September 16, 2014
Shawn McEntee made it a wire-to-wire win at the annual Northern California Senior Open Championship.
McEntee, a PGA instructor at Chardonnay Golf Club, shot even-par 70 Tuesday at par-70 Clear Creek Tahoe to finish at 1-under 139 and defeat runner-up Stuart Smith by one stroke in the event, which featured both professionals and amateurs.
Coming off a first round 69, McEntee was simply steady in the second round, carding one birdie to go with one bogey. His bogey, which came on the 7th, wouldn’t hurt him too much as Smith, who began the day two behind McEntee, opened his round with bogeys on holes No.3 and No.4.
Smith, the Director of Golf at Somersett Golf and Country Club in Reno, followed up his two bogeys with a birdie on the 6th to close the gap back to three strokes. The deficit was only two following McEntee’s bogey on No.7, but a birdie by McEntee on the par-4 14th again put Smith behind by three. Smith tried to rally coming in, making birdies on No.15 and No.17, but had to settle for par on the 18th, sealing the victory for McEntee.
Michael Cook placed third at 7-over 147 following a final round 70. On Monday, Cook opened with a 77.
Both Jeffrey Anderson and Turlock’s Clifford Smith finished tied for fourth at 148 after rounds of 75 and 76, respectively. Smith was the low amateur in the championship.
Fellow amateurs David Games and Casey Boyns came in T-10 at 153. The purse for the professional portion of the championship was $10,000.
September 15, 2014
Shawn McEntee is off and running at this week’s annual Northern California Senior Open Championship.
McEntee, a PGA instructor at Chardonnay Golf Club, grabbed the first round lead Monday at par-70 Clear Creek Tahoe, shooting a solid 1-under 69. The only player to break 70, McEntee opened with a front-nine 35 that featured one birdie and two bogeys.
On the back-nine, McEntee turned it up a notch, carding back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes.
In with a 71 and in second place is Stuart Smith. Smith, the Director of Golf at Somersett Golf and Country Club in Reno, had an up and down day that included three birdies and four bogeys.
Sitting at even-par 72, in a tie for third, are Mitch Thomas and amateur Clifford Smith. Thomas posted four birdies and six bogeys.
Smith, the low amateur after day one, carded four birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey.
Jeffrey Anderson and Frank Apodaca are tied for fifth at 73. Amateurs Casey Boyns and Jeff Britton are just five behind McEntee after opening with identical 74’s.
The final round will tee off Tuesday morning. The professional purse is $10,000.