There was no touching former Sunnyside High School golf standouts David Stokes and Ty Schatz this past weekend at the annual Bill Christie Memorial Best Ball Tournament.
Stokes and Schatz, both in their early 20's, led wire-to-wire in capturing top honors in the two-day tourney at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course. The pair ham-and-egged their way to a 6-under 66 on Saturday, closing out the action on Sunday with a 4-under 68.
Stokes and Schatz's two-day total of 134 was six strokes better than their nearest competitors-Bob Hall and Bud Schatz of Sunnyside, who settled for runner-up honors with a 140. That was one stroke better than the third lowest score of the tourney carded by Sunnyside's Juan Guerrero and Balbino Benitez.
In jumping out to the first day lead with their 66, Stokes and Schatz grabbed a two-stroke advantage over Hall and the elder Schatz, the father of the co-winner. None of the other 30 teams in the tourney broke par on the opening day.
Come Sunday, Hall and his partner couldn't maintain the 4-under pace they set Saturday. Still, the duo shot an even-par 72 for a more than respectable two-day total of 4-under 140.
Guerrero and Benitez, who opened the tourney with a 72, made a charge Sunday and finished up with a 3-under-par 69. Unfortunately for the two, Stokes and Schatz kept up their torrid pace and closed with a 68 to fend off any and all challenges.
The only other sub-par round posted this past weekend was a 1-under 71, claimed by Manny Orozco and Robbie Goins on Sunday. Orozco and Goins opened the tourney with an even-par 72. The two turned in the fourth lowest score of the tournament with their 143.
In the net scoring column (actual score minus handicap), Guerrero and Benitez won the top prize. The two had net rounds of 62-57 for a 119 total. Rick Holt and Dean Benson were four strokes back with a 123 (62-61) for second place honors. Posting a pair of net 127's to share third place honors were Miguel Puente and Jon Bright (64-63), and Greg Lenhart and Bob Hicks (62-65). Earning the fifth place net money was the duo of Scott Andrews and Doug Rowell with a 128 (64-64). The sixth and final team to cash on the net side was comprised of Ken and Ron Harle, who shot a handicap-aided 129 (61-68).
Bill Christie Memorial
Best Ball Tournament
David Stokes & Ty Schatz 66-68-134
Bob Hall & Bud Schatz 68-72-140
Juan Guerrero & Balbino Benitez 72-69-141
Manny Orozco & Robbie Goins 72-71-143
Doug Swartz & Chris Sullivan 76-76-152
Doug Rowell & Scott Andrews 75-77-152
Eric Stam & Brian Everett 73-79-152
Tom Yurovchak & Phil Luther 77-76-153
Steve Hilliman & Charlie Cook 74-79-153
Bob Greene & Vince Komstadius 76-78-154
Bob Hicks & Greg Lenhart 75-79-154
Ken Harle & Ron Harle 74-80-154
Zeb Lilja & Ron Kroger 79-78-157
Jim Schlenker & Rick Mitoff 79-81-160
Dick Sippolla & Joaquin Arambul 79-82-161
Bill Pannell & Dean Schuler 84-78-162
Scott Davis & Bob Van de Graaf 82-80-162
Jon Bright & Miguel Puente 81-81-162
Kelly Hector & Michael Nichols 81-81-162
Loran Hancock & Len Walker 82-82-164
Jim Gauley & Dave Grow 85-81-166
Bill Doremus & Bob Legard 83-84-167
Joe Herber & Paul Hart 86-85-171
Randy Boast & Steward Rogers 90-85-175
Rick Holt & Dean Benson 88-90-178
Dick Holt & James Holt 91-91-182
Reuben Perez & Carlos Cortez 94-88-182
Jerry Decoto & Gordon Hill 91-91-182
Will Beightol & Brian Weinmann 96-89-185
Wayne Hogue & Mike Hogue 96-90-186