The great thing about this little gem up high in the Oakland Hills, is you can go low as Taylor Travis proved with a stellar 63 in the second round again played in tough breezy conditions. Like Andrew Biggadike commented to me it was difficult to make birdies when you had to putt so defensive with all the downhill, side hill putts you’d have with these well placed pins.
I found the course to be in good shape and very well run by a group of people that really care about this event. From the enthusiastic intro on the first tee to the on course help by the officiating group. I also received a letter that went out to all of the 2009 participants asking to come and join the 2010 field. i has impressed by this and responded by entering the event.
But beside the birdie, birdie, eagle finish…the highlight was meeting a new friend Carlotta Brown who manages the on course fine dining. Ms Brown saw me putting side saddle and quickly proclaimed that when she takes up golf she will become a member of the side saddle club! I have posted a picture of Carlotta below, and when your playing Lake Chabot, make sure you say hi to all the nice people that run this course!
Below is a well written story by Pete Wlodkowski of Amateurgolf.com – Next week it’s off to one of amateurgolf.com best event at Bayonet and Black Horse at the Old Fort Ord in Seaside. I will be posting a course guide on both these challenging courses along with comments and results from the event. STAY TUNED!!
OAKLAND, Calif. (May 23, 2010) — Last weekend, amateurgolf.com reported on one of the greatest day to day improvements possible for a top-finishing player, when Greg Moss shaved a full 14 strokes off of his first round 76 with a near course record 62 in the second round at Brookside G.C. in Pasadena. He ended up winning the 72 hole event by a single shot.
Today at Oakland’s Lake Chabot — in a tourney that is seeing better times after a brief hiatus several years back — Taylor Travis went Moss 2 strokes better and went 79-63, moving past 22 players to finish in 2nd.
Travis’ turnaround simply meant that 2-under par had been posted in the 36 hole event, but likely did little to affect the final outcome.
Randy Haag of Burlingame, leading Ryan Thomas by 2 strokes heading into the final round after a 4-under 68 on Saturday, went out with guns blazing again on Sunday and easily took control of his pairing, and the tournament.
A 3-under 33 on the front nine extended Haag’s lead, but the 2009 NCGA Player-of-the-Year stumbled with a triple bogey on the 14th (a four shot swing to Travis’ birdie). Haag righted the ship with a par on No. 15, and a remarkable birdie-birdie-eagle finish. (It was the second straight day that he eagled the unique par 6 18th hole at Lake Chabot.) Despite the triple bogey, Haag shot 67 to finish with 9-under 135 and a 7 stroke victory.
In the Senior Division Mark Miller of Antioch also won big, firing 3-under 141 to cruise to a 12 stroke victory over Peter Moren and Scott Anderson.
* Randy Haag commented on the event:
“This is my first victory in the Oakland City, but I remember shooting 12-under par in the event when it was 72 holes back in the 1980’s,” said Haag. “I lost to [Bay Area legend, ed] Bob Blomberg – he eagled, to my birdie on the last hole to win by one.” Haag also commended the Tournament Committee for sending a letter inviting him back to the event after he played in 2009.
* About that par 6 – It’s 673-yards, with a fairway like a ski slope (downhill). But the drive is tight, and big numbers are in play when trying to chase a long drive down the hill to have a chance to hit it in two. There were two double eagle 3’s recorded at the 18th:
Click link above for final scores!