New practice facility named for benevolent Watsons

By From page B1 | August 19, 2014

When the pitch-practice layout at El Macero Country Club opens in mid-October, it will have an official name — The John and Diane Watson Short Game Training Facility.

The announcement was made Monday night at the UC Davis Aggie golf program fundraiser, held at the country club’s restaurant.

The Watsons were principal donors in getting the new facility built. John Watson, the CEO of Chevron, is a UCD graduate.

Aggie golf coach Cy Williams told me earlier this summer that the short-game project will mean a lot to the proficiency of his players, and El Macero Country Club general manager David Knox knows his members will get a whole new handle on their close-in shots.

Salk takes Wildhorse title: Davis golfer Darin Salk came to play, carding a 75 from the big-boy tees to win Saturday’s Club Championship at Wildhorse Golf Course.

Pete Hackett chased home Salk with a 78 while Joe Walter crafted an 81 among those playing in the competitive scratch division.

Troy Martin’s handicaped 64 was the lowest of the first flight scores. Jim Colton (66) and Dominic Acia (69) also got on the imaginary podium.

In the second flight, Ronald Ruiz’s 61 put lots of yardage between him and the rest of the field, which featured William Smith (67) in second and Joe Garske (68) finishing third.

Wildhorse general manager Bryan O’Malley was pleased with the tournament and is excited to report that the facility’s monthlong trap rehabilitation project is almost complete.

Best 2-of-4: You never know who’s going to step up when a foursome gets to take only its two best shots.

On Saturday at Davis Golf Course, the group of Ed Johnson and Isiah, Bud and Dick Hale got the best of the rest of the field in shooting 109.

As good as that score was, it wasn’t a runaway …

Scott Panzich, Todd Chase, Dave McIntire and Mike Ozella finished just two strokes behind while Larry Peterson, Tim Reid, Paul Ochs and Earl Booth (112) and Scott Stewart, Mike Pappa, Ted Villanueva and Don Pappa (113) were in the hunt.

The juniors take over: Playing from the white tees (6,554 yards), Jackson Kavrell fired a 76 to win the El Macero 18-hole boys Junior Club Championship on Sunday. Alyssa Yee won the girls junior trophy with a 96.

Playing from the gold tees, Carsen Quick took one nine-hole title while Dylon Johnson — also managing a 50 — took the junior-tee nine-hole championship.

What? A 59 with a 3-putt? Kevin Sutherland of Sacramento became the seventh PGA golfer to card a 59 when he turned the trick Sunday in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Champions Tour in New York.

Get this: Sutherland was 8-under par after nine holes and three-putted the 18th (he missed a 10-footer for 58).

Sutherland, whose brother David is a guest pro/teacher and provides member clinics at El Macero Country Club, had a previous pro low round of 62.

I wonder how many strokes the 50-year-old Kevin will have to give younger brother David next time out?

— Bruce Gallaudet is a staff writer for The Davis Enterprise. Reach him at [email protected] or 530-320-4456.

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