These two venerable Roseville golf courses are located only a few miles apart and share similar terrain, featuring moderate elevation changes and mature oak trees that make golfers pay for wayward shots.
Play the Ted Robinson-designed Diamond Oaks Golf Course regularly, and the switch from there to Sierra View Country Club – built 10 years earlier, a Jack Fleming design in 1953 – isn’t too dramatic. Of course, the opposite is true as well, which might explain why Sierra View held off Diamond Oaks for a victory Saturday in the 12th annual Rose Cup.
Playing in the two-day, Ryder Cup-like format, Sierra View trailed Woodcreek by a half-point following a good showing on its home course Friday. One day later, Sierra View was even better, pulling away from Woodcreek and outpointing host Diamond Oaks to take home the coveted Rose Cup. It will be prominently displayed for the next year in the country club’s lounge.
“Sierra View and Diamond Oaks are pretty similar courses, so I think our guys are very comfortable playing at either place,” Sierra View head pro Jim Salazar said.
In a scoring system that rewards four points for first place and one for finishing last, Sierra View had no one with fewer than two points in the final round, which was a match-play format.
Mark Ross and Gary White led the way for Sierra View, earning four points each on both days. White shot a 2-under-par 70 at Diamond Oaks, while assistant pro Chris Galvin carded a 72 and had 3½ points, tying Mark Gouger of Timber Creek in the competition among the pros.
What won it for Sierra View were solid efforts from David Deragisch, Randy Rasmussen, Larry Chillemi, Clifton Taylor, Chris Clark and Gary Becton, who each had three points Saturday.
The strong showing helped end a three-year run by Woodcreek, which owns the most Rose Cup wins with five, one more than Diamond Oaks. Sierra View has three wins.
Woodcreek registered 16 points Friday and held a half-point lead over Sierra View. But Woodcreek’s lineup didn’t play with the same consistency a day later, when it had 28.5 points and settled for third place.
Woodcreek’s Rick Wasina, Bill Gaylor and Tom Mackey picked up four points each on both days.
“We would have liked to win, but you don’t want to see the same team winning all the time,” Woodcreek head pro Rob Frederick said. “Our guys love playing in this format; all the teams do. It’s bragging rights for the winner, so that makes for a fun atmosphere every year.”
Trailing by 1½ points Saturday, several Diamond Oaks golfers played excellent on their home course. Earning four points on Day 2 were Dennis Byrd, Rick Rusk, Russ Tabbert and Rico Johnson.
Gouger was the primary standout for Timber Creek, easily winning in the two-man format Friday and totaling 7½ points. Teammate Chet Pabis had a combined seven points, and Sam Simpson picked up four points Saturday.
Jeffrey Weidel is a former sports editor of the Press-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.