Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Chip-off settles Valley Club member tourney

42 twosomes take part

Two beautiful chip shots caused tournament organizers to make a precise measurement and thus determine the winning men's team of The Valley Club Member-Member golf tournament Saturday, June 23.

Jay Cooper and Roger Miller won the chip-off, Cooper putting his shot 9 feet and 8 inches from the hole. They were just two inches closer than the runner-up twosome of Tullio Celano and Peter Gaasland—Celano stroking his chip shot 9 feet and 10 inches away.

Sunny and mild conditions greeted the field of 42 twosomes for the Friday and Saturday meet—31 in the men's division and 11 in women's category.

The men's field was divided into six flights. The top two teams in each flight advanced to the "shootout" settling this year's championships. So, 12 teams started the five-hole shootout with the high scoring teams eliminated as the holes were played.

After third-place Chris Stephens and Neil Bradshaw were eliminated on the fourth shootout hole, the finalist teams—Cooper-Miller and Celano-Gaasland—tied on the final hole. That forced the chip-off.

Results by flight were:

Shootout results: 1—Jay Cooper and Roger Miller. 2—Tullio Celano and Peter Gaasland. 3—Chris Stephens and Neil Bradshaw.

Butch Cassidy Flight: 1—Chris Stephens and Neil Bradshaw 1 point. 2—Whit Atkinson and Peter Atkinson -1 point.

Wyatt Earp Flight: 1—Edward Karner and Latham Williams 8 points. 2—Paul Willis and Dick Toomey 6 points.

Jesse James Flight: 1—Roger Brown and Gary Crowe 1 point. 2—Steve Malkmus and Paul Stefani -4 points.

Billy the Kid Flight: 1—Tullio Celano and Peter Gaasland 0 points. 2—Jay Cooper and Roger Miller -1 point.

Doc Holliday Flight: 1 (tie)—Page Chapman and Tom Tierney 3 points, Allan Snyder and Jerry Mells 3 points.

Annie Oakley Flight: 1—Carolyn Benson and Gundl Haskell 21 points. 2—Suzanne Williams and Happy Hawn 19 points. 3—Marilyn Celano and Elma Cannavino 14 points. 4—Claire Bailey and Gail Thornton 12 points.

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