Roseville golf clubs are gunning for three-time champ Woodcreek in Rose Cup
A little psychological warfare precedes this year’s 12th annual Rose Cup, the Ryder Cup-like competition that takes place each fall between four Roseville golf clubs.
In hopes of putting a halt to the dominance of Woodcreek, which is seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory, Diamond Oaks head pro Scott Prenez has contemplated reaching out to European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie for some sage advice.
Sierra View counterpart Jim Salazar may take a more direct approach in challenging the Woodcreek team before the competition Friday at Sierra View and Saturday at Diamond Oaks.
“We’ll definitely be monitoring the handicaps of the Woodcreek players,” Salazar said with a laugh. “Are Woodcreek players really that much better than the other three teams?”
The answer over the past three years would be a resounding yes.
A year ago, Woodcreek pulled ahead of Diamond Oaks in overall Rose Cup victories (5 to 4) with a convincing 12-point margin over second-place Sierra View. The 55 total points was the most in Rose Cup history in a competition that features two-man teams in the opening round and match play on Day 2. Players are matched up according to handicaps.
“I’m speechless about what to do about the Woodcreek onslaught. Maybe we should do background checks on its players,” Prenez said. “Maybe I need to call Colin Montgomerie or channel some of the European players for inspiration. We’re hoping the last day there’s some home cooking at our place. Being the host team can make a difference.”
Although not playing in this year’s event due to a charity event Woodcreek is hosting, head pro Rob Frederick isn’t worried about all the smack talk. With four players returning (Bill Gaylor, Rich Wasina, Jim Butler and Rich Kassis) from last year and several other Rose Cup veterans in the lineup, Frederick can envision the coveted crystal trophy residing in the Woodcreek pro shop for another year.
“Coming off the recent Ryder Cup, there is some excitement building for the Rose Cup,” said Frederick, who has designated assistant Alan Heyn to play in his place. “This is a big event for our guys. The team is excited about trying to win it again.”
Timber Creek’s Mark Gouger is the only head pro scheduled to play both days. His team, which is at a disadvantage since its players are all Del Webb retirement residents, isn’t predicting a victory, which would be Timber Creek’s first. The spirit of the event is what keeps many of his players wanting to come back.
“Our guys have a lot of fun being in the Rose Cup,” Gouger said. “We did well at our place last year, and our guys like the Sierra View course a lot, so who knows what might happen this year. We’re just excited to be playing again. The Rose Cup is a great local event.”
Jeffrey Weidel is a former sports editor of the Press-Tribune. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Rose Cup rosters
Sierra View Country Club: Jim Salazar (head pro, Friday), Chris Galvin (assistant pro, Saturday), Jack McCann, Gary White, Mark Ross, Dave Deragisch, Randy Rasmussen, Clifton Taylor, Chris Clark, Larry Chillemi, Tom Friery, Gary Becton, Vern Mitzel.
Diamond Oaks Golf Course: Scott Prenez (head pro, Friday), Mike Blasé (assistant pro, Saturday), Pamas Bhatti, Matt Hulbert, Rico Johnson, Dennis Byrd, Jeff Blackmon, Yutaka Shimizu, Robert Guild, Steve Hitchcock, Larry Orcutt, Russ Tabbert, Rick Rusk.
Woodcreek Golf Club: Alan Heyn (assistant pro), Phil Ratty, John Murnane, John Clark, Bill Gaylor, Rich Wasina, Tom Mackey, Jim Butler, Gary Costello, Mark Gordon, Rich Kassis, Jeff Yake.
Timber Creek Golf Course: Mark Gouger (head pro), Bill Aaberg, Chet Pabis, Ed Lick, Bill Whil, Martin Wolf, Howard Cabezas, Chuck Krause, John Raniseski, Bill Mathews, Leon Dean, Herb Tom.
12TH ANNUAL ROSE CUP
What: Ryder Cup-like competition involving Roseville’s four golf clubs.
When and where: Friday at Sierra View Country Club, 105 Alta Vista Ave., Roseville; and Saturday at Diamond Oaks Golf Course, 349 Diamond Oaks Road., Roseville.