Best of the Weekend
23 Apr 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of

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Dan Crockett and Parker Smith play golf together to have fun, but whatever their recipe for success is, it definitely worked in their favor at the Champions Cup Invitational.

And what isn't fun about posting 10-under-par 61 on a windy second round day when the next best score is a 68, and your partner (Smith) makes 8 birdies?

At the halfway point of the 72-hole event they had a 7-shot lead and despite a third round 63 by the venerable Nevada duo of Kevin Marsh and Brady Exber -- who have had their name on the Champions Cup trophy for three of the past four years -- Crockett and Smith kept their seven-stroke cushion heading into the final round by posting a 65 of their own.

Crockett, 44, from Nashville, Tenn., and Smith, 36, from Morristown, Tenn., flirted with the record, and put the tournament out of reach from Marsh and Exber (or anyone else) as they got to 22 under through 12 holes Sunday. The only thing left to determine was if Crockett and Smith would break or match the tournament record of 25-under, and while that didn't happen (they ended up at 21-under) the victory was what they cared about.


Shotaro Ban posted a second-round 67 and leads by two shots after two rounds of play at the 2013 Alameda Commuters at the Earl Fry Course at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.

Ban, a red shirt on the top-ranked Cal golf team, opened play with a 69 and was three shots behind leader Danny Ro but his Sunday 67 was enough to take a lead after the first weekend of play. He'll be the leader next weekend when play continues.

Teammate of Ban (also a Cal red shirt) Andrew Morgan (69-69), Hayden Shieh (70-68) and Ryan Sloane (67- 71) are all tied for second place --- two shots behind the leader.

Isaiah Salinda, who reached the championship match of last month's San Francisco City Championship, is alone in fifth place after rounds of 71-68 while leader Shotaro Ban's younger brother Shintaro (70-70) is four back.


Chris Petefish prevailed over Cory Bacon in a sudden-death playoff to win the 2013 Arizona Stroke Play Championship at TPC Scottsdale's Champions course.

The Georgia Tech-bound Petefish and Bacon finished the four-day event at 2-over, forcing the sudden-death playoff to decide it. In the final round, Petefish blew a three-shot lead on the final hole before bouncing back to win the playoff.

Both players matched each other on Nos. 10 and 9 before the playoff went back to the 10th tee. Bacon hit his approach into a greenside bunker and it proved to be the difference maker as the 17-year-old Petefish capitalized.


Cameron Champ fired rounds of 69-70--139 to take the top prize at the 2013 Roseville City Championship held at Woodcreek Golf Club.

Champ, the No. 6-ranked junior in the country according to Golfweek and a 2013 Texas A&M commit, won by four shots over Juan Gonzalez (71-72--143) and Brad Carrico (75-68--143).


Defending champion Doug Pool fired a second-round 73 and remains in the lead entering the final round of play at the 2013 Golfweek Senior Amateur at PGA West's Stadium Course.

Pool is one shot up on Rober Pomerantz (75-70) and two over Jeff Burda (72-74).

Pool opened play with a 71 on Sunday and is in prime position to win his second straight title.


Jeff Burda completed a consistently impressive performance with a final-round 72 to win the 2013 Society of Seniors Masters at Indian Wells Golf Resort.

Burda, a Modesto, Calif. resident, entered the finale tied atop the leaderboard thanks to rounds of 70-73 on Tuesday and Wednesday. His final-round 72 was enough to keep pace and remain two shots ahead of runner-up Chris Maletis, who charged on the final day of play with a 70.

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