Golf tournament raises funds for scholarships

Photo by Ray Conner / Sports Editor Kern Valley Sun; Greg Figueroa lifts his shot towards the hole in the Mt. Mesa Men’s Club Annual Golf Tournament held at Kern River Golf Course on July 28.

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

There were plenty of holes in the Mt. Mesa Men’s Club Annual duffers Golf Tournament.

Well only 18 or 19 holes if you include the clubhouse.

This year the Mt. Mesa Men’s Club took their annual tournament to Bakersfield as the teams squared off in the Scramble format tournament at Kern River Golf Course.

There were over 20 teams that were invited to play, but only 16 braved the heat.

The teams signed in and were on the course by 8 a.m. with the temperature already nearing triple digits. That didn’t stop these duffers from trying to claim the top prize.

The golf tournament is one of the ways that the Mt. Mesa Men’s Club raises funds to supplement their scholarship program. To date the number the group has reached is $40,000 worth of scholarship money handed out to local graduating seniors from Kern Valley High School.

When all the holes were scored and the scorecards handed back in to be calculated, only 8.2 strokes separated all 16 teams.

The top spot went to the team of Carlito Daguzman, Rich McMullen, John Whaley, and Parnov.

They finished with a score of 53 to put their name on the imaginary championship cup.

Coming in second was the team of Patrick Mendosa, Patrick Mendosa II, Luis Chavez, and Christopher Nolan with a score of 55.

Coming in third place was the group of Greg Ayre, Scott Smith, Daniel Smith, and Mike Abrahamson. They finished the course in 56.8 strokes.
The team that held up the rest of the golfers scored a 61.2 to claim the last place spot. That team consisted of team captain, Bill Stonebarger, Greg Figueroa, Frank Figueroa, and Ray Conner.

Just like most things, only two teams will be remembered in this tournament. The one that finished first and of course the one that was last.

Two teams were on the bubble that just missed cashing in on a prize.

The team of Bob Lambert, Greg Holingsworth, Eugene Lew, and Gary Baker. And the team of Chase Smith, Shelton Fussy, Graham Gayer, and John Gatlin finished the round with a score of 57 and tied for fourth. The difference between the teams and third place was .02 strokes.

The sixth place team was John Sayre, Lori Sayre, Ron Johnstone, and Marvin Panzer with a score of 57.4.

There were other chances to win prizes as the Mt. Mesa Men’s Club raffled off a trip to Morro Bay to play the Morro Bay Golf Course. The trip was for four players to play the course. That winner was Patrick Mendosa.

There were four more opportunities on the day to win a prize. There was a longest drive for both men and women and the closest to the pin for both men and women.

No women player was able to claim the closest to the pin prize on hole No. 2, but Lori Sayre collected the longest drive on hole No. 16.

For the men, the longest drive on hole No. 4 went to Luis Chavez. He beat out four other golfers that qualified.

In the closest to the pin, on hole No. 6 there were five golfers that put their name on the sheet after reaching the green with their first shot.

The farthest was 33’ and the winner with a distance of 3’ 3” was Randy Drewery.

All in all the tournament went off without a hitch and the Mt. Mesa Men’s Club would like to thank all the golfers that came out to support our scholarship fundraiser.

A special thanks goes to the Kern River Golf Course for all that they did to help out.

With a date already in mind, the Mt. Mesa Men’s Club is looking forward to another day on the links, competing for the top spot. Hopefully, one that is not as hot temperature wise.

Photo by Ray Conner / Sports Editor Kern Valley Sun
Clockwise from above: Patrick Mendosa was the lucky recipient of the trip to play golf at Morro Bay. Golfers that competed waiting for the results. The second place team huddles together for a photo.