Robert Gautney

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Local golfers fare well in college ranks

    Bakersfield was quite well represented during May in the college golf ranks. Here's a snapshot of three local golfers. Tavia Rutherford, a senior at Sioux Falls (S.D.) University by way of Frontier High, advanced to the NCAA Division II Nationals at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Mich.,

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Stockdale grad Fernandez stars in Big West tourney

    Pete Fernandez, Jr., a 2010 Stockdale High graduate, played his last Big West Conference golf tournament this week as a leader and team captain of the UC Irvine men's golf team. But the former Californian B-Varsity Player of the Year, a fifth-year senior for the Anteaters, hasn't finished

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Sorenson shares thrill of PGA Tour event

    When Chad Sorensen won the Southern California PGA Club Car Aggregate Series Northern Trust Open qualifying tournament at Hacienda Country Club on Feb.9, he knew he was in for a special treat. After all, that win earned him the So Cal PGA's lone berth into the PGA Tour's Northern Trust LA

  • Stephen Hale, left, and Bhavik Patel shake hands after playing 3 holes in a tiebreaker during the Golden State golf tournament Wednesday. Patel won the tiebreaker.

    ROBERT GAUTNEY: Golden State Tour season begins Wednesday at BCC

    The Golden State Tour, the longest-running developmental golf tour in the U.S., kicks off its 2015 spring season this week with the TRB Bakersfield Open at Bakersfield Country Club. The 54-hole event will run Wednesday through Friday, and if this year's version can come close to matching

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Top local golf performances of 2014

    Before the 2015 golf year picks up a head of steam, let's take a look back, as this column has for the past 28 years, to the top performances of the year. 2014 proved to be another solid year of top-level accomplishments by local golfers, with a wide variety of players, both amateur and

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Local Golden State Tour event set for Feb. 4-6

    During the first week in February of next year, many of the best male golfers in the world will be applying their trade on the rolling fairways of the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego in the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open. Meanwhile, there will be golfers playing in a professional golf

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Field of 49 determined for Tour

    There were a total of 49 players that earned some form of exemption in the Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens this week. Local pro Bhavik Patel wasn't one of them, but more on him a bit later. After six grueling rounds (and qualifying

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Highlights of a memorable golf trip

    I took a golf trip recently. It had been a while since any out-of-town trip involved golf. But I knew this one was going to be special and I was right. Escape to the sunny side they called it. Quail Lodge and Golf Club, in Carmel. Nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains, it's just minutes east

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Local entries come up short at SCGA Four Ball Championship

    The magic that got them there was nowhere to be found for our two local teams competing in the 2014 SCGA Four-Ball Championship at the Saticoy CC in Somis this week. Ron Killmer and Nick Vallejo finished tied for 12th and Blake McPherson and Travis Millwee finished 39th from the field of 55 teams

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Bautista looks to defend title in Kern Amateur

    Neil Bautista knows his share of the history of Kern County golf. As the defending champion of the Men's Kern County Amateur, he is already a part of that history. Coupled with his win in this year's Bakersfield City Amateur in July, he is one of only three players to have followed a KC

  • TEE TO GREEN: Bakersfield duo wins NCGA four-ball championship

    After years of competing in top level amateur four-ball events, Bakersfield duo Scott Anderson and Mark Pavletich finally won the big one. And they did it in dramatic fashion while also setting a record. Anderson and Pavletich shot consecutive 8-under-par 64s in the 11th NCGA Master Division Four-

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Roadrunner men's team making strides

    The CSUB men's golf team has made huge strides through the first two tournaments of the 2014-15 season as the Roadrunners finished with its best scores in a few years. First, the Roadrunners posted a 54-hole score of 894 in the Rutgers Invitational at the Rutgers GC in Piscataway, N.J., Sept.

  • Robert Gautney: Seymour set for US Senior Amateur at Newport Beach

    Jim Seymour has earned his way to the U.S. Men's Senior Amateur Championship twice before, but both times his tournament ended after the 36 holes of stroke- play qualifying. After previous trips to New York and Chicago, Seymour is hoping a little home state cooking will be his charm this time

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Strong field set for Taft City Amateur

    The field for the 7th Taft City Amateur this weekend at the Mifflin-Buena Vista golf course may be small, but the quality makes up for the lack of quantity. Around 40 players are expected to tee it up for the annual event. Players in championship, net and senior flights will test their game over

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: Bautista learned plenty at US Amateur

    Neil Bautista's trip to Georgia for the U.S. Amateur didn't quite turn out the way he envisioned, but for the 23-year-old Fresno State senior and Centennial High graduate it was more valuable golf experience. "Just like last year (Bautista qualified for the 2013 U.S. Amateur at

  • Travis Millwee hits onto the green at the Bakersfield City Amateur Championships.

    ROBERT GAUTNEY: This year's City Amateur was a memorable one

    Once again, the Bakersfield City Amateur Championship didn't disappoint.The Sundale Country Club, host of the annual tournament, may be going through a management situation (more on that latter), but Al Sandrini didn't miss a beat in his first try as host Director of Golf. Just as it was

  • ROBERT GAUTNEY: 'Wide open field' set for City Amateur

    Following runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011, Manav Shah finally broke through with his first Bakersfield City Amateur golf championship last year. But Shah has another tournament commitment and will not be back to defend his title, so a new champion will rise to the top this weekend many of the