The Bay Area Chapter is a network of golf professionals dedicated to promoting the game of golf through continuing education, outreach, and professional advancement. With over 500 members and apprentices, the Bay Area Chapter encompasses over 100 facilities including some of the best on the West Coast. We strive to uphold the history and tradition of the game of golf while diversifying our education and practices to include new avenues.
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A sun- drenched day greeted players this past Monday, as they arrived at TPC Stonebrae atop the Hayward Hills. Its spectacular sprawling views of the Bay, setting the stage for an enjoyable day, on the otherwise challenging David McKlay Kidd layout.
A tremendous turnout of 48 players were present for the re-engaging of the Bay Area Chapter, after several years of inactivity. The essence of this kickoff event being one of networking, meeting and greeting, with four-person teams, made up of individuals from four different facilities, competing in a four-person Scramble format, a gentle way to break the ice!
Newly elected Chapter President, Mark Naylor (Round Hill Country Club), Chapter Vice President, John Vest, (Castlewood Country Club), Chapter Secretary, Brian Brake (Blackhawk Country Club), along with directors Kevin Chen (Castlewood Country Club) Tom Rezendes (Norcal Golf Academy) and Adrian Cordoza (TPC Stonebrae), were the brains behind this kickoff event and were delighted by the turnout.
While the Stonebrae layout is a challenging proposition, it was no opposition for the talented Bay Area Chapter PGA Golf Professionals, especially when given the opportunity to join forces in a Scramble. The talented teams collectively accrued some 150 Birdies and 23 Eagles amongst them, with the hole scoring averages combining for an impressive total average of 55.84 for the field, with the median score being an remarkable 17 under par for the 12 teams that competed!!!
Three teams bettered that median, to return that elusive and extraordinary score of 54, -18 under par, with all three teams remarkably including three pars on their score cards, negated by an equal number of fabulous eagles in each case.
Jason Schmuhl, Austin Harmier (Windsor Golf Club), Patrick Steiner (Petaluma Golf & Country Club) and Daniel Stewart (McInnis Park Golf Center) snuck in the victory following a scorecard playoff, leaving Will Manning (California Golf Club), Matt Suddaby from (Lake Merced), Terrance O’Neill (Marin Country Club) and Kyle Brandt (San Francisco Golf Club) to settle for second place, ahead of Joe Dolby (La Rinconada Country Club), David Temple (Total Golf Adventures), John Grund (Peacock Gap Golf Club) and David Carr (team Bend Golf Club), all finishing at -18.
With hot scoring like this it took feats of greatness to secure a Skin, with three Skins being paid out courtesy of hole-outs from the fairway on 9 and 17 by Joe Dolby and Steve Watanabe respectively for their teams, along with an eagle 2 at the drivable 310 yard par four, 5th by Jason Schmuhl and his team. These skin recipients were well remunerated for their feats, while courtesy of Greg Ciavarelli and his Cleveland/Srixon Golf sponsorship, players enjoyed cold adult beverages during the round and challenged for his sponsored closest to the hole contests.
Micah Hall (Saratoga Country Club), Hole #3, Robert Riel (Round Hill Country Club),Hole #7, Daniel Stewart (McInnis Park Golf Club), Hole #11, Louise Hall (Saratoga Country Club), Hole #13 and Daniel Stewart (McInnis Park Golf Club), Hole #15, all took home a nice envelope of cash courtesy of Greg Ciavarelli and his Cleveland/Srixon Golf sponsorship. Thank you Greg. He did mention he would sponsor these types of on course awards every event if we could get 48 players every time – there is our challenge, imagine if we got 50, plus?
At the end of the day, we must say thanks to Adrian Cordova and his team at TPC Stonebrae for their wonderful hospitality, perfect playing conditions and an all round great job in hosting the kick-off event for the Bay Area Chapter’s return to active duty.
Save the Date for Monday, February 28th at Blackhawk Country Club, where we will conduct the second of our Bay Area Chapter events, this time in a friendly better-ball format. Grab your partners now and sign up via the NCPGA Portal