Litzau, Husby claim Club titles
Blueberry Pines Golf Club held its Club Championship last weekend. The golf course was in fantastic condition: firm, yet well trimmed, with thick, plush rough, very similar to how the USGA would prepare a golf course for a major competition. These conditions make scoring difficult, yet are meant to bring out the best golfer(s).
The first 18 holes of play commenced last Saturday with 2009 Club Champion Ron Litzau jumping out to an early first-day lead in the men's division firing a 74. Tim Pederson was also on fire, scoring a 76 after the first day's play, and 2008 Club Champion Jim Emerson also remained close carding a 77 on Saturday.
In the Senior Men's Division, Jay Baarstad jumped out to an early lead shooting an 84 with Jerry Wisuri his nearest competitor scoring an 89.
In the Women's Division, Kim Ramsussen gained an early one-stroke lead carding a 95 on Saturday.
Janakaye Husby jumped off to a commanding lead in the Senior Women's Division with a 96 and finished just one stroke behind Kim in the Women's Division to be her nearest competitor.
On Sunday, the eight low gross men played 27 holes. Ron Litzau held a three-stroke lead after the first 18 holes of play carding a second-day total of 77. Jim Emerson remained his nearest competitor after matching Ron's 77.
Things heated up on the last nine holes of play with Ron bogeying the first two holes compared to pars by Jim Emerson. Then Ron's par on hole 12 helped regain a two-stroke lead. The 13th hole was a swing point after Ron carded a double bogey compared to Jim's par making both players tied with five holes to play. Both players made par on the 14th and 15th holes, then Ron's par on the 16th regained him a one-stroke lead. Both players made par on the 17th bringing the match to the 18th and final tee with Ron holding a one-shot lead. Both players fumbled a little on the 18th with Ron's par and Jim's bogey giving Ron Litzau a final two-stroke lead winning his second Men's Club Championship with rounds of 74-77-40. Jim Emerson finished in second place low gross with rounds of 77-77-39.
Tim Pederson's fantastic round on Saturday scoring a net 63 and a good round on Sunday scoring a net 72 gave Tim his first Men's Net Club Championship.
In the Men's First Flight, Russ Weappa prevailed to win first place low gross after holding a one-stroke lead on Saturday over Kurt Mortenson, and both players matched scores on Sunday, each carding 86.
Kurt Mortenson did hold on to win first place low net with net rounds of 76 and 72 for a total of 148. Second place low net went to Bruce Kinnunen with net rounds of 81 and 78 for a 159.
In the Men's Senior Division, Jay Baarstad defended his title to win his second Senior Men's Club Championship with rounds of 84 and 86.
Ron Husby also repeated winning his second consecutive Senior Men's Net Club Championship with net rounds of 73 and 67 for a total of 140. Marnie Porter finished in second place low net scoring rounds of 77 and 79 totaling a 156.
In the Women's Division, Janakaye Husby was the story of the second day. Firing her best round ever, a 92, following up her good round of 96 on Saturday, which scored Jana a complete sweep of the Women's and Senior Women's Club Championship and winning her first Women's and Senior Women's Club Championship.
Kim Rasmussen won her first ever Women's Net Club Championship scoring net rounds of 73 and 80 for a total of 153.
Shirley Potter finished in first place low gross in the Women's Division.
In the Women's Senior Division, Janakaye Husby wins the Championship with second place low gross going to Karen Weappa with rounds of 111 and 108 for a 219.
Winning the Senior Women's Net Club Championship was former multi Women's Net Club Champion, Connie Wadman, scoring net rounds of 71 and 81 for a total of 152. Second place low net went to Dianne Salmela scoring net rounds of 83 and 79 for a 162.