Five King City golfers play in OGA series

They hit Spring Hill links in Albany for Senior Tour Series

Five King City Men's Golf Club members stomped their feet so hard at the Spring Hill OGA Senior Tour Series in Albany that the golf gods had to listen.

George Patton, Jack Croll, Frank Hoehna, Jim Trees and Jay Robinson answered the call to demonstrate their golfing skills on the links at Spring Hill Golf Club along with about 70 other area golfers. The format was gross-and-net individual play divided into three flights by handicap.

Winning first place net in Flight No. 1 was Jay Robinson, the club champion for the past six years, with a net 66 for the 18-hole round.

Flight No. 3 produced two winners: Frank Hoehna carded 87, capturing first place gross, while Jim Trees shot a net 69 to take third place net.

Individual accomplishments for the group included Jim Trees' long putt - 8 feet, 6 inches - on the 18th hole and George Patton's birdie on the 200-yard par 3, netting him a skin in the skins' game.

Everyone enjoyed the competition. Expressing a desire to play in future OGA tour events, Jack Croll and George Patton along with Roger Gustafson planned to proceed to Sun River on Aug. 21 and 22 to compete in two outings on the OGA Senior Tour at Juniper Golf Course and Broken Top Golf Club.

Now, on the local scene, the Fall Handicap Tournament was going well. As of Aug. 15, 18 holes out of 35 had been played, and the overall leader was Jim Webb, courting a net 59.

Nick Watney Flight's leader was Narayan Gurung, and he and Jack Croll each had a net 62. The lone leader in the Arnold Palmer flight was Frank Hoehna with a net 61. The Jack Nicklaus Flight leader was Mike Banta with a net 60.

Last but not least in the over-80 Bobby Jones Flight were Gene Teach and Paul Wilson, each shooting a net 67.

Overall winner of the Fall Handicap was Jim Webb shooting a blistering 119.

In the Nick Watney Flight, first place was Narayan Gurung with 121; second place was Tony Chang with 125; tied for third place were Roger Gustafson and David Barish, both at 126; and in fifth place was George Patton with 127.

In the Arnold Palmer Flight, Frank Hoehna won first place at 121; second place was captured by Drew Spiak with 131, while Fred Miller shooting 133 came in third place; fourth place was awarded to Joe Wilson with his 135; Jim Trees place fifth with 137.

In the Jack Nicklaus Flight, first place went to Nick Jones at 125, while Al Reu scored 130 for second place; in third place was Melvin Louie at 131, while Larry Gurney came in fourth place with 133; and in fifth place was Charles Morgan with 139.

In the over-80 Bobby Jones Flight, Gene Teach was in first place with 135; tied in second place were Paul Wilson and Deke Hays with a score of 138; all alone in fourth place was Frank Passmore, carding a 139.