Simi Valley City: 3-Year Golfer Jake Ledbetter upsets Tim Hogarth in playoff
2015 Simi Valley City winner Jake Ledbetter<br>(Photo courtesy of Ventura County Star)
2015 Simi Valley City winner Jake Ledbetter
(Photo courtesy of Ventura County Star)

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (May 31, 2015) -- For a golfer with a mere three years of competition under his belt, Jake Ledbetter showed great poise on Sunday at Simi Hills Golf Course. Tied for the lead in the championship division with a veteran of the leaderboard, Tim Hogarth (Northridge), Ledbetter kept his cool under pressure and won the tournament on the first hole of Sudden Death.

Ledbetter is a Thousand Oaks resident and Santa Barbara City College golfer. He and Hogarth ended the regulation 36 holes of competition with scores of 141, one under par. However, Ledbetter played the sudden death hole like a pro. His drive found the middle of the fairway, leading to par in regulation. Hogarth’s drive on the number one hole landed in a fairway bunker, leading to a disappointing bogey and second place finish.

"It was pretty nerve-wracking," Ledbetter told the Ventura County Star. "I was fine on the tee, but the closer I got to the green, the more nervous I got. I thought my second shot was going to be closer than it ended up, but it took a hard kick when it landed and released."

Los Angeles resident, Lee Ross took third place in this event, with rounds of 75-68 for a 143 total, followed by Brandon Gama (Santa Barbara), Dan Sullivan (Pasadena) and Josh Lottman (Manhattan Beach) who tied for fourth place one back at 144. The Senior division Championship was earned this year by David Eberstein of Granada Hills.

Eberstein carded scores of 74 and 75, for a two round total of 149, one stroke better than Gerard Sanders (Burbank) and two strokes better than Dario Gonzales (Bakersfield).

In the “A” flight, the gross score championship was earned by Rafael Padilla (Los Angeles) with a two day total score of 150. Chris Hall (Moorpark), who shared the win in this flight last year, took second place honors with a two-round total of 152. In the “A” flight net score competition, Todd Mayne (Malibu) shot net 143 to take the award by 2 strokes over Sunny Bhullar (Simi Valley).

In the “B” flight, Greg Cox of Simi Valley took the win with matching rounds of 79, for a total score of 158. Second place went to Darryl Gordon (Saugus) with a score of 159. The net competition in the “B” flight resulted in honors to Alan Chien (Vista), who carded a two day total of 136. Mickey Diaz (La Crescenta) took runner-up honors with a net 137.

story courtesy Jackie Cochran, Simi Hills Golf Course

Results: Simi Valley City
1CAJake LedbetterThousand Oaks, CA7571-70=141*
2CATim HogarthNorthridge, CA5072-69=141
3CALee RossLos Angeles, CA2575-68=143
T4CABrandon GamaSanta Barbara, CA2570-74=144
T4CADan SullivanPasadena, CA2573-71=144

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ABOUT THE Simi Valley City

The Simi Valley City Championship is considered to be one of the premier city championships in Southern California and is held annually at Simi Hills Golf Course. This 36-hole tournament features play in 2 divisions (regular and senior) and a total of 6 flights.

The regular division accepts entries from golfers age 17 and older (exceptions made on a case-by-case basis). All golfers must have verifiable amateur status, and all net flight participants must have a valid USGA approved handicap, with a 12-month low index of no more than 18.0.

The senior division accepts entries for golfers age 50 and over. Senior golfers with handicap indexes of 4.9 or better qualify for the Senior Championship Flight, and other senior golfers play in the two net flights for seniors.

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