Senior Tournament Results and RoundUp
Two familiar names in Shadow Hills Country Club tournaments, Rob Johnson and Randy Fisher, captured the second two-day Senior Classic, July 16-17, with a 136 total gross score.
The pair carded a six-under 66 on the first day in best-ball competition, then managed a two-under 70 in the more-difficult Chapman format to claim overall champion honors.
“We played better the first day,” Johnson said. “And, we bogeyed our first two holes in the Chapman before getting it together.
“When one guy had a bad hole, the other stepped up,” he added.
Each player contributed three birdies on the first day toward the bogey-free round. After slipping on both the par-4 sixth and seventh holes Thursday, they proceeded to make birdies at No. 9, No 13 and No. 16 and finishing the day with another at the fifth hole.
Steve Stalcup and Casey Matthews of Watson Ranch were the overall net winners with a 13-under 131 total, including a stellar round of 64 in the Chapman event.
Open First Gross: Joe Jaukkuri-Mark Wilson 138; Open First Net: Clay Warner-Don Hadley 135; Open Second Gross: John Schmolke-Pete Massoletti 152; Open Second Net: Dan Smith-Jim Schmolke 133.
Senior First Gross: Jack Mattison-Tom Liljeholm 144; Senior First Net: Dave Jensen-Jim Abrahamson 128; Senior Second Gross: Doug Orton-John DeWille 159; Senior Second Net: Dan Barnum-Jerry Delaplain 129.
Super Senior Gross: Bob Brewer-Jay Berry 154; Super Senior Net: Dennis Link-Fred Schultz 128.
A mini-Cinderella story is over and Shadow Hills Country Club has crowned its first champion for the 2014 season.
Richard Bloch, who has had to recover from knee surgery last December, survived a king-sized deficit to take out Jerry Delaplain for the Super Senior title.
It was Delaplain, a gargantuan underdog to defending champion Jack Mattison in the semifinals, who played one of his top rounds in memory to dethrone one of Shadow Hills’ best players to set up the final match with Bloch.
He was ahead by four holes with only eight remaining in the match when Bloch staged his rally which was culminated with a final-hole win for a 1-up victory.
“I’m not sure I deserved to win,” Bloch said, “but that’s the way it turned out. My opponent played well and putted even better.”
Bloch, who usually plays the Shadow Hills course from tees presenting more length to the course than those required in the tournament, said he had to adjust his thinking when things were the most critical during the play.
“I decided I should try making pars instead of birdies,” said Bloch, who carded none of the one-under-par scores during the match. “I played poorly until I realized I was about to lose the match.”
Bloch won four of five holes to pull even at No. 15, then lost No. 16 but bounced back to take No. 17 to set up the late drama.
“I had an eight-footer to send the match to extra holes and couldn’t make it,” said Delaplain. “He made a three-footer to win.”
Bloch was not seeking sympathy for his physical struggles, but admitted he has been bothered by an Achilles ailment in recent months. “I never know how my swing will respond and how I’m going to feel each day.”
On this day, however, he could feel like a champion.
Submitted by Steve Hellyer