SoCal vs. NorCal 2012: Close, but not quite…

Seventy-two of the best disc golfers from around California met over the weekend at Waller Pines Park to contest the 2012 Tim Selinske SoCal/NorCal Challenge.  Each day had the players playing two matches back-to-back: an 18-hole singles match followed by and 18-hole doubles match.  Players were chosen to represent most of the divisions found at typical PDGA events, with matches being contested by players from similar divisions.  At the end of the weekend, Team NorCal, led by Open World Champion Nate Doss and former Women’s World Champion Valerie Jenkins were able to secure the victory, after a strong Sunday showing.

Team SoCal started off solidly, leading the competition after Saturday’s play by a score of 37.5 points to NorCal’s 34.5 (teams receive one point for a singles victory, 2 points for a doubles win and a half point for a singles tie).  No one is quite sure what happened Saturday night to swing the momentum, but NorCal came back with a vengeance on Sunday, scoring 44 points to SoCal’s 28.  That gave NorCal 78.5 points for the weekend and SoCal 65.5 – a NorCal victory. 

SoCal Team Captain Mike Byrne put the following optimistic spin on the outcome: “To put it into perspective how close that was; had we won 3 more doubles matches and tied one more singles match, we would have won the tourney!”  Team SoCal will now have twelve months to strategize on how to reverse this outcome.  If you’re interested in competing for the team next year, get out and compete in as many SoCal Series events as you can.  Team Captains recruit from the players at the top of the SoCal Series points lists, so that’s your best bet to get in.
2012 Team SoCal:

Am Women: Karie Fisher, Michelle Chambless
Open Women: Indigo Brude, Vicky Wisecup
Mixed GM/SGM: Suzette Simons,Dave Dunipace
Adv. Master: Mark Hauser, Steve Civitak
Intermediate: Dale Chambless, Steve Valencia, Giochino Ragosta, Aaron Hagner, Andrew Choate, Roger Rector
Advanced: Kyle Hughes, Roger Snider, A.J. Risley, Jeff Russell, Logan Turner, Juan Lopez
Grandmaster: Dave Devine, Steve Killian, Tom Clickner, Mark Horn
Master: Gary Sandoval, Jerry Goff, Dan Duron, Mike Roberts, Mike Byrne, Lawrence Halili
Open: Justin Bruner, Gabe Cota, Philo Brathwaite, Steve Wisecup, Peter McBride, Chris Horn

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