The Bermuda Dunes CC proved to be a tough track this week in the 30th SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship.

No player broke par for the 54-hole event and the winner, Robert Funk from Canyon Lake, finished at 1-over-par 217 on the par-72 layout. Funk, who also won this event last year, shot consecutive rounds of 71-71 to open the tournament during the 36-holes of first day play, but could only manage a 75 in the final round.

Runner-up Jeff Wilson from Fairfield shot 70 in the first round and finished 75-73 for a 218 total, just a stroke back of Funk. It took a score of 225 (9-over) to finish in the top 5 and earn an SCGA silver awards plate. That’s a tough course!

It took a score of 158 (that’s a pair of 79s if you are counting) to make the 36-hole cut. Bakersfield residents Mark Delmarter and Steve Roodzant, the only local players to qualify, both shot 78 in the opening round but Delmarter shot 85 and Roodzant 86 in the second round and both missed the cut.

The Mid-Amateur is open to any player age 25 and older who is not a current member of a college golf team and who is a member in good standing at an SCGA affiliated club.

Two Thumbs Up for Masters

Siskel and Ebert would have given the Sunday telecast of the Masters two thumbs up!

In last week’s column I wrote that the Masters golf tournament always seems to have a dramatic finish or something happens that we will talk about for years to come. It’s like a sure bet or the fact that the sun will come up every day!

This year it was another thrilling back-nine culminating in Adam Scott of Australia and Angel Cabrera of Argentina in two-hole playoff.

It ended with Scott’s birdie putt of 12-feet on the par-4 10th after both players had missed the green short and made par on the first playoff hole – the par-4 18th.

But the best part of the day though was the finish in regulation. Playing in front of Cabrera, Scott hit his approach on the 18th to 25-feet. Watching with my son Bryn, I told him I didn’t think Scott would make the putt. My son replied, “but wouldn’t  it be cool if he made it and then Cabrera made birdie too?”. I replied, “no way that’s happening!”

But the unthinkable did. Scott canned the 25-footer and thinking he probably just won the Masters set off a huge celebration spectacle, screaming “Let’s Go Aussie” at the 18th green. Watching all of this in the fairway was Cabrera, who just so happened to have won a Masters in 2009 and a U.S. Open in 2007.

No way the 43-year-old Cabrera, ranked No.236 in the world entering the Masters was going to make birdie after watching that, right? Wrong. The Argentinean stuck his approach to 3-feet and calmly made the putt to force the extra holes. After that, I didn’t care who won, but I was leaning towards Scott since Cabrera already had a Masters jacket and Scott needed a little redemption after his British Open collapse last year.

Add in Jason Day, who had the lead through 15 holes only to bogey the 16th and 17th and the drama of the Tiger Woods drop fiasco during the second round and it was another memorable Masters.

Just one last thought though. When Woods’ approach to the par-5 15th on Friday hit the stick and rolled back into the water hazard in front of the green, he was tied for the lead at 5-under. Had the ball not hit the stick, it would have been a sure birdie and he would have held the lead outright. Think that would have changed anything?

Patel makes cut in Texas

Local pro Bhavik Patel made his second cut on the Tour two weeks ago in the WNB Golf Classic at the Midland CC in Midland, Texas.

Patel birdied four consecutive holes on the final nine to vault into a tie for 20th and earned $6,500. Added to the $25,200 he made in Columbia, he is now 31st on the money list after six tournaments. Patel shot rounds of 72-68-71-69 for an 8-under 280 total.

The winner was Alex Aragon who shot 16-under 272 including back-to-back 66s in the final two rounds and won $108,000.

The tour is off this week and resumes next week for the South Georgia Classic in Valdosta, April 25-28.

Barr leads CSUB women in final event

Jordanne Barr finished 19th in the West Coast Conference Championship as the CSUB women’s golf team concluded its 2012-13 season with a 6th place finish in the 6-team WCC.

Barr shot 78-83-81 for a 242 total while Michelle Martel was 26th, Malea Miller was 28th, Micah Lopez 29th and Lexi Keeter was 30th for the Roadrunners who shot 342 as a team. All are local high school products. Pepperdine won with a 293 score.

The CSUB men will be in action April 29-May 1 in San Antonio for their conference championship.

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