Monday, January 25th, Sixty of Southern California’s best PGA professionals gathered at Pelican Hill Golf Club for the 8th Annual Chapter Challenge. Each Chapter was comprised of 12 players, 6 Four-ball teams, consisting of one apprentice, one lady, three seniors, and seven junior division players. These players earned their spot on their Chapters Teams based on their accumulated player of the year points. As players began to arrive, they knew they’d need their A-game to knock off the 3-time reigning champions…the San Diego Chapter.
It was just another, typical but none the less beautiful day at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. By the 9:00 am shotgun, the marine layer had lifted and there was nothing but wispy white clouds scattered across a blue sky. 75 degrees in January is hard to argue with, just ask those in the Northeast dealing with the winter storms. Some players like/need to warm up in the morning to prepare for their round…but not the Sorensens! Traveling from Ventura during the weekly morning commute proved to be a challenge and they arrived just in time to tee off. That however didn’t stop them from firing a 64, the lowest four-ball score of the afternoon to beat out 6 others at 65.
It was extremely tight coming down to the final few four-ball scores. The San Diego Chapter just proved to be too solid and consistent from top to bottom to dethrone this year. All six teams shot under par, led by a pair of 65’s shot by Nakamura/Nokes & Griffin/Parun. Their overall 333 score bested the Metro Chapter by 4 strokes. Congratulations to the San Diego Chapter for their fourth straight Chapter Challenge victory as well as all participants who earned a spot on their Chapter’s Teams.
Thank you to Linksoul for sponsoring this event and outfitting each team with some stylish shirts. Thank you as well to the Pelican Hills Golf Club staff for their help in the preparation and execution of this event as well as Rules Committee Member Ron Robinson, PGA for his help in officiating the event.