Sato reigns in two-day Soule
by Misty Volaski
The 13th annual Ojai City Golf Championship brought 142 golfers
to Soule Park Golf Course last weekend for 36 holes of play,
a tri-tip lunch and almost $8,000 in prize money.
Though it began under a cloud of fog Saturday morning, tournament
coordinator Greg Mayberry said this year's championship was "one
of the best in years. Overall I was pleased. We had a pretty
Golfers from all over California attended, as well as three players
from the Phoenix area. But it was Greg Sato of South Pasadena
who took home the top prize, which includes a trophy, his name
on a perpetual plaque and a check for $450.
Ojai resident Jeff Coburn tied for second with Tommy Barker,
both of whom shot 141 and received a $325 cash prize. Coburn
won the championship in 2000, as well.
Scott Davis and Rowland Hill, both of Ojai, placed seventh and
Other Ojai winners are:
A Flight: Mark Kenyon, second place, posting 140; David Van Winkle
and Greg Kountz in a fourth-place tie, posting 140; Robb Mesecher
tied in sixth, posting 142.
B Flight: David Youngs tied in fifth place, posting a 142
C Flight: Ray Lara in fifth place, posting 140; Tim Goodwin in
a sixth-place tie, posting a 142.
The course, in heavy use over the weekend, was kept in order
by Roger Specter.
Mayberry said the golfers were well-fed during the weekend by
the Clubhouse Restaurant staff and Clubhouse manager Tony Baumann.
The tournament provided golfers with a barbecue hamburger lunch
on Saturday and tri-tip on Sunday at the awards ceremony.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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City Golf Championship winner Greg Sato, left, shakes hands with
tournament coordinator, Greg Mayberry. Sato posted an eight-under-par
136 during the tournament last weekend.