If the second round of the tournament ends after midnight, does that make it a 2-day tournament? That was the question filtering through the crowd of players congregating outside the Verdugo Hills Golf Course Pro Shop a little after midnight this past Saturday night. Play had just ended for the second round of the One Night Stand @ Verdugo Hills and the wear and tear of a long day was showing on many faces. So Much so that a planned 6-hole final for the top four Open players was nixed because of the late hour.
It probably was also deleted because the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place players knew it would be pretty tough to catch 1st-place Stevie Rico. Rico’s 3-shot margin of victory opened with a blistering 1063-rated 41 in the first round, followed by an average (for him) 1031-rated 48 in the second round on a somewhat longer and darker layout. Bobby Musick finished comfortably in 2nd with a 2-round total of 92. Chris Traven, hot off a close 2nd in the Am Wintertime Open and cashing at the Pro Wintertime came in third with a 14-under 94, while Bert McIntee finished in 4th at 12-under.
In Masters, Dan Duron and Jerry Goff both started out hot with 44′s, but Dan’s second-round 51 (95 total) bettered Jerry’s 54 (98 total) to give him the win. Dennis Bohanon was 3rd at 9-under 99 and Dave Owens was 4th at 6-under 102.
Rahim Dhalla and Steve Valencia battled for 1st in Advanced, with Rahim’s 4-under 104 taking the title over Steve’s 3-under 103. Advanced Masters was also a close race, with Roger Snider (2-under 106)making up ground in the second round to take a one strike victory over Robert Arzate (1-under 107). John Babin’s 2-over 110 was good enough to take the victory in Advanced Grandmasters.
Almost half of the field was made up of players in the Intermediate (13), Recreational (13) and Novice (6) divisions – a great turnout of local players. Ben Neely and Brian Newmark both finished under par for the tournament, with Ben’s 4-under 104 besting Brian’s 1-under 107 to take the win in Intermediate. The Recreational division was won by Bryson Williams, whose 1-over 109 beat 2nd place Mario Martinez (113) by 4 throws. Steven Reinhard probably heard a few calls of “bagger”, as his score of even par gave him an eleven-shot victory in the Novice division.
This was the third ball golf course to host a SoCal Series tournament in recent years, and the players definitely enjoyed the combination of tightly-mown fairways, gentle hill and precarious pin positions that characterized the Verdugo Hills layout. While some of the tees on the 2nd-round “long” layout required players to tee off from the dark, the course was well-lit around the greens and regular fairways. Many of the holes sported alternate pin positions for the second round, which added to the variety. A between-rounds CTP contest for Ams kept the crowd busy and if you were hungry there were fantastic-smelling (didn’t get to taste one) burgers available in the 19th hole bar in the clubhouse. I also heard that they sold beer.
TD Gary Sandoval is to be congratulated for the great disc golf layout and Verdugo Hills GM John Mascarenas should be thanked for the hospitality shown to the disc golfers. It looks like John has been bitten by the disc golf bug, as this new PDGA and SoCal member joined the field in the Novice division. John is possibly the only SoCal member to be both a PDGA member and a card-carrying PGA pro. He is hoping to combine these two loves in a disc golf/ball golf combo event sometime in the near future.
Those of us who played in the One Night Stand had a great time. It did make for a long night though – this writer didn’t put head to pillow until nearly 7am, after getting some chow and then the 2-hour drive back to San Diego County. But don’t take that as a complaint – I’ll be back for the next one.