Sundowners golf playoff teams
by Lenny Roberts
The field is set for tomorrow's Sundowners Golf League playoff
round as the Scramblers staved off a late-season spurt by Bopper's
Thumpers to finish in second place after 16 weeks of play. Under
pressure, the Thumpers could muster just 55 final-night points,
and finished in fourth place, tied with the Village Idiots, two
points out of a playoff spot.
Mike Urbanek's #&?*@&% earned the first-place spot in
the second half of play with 473 team points. They also are the
front-runners for the coveted Callender Cup with 926 season points.
The Callender Cup is awarded to the team with the most combined
season and playoff points.
Paul Forchione's Chief's "i.e.," despite a dismal 43
points, hung on to a playoff berth by finishing third, tied with
the Scramblers with 462 second-half points, but in fifth place
overall with 910 points.
Already in the playoff by virtue of finishing in the top three
after eight weeks of play are Parker's Putters, Above Par and
That's Good, Pick It Up. Rounding out the playoff schedule are
wildcard teams Sammy's Ropers and the Sambaggers, which each
posted the most total points without finishing in the top three
positions in either half of the split season.
Longshot Sammy's Ropers exploded into the playoff scene with
a league-high 66 points Tuesday night on the strength of Marshall
Lopez's 41, for 24 points, and 21 points each from George Ortiz
and Ben Barraza. Other teammates Ralph Campitelli and Jerry Simone
each posted 20 points that were not used as only the top three
The Sambaggers, the league's perpetual low-gross leaders, squeaked
into the playoff with 458 second-half points. For the season,
both Sammy's Ropers and the Sambaggers compiled 911 points. Winning
the Callender Cup may be a stretch, however, as they ended regular
play 15 points behind the #&?*@&%.
#&?*@&% finished strong with 59 points on the Soule Park
front nine, which management made difficult with tough pin placements
and blue tee markers well behind the monuments in most cases.
Individual performances worthy of mention include Robin Williams'
two-under par and rounds of 35 by the league's premier player,
Bopper's Thumpers' Jacob Lusk, and Terry Gustafson, of the Sambaggers.
At even-par were Gustafson's teammates Barkley Martin and Sam
Williamson. High points for the round behind Lopez's 24 were
posted by Tim Leal, with 22, and Leslie LaBraque, Jim Gamble,
Ortiz and Barraza, each of whom posted 21.
Tomorrow's tee times for the eight playoff teams begin at 6:45
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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