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Woodcreek takes third straight Rose Cup

Defending champions dominate both days of competition
By: Jeffrey Weidel, Special to The Press Tribune
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A freak injury kept Keith Erickson from playing in this year’s Rose Cup, the annual Ryder Cup-like event that has the four City golf courses going head to head in a two-day format.

For Erickson, the injury may have prevented him from being in the Woodcreek Golf Club lineup. Yet the next best thing did occur. Following his team’s third straight tournament victory early Saturday evening, it was Erickson taking a drink from the coveted cup.

“We let Keith pour a beer into the cup and take a drink,” Woodcreek assistant pro Curtis Wood said. “I think it made him feel a part of this victory even though unfortunately he didn’t get to play.”

It was two days of strong golf for Woodcreek, which established a 2½ point lead on Friday at its home course, then pulled away convincingly one day later for a 12-point victory in the match play competition at Timber Creek.

The 55 points was the second most in the tournament’s 11-year history, trailing only the 58.5 by Sierra View Country Club in 2006. Sierra View was second, Timber Creek came in third and Diamond Oaks finished fourth. The win also pulled Woodcreek past Diamond Oaks in all-time victories with five.

“Everyone was ecstatic about getting the three-peat,” Wood said. “We had a lot of new faces this year that had never been a part of the Rose Cup. But they really wanted to win and it was great they were able to bring the trophy back to Woodcreek for another year.”

Phil Ratty, Rich Wasina and John Lacey all had first-place finishes for Woodcreek in their Saturday matches against the other three teams, earning the maximum of four points (4-3-2-1 scoring system). Jim Butler and Stan Norine both had 3.5 points, while Wood and Brian Arthur each earned three points.

 

“Our team (12 players) averaged three points each during the final day, which means we had a lot of guys playing really well,” said Wood, who gladly pinch-hit for head pro Rob Frederick, who was attending a wedding in Lake Tahoe. “They hammered out this victory, it really wasn’t close.”

Sierra View recovered from a rough opening day of four-ball play to rally for second place. First-place finishes by assistant pro Walt Thompson, Bill Hooper, Scott Steindorf and Vern Mitzell led to Sierra’s View’s strong finish.

Looking for its first victory, Timber Creek had to settle for third. Chris Herzog shot a blistering 6-under 66 on the first day to help Mark Gouger win among the other pros. Herzog had a first-place finish on his home course and was joined by Leon Dean.

Diamond Oaks was second after the first day, but only Ron Turner had a first-place finish on Saturday.
 

Jeffrey Weidel is the former Sports Editor of the Press-Tribune. He can be reached at skiweidel@yahoo.com.

Rose Cup Scoreboard
                                    Friday              Saturday          total     

Woodcreek                  18.5                 36.5                 55
Sierra View                  12.5                 30.5                   43
Timber Creek               13.5                 29                    42.5
Diamond Oaks            16.0                23.5                 39.5