27th Annual Pacific Group Golf Tournament
August 7-9, 2015 - Temecula Creek Inn
The Results are In! Congratulations to Korey Klostermeier, Danny Hayes, Luis Macias, Jim Shaw and Darrell Wiggam.
The 27th Annual Pacific Group Golf Tournament was held this year at the Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula, CA. The weather was fantastic, the food was great, the golf gods were their usual selves . . . but most of all, it was all about the fellowship. We laughed, cried, yelled and screamed. A weekend packed full of emotions and fun.
Temecula Creek has three nines - Creek, Oaks and Storehouse. These are also the order of difficulty. Round one was played Saturday on the Creek/Oaks course. We brought back mobile technology and used the Golf Gamebook app to track on course results. It was quite fun to watch in real-time how the players on the course were doing.
That link does not break down the results by Flight. To view results by flight, click here
Low Net - Byron Flight
The leaders coming out of Saturday in the Low Net Byron Flight (under 55 years old) included Kevin O'Connor (net 1 over par), Morgan Douglas (net 2 over par) and Karl Moris and Sean Cunningham at net 3 over par. The Low Net Leaders in the Buddy Flight (55 and over) were Luis Macias at net 3 over par, David Alemany with a net 4 over par, and Charlie Sights at net 5 over par.
Sunday did not fare well for the Saturday leaders of the Low Net Byron Flight. Perhaps it was the change of courses. Sunday's round started on Oaks and finished on Storehouse, definitely the most difficult nine holes at TCI. Kevin O'Connor, the Saturday Low Net leader for the Byron flight, shot a net 6 over par on the front nine, followed by a net 6 over on the back (which included shooting a 10 on the par 4, 15th hole) to finish the tournament at net 10 over par.
Morgan Douglas, the defending Club Champion for the Low Net Byron flight, was on pace for a good round and actually in sole possession of 1st place at one point. But he floundered coming down the stretch, shooting a combined 8 over par on the last four holes (net 5 over par) and finishing 1 shot out of a tie for 1st place. The big error was a quadruple bogey on the tough par 4, 15th hole, where his second shot went long over the green and landed about 2 inches behind the Out of Bounds marker. Seconds and inches away from defending his Club Championship title.
Sean Cunningham also sucked big time on Sunday. He couldn't catch a break on the front nine, shooting bogey on 8 of out the 9 holes. He was still in contention heading into the back nine on Storehouse, but quadruple bogeys on 13 and 15 put any hopes to rest. Sean ended the tournament at net 14 over par.
With the leaders faltering, it opened the door for those back in the pack to move up. Karl Moris played very steady, following up his net 3 over par on Saturday with a net 4 over par on Sunday, to finish at a combined net 7 over par. He could have done a few strokes better though, which would have made the difference for him. He shot a double bogey on the par 5 10th hole, and another double bogey on the par 3 17th hole. Those mishaps opened the door for Korey Klostermeier, who came into Sunday in a tie for 7th place in the Byron Flight. Korey was one of three people who played to their handicap on Sunday, shooting a net 3 over par on the front, but a sizzling net 3 under par on the back, to also finish the tournament at a combined net 7 over par and a tie for 1st place with Karl Moris. So, we went to the scorecards, and Korey shot a net birdie to Karl's net par on the number one handicap hole to take the honors and the Byron Cup!
Congratulations to Korey!
Low Net - Buddy Flight
The Low Net for the Buddy Flight (55 and over) was not as dramatic and topsy-turvy as the Buddy Flight. Luis Macias, only 5 years into his golfing career, lead wire to wire with a 3 over net par on Saturday followed by a 1 under net par on Sunday to finish a combined 2 over net par and three shots ahead of the closest competitor to take home the Buddy Trophy and Low Net Senior Champion.
David Alemany, defending Low Gross Club Champion, was one shot behind Luis heading into Sunday with a net 4 over par, but nose-dived quickly on Sunday, shooting a double bogey on the first hole, followed by a quadruple bogey on the par 5 second hole. He ended up the day net 18 over par and net 22 over for the tournament.
