Jan Stuebbe, former Athletic Director at Bakersfield College, was having one of his worst rounds of his retirement last week at Stockdale CC.
Stuebbe was on the wrong side of every wager and nothing was going right in his golf game as he stepped to the last tee. Wanting to relieve some frustration, Stuebbe took his driver out on the 220-yard par-3 18th and gave it a mighty whack. No one saw the ball as it flew over the front bunker. After a bit of searching, they finally found Stuebbe's ball in the cup!
Although it cost the former quarterback $100 in the clubhouse, it was a great ending to an otherwise dismal round of golf!
SCGA Amateur qualifying
Local players didn't fare too well in the SCGA Amateur Net Qualifying at Sunset Hills in Thousand Oaks on Monday, although one player will be an alternate for the finals.
Tim Traynham, from Oak Tree CC in Tehachapi playing in the Arnold Palmer flight, shot a net 75 and will be an alternate for the finals at Industry Hills on April 9-10. Five players qualified for the championship with scores of 74 or better.
Just another stroke back of Traynham were Patrick Wells from RiverLakes and John Wells from Seven Oaks with 76s while Gary Kabonic from Oak Tree was 16th with a 78.
In the Jack Nicklaus flight, Dave Carnell from Sundale and Larry Powell from Sycamore Canyon shot 79 and tied for 17th. It took a score of 73 to crack the top seven to advance.
Four more players will compete at Griffith Park GC in LA on Saturday, while qualifying for the SCGA Mid-Amateur begins Thursday, with 13 players scheduled to compete at four sites for a chance to make it to the finals at Rancho Santa Fe GC on April 16-17.
ROGER GUNNING MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 3rd Roger Gunning Memorial Golf Tournament will be June 22 at BCC. Entry is $150 and includes golf, cart, lunch, awards dinner, raffle, auction and a $10,000 hole-in-one prize. It's a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, all players are welcome and proceeds benefit the Light Brigade, which helps youth baseball in Kern County. Contact George Culver at (661) 706-3775, Bob French at (661) 428-6843 or Teri Gunning Graf at (661) 205-3830.
THIS AND THAT IN GOLF DIGEST
As always, there are many interesting reads in Golf Digest this month (April edition). In the Read These section is a book entitled "American Triumvirate," a triple bio of legendary players San Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, who were all born during the same year (1912). You would be hard pressed in any sport to find three Hall of Famers born in the same year.
On the Tech Page (80), they feature four products, but the one that caught my eye was the "Insta Golf Shoes," a pull-on set of rubber spikes that attach to the toe and heel of any shoe to turn it into a golf shoe! It sells for $45 from Golfsmith. They show them on a set of old style Converse All Star basketball shoes. Now that's trendy!
If you haven't yet watched "Feherty" on The Golf Channel, you are missing a great show. It airs Monday nights and has re-runs throughout the week. I watched the interview with Sergio Garcia this past weekend and Monday I watched the interview with Butch Harmon. Feherty is just whacky enough to keep you glued and with an entire hour of insight you come away knowing a whole lot more about the player/celebrity than you knew before. Next week, Feherty talks with Michelle Wie. If you don't at least snicker a bit during one of Feherty's interviews, then you just don't have a sense of humor!
The Champions Tour will be in Newport Beach this week with the Toshiba Classic at the Newport Beach CC. If you have never been there, you might want to plan to take a day journey to Orange County this weekend. It's a beautiful course near the ocean and a perfect day trip. Add in an overnight stay and what better way to spend a weekend!
The LPGA Tour visits Carlsbad and Rancho Mirage in back-to-back weekends this month. The Kia Classic will be March 22-25 at the La Costa Resort and the Kraft Nabisco Championship will follow at Mission Hills CC from March 29-April 1. There are a lot of fresh, young, talented players to watch these days on the ladies tour.
- Jerry Parker aced the 145-yard 3rd hole at RiverLakes Ranch with a 9-iron on Feb. 26.
- Joe Ritter used a 6-iron to ace the 170-yard 15th hole at RiverLakes on Feb. 26.
- Don't forget that this writer's new e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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