Twist repeats as club champion
Josh Twist stood over an 18 foot bi-level putt on the 36th hole of the Club Championship with his hopes of repeating as Club Champion hanging in the balance. With a miss, his wily opponent, Rick Carrington, could have sent the match into a playoff. Josh would not miss. A confident, pressure packed stroke sent the putt rolling true to the back of the cup and down for the win. The victory marked the second title in a row for the 28 year old who seems to be rounding into top form.
In his march to the title, Twist defeated Richard Carlson, Steve Jones, Luke Hobberlin and capped it off in the finals by clipping Rick Carrington 1-up. Mr. Carrington proved to be a tough opponent even though he trailed 2 down after the morning 18. Carrington's charge started on the eleventh hole North in the afternoon when he drained a 35 footer from the frog hair for an eagle to shave the deficit to one. “He had not made any long putts all day until that hole” stated the Champion. “I knew he was due, but that one shocked me, because I didn’t expect him to make it.” The momentum continued for Carrington as he got up and down from a buried lie on hole 13 to win the hole with a par. Twist countered with a daring birdie on 14 as the hole was perched on the top shelf.
Carrington missed an opportunity on hole 16 when Twist bunkered his approach to the long par three. He over clubbed, and hooked his hybrid club into a spongy, grassy lie over the green and failed to make the par he needed to win the hole. After both players parred the 17th and split the fairway on the last, the match was still in question as they missed the green with their approaches. Twist pitched with mediocrity to 18 feet as the ball fell away and short to the lower level. Twist watched intently as the winning putt fell and punctuated the affair with a modest, yet deserved, pump of the fist.
Dave Bunfill won the Scratch White Championship for the second consecutive year. Bunfill overcame an aching back and several good players in his win. In the finals, he ended the Cinderella Story bid of Lonnie Trillo, with a 3 and 2 victory. Trillo had to be convinced by the Director of Golf to compete in the Scratch Flight instead of the handicap division. For this decision, the players who Trillo sent packing were dismayed as Trillo found his game in the tournament and proved to himself that he could compete at the Scratch White level.
Gordon Tomlinson outlasted the field and won flight two of the Handicap Division. Charlie Beall played excellent golf and claimed the flight one championship.
We are in the process of forming a couple’s golf group for those interested in a bit of competition and camaraderie with your spouses. The purpose of the league is to bring couples together to play golf, to enjoy our facility more fully and, most importantly, to have a good time.
We envision an assortment of various golf games to provide some competition via a few creative and interesting formats. We welcome golfers of all abilities, but ask that you sign up as a couple (or foursome if you know of another couple you would like to play with). Our hope is to create a regular group that meets every 3-4 weeks and has a lot of fun together.
Should you be interested, please contact John and Angie Friedrich at email@example.com.
-- Don Thames, Director of Golf