Posted by: randyhaaggolf | April 18, 2011

WHISPER ROCK NATIONAL INVITATIONAL – FINAL RESULTS

If you love great desert golf, with unbelievable practice facilities and food and service second to NONE, then you’ll love the Whisper Rock experience. Gregg Tryhus has created perhaps the greatest golf experience on the planet at “The Rock”. From the moment you pull up to the valet parking your treated with kindness and service that I’ve not seen anywhere in the world.

It gets even better when you get near the locker room where you’ll most definitely run into Mike who runs the inside facilities. This fine gentleman is not only genuinely kind, passionate and considerate, but he has a memory that I would love to possess. Every little need is taken care of for you, and the service continues at this high level in the Professional Shop,with the  caddies and especially the culinary experience you’ll find with the exceptional food. The course and practice facilities are immaculate, with great attention to every detail.

I’m not sure how I could be any more fortunate to play in events hosted by some of the worlds greatest golf facilities. Whisper Rock is perhaps the most unique in many ways, and in my book is right up there with Pine Valley and Seminole. This event has the best possible ingredient in the people you’ll meet and hang out with for 4 days. We were treated to a very difficult test of golf with high winds and tough pin positions during the three days of competition. With much firmer greens, additional thought was required before firing at the pin. The scores reflected the challenge versus the scores of last years event. My partner the ever affable Paul Balatti and I had the time of our lives with a -23 team score last year for 54 holes. I love a challenging and difficult course which both courses provided. The firmness of the greens and windy conditions made course management mission one for success.

After an opening 69 on the upper course which tied us with our home town pals of Dan Bieber and Bob Fulton, we then found ourselves 3 back going into the final round on the lower course. We quickly closed the gap and were dead even with 12 holes to go. After Bob Fulton made a nice birdie on the 8th hole, followed by a saving par on 9, we were 2 back with 9 holes to go. The back nine is where you can lose or make up shots in a hurry. I must admit the putt I made on #10 for birdie was ridiculous and I’m sure got things rolling in our direction. After two more birdies by my partner and a chip in birdie on #17 we had the 3 peated in hand at this awesome event that we LOVE coming back to each year. I know I start thinking about the warm weather and perfect conditions once November hits in Northern California.

Tournament chairman Jim Strickland (Stricky) does an amazing job recruiting great teams and great guys to this event! The Championship trophies trophies(shown below) are perhaps the most beautiful I’ve seen. The two six shooters (they’re real) in a beautiful case, makes for a great trophy and conversation piece that Paul and I have proudly displayed in our homes.

The best way into this amazing event is to get introduced to Jim Strickland through a member or participant in the field.

MID-AM DIVISION

FINAL RESULTS

  • Round 1 – Lower Course – 7,274 yards
  • Round 2 – Upper Course – 7,337 yards
  • Round 3 – Lower Course – 7,253 yards

1Fisk, CoreyVickers,

1

Fisk, Corey Vickers, Warren

68

70

69

207

-9

2

Tennyson, Brian Walsworth, Don

69

72

69

210

-6

3

Johnson, Scott Worden, Joe

67

70

74

211

-5

4

Bagneschi, Tony Hoops, Bryan

68

73

72

213

-3

5

Chesley, Steve Daffer, Tony

74

70

70

214

-2

Gullion, Joey Mumford, Brent

70

74

70

214

-2

Smoltz, John Tolliver, Billy Joe

71

72

71

214

-2

8

Foote, Will Lindstrom, Jon

73

72

70

215

-1

9

Burke, Billy Roth, Matt

72

73

71

216

E

McKenzie, John Reid, Scott

73

75

68

216

E

11

Almquist, Scott Kavanaugh, Charles

73

75

69

217

1

12

Barsotti, Todd Wilson, Jeff

74

73

71

218

2

13

Belden, Brian Belden, Dan

73

73

73

219

3

Lloyd, Joe Sposi, Joe

72

74

73

219

3

15

Bendetti, Joe Strickland, Jim

74

71

75

220

4

Grier, Steven Shook, Tyler

73

70

77

220

4

17

Couch, Geoff Mackenzie, Doug

74

74

73

221

5

DiCarlo, Nat Middaugh, Eoin

74

76

71

221

5

19

Buecking, Alex Irwin, Steve

73

76

73

222

6

Hutchison, Bill Palladino, Vince

72

76

74

222

6

21

Alsup, Mike Heldmar, Blake

74

74

75

223

7

22

Helfrich, Mike Osborn, Bowen

78

74

72

224

8

Lyons, Lenny Volpenhein, Jim

77

72

73

222

8

24

Barfield, Neal Kenny, Steven

74

77

74

225

9

Gibson, Todd Howard, Greg

76

73

76

225

9

26

Carter, Chip Perkins, Stephen

79

72

75

226

10

McNeil, Greg Wright, Jon

76

75

75

226

10

28

Lee, Haeseung Schulze, Steve

75

75

79

229

13

SENIOR DIVISION 50+

FINAL RESULTS

  • Round 1 – Upper Course – 6,928 yards
  • Round 2 – Lower Course – 6,868 yards
  • Round 3 – Lower Course – 6,824 yards

2011 Champions Paul Balatti & Randy Haag

1

Balatti, Paul Haag, Randy

69

71

69

209

-7

2

Burke, Jimmy Nelson, Hunter

71

70

71

212

-4

3

Atkinson, Bert Fred, Stuart

73

70

71

214

-2

Bieber, Dan Fulton, Bob

69

68

77

214

-2

Goode, John McDonald, Robert

73

70

71

214

-2

Legere, Jacques Postillion, Victor

71

70

73

214

-2

7

Tryhus, Gregg Williams, Jim

72

70

73

215

-1

8

Lyons, Eddie McBee, Billy

72

76

69

217

1

9

Heldmar, Bill Muller, Eric

75

73

71

219

3

Jensen, Dave Kottkamp, Rex

72

75

72

219

3

Quinlivan, Jack Radcliffe, Scott

72

75

72

219

3

12

Kloenne, Michael Little, Brian

72

76

72

220

4

13

Ameen, Mike Morgan, Mike

75

73

73

221

5

Burns, Ron Ryan, Dave

73

74

74

221

5

Clement, Dave Pumphrey, Jay

76

69

76

221

5

Jackson, Bill Ruffin, Rick

73

75

73

221

5

Knodt, Howard Wielgus, Wayne

74

75

72

221

5

18

Cloud, Bob Reynolds, Jim

72

78

72

222

6

Newton, Jeff Parsons, Chuck

71

77

74

222

6

20

Boockford, Bill Lind, David

74

74

75

223

7

Cox, Kelly Pigg, John

76

75

72

223

7

22

Bracken, John Ocker, Ronny

75

73

76

224

8

Graybeal, Ron Jacobsen, David

73

74

77

224

8

24

Adelson, Tom Brown, Paul

76

74

76

226

10

25

Anderson, Carl Ellis, Jerry

73

77

79

229

13

Petit, Rich Staskus, Mike

76

72

81

229

13


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