Sundowners' race comes down to wire
With just one week to go
in the 13th edition of the Sundowners Golf League regular season,
Rhino's FFFF remains atop the second-half standings by five points
over Meiners Oaks Sash & Door, despite tallying a disappointing
47 points for the Tuesday afternoon round.
Rhino's team captain Ed Monteath has put together a formidable
group for this year's version of the league's charter team by
already qualifying for the Aug. 9 Callender Cup playoff, but
is feeling the heat of Sam Williamson's surging Meiners Oaks
Sash & Door and others seeking one of the four remaining
playoff spots. M.O. Sash trails Rhino's by just five points,
followed by Dr. Jay's FPs, at six back, Bopper's Thumpers and
Forrest Gumps, seven behind, and the Village Idiots, which are
eight points out of the second-half lead.
But it's the total season and play-off points that earn the Callender
Cup, and Bopper's Thumpers, by way of a 63-point outing Tuesday,
leads Rhino's 877 to 876. Above Par, which qualified in the first
half with Bopper's and Rhino's, is right there with 874 total
team points. From there, it's pretty much "see you next
year" for both the Scramblers and Ralphie's Ropers, which
each have 858 points.
Tuesday, Danny Cole led Bopper's Thumpers with a one-over-par
37 for 23 points, followed by 21 points from Jim Doyle and 19
from Jim Coultas. But their 63 points was overshadowed by Above
Par, which garnered 67 points as Brian Ramsey continued his fine
play with 25 individual points. Jesse Gwin and Ken Kallusky contributed
22 and 20 points, respectively.
Low rounds for the day were posted by Doyle, Scottie Davis, Terry
Gustafson and Dave Tucker, each of whom shot 34. Others joining
Gwin with under-par rounds were Barkley Martin and Jim Corral.
Williamson, Rob Graham and Lonnie Gibson fired even-par 36s.
With one week left, Soule Park professional Tyson York, playing
for the Leftovers, took the individual total points lead with
285 over Gibson's 283, while Ramsey and Bill Hatch are battling
for the points-average title. Currently, Ramsey leads Hatch 19.57
Mainly due to vacations, a season-low 66 of the league's 80 players
teed it up for an average nine-hole score of 40.48 good for 18.52
points. Both numbers are substantially higher than the season
averages of 41.73 for 17.64 points.
Unless someone shoots lights-out in the final week of the regular
season Tuesday, Robin Williams' earlier round of 31 will be the
low round of the year, and Ray Lara's 27 points - tying the league
record previously set by Richard Sheeler and later matched by
Steve Streich - will also stand.
The Ojai Valley News
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Rhino's FFFF, 423
M.O. Sash & Door, 418
Dr. Jay's FPs, 417
Forrest Gumps, 416
Bopper's Thumpers, 416
Village Idiots, 415
Above Par, 412
Ralphie's Ropers, 411
Good, Pick It Up, 407
Parker's Putters, 401
Chiefs i.e., 400
Bugsy's Bandits, 398
Your Handicap's What?, 395