Successful 3rd Annual Santa Ynez Valley Championship Alisal Golf Tournament
The 3rd Annual Santa Ynez Valley Golf Championship, hosted at The Alisal Ranch Course and River Course, is in the books. The event featured two fantastic days of play, by some of the area’s best amateur golfers. The weather was picture perfect and the field of 42 competed in three flights. In the end, the Championship Flight results came down to a nail-biting sudden-death playoff, between John Pate, Bobby Schaffer and Brandon Gama. At the finish line, it was Brandon Gama hoisting the winner’s trophy. All three flight winners (Brandon Gama, Lance Grindle and Jim Vreeland) not only had bragging rights, but walked away with a share of the prize money, $250 in pro shop credit and the big prize: a 3-day / 2-night Play and Stay Package at the Alisal Ranch and Guest Resort.
Even for those that didn’t win, the courses and comaraderie was great. Day one of the tournament was played on the wide open Alisal River Course. Day two, the golfers had to face the tighter fairways of the Alisal Ranch Course.
According to the River Course, Golf Pro and coordinator of the tournament, Jeff Raymond, the tournament just keeps getting better every year. “ The word is spreading that this is a fun tournament, so more players from out of the area are showing up to challenge the locals,” said Jeff.
Some of those tough locals were the winner Brandon Gama who is the Head Coach at local Bishop Diego High School and recent winner of the Santa Barbara City Championship. John Pate, has been ranked one of the top amateur players in Southern California and comes from a storied golf family (his brother is Steve Pate noted PGA tour player). Bobby Schaffer has some local roots (played golf for UC Santa Barbara), but traveled up to the tournament from his home in La Quinta.
It was a great weekend of golf and The Alisal wants to congratulate the winners and all the participants for making the 3rd Annual Tournament such a success. We look forward to next year’s tournament being even bigger and better. Check the River Course website for dates and details, or reach out to Jeff Raymond, our PGA Head Golf and Teaching Professional at the Alisal River Course.
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Congratulations to Our Winners
Championship Flight — Brandon Gama
A Flight — Lance Grindle
B Flight — Jim Vreeland
Tournament Scores & Results
|Bobby Schaeffer||Champ||ProV (1 doz)|
|Lance Grindle||A||ProV (1 doz)|
|Loren Fenske||B||ProV (1 doz)|