SCGA Foursomes: Tipton and DuBois Win at Pala Mesa

FALLBROOK, March 28 - Don DuBois of Newport Beach and Will Tipton of Corona del Mar rallied on the back nine today and won the 4th Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Foursomes Championship by one shot over Keith Kinsel of Glendale and Patrick Carrigan of Walnut at Pala Mesa Resort.

DuBois, the reigning California Amateur champion, and Tipton, who like DuBois belongs to Big Canyon CC, finished at 73-75 - 148 over the tight 6,510-yard course in Northern San Diego County. Kinsel and Carrigan shot 74-75 - 149.

Another shot back at 150 were Steve Pircher of Manhattan Beach and Robert Forster of Huntington Beach, who were tied with co-first round leaders Mark Scheibach of Bermuda Dunes and Eric Schwarz of Indio.

On a windy day where the rain dropping throughout Southern California somehow avoided Pala Mesa ("It was like there was a dome over this place," said one SCGA official), the other first-round co-leaders - DuBois, the reigning California Amateur champion, and Tipton, who like DuBois belongs to Big Canyon CC -- opened with two birdies in their first four holes and appeared set to make the alternate-shot tournament a runaway.

However, a lipped-out birdie putt on No. 8 followed by a three-putt bogey set the stage for a shaky back nine that began with a bogey on No. 10, a double bogey on No. 12 and another bogey on No. 14. DuBois and Tipton managed to right the ship and closed with four consecutive pars to claim the title. "We were leaking oil out there," admitted DuBois later.

"It was a battle of wills," said Tipton afterwards. "I gave my partner so many four-foot putts, so hats off to him; he may never want to play with me again. We got a couple of bad breaks when we doubled No. 12, but we made a couple of putts coming in and it was fun."

DuBois came into the tournament hoping for a tune-up before the SCGA Mid-Amateur in two weeks and got more than he bargained for. "It's a tough little course," said DuBois after the victory, "but fortunately the course was playing tough for everyone. "After the double-bogey on No. 12, we made some good pars coming in and got away with it."

Like nearly everyone else in the tough alternate-shot format, Kinsel and Carrigan had their share of bogeys but they also made a couple of birdies and came to the 418-yard, par-4 finishing hole hoping to make birdie to win. What they got, in Carrigan's words, was "a whiffed drive, pulled second, chunked third and lag putt," which resulted in a bogey 5. "That was not closing like we wanted to," said Kinsel.

Scheibach and Schwarz came to grief with a triple-bogey 8 on the 11th hole ("A bogey after an OB tee shot," is how Scheibach described it afterwards). The duo closed with consecutive birdies to tie with Pircher and Forster, who played even par on the front nine but could not post a birdie on the back side.

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4th SCGA Foursomes Championship
at Pala Mesa Resort; Fallbrook, Calif.
6,502 yards; par 72

FINAL 36-hole results:

148 -- Don DuBois, Newport Beach-Will Tipton, Corona De Mar, 73-75.

149 -- Keith Kinsel, Glendale-Patrick Carrigan, Walnut, 74-75.

150 -- Steve Pircher, Manhattan Beach-Robert Forster, Huntington Beach, 76-74; Mark Scheibach, Bermuda Dunes-Eric Schwarz, Indio, 73-77.

151 -- John Pate, Santa Barbara-Tim Hogarth, Northridge, 78-73; Rick Nolan, Trabuco Canyon-John McDonald, San Clemente, 78-73; Scott Daniels, San Bernardino-John Thornes, Redlands, 74-77.

152 -- Mark Etue, Escondido-Donald O'Connor, Carlsbad, 76-76.

153 -- Marc Kearns, Irvine-Doug Higgins, Oceanside, 79-74; Jerry Hutton, Long Beach-Jim Ream Jr, Cerritos, 77-76; John Adams, San Clemente-Jerry Maras, Westminster, 75-78.

154 -- Brian Lindley, Corona del Mar-Robert Summers, Dove Canyon, 80-74; Ted Lyford, Redlands-Mark Gardner, Redlands, 75-79.

155 -- Patrick Duncan, Rancho Santa Fe-Michael Rowley, San Luis Obispo, 77-78; David Ober, Riverside-Brian Leff, San Marcos, 76-79.

