Clubs Square off in Joint Tourney

The Alameda Women’s Golf Club (AWGC) and the Alameda Senior Men’s Golf Club (ASMGC) played its annual joint tournament event on Aug. 29 on the Jack Clark Course. 

The tournament was played under a “best net two balls” format. Under this format each golfer in the team of four plays each hole. The best two scores on each hole are included in the team score, while the other two scores are discarded.

The team of Joe Dutra, Lou Lozano, Ken Goodman and Joe Johnson won the first flight — handicap of 70 to 81.3 — with a net 113. Juanita Solano, Marcelo Datiun, Larry Sammis and Bob Balandra took second place with a net 126. Lynn Jones, Cheryl Saxton, Denise Gasti and Rick Porter-Butterfield teamed up to take third place with a net 127. The team of Mary Ellen Tong, Sherry Westernoff, Ray Huntley and Don Peterson won a tiebreaker over the squad of Jill Keene, Madeline Sally, Pete Fox and Health Hamilton to earn fourth place in the flight. Both teams shot a net 128.

The second flight pitted teams with a team handicap of 93.4 to 116.2. The squad of Pam Curtis, Diane Hughes, Jim Thompson and Nick Villa took first place in the flight with a net 122. Carole Evans, Angie Vaccarezza, Robert Vaccarezza and Brian Peck teamed up to finish in second place in the flight with a net 127. The collective of Bernice Herzberg, Shirley Lee, Hugh Lee and Victor Mullins posted a net 129. The team of Chris Alibrandi, Carolee Ziegenhagen, Jose Cerda and Ed Lee combined to shoot a net 133 for fourth place. The squad of Jane Sullwold, Jesse Medeiros, Doug deHaan and Kurt Libby rounded out the top five with a net 134.

The third flight — handicap of 118 to 138 — was won by the team of Ethel Lerche, Rico Zazzeron, Eileen Tupper and Kathy Slough. The group combined to shoot a net 125. Janet Kirk, Ruby Soo, Claire Loud and Marty Martinez combined to shoot a net 126 for second place. The collective of Janet Rhee, Kay Park, George Humphreys and a blind draw shot a net 130 to earn third place in the flight. Dot Moody, Bobbie Hoepner, Ralph Berttelsen and Fred Pardidi teamed up to shoot a net 136 for fourth place. The collective of Bev Blatt, Kay Choi, Blaise Cullen and Bill Lowrey posted a net 138 for fifth place.

Seventy one golfers competed in the tournament event.

The AWGC and ASMGC used this year’s tournament to honor the memory of one of ASMGC’s organizers, Al Lerche. Lerche lived in Alameda for many years and was a retired Alameda County Sheriff as well as a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Lerche’s wife, Ethel Henningsen Lerche, is an active member of the AWGC.