Low Gross - Byron Flight
The Low Gross Byron Flight was also somewhat ho-hum. Danny Hayes, newly sponsored by Tom Bouchard and playing in his first PG Golf Tournament, shot an impressive 77 on Saturday to take a 3 shot lead over Kevin O'Connor and 6 shot lead over Scott Stone heading into Sunday. He struggled a bit going out on Sunday morning, with 3 bogeys and 3 double bogeys on the front nine, for a total of 9 over par after nine holes.
A big Sports Center highlight for Danny came on the par 3, 3rd hole. He hit his tee shot to the right of the water on the right side of the green, and his ball came to a rest next to a large, 10 foot high boulder in the hazard. He had no backswing to advanced the ball forward to the green. With the urging of his cart mates, Danny lined up to hit his ball into the rock (facing back towards the tee), with the hope of ricocheting it backwards onto the green. He settled in, took his stance . . . and . . . whack! Into the rock, backwards and onto the green! Awesome shot. However, he ended up three putting the hole for a double-bogey. As he said it "I should have just taken the drop." But it was still an awesome shot.
After purging himself of all his anger and frustration, he settled down and shot two over par on the Storehouse, finishing with 11 over par for Sunday and a combined 16 over par for the tournament and good enough for 1st place. This was 2 shots better than Scott Stone, who also made a charge on Sunday, shooting 7 over 79. Scott dropped a ball in the water on the par 3, 3rd hole and ended up taking a double bogey. He had a few more bogeys on the front nine, and was only two shots behind Danny heading into the back nine.
The tie continued until the 13th par 4, when Scott Stone dropped and birdie and Danny shot bogey, putting them into a tie for 1st place. But that was the beginning of the end for Scott. He bogeyed the next hole, then double-bogeyed the par 4 15th hole. He came back with a birdie on the 16th hole, but finished up bogey-bogey on 17 and 18.
In the end, Danny Hayes shot steady golf on the back-nine Stonehouse to take home the honors of Low Gross Champion, Byron Flight.
Low Gross - Byron Flight
Jim Shaw headed into Sunday 5 strokes behind David Alemany for the overall Low Gross, but as you read earlier, David had a bad round on Sunday, shooting 28 over par for 100. Kerry Wyse was also in front of Jim by two strokes, and did not play all that bad, shooting a gross 87, which was 5 strokes above his course handicap. But Jim was on fire, shooting 5 over on the front and 6 over on the back for a combined 11 over par on Sunday to finish the tournament 90-83-173 and two shots ahead Kerry Wyse for the overall Low Gross, Byron Flight winner.
Jim could have won by an even larger gap had he not triple-bogeyed the par 5, 18th hole.
Kerry went into the back nine with a three shot lead over jim, having shot a very good 4 over par on the front nine. But Kerry came in on the Storehouse with three consecutive bogeys on 10, 11 and 12, followed by a double bogey on the 14th par 3, and then a triple bogey on the very tough par 4, 14th hole. That 14 was playing very tough on Sunday. The demise of many golfers. Even after all that, Kerry still had a a shot to win if he parred the last three holes. But, unfortunately, he bogeyed 16 and had a double bogey on 17 and finished out his round with an 87 and two shorts out of first place.
Congratulations to Jim!
Jim Shaw Sportsmanship Award
There were three candidates to receive the Jim Shaw Senior Sportsmanship Award heading into Sunday: Korey Klostermeier, Darrell Wiggam and Bob Thole. As we heard already, Korey shot very well on Sunday and kept himself out of contention. It then came down to Bob and Darrell. Only two strokes separated these players as play began on Sunday, with Darrell at 105 and Bob at 102.
After the front nine, Bob increased his lead by 3 strokes, shooting a 52 to Darrell's 55. It was over pretty quick on the back nine. Darrell took a 10 on the par 5 10th hole, and it did not fair much better after that, finishing with a 67 on the back nine for a total two-day score of 227.
Congratulations to Darrell on winning the Jim Shaw Awards and we look forward to you NOT repeating this feat next year!