Visalia's Erlene Benevento fired a second round net 63 to claim the two day title at our annual kickoff tournament at Palm Desert's Desert Willow Golf Resort. Erlene's round gave her a two day net total of 141 which tied Larry Rambaud (141) and Mike Laughlin (141) but her net 30 on the back nine Sunday secured the card off win. Rambaud claimed second place money and Laughlin was third. Fourth place went to Gary Paden (143).
Laughlin did claim the two day low gross crown with a 160. He shot a 77 on the tough Firecliff layout on Saturday and followed that up with an 83 on the Mountain View 18 on Sunday. Craig Williams was Sunday's low gross winner with a 79.
Low net winners on Saturday were Mike Laughlin (77-68), Larry Rambaud (81-71), Larry Benevento (86-72) and Geary Engles (94-73). Saturday's closest to the flagstick winners were Laughlin and Steve Horvath and the pair repeated with closest to the hole second shots on #8 and #14. Laughlin holed his second shot for an eagle!
Sunday low net winners were Erlene Benevento (102-63), Gary Paden (81-68), Don Taylor (79-68) and Jim Quinn (97-69). Sunday's closest to the flagstick money went to Craig Williams, Janice McKinney, Mike Laughlin and Sheldon Heckman.
We had 38 competitors-our largest field ever-for our 2015 Desert Two Day event. Competitors and guests enjoyed a group dinner at Palm Desert's Castelli's Restaurant on Saturday evening.
Thanks to Tom McKinney, Mike Laughlin and Jim Brock for hosting this event.