RMCC Scratch Team
The team, from left: Josh Twist, Danny Gums, Brennan McDonald, Scott Machen, Steve Jones, Dean Clapp and Don Thames.
By Don Thames, RMCC Professional
The Rancho Murieta Country Club Scratch League Team advanced to the State Finals at Poppy Hills Golf Course Monday. In the end, Bear Creek Country Club won out over Roddy Ranch Golf Club, Rancho Murieta Country Club and Saticoy Country Club.
As the club pro and team captain, my view: I’m proud of our team. We won our league, won again in the Nor Cal Finals at Poppy Ridge and played hard at Poppy Hills. The team from Bear Creek is a three-time champion of this event and is tough to beat when they bring their “A” games, as they did Monday. Our team has talked about it and we are looking forward to next year to have another shot at these guys. It took us a couple of cracks to get past Granite Bay in the Nor Cals, and we think we can do the same at the State Level.
The season began with each club being paired into a four-team pod. Initially, Cameron Park CC, El Macero CC, and Cold Springs were RMCC’s opponents. Each team is comprised of one PGA Golf Professional and 6 scratch members. Seven separate matches are held at each of the four venues during the regular season. A 16-point scoring system is used for each hole in each individual match. Seven, five, three and one point(s) are awarded to the foursome depending on their finish on each hole and the cumulative points for each match determine the winner. All of the points for each match are added at the end to determine the team victor.
Rancho Murieta won the four-team pod title during the regular season and advanced to Poppy Ridge in Livermore for the Northern California Finals played in November. The Club faced rival Granite Bay and San Jose CC. In two previous meetings at this level Granite Bay has prevailed, but not this time. This team victory moved the squad into the State Finals against one other team for NCGA and two from SCGA.
The RMCC team that played for the State Championship was PGA Club Professional Don Thames and scratch members Dean Clapp, Danny Gums, Steve Jones, Scott Machen, Brennan McDonald and Josh Twist. The rest of the team that helped us win our pod are Kevin Stillian, Derrick Dacosta, Randy Stoker, Roland Reese, Todd Bold, John Nichols, Kenny Chacon and Rick Carrington.