BATTLE IN BORREGO
March 30 - April 1
Gold Nuggets - Battle in Borrego
Round 2 Recap
-It was race day, Tuesday at de Anza Country Club. Players spent the morning and early afternoon vying for a spot in Wednesday's final round and those lucky enough to make the cut also battled it out in a horse race sponsored by the host membership. Let's begin with the evening's finale - The Horse Race ... wow, what drama!
-17 of the 19 qualified players lined up in the elimination style march. Competitors were eliminated one by one until four stood on the 17th tee vying for the three paying prizes. Host participant and crowd favorite, Damien Telles was eliminated much to the crowd's dismay leaving three to jockey for final position on 18.
-Tour Boss Mike O' Leary moved the players up to the front tees making for a strategic par four playing 321 yards. Following a courageous par from Max Cohen, Chris Capo and Chris Evans exchanged 12 and 18 foot birdie putts respectively forcing the all important chip-off to decide the champion, which was won by Evans.
-That was high drama, unlike Evans' overall game, which continues to excel at a mind numbing pace. He followed up a first round 65 with another one on Tuesday. He has played his last 72 holes on the Golden State Tour at 27 under par. Yes, that's insane.
-Evans maintains a five stroke lead over Vista's Matt Picanso who is 5 under. A slew of others are at 136 and close by, standing ready to pounce if Evans stumbles.
-Club donations continued to roll in as a $100 credit was awarded to Max Cohen for a closest to the pin during the horse race. This was on the heels of a generous couple who sponsored the carts for the day. The chatter amongst the players has turned to the question of why the tour would ever leave the facility we've been treated so well.
-Life as a professional golfer is not easy; nor is it very predictable. Recent GST LaPurisima winner Mike McCabe suffered 3 bogeys coming in after birdieing the par four 14th. The normally steady former state open champ finished with the disappointment of a player who missed the cut by one. Conversely, Woodland Hills' Capo threw together a 2-3-3 finish to make the 36 hole cut on the projected number. Then the customary afternoon de Anza wind finally showed up late blowing the cut to an even 140 making five pros very happy, including McCabe. Even for those that make a living doing this, it's a crazy game.
-Wednesday's exciting finish will be contested beginning at 7:30AM. Tee times can be viewed at www.gstour.com.