John Austin and Doug Denesha will carry the local torch into the finals of the SCGA Amateur Net Championship next Monday and Tuesday at Industry Hills Golf Course.

Austin and Denesha, both from The Links at RiverLakes Ranch, qualified at Griffith Park GC in Los Angeles in late March to make it to the championship proper. Austin will compete in the Bobby Jones flight (0-5 indexes) while Denesha will compete in the Arnold Palmer flight (6-10 indexes).

Austin shot a net 68 and Denesha a net 65 and both were the medalists in their respective flights. Should they duplicate or come close to those scores at Industry Hills, they would certainly be in the top five and have a great chance to win.

Players qualified from 13 sites to make it to the 36-hole finals. A total of 42 players will compete in each flight. The top five players receive awards.

Divine intervention?

This little tidbit comes via George Culver, who says that Don Stussy, who once owned and operated the old Roger Dunn Golf Shop downtown, perhaps experienced some devine intervention on the golf course.

Stussy was playing golf with Bob Burdick, a retired highway patrolman, a few months ago at Stockdale CC. Burdick suffered a fatal heart attack while on the 14th hole. Stussy picked up Burdick's ball and placed it into his golf bag.

A couple of months later, Stussy reached into his bag for a ball as he came to the 10th hole at Stockdale, the little up-hill, 120-yard par-3. Yep, you guessed it, Stussy knocked his tee ball into the cup for a hole-in-one. I'm sure that made Stussy's day and the fact that he did it with Burdick's ball made it sweeter!

Former Women's Champ passes

Chris Ghilarducci, who won the Women's Kern County Amateur in 1969 and 1979 died on March 21. Ghilarducci was one of 15 players to have won the most prestigious local women's amateur tournament at least twice.

Chip Shots

-- The 3rd Roger Gunning Memorial will be June 22 at BCC. Entry is $150 and includes golf with cart, lunch, awards dinner, raffle, auction and more, including a chance for a $10,000 hole-in-one. It's a 12:30 shotgun start and proceeds benefit the Light Brigade which helps youth baseball in Kern County. LA Dodger great Maury Wills will participate in the golf tournament and as a guest speaker at the awards dinner. Wills will camp out at one of the par-3s and hit a ball with each group. Call George Culver at 706-3775, Bob French at 428-6843 or Teri Gunning-Graf at 205-3830.

-- Sycamore Canyon has started to accept entries for the Arvin City Amateur. However, the dates for the tournament could possibly change. May 12-13 is scheduled, but if a new date is determined it will be chosen early next week. We'll let you know in next week's column. The Arvin City Amateur kicks off the 2012 Michelob Ultra/Sports Authority Player of the Year Series.

-- 6th Kern Kiwanis Golf Tournament will be April 23 at RiverLakes Ranch. Entry is $125 and includes golf with cart, lunch, dinner, a goody bag, contests, a raffle and awards. Call 246-9011. Deadline is April 16. Tee sign sponsorships available.

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