First-time champ at Desert Peaks Golf Club
In the last decade-plus, Brian Ringering has dominated the annual Men's Club Championship at Desert Peak Golf Club.
Including his most recent title in 2016, Ringering has won 10 titles dating back to 2004. The only people to dethrone him during that span are Cruz Bocanegra (2007), Francisco Morales (2010) and Don Gish (2013).
But Ringering was a scratch from this year's event, which left the rest of the field wide open, most of whom either hadn't won or ever played in the event prior to this year.
Kyle Devine, a five-handicap golfer, shot identical one-over 73s on Saturday and Sunday to win the club title — his first. Ed McDaniel (150) finished four strokes and David Devore (153) seven strokes behind Devine.
Devine opened play with a one-over 73 in the first round Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over the likes of Francisco Morales, Carl Lindgren and McDaniel.
Those four were paired in the championship flight Sunday morning, and although Devine's lead was far from insurmountable, he maintained a lead throughout the round and ultimately won the championship by four strokes.
"I was trying not to worry about what they were doing," Devine said.
No one in the second group of Brad Mondoy, Don Kraus and Devore were able to usurp Devine, though Devore, who was playing in his first club championship, improved by one stroke to shoot a four-over 77 on Sunday.
Devine estimated he's played in the tournament for seven or eight years, and finished runner-up to Ringering on two occasions. Although Ringering's absence gave competitors one less thing to worry about, Devine wouldn't have necessarily minded the added competition.
"It would've made things more interesting," he said.
Devine was happy with his play on the par-3 No. 6 hole, as he birdied it once and nearly had another, but settled for par. From the black tees, the hole measures 172 yards, and leaves little room from the boundary on the left side, which borders KEITH Manufacturing warehouses on the adjacent lot.
"I birdied it once; I should've birdied it twice," Devine said.
The net scoring, taking into account each golfer's individual handicap, was won by Morales (136), with Lindgren (139) and Kraus (145) not far behind.
In the "B" flight, Mondoy owned the lowest gross score of 160, Austin Say (169) was second and Bob Ringering (176) took third place.
As the end of summer season nears, Desert Peaks Golf Club will host a Labor Day 18-hole flag tournament on Sept. 4.