benevento starts 2016 with a win

Larry BeneventoVisalia's Larry Benevento (74-63) claimed the overall low net title at our 2016 kick off event at the beautiful Indian Wells Golf Resort January 16 and 17.

This year's kick off event drew a record 47 player field and competitiors enjoyed perfect golf conditions on two beautifully maintained golf courses. Sixteen players also took part in a Friday practice round at Eagles Falls Golf Club in Indio. Weather all three days featured partly cloudy skies, cool temperatures at tee off but perfect golf weather during the round.

Benevento's Sunday round of 79 (63) was also good enough for first place low net and second place low gross day money.

Other two day winners were Geary Engles (137), second low net, and Bob Wyrick (138), third. Don Hutton (138) was a card-off loser to Wyrick and fifth place went to MBGFR President Tom McKinney (142). Chris Meyer's 157 (76-81) total was the overall gross winner.

Play began on Saturday on the Resort's Celebrity course and Geary Engles (66) was first low net and Chris Meyer (76) was the low goss winner. Second low net went to Barbara Mehan (68) and Meyer (69) won a three way card-off with Jerry Thornton (69) and Tom McKinney (69) for third. 2015 Trotter Cup Champion Larry Rambaud (80) was second low gross.

Saturday's closest to the flagstick winners were Tom Peltzer and Bill Palmer.

On Sunday, players moved to the Players Course and Don Hutton (64) was second low net followed by Bob Wyrick (66) in third. Geary Engles (71) won a card-off over Bob Hall (71) for fourth. Low gross honors on Sunday went to Bob Wyrick (77) and Larry Benevento (79).

Taking home Sunday's closest to the flagstick cash were Bob Wyrick and Bill Bettencourt.

Saturday evening's traditional dinner at Castelli's Restaurante drew a record crowd of 70 diners.

Thanks to Tom McKinney for hosting our best attended tournament in MBGFR history! Dick would have been very proud. Thanks also go to desert residents Mike Laughlin and Jim Brock.


Rambaud Claims 2015 Trotter Cup Title

Kingsburg's Larry Rambaud claimed the 2015 Trotter Cup title with an outstanding final day performance at our MBGFR Finale held in Carmel Valley December 5 and 6.

Rambaud was individual low gross and low net on Sunday to surge to the top of the points standings. Geary Engles made a valient effort to win his first Trotter Cup but came up just short. This was Rambaud's third Trotter Cup win, he was solo Trotter Cup winner in 2011 and shared the title with Tom McKinney in 2013.

Tom McKinney and Gary PadenThe Trotter Cup race was a sidebar to our Finale - the only team event of the season - where MBGFR President Tom McKinney and partner Gary Paden claimed the two day low net win with a 127 score. Second low net were Engles and Tom Warburton (128) and third low net went to Mike Laughlin and Jim Brock (129).

Play began on Saturday at Quail Lodge Golf Club in beautiful Carmel Valley. Jim Sigler and partner Bill Schene were first low net with a 61. McKinney and Paden (64) were second and Engles and partner Tom Warburton (67) were third.

Closest to the flagstick winners on day one were McKinney and Rambaud.

Competition moved up valley to Carmel Valley Ranch on Sunday where Engles and Warburton (61) were first, McKinney and Paden (63) were second and Rambaud and partner Deb Knowles (64) finished third.

Closest to the flagstick winners at Carmel Valley Ranch were Engles and McKinney.

Over 20 competitors participated in this year's Finale which featured partly cloudy days and fast, challenging greens at both courses. Thanks to Geary Engles for chairing the Finale.