Wednesday’s match was – as usual – a competitive event. A couple of familiar names finished on top. Dave Inman and Jim Gabriel walked away with first place after winning a scorecard playoff with Steve King and Bruce Partridge. Carl Cheverie and Bob Martz took third place from Tom Hansen and Scott Thompson in a scorecard playoff.
Some interesting numbers came out of the match revealing some of the course’s secrets. For those that hit the ball straight, scores were low. Garry Warner edged out Anthony Arvidson for low gross while Gary Graham beat his handicap by seven strokes to claim low net honors.
1. Garry Warner – 72
2. Anthony Arvidson – 73
3. Gary Graham – 75
1. Gary Graham – 62
2. Ed Nafus – 64
3. Ron Dobkin, Ken Vlah, Garry Warner and Phil Graham – 66
The Arroyo/Lakes course combination presented some challenges. Eight out of the nine holes on the Arroyo side played at close to bogey or higher. The par four first hole averaged 5.26 strokes. The second hole was the only one playing significantly below bogey. What a coincidence! It’s the only hole without a lake and/or an arroyo.
Only three of the nine Lakes holes played at or near bogey. As always, the seventh hole beat the field out of its balls, but for the most part, the rest of the course was at least manageable. The Arroyo course played a full stroke and a quarter tougher than the Lakes course. Let’s see if we can figure that out. Rock breaks scissors. Paper beats rock. Arroyos beat lakes.
Here’s my revelation and advice to you. Don’t hit your ball into the arroyos!