The 2020 tournament calendar was very limited due to the global pandemic. Fortunately, we were able to host two of our premier events in the Merlot Jacket and Club Championship late in the 2020 season. We had outstanding participation with over 60 players participating in each event.
The Merlot Jacket is generally hosted in April each year as the first major tournament of the year, just like The Masters. Nothing can quite be as special as slipping on the green jacket after winning The Masters, but this may be a close second. Just like The Masters this year, our tournament was moved from the spring to the fall as the gathering of large groups was not permitted earlier in the year. The maintenance team nailed it by providing firm and fast conditions on and around the greens for the tournament. Congratulations to Tina Davis and Bruce Baxter on winning this year’s Merlot Jacket! In the A Flight, Tina shot a net 65, two strokes ahead of Ron Fraser who shot a net 67. Dave Fabela rounded out the top 3 with a net 69. In the B flight, Bruce Baxter shot a net 69, three strokes ahead of Ron Witherspoon who shot a net 72. Tom Richmann rounded out the top 3 in the B Flight with a net 74.
The Club Championship has historically been held in early October as the last major tournament of the season. This year, the tournament shifted to late December. Other than a cold start to the morning the weather was suitable. Course conditions were softer than planned due to some much-needed rain earlier in the week, but the greens were lightning quick. Congratulations to Jake McKinley for winning the Championship Flight and Brad Dickey for winning the Senior Flight! In the Championship Flight, Jake McKinley and Gabrielle Puspoki both tied with a score of net 74. Jake won in a scorecard playoff with a back 9 score of 35 to Gabrielle’s back 9 score of 41 to take first place and the Championship! Coming in third place was Joe Lundin with a net 75, winning in a scorecard playoff against Mohan Sayani who also shot a net 75. In the Senior Flight, Brad Dickey took the top spot with a net 71! Mark Hutchison came in second place with a net 73. Jim Vargas rounded out the top 3 with a net score of 75. Congratulations to all the winners!