MacKinnon wins Bidwell spring tournament | Tee to Green
To no one’s surprise, and certainly not mine, Kelly MacKinnon won the Bidwell Park Women’s Golf Club annual three-day, eclectic format, spring tournament with a score of 74.
It was a tie for the overall net winner between Gayle Aylward and Liz Mosher.
Both players shot a net 57 over the three-day event.
First flight low gross: Barbara Joronen, 82. Low net: 1, Linda Jones, 63; 2, tie, Yumiko Hankins and Gail Johnson, 64. Second flight low gross: Aggie O’Neill, 90. Low net: 1, May Gallaway, 64; 2, tie, Eleanor Calvert and Barbara Lutz, 67. Third flight low gross: Mary Beck, 98. Low net: 1, Wendy Donahoo, 66; 2, Linda Mowell, 71.
Closest to pin first day: 1, Hankins; 2, Beck; 3, Alward. Closest to pin on final day: 1, Calvert; 2, Hankins; 3, MacKinnon.
The El Rancho Chico Men’s Golf Club held its Club Championship and Jeff Nedved defended his title over the two-day event under wet conditions with a gross score of 150.
Nedved won the title last year with a two-day score of 145.
John Lundin and Dave Koistinen finished second and third respectively in the gross division.
Asante Weupe won the net flight with a 140. Todd Martin took second and Jim Reams finished in the third spot.
The senior flight was won by Alan Stephenson with a 137. The other top finishers in the senior flight were: 2, Gary Pederson; 3, Rich Carlson; 4, Dan White.
Closest to the pin winners: Hole No. 2, White; No. 4, Jim Cagno; No. 7, Nedved; No. 12, Ray Hanson; No. 16, Cecil Braswell.
Butte Creek Country Club
The Butte Creek Senior Men’s Club held a four-man, two best-ball format in the rain for its monthly tournament.
Taking first with a 114 was the team of Ray Hobbs, Dennis Keener, Richard Klinger and Gary Bright. A distant second at 123 was Randy Holt, Dave Smith, Tom Beckman and a blind draw. Third place went to the team of Chuck Hodel, Erv Alves, Marc Richmond and a blind draw at 125.
Canyon Oaks Country Club
Turns out the Butte Creek Seniors were not the only ones to brave the rain and wind (I can think of another descriptive word, but let’s leave it at brave) last Thursday.
Thirty-six players and guests of the Canyon Oaks Women’s Golf Club challenged Mother Nature and played a guest day, four-player, two best-ball format for its weekly game.
The team of Christie Smith, Pat Radisich, Evie Spring and Karen Beckman took first with a score of 123.
Shooting a 126 for second was the team of Linda Alworth, Linda Schmitz, Cherie Flowers and Pam Storey.
The team of Jakki Thomas, Lori Wilber, Gina Davis and Robin Smith finished third with a 129.
Closest to pin for guests: 1, Wilber; 2, Kathy Wheeler; 3, Ruthie Cooper. Closest to pin for members: 1, Smith; 2, Coleen Silva; 3, Sue Heimann.
Junior Golf Camps and Clinics
All of the local courses are offering junior golf camps and instructional clinics this summer.
One in particular is the Drive, Chip and Putt practice sessions at Butte Creek.
This camp is geared toward preparing players ages 7 to 15, for the upcoming Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying competition on June 20 at Butte Creek.
Sessions will be held on Sundays 4-6 p.m., May 26, June 2, 9 and 16 at $20 per session.
Call the Butte Creek golf shop, 343-8292 for more information.
The Bidwell Park Golf Course is also offering junior golf camps and instruction throughout the summer for beginners, immediate and advanced players between June and August.
Call the Bidwell golf shop, 891-8417, ext. 2, for more information and to register.
All of the instructors at these local clinics and camps are PGA professionals and are fully qualified to teach the essential skills for up and coming junior players.
How about Kurt Kitayama making the cut at the 101st PGA Championship Tournament, played at Bethpage Black in Farmington New York, one of the toughest public golf courses in the country?
Kitayama finished tied for 64th with a two-over par round on Sunday for a total of 11 over par.
Kurt finished ahead of many notable players, such as Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and Kevin Tway.
Many popular players didn’t even make the 36-hole cut, i.e.: Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm, to name a few.
Kitayama gained entry into the tournament because of his two wins recently on the European Tour.
Seems just like yesterday that Kurt was the point guard and bringing the ball down the court for Chico High.
Man, how time flies when you’re having fun.
Ed Anderson’s local golf column appears Tuesdays. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.