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Stokes, Schatz Christie Memorial Best Ball winners

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

Gross

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

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