Erlene Benevento tames the desert

Erlene BeneventoVisalia'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.


mckinney claims 2014 trotter cup

Sid Williams and Mike BlackMBGFR President Tom McKinney fended off a furious charge from Larry Rambaud to claim solo possession of the 2014 Trotter Cup. The pair shared the cup in 2013.

The Trotter Cup race was a sidebar to the action at our 2014 Finale tournament at Bayonet and Blackhorse the weekend of Dec. 6 and 7. In the Finale-the only two person competition on our tournament schedule-Sid Willams and guest Mike Black used their home course advantage to claim first low team with a 128 score.

Competitors began play on Saturday at Blackhorse and the team of Tom McKinney and Gary Paden shot a net 63 to claim the first day win. Williams and Black (64) were second, Larry and Pam Rambaud (66) were third and Vic Johnson and Lindsay Munoz (68) finished fourth.

Partners Mike Laughlin and Jim Quinn each took home closest to the flagstick money on day one.

On day 2 at Bayonet, Williams and Black teamed for a net 64 for first place. They were followed by Nate Steen and Geary Engles (65), Larry and Pam Rambaud (65) and Paden and Mckinney (69).

No closest to the flagstick competition was held on day 2.

Play it as it lies...........Following Williams and Black for overall money were Larry and Pam Rambaud (131), Tom McKinney and Gary Paden (132) and Nate Steen and Geary Engles (134).

Competitors dodged the winter storms and enjoyed scattered clouds on Saturday and an overcast Sunday.