Both the Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan flights of the Tournament of Club Championship Net Divisions concluded Monday night, and Josh Merrill of Shepherd Golf and Dennis Rossman of Shadow Mountain GC emerged as champions.
The Jack Nicklaus flight (pictured top), which includes participants with a Handicap Index of 4.9 and below, saw five players shoot under par, led by Merrill, Benjamin Valenzuela of West End Men's GC and Vic Keesey Jr. of Oak Tree CC who each posted a 2-under par 70. Merrill was named champion. Gary Perkins of Boeing Space GC and Tony Tsai of Pacific Crossroads GC finished one stroke behing at 1-under par 71, claiming the fourth and fifth positions.
Rossman also shot a 2-under par 70 to win the Ben Hogan flight (pictured bottom), which features players age 55 and over with a Handicap Index of 11.9 and below. Hector Tunstad of Almansor Men's GC finished in second place with a 1-under par 71.
Once home to the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Classic Club offers an enjoyable, yet demanding, test of golf. The rolling terrain and generous landing areas are accompanied by 30 acres of water features, which swim beneath the course’s 14 bridges. The pine trees and pine straw add a unique element to this new and impressive desert layout.
The Tournament of Club Champions flights held at Desert Island wrapped up Monday afternoon, and Doug Gagnon and Richard Kyle were crowned champions. Desert Island hosted the Arnold Palmer Flght (Handicap Indexes of 5.0 - 8.4, pictured top) and Gary Player Flight (Handicap Indexes 8.5 and above, pictured bottom).
Following Gagnon, who shot a 4-under par 68, in the standings was Tom Tomlinson, Elpie Advincula, Derek Ritarita and Jerry Cowgill. Placing behind Kyle, who shot a 10-under par 62, was Stacey Woodman, Robert Clark, Ed Antosz and Anthony Copeland.
Desert Island's championship course surrounds a 25-acre lake nestled at the foot of the breathtaking San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountain ranges. Desert Island's golf course is free of houses, resulting in magnificent lake and mountain views everywhere you look.
The Gross Divisions were held last week. Read a full recap here.
Bermuda Dunes hosted the Byron Nelson flight (Participants age 55 and older with Handicap Indexes of 12.0 and above), and Jim Meeks of San Diego Educator Men's Club emerged as champion after shooting a four-under par 68. John Glass of Dianetics GC matched Meeks' 68.
Placing in third was Ok Suh, with Jim Harbuck and Charles Troxel placing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Bermuda Dunes CC is one of the finest golfing experiences that the Coachella Valley has to offer. The golf course opened in 1959 and was designed by world-renowned designer Billy Bell. Bermuda Dunes is also known for having the longest running involvement in a major tournament, The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, since it began in 1960.