Olives Tops Poppy Hills Tourney

By: Clement Yu, Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 06:00 am PST
Filed under: DLS Greens

April 17, 2016Enrique Olives overcame numerous errant drives as well as difficult course conditions to top the second tournament of the year held this Sunday at Monterey’s Poppy Hills Golf Course. Enrique scored 1-over par to win by 5 strokes over runner-up Manny Noguera. Mandy Rosales came in third with 78.

Enrique scrambled throughout the round to make up for several bad, if not uncustomary, drives. Evidently, Enrique had enough game to mask his mistakes and still score well. Manny fought head-on with Enrique after the turn and would have challenged for the top spot had he shaken off his rust (he had just arrived from overseas two days prior) quicker in the front nine.

The par 71 Poppy Hills course still had many hard greens even two years after its extensive renovation in 2014. The yet-to-stabilize greens caused many good approach shots to roll off the putting surface and into the rough in some cases. Greens were not only fast but had difficult pin positions that would have challenged even professional golfers. Unfortunately, three putts was common for those who had difficulty judging the green speed and subtle breaks. Otherwise, the course was in excellent condition. The 15 golfers who participated in the tournament teed-off under summer-like weather which was a pleasant departure from the damp fog that sometimes hovers around the Monterey peninsula.

Doubleclick on the picture for a larger version! L-R: Closest-to-the-pin winner James Higgins, 3rd placer Mandy Rosales, winner Enrique Olives and Manny Noguera pose for a souvenir photo at the clubhouse at the end of the Sunday tournament.

The complete scores:

72     Enrique Olives

76     Manny Noguera

78     Mandy Rosales

79     Bobby Panlasigue

Tony Colmenares

80     Rico Medina

82     Clem Yu

85     Jim Feyzbakhah

Nutsie Maloles

Orly Mayor

87     Romi Beza