156 -- Warren Caves, Newport Beach-Michael Carpenter, Irvine, 80-76; Preston Davis, San Juan Capistrano-Peter Daley, Newport Beach, 81-75; David Ujihara, Brea-Gary Wing, Irvine, 79-77; Jeffrey Gipner, Oceanside-Peter Ayers, Oceanside, 82-74; Joel Fieri, San Diego-Kent Taylor, Ramona, 77-79.

157 -- Michael Hernandez, Rancho Cucamonga-Raymond Duffy, Chino Hills, 81-76; Mel Collins, Long Beach-Gregory Hetzer, San Pedro, 78-79; James Myers, Oceanside-Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, 78-79; Warren Shafer, San Diego-David Neshat, Carlsbad, 76-81.

158 -- Joe Byrom, San Diego-Jim Plotkin, Carlsbad CA 83-75; Stan Ware, Oak Hills-Keith Gulla, San Bernardino, 77-81.

159 -- Jerry Cannon, San Diego-Bruce Osborne, La Jolla, 81-78; Greg Grohs, Arcadia-Michael Christensen, Pasadena, 79-80; Steve Rennie, Beverly Hills-Cliff Martin, Beverly Hills, 81-78; Marty Temple, Anaheim-Mike Miyasaki, La Habra, 77-82.

160 -- John Hoffman, San Diego-Andrew Damron, San Diego, 80-80; Richard Simonin, Riverside-Kurt Yaeger, Riverside, 79-81; Scott McGihon, Bermuda Dunes-Jon McGihon, Palm Desert, 81-79.

161 -- Robert Gross, Pasadena-Paul De Forest, Pasadena, 80-81; Robert Latiano, Carlsbad-Robert Bird, Lakeside, 82-79; Greg Merfeld, Agoura Hills-Jeff Johnston, Calabasas, 90-71.

162 -- Johnny Holmes, Riverside-Robert May, Riverside, 79-83; Danny Carroll, Santa Barbara-Jeff Clayton, Carpinteria, 82-80; Todd Stires, Murrieta-Tom Norys, Riverside, 83-79; William Reid, Fountain Valley-Rick Turner, Sun City, 78-84.

163 -- Jack Rector, Thousand Oaks-Mark Monreal, Moorpark, 81-82; Kevin Smith, Los Angeles-Ed Holmes, Riverside, 79-84; Jeffrey Payne, Garden Grove-John Finney, Rancho Santa Margarita, 85-78.

164 -- Jim Lovell, Yorba Linda-Wesley Tamashiro, Yorba Linda, 80-84; Bret Taylor, Foothill Ranch-Rob Warren, Mission Viejo, 82-82.

165 -- Dan Cimino, Westlake Village-Rick O'Hara, WEstlake Village , ca 83-82; Bob Erling, Murrieta-Peter Lane, Riverside, 86-79; Richard Rudell, Whittier-Robert Polzel, La Mirada, 81-84.

166 -- Dennis Reiland, Irvine-Chris Rouk, Irvine, 87-79.

167 -- Wade Calmer, La Habra-Tim Schilling, Fullerton, 83-84; Lee Mason, San Diego-David Warner, San Diego, 86-81.

168 -- Mark Rossi, La Verne-Russell Blair, Los Angeles, 87-81.

169 -- John Costa, Escondido-Robert Toot, Escondido, 81-88; Edward D. Quimby, Rancho Mirage-David Hiner, Waukegan, IL 82-87; Fred Williams, Fontana-Kevin Unck, Alta Loma, 84-85.

171 -- Tom McCutcheon, Cypress-Richard Reagan, Garden Grove, 81-90; John McGlaughlin, Palmdale-Cory Dishman, Camarillo, 90-81.

172 -- Kipp Downing, Del Mar-Brian Lynn, San Diego, 82-90.

173 -- Todd Derrick, San Gabriel-John Helgeson, Sierra Madre, 87-86.

175 -- Tim Daly, San Diego-Matthew Papuga, San Diego, 88-87.

177 -- Daniel Kent, Torrance-Todd Bright, Redondo Beach, 91-86.

179 -- Greg Creamer, Rancho Santa Margarita-Ron Reach, Mission Viejo, 92-87; Dean Duncan, Palm Springs-Tyler W. Smith, Irvine, 94-85.

185 -- Robert Goulette, Riverside-Mike Lord, Riverside, 90-95.

188 -- Kirk Stark, Studio City-Rod Ambrose, Capistrano Beach, 98-90.

WD -- Stephen Dunn, Rancho Santa Fe-Daniel Homan, Rancho Santa Fe, 87-WD.

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