Thomas Tatum leads AGC Wine Country Cup
15 Mar 2021
by Pete Wlodkowski of

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For 16-straight years starting in 2002, ran The Wine Country Cup at StoneTree Golf Club, the scenic and challenging course at the gateway to Napa Valley.

Today, after a three year break, the tournament returned to the Johnny Miller and Sandy Tatum design, now a private club under the ownership umbrella of The Bay Clubs. Conditions were spotless. But a cold weather day and some very difficult pins allowed StoneTree's tougher side to break through.

For Thomas Tatum -- we don't think he's any relation to Sandy, but maybe the name brought some good vibes -- the key to keeping his score in view of par was making four birdies, after starting off with three early bogeys. Tatum birdied Nos. 6, 7, 12 and 16, and played the last four holes in one under. He leads the championship division of the Wine Country Cup by two shots over Daniel Connolly of San Francisco. Connolly's up-and-down card was, like Tatum's, somewhat saved by three birdies.

The only other championship player to break 80 was Beau Forest. Unlike the Tatum and Connolly, Forest plodded along with 6 bogeys through 10 holes and appeared headed to the mid-80's before settling in and playing the last eight holes in 1-over. Tatum, Connolly, and Forest will play in the final group together on Tuesday and battle it out for the title. But there are good rounds out there, and anyone close could chase the leaders with a round of even par or better.

In the Senior Division, things are even tighter, with Michael Murphy of Oakland holding a 2-shot lead after a solid round of 76. He's trailed by four players who posted 78 - Neil Cohn, Jim Williams, Daniel O'Connor, and Ryan Snow.

The Net Division saw a bit more separation, as Bryan French posted net 73 to take a 5-shot lead over Jeremy Higgins into the final round.

With temps headed into the low 30s, it's possible we will face a frost delay in the morning -- contestants will be notified by email if that occurs.

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ABOUT THE AGC Wine Country Cup

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The Original Wine Country Cup is back! After taking a break for three years, we are returning to one of the first three courses to host the Winter Tour. The 2021 edition will be a 36-hole medal play event on Monday and Tuesday March15 and 16. We'll offer Scratch, Senior Scratch, and Net divisions. Mid-Amateur (age 25+) players and Super-Seniors (65+) will be awarded a bonus and separate trophy if there are at least 6 of each. And women are welcome to play.

Our host club, Bay Clubs StoneTree, is one of Northern California's premier private courses.

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