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Rob Martin

Rob Martin captured the RMCC club championship with a win over Steve Edinburgh.

By Don Thames
RMCC Golf Professional

Rob Martin marched through the field en route to his first Rancho Murieta Country Club championship title last weekend. At the urging of his daughter Alexis to enter the tournament, Rob could not refuse. With Alexis on the bag, the Martin duo was not to be denied. He defeated Steve Edinburgh 3-2 in the 36-hole final by keeping the ball in play and with precise iron shots.

The match was close after 18 holes and Edinburgh pulled even after 24. Martin hit the flagstick with his approach on seven and made a birdie. He chipped it to within five feet on hole eight and made it two in a row to go two up on the day. Perhaps the capper came on the 13th green, when Rob chipped in for birdie three and a three-up lead. From there the finalists matched pars until holes ran out for Edinburgh on the 16th green. To Edinburgh’s credit, his driving game, short game and sportsmanship was outstanding and on display throughout the event.

Rob defeated Rick Carrington in the first round 1-up. He got by medalist (75) and up and coming Justin Cowperthwaite 2-1 in round two. He was pitted against former club champion Dave Valdez in the quarter finals. Although Valdez has recently shot his age of 68, his game was not up to the challenge this time. Valdez fell 8-6 setting up the 36-hole final with Edinburgh.

Defending champion Jeff Coeur played well throughout but lost to Steve Edinburgh in the quarter-finals 1-down.

Rich Carlson

Rich Carlson accepts the Scratch Gold trophy from Don Thames.

Rich Carlson won the Scratch Gold Division with his hallmark strengths of solid driving and exceptional putting. Known as perhaps the best putter in the club, Carlson defeated Folsom Lake golf coach Barry Zarecky 4-3 in the finals. He clipped Dave Voss 2-1 in the semifinals. He also defeated four-time champion Tom Lewandowski 4-3 in round two. His path to the title began in the first round as he edged another Scratch Gold former champion, Randy Reynolds, 4-3. Carlson played to even par in his final win over Barry Zarecky.

Defending champion Jim Kruger went out in the first round. He was upset by Frank Meyer, who played terrific golf in route to his 1-up win. Charlie Beall and Dave Voss both reached the quarter-finals but were ousted by Zarecky and Carlson respectively. Charlie Beall and Darrell Lewis shared medalist honors with solid rounds of 76.

Brian Sanko

Brian Sanko, Net Division winner, gets his trophy from Don Thames.

Brian Sanko is making match play winning a habit as he defeated Terry Blackford 3-2 in the finals of the Net Division. Sanko recently teamed with Rob Worden to capture the inaugural Four-Ball Match Play Championship in June. Sanko defeated long-hitting Al Brown in the quarter-finals 3-2. He got by Master Kidong Lee 4-3 in round two and defeated Mike Livingston 4-3 in the opening round.

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