kicked off with a friendly gathering of sponsors, friends, and tournament players at the beautiful Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California.

With Spring weather and summer-like course conditions (especially the greens), 52 players were able to record a total of 64 birdies. Two of those players, Scott Oxandaboure of Titleist and Kyle Rector of Amateurgolf.com, scored four each, but unfortunately were "topped" on those holes.

All holes were birdied at least once, except -- for the second straight year -- No. 18, confirming its spot as one of the toughest closers in California.

Using a fair "half pop" format, where each player gets 1/2 stroke on every hole where they normally would get a full stroke, skins were recorded by the following players:

Jesse Coull (2.5) No. 2, Par 4, 391 Yards
Maiya Tanaka (2) No. 6, Par 3, 188 Yards
John Schulte (2.5) No. 7, Par 4, 393 Yards
Terry Baxter (2.5) No. 9, Par 4, 348 Yards
Rick Taniguchi (2) No. 11, Par 3, 178 Yards
Malcolm Bund (3) No. 15, Par 4, 445 Yards

The simple-but effective handicapping of using half strokes works out perfectly, as all skins were made with natural birdies with half of them going to players getting a 1/2 shot and half of them going to players getting no stroke. The skins paid $173 each.


Proximity, No. 3 - Michael Beach
Long Drive, No. 8 - Stephanie Segura Dolch
Proximity, No. 11 - Ralph Taylor
Long Drive, No. 17 - Kyle Rector


- Special thanks to Renny Brown and the entire staff at Aviara for hosting us, as well as all of our sponsors, especially SKLZ, Titleist, Project X, and Lamkin Grips, for providing the day's proximity, long drive, and raffle prizes

- If you're interested in another competitive golf outing this week, Gary Glaser, one of our skins game contestants and the head professional at The Crossings at Carlsbad has two openings for a Wednesday Pro-Am at Black Gold in Orange County. Contact Gary at 760-707-6145 or email contact (at sign) amateurgolf.com if you're interested ...
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