amateurgolf.com Monterey Cty 4-ball, Final results

PACIFIC GROVE, CALIFORNIA (March 5, 2006) -- Twenty years later, a couple of old pals from the University of the Pacific Golf Team, (class of '85) Todd Barsotti and Jeff Wilson, still enjoy getting the competitive juices flowing. They have partnered together in Northern California four-ball events many times -- picking up a victory in the biggest one of them all, the NCGA Four-Ball at Spyglass in 2003. Barsotti and Wilson have done pretty well a wee bit down the 17-mile-drive in the seaside hamlet of Pacific Grove as well.

Today at the short-but-tricky Pacific Grove Golf Links Barsotti and Wilson captured the title of the Monterey County Four-Ball for the second time in the last five years (they also lost one in a playoff) with a 5-under-par front nine and a momentum-saving birdie at No. 11 good enough to hold off playing companions Tyler Crawford and Cory Lathern and the rest of the Championship Division field.

"I hit it left on No. 11, and left my partner hanging," said Wilson, whose storied amateur resume includes being low amateur at the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach. "But Todd came through in a pinch with a birdie to put us 7-under - from there it was just 'keep it out of the ice plant.'"

(And anyone who has played the spectacular back nine on the course affectionately referred to as "The Poor Man's Pebble Beach" can attest to the fact that the ice plant which grows wild among the sand dunes is nice to look at from a distance, but it is almost impossible to hit out of.)

Crawford and Lathern -- who traveled to Monterey from Palm Desert and tied Barsotti and Wilson with a round one 63 despite never having seen the course -- briefly made things interesting on the front nine Sunday with a three birdie run, but they quickly gave it back with three straight bogeys as they rounded the turn.

Brady Baguio and Tony Denesha of Bakersfield snuck into second place with a final round 63, while Tom Koster and John Desantis, who play at nearby Coral de Tierra, fired a 64 to tie Lathern and Crawford, plus the long-time golf partnership of Bob Fulton and Dan Bieber at 10-under-par 130 on the tournament.


There is a sign at Kiawah Island, in one of the villas we stayed in last week, that says "If you wonder if you have any friends, just buy a place at Kiawah!" Here's another one. "If you aren't getting any attention, just post a sub-60 round in a net golf tournament." That's what Glenn Lee of Fairfax and Wes Tom of Sacramento did in the first round, creating a buzz around the leaderboard. Fact is, 12-under-par net is far from unreasonable in a net four-ball format, even at 80 percent handicap. If you applied handicaps to the scratch division numbers, you would see at least one team under 60 and many very close. (It is only 5700 yards, remember, at the far-from-daunting Pacific Grove G.L. which carries a course rating of 67.5)

Bill Foley of San Ramon and Rob McCourt of Alamo, paired with the leaders, did everything they could to catch up, including a beautiful pitch-in at the par-5 sixth by McCourt (which was answered with a high-five from Lee). In the end, Lee and Tom's final round 66 was good enough to hold off McCourt and Foley, who posted a 64 to take third at 128. Trevor Healy and Tom McGrane, two game players whose Irish accent fits in perfectly at the Pacific Grove Golf Links, fired a final round 63 to take grab second place at 127.

Chip Campion of Salinas and Doug Dusenbury of Monterey, after a tournament low first round of 63, came out strong on Sunday. The duo appeared ready to run away from the field when they got to 10-under par on the tournament with 5 holes left to play (with an eagle on No. 4) before a team bogey on the par-5 fifth hole derailed their train. They finished with 68 to tie for third with Terry Ackerman (newly of Monterey!) and Tom O'Grady of Los Altos. David Hemrick of Aptos and Frank Pieper of Carmel, playing in the final group with the leaders, posted a solid 6-under-par 64 in the final round to win by one over Marshall Raymer of Pleasanton and Bob Rowland of Danville, who snuck up the leaderboard into second place with a final round of 64 as well.

To view complete results, scroll to the bottom of the page.


