Sierra View holds on, defends Rose Cup golf title
Sierra View Country Club defended its Rose Cup title last weekend, taking a first-round lead and holding off three teams in the second round for a dramatic victory Saturday.
Sierra View was clinging to a slight lead over Woodcreek and Diamond Oaks in the 13th annual Ryder Cup-like golf tournament as the three teams waited for the final group to finish.
Among that last group was Vern Mitzel, an 18-handicapper. He might have been the least accomplished golfer on Sierra View’s 12-man team, but his Saturday score proved the most pivotal. Mitzel tied for second in his foursome, picking up 2½ points and helping Sierra View hold on.
In defending its title and winning for the fourth time overall, Sierra View had 48.5 points. A huge second-round rally fell short for Diamond Oaks, which settled for second with 47 points. Woodcreek (46.5) took third and Timber Creek (38) fourth.
“There were three of us in our group that were very close all day, and we all had some blowup holes at the end, so I wasn’t sure what was going to happen,” said Mitzel, who has helped Sierra View finish first in three of his four Rose Cup appearances. “I wasn’t watching the scores in our group, but I knew it was close. I was just out there trying to do the best I could.”
Sierra View held a two-point lead over Woodcreek after the opening round of two-man play Friday at Timber Creek. However, with two-thirds of the points to be decided in Saturday’s singles play, it was hardly time to feel overconfident.
Sierra View’s Bernie Church had eight points and Bob Lozito accounted for 7½. Mark Ross and Victor Kovaly each had seven.
Diamond Oaks played poorly Friday but was the most impressive team one day later, when Drazen Trkulja, Harry Wharff, Rico Johnson, Mark Hoerner and Ed Schwab each collected four points.
“We had three teams standing in the scoreboard area afterward with a chance to win, waiting for that last group to come in and report their scores,” said Mike Blasé, head pro at Diamond Oaks. “What an exciting finish.”
Woodcreek head pro Curtis Wood had two strong rounds. He shot a 4-under-par 68 on Friday in helping to pick up four points for his two-man team, then beat all the pros on Saturday for another four points. Phil Ratty, Scott Marskell and Jeff Yates joined Wood with four points in the final round.
“We (the pros) are all in the same business, so it’s nice to get out of the office and be able to play golf with each other,” Wood said. “We all look forward to the Rose Cup; it’s a lot of fun.”
Timber Creek hoped to use its home-course advantage Friday but sat in third place, five points behind Sierra View. Ed Lick was a standout for Sierra View with eight points. Ernie Bell picked up eight and Brad Silvia seven.
Rose Cup scoreboard: 1. Sierra View 18.5-30 — 48.5, 2. Diamond Oaks 12-35 — 47, 3. Woodcreek 16-30.5 — 46.5, 4. Timber Creek 13.5-24.5 — 38.