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March 30 - April 1

Gold Nuggets - Battle in Borrego
Round 1 Recap


-On a day when the wind laid down, it was truly a birdie bonanza at de Anza Country Club. No less than 14 players broke par headed up by Rhode Island's Jonathan Pannone who shot a sizzling 64. Palm Desert's Chris Evans continued his scorching spring play by firing a tournament opening 65 on Monday. Evans destroyed the field last week in Temecula, winning the Temecula Creek Shootout by seven shots after pairing a 63 and 64 together. With no signs of slowing down, he may very well be the man to beat this week.

-The standard par-72 layout is being played as a par 70 this week. Holes 9 and 17 have been converted into long par 4's.

-Amongst those in red numbers, de Anza staffer Damien Telles more than acquitted himself by shooting a solid 68 on Monday. Fueled by four birdies, and a throng of followers on an army of carts, Telles finds himself right in the thick of things heading into round 2.

-Thanks to the generosity of de Anza's fantastic membership, the prize pool for this week's event has greatly increased. Offering up their spectacular facility was one thing, but de Anza's attentive membership has provided host housing in addition to enhancing the player pool this week. What a great week, in what will hopefully be an annual -and signature- Golden State Tour stop.

-Tuesday's cut will be the low 15 and ties. Those who make the cut will participate Tuesday afternoon in a horse race with the winner receiving two VIP tickets to the upcoming US Open at Chambers Bay. This donation was yet another by a de Anza member and should make for an exciting post round event. If you have never taken part or witnessed this elimination style competition it is flat out awesome.

-Speaking of awesome, seriously the membership at de Anza Country Club have made for incredible hosts. Above and beyond would only begin to describe their treatment of our players this week.

-The Battle in Borrego is the first of three events in this spring's Callaway Pro Series. This unique, points based opportunity, is one that has players vying for 10 spots in which golf equipment will be awarded. There is little more important to a professional golfer than his tools, this one is likely to serve a nice compliment to the rigors of touring. Very rewarding.

-Tuesday's round 2 tee times begin at 9:00 AM and are posted at

Greg Botti