- Special thanks to longtime Pacific Grove Golf Links Professional Peter Vitarisi, PGA for entrusting amateurgolf.com with an event he has run for the past 20 years. We presented Mr. Vitarisi with an engraved clock on Sunday to thank him for his support of amateur golf and we hope to continue the tradition he started for many years.

- Congratulations to Jerry Ledzinski of Carmel, who made an ace on the 1st hole (his 10th) with a nine iron. Ledzinski flushed a 9-iron that landed just feet past the hole and spun in, much to the delight of his partner Frank Pokigo, Jr. And while the Ocean Honda-supplied hole-in-one car was in view, Ledzinski would have needed his ace on the longer 9th hole to qualify for the free car.

- While we're talking about holing shots, kudos to Andrew Biggadike of Palo Alto for scoring an eagle on the difficult 8th hole, his first hole of the day! Biggadike, formerly of New Jersey, has become a regular at amateurgolf.com events and was quickly picked up as a partner by the savvy Tak Taoyama. That hot start resulted in enough momentum to carry the team up the leaderboard after an even par start as they closed with a 63.

- Thanks to the entire staff of Pacific Grove Golf Links for hosting us, to the weatherman for holding off the rain, and to Tournament Director Liz McQueen, Bill Biermann, and Trisha Williams of amateurgolf.com for running the event so smoothly. Our next tournament is next weekend at Shadow Lakes in Brentwood - we still have a few spots left in the field which you can grab by visiting www.amateurgolf.com/tour/schedule.asp

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Final results from the amateurgolf.com Monterey County Four Ball, played at the Par-72, 5727 yard Pacific Grove Golf Links:

Pos Team Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Barsotti / Wilson 63 62 125
2 Baguio / Denesha 65 63 128
T3 DeSantis / Koster 66 64 130
T3 Crawford / Lathern 63 67 130
T3 Bieber / Fulton 67 63 130
T6 Looper / Peterson 65 66 131
T6 Ledzinski / Pokigo Jr. 67 64 131
T6 Erbez / McBroom 65 66 131
T6 Boyns / Moore 64 67 131
T10 Foreman / Miller 69 63 132
T10 Couch / Moore 65 67 132
T12 Hallgrimson / Melvin 65 68 133
T12 Biggadike / Taoyama 70 63 133
T12 Anthony / Pryor 67 66 133
T15 Davis / Davis 67 67 134
T15 Affinito / Harding 68 66 134
T15 Miller / Smithburger 66 68 134
T15 Tessler / Wlodkowski 67 67 134
19 Furth / Whittemore 68 69 137
20 Hatfield / Ravazza 68 70 138
21 Bass / Debellis 68 71 139
22 Allison / Allison 67 73 140
T23 Harris / Tonge 69 73 142
T23 Campbell / Moore 71 71 142
T25 Dieker / Simas 72 72 144
T25 Bauer / Weeks 75 69 144
Pos Team Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Hemrick / Pieper 65 64 129
2 Raymer / Rowland 66 64 130
T3 Campion / Dusenbury 63 68 131
T3 Ackerman / O'Grady 68 63 131
5 Goettsch / Rhodes 66 69 135
6 Black / Cayton 70 71 141
7 Hamilton / Massier 74 68 142
Pos Team Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Lee / Tom 58 66 124
2 Healy / McGrane 64 63 127
3 Foley / McCourt 64 64 128
4 Knapp / Silacci 66 63 129
T5 Blaney / Lee 69 62 131
T5 Houde / Randesi 64 67 131
T5 Anderson / Biason 68 63 131
T8 Aschenbrenner / Wilbur 68 64 132
T8 House / Strahan 64 68 132
T10 Farino / Minkoff 67 66 133
T10 Steele / Vieira 66 67 133
T10 Hollstien / Loveless 67 66 133
T13 Lerner / Pittenger 70 65 135
T13 Richardson / Thurman 69 66 135
T15 Blake / Loftus 70 66 136
T15 Balisha / Balisha 68 68 136
17 Albaugh / Tudhope 71 66 137
18 Gray / Morais 74 64 138
T19 Staszko / Staszko 70 69 139
T19 Behling / Caputo 68 71 139
T19 Allison Sr / Beshwate 68 71 139
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