By GARY TRAYNHAM 3/22/21
Like death and taxes, the annual Colusa County Cup golf tournament has become quite predictable. The Arbuckle Golf Club made it 25 wins in 28 matches against the Colusa Golf Club by a whopping 44-22 advantage this Sunday.
After building a big lead Saturday on their home course, the winners breezed through the final round at Colusa. Robert Bement and Justin Travis led the way Sunday with a 3-0 win over Steve Cribari and Alan Walker. In a featured match, Arbuckle leaders Thomas Steinhoff and Derick Strain avenged a home loss with a 2-1 win over Colusa pro Doug Hanson, who was under par Saturday, and Braden Lyss.
"I think it's pretty evident. You almost root for it to be close," said Strain, feeling the plight of the Colusans. He matched par Sunday. "After playing these greens and our greens, it's really not fair."
Both sides concurred the camaraderie far outweighs the results.
Benji Gil and Mark Anderson paced Colusa in the final round with a three-point sweep of Bryan Shadinger and Todd Nelson, but they realized the overall challenge. "Both of us played horrible," Gil said. "We got lucky."
Rick Strain, who helped start the event with Dave Nelson in 1993, smiled about his team getting its usual round of drinks from the losing captain. He and Andy Geyer won over Steven Razo and Eric Rasmussen 2-1 Sunday. "They're good sports," Rick Strain joked. He noted it's a difficult chore for the Colusans to adjust from their flat greens to the hilly Arbuckle terrain.
Maybe that explains why five who belong to both clubs - Greg Weber, Nic Weber, Mike Herrick, Scott Spurgeon and Steinhoff - all choose to play for Arbuckle.
In the final round, Nick Weber and Willy Travis won 2.5-0.5 over Peter Tor and Dino Nicholau, and Mike Herrick-Kevin Wood topped Christian Cowsert -Thomas Quiring and Carlos Garcia-Danny Morrow beat Matthew Reische-Doug Austin by 2-1 margins.
The games matching Jake Geyer-Spurgeon vs. Frank Davison-Taylor, Luther Slack-Greg Weber vs. Stephen Sanderson-Jeff Ferraiuolo, Johnny Mike Vawter-John Scheimer vs. Matt Purcell-Morgan Bressler, and Mike Iannone-Ronnie DeMarchi vs. Milford Noles-Edison Long were halved Sunday.
Andy Geyer summed up the event: "We have a good time every year. The get-together is the main thing"
By GARY TRAYNHAM 2/22/21
Jeff Thomas of Arbuckle and Scott Bement of Elk Grove thought a chance to win slipped away when both four-putted the 18th green Sunday in the annual Almond Blossom Invitational Golf Tournament at the Arbuckle Golf Course. But two earlier birdies and a bunch of pars by Thomas lifted the twosome to the $400 first flight net prize at 6-under-par best-ball 138.
Bement laughed, "I'm glad we didn't five-putt."
Thomas interjected, "I knew we were in trouble."
Bement has been an Arbuckle member for 30 years. "I joined when Sacramento golf was really busy," Bement said. "I could play all the golf I wanted here and faster than in Sacramento."
Overall, Tom and Doug Crowther of Sacramento won the $600 prize with a 3-under 141 gross score.
Pete Rominger and Eloy Garcia of Woodland led a local dominance in the second flight at 12-under 132. "I tried to stay inbounds, nothing flashy," said Rominger after battling the blustery conditions Sunday. "Our biggest advantage was its our home course. We had homefield advantage."
Garcia concurred, "We kept the ball in play and made some good putts."
They won by a whopping seven strokes, ahead of Andy Geyer of Arbuckle and Pierce High School basketball coach Scott Burnum.
The teams of Steve Anderson-Mark Razo, Thom Stocking-Billy Cobb and Brandon Ottenwalter-Jordan Brainard pocketed $150 for third place.
Dan Juberg of American Canyon, a former greens superintendent at Auburn Valley Golf Course, was happy to keep his streak of having played in all but two Almond Blossom events since 1979. He only plays a couple rounds a year and was elated to shoot 94 Saturday. "It's incredible," he said. "I love this golf course. It's always in great shape. It's pretty fabulous."
Bill Anderson of Loomis, Juberg's partner, joked, "This has been a tradition for us for a long time. I played just terrible. The wind made it crazy,"
Dan Orovich, former Yolo Fliers Club champion in Woodland, likewise wasn't disappointed in not playing well. He said, "This is the friendliest golf course in Northern California."
Other first-flight gross leaders were Tyler Ward and Nic Weber at 143 and the teams of Tyler Raber-Jeff Middlekauf and Thomas Steinhoff-Jason Sweet at 144.
Join us for the Arbuckle Golf Club annual Spring Concert, Rock'n the Range, featuring The LC Diamonds! You do NOT need to be a Club Member to attend. Tickets are available for sale at the Clubhouse and at the New Attitude Salon on Mina Street in Arbuckle. We hope to see you there!
The 2021 Almond Blossom Golf Tournament is scheduled for February 20th and 21st. The tournament is open to all men and women with a current World Handicap System (WHS) index. Men's, Women's and Mixed teams are welcome to compete. If the tournament must be postponed due to inclement weather, it will be played on March 6th and 7th. Entry forms are available at the Club or can be downloaded from the "Calendar of Events" page. We hope to see you there!
Happy 2021 all! COVID has reached into the new year and compelled the Board to postpone the Annual Meeting to February 9th at 7PM. We hope to see you there!
The Summer Solstice Marathon was a great success! Despite COVID-19 and all of the other obstacles faced leading up to the event, the 6 participants were able to raise a combined $13,936, with $6,969 each going to ALSA and Arbuckle Youth Golf!
Incredibly, Thomas Steinhoff and Nic Weber were able to play an astonishing 198 holes, a full 11 rounds. They tee'd off at 5:30a and played non-stop through 8:40p to complete the feat. They were joined by Bob Martinez, who completed 108 holes before being sidelined by an injury. Each member of the second group, comprised of David Henriquez, Jake Spooner, and Kevin Wood were able to make it though 7 complete rounds, a total of 126 holes.
Rounds: Holes: Strokes: Eagles: Birdies: Pars: S/H:
T. Steinhoff 11 198 819 0 37 109 4.14
N. Weber 11 198 878 0 12 101 4.43
B. Martinez 6 108 474 1 16 47 4.38
D. Henriquez 7 128 624 0 0 37 4.95
J. Spooner 7 128 600 0 6 49 4.76
K. Wood 7 128 620 0 2 32 4.92
49 total rounds = $278.69 per round,
882 total holes = $15.38 per holes,
4,014 total strokes = $3.80 per stroke!
A huge "THANK YOU!" to all of you who donated!
And finally, a special thanks from all the players to Derick Strain for both organizing and managing the marathon, but also for all of the on-course support throughout the event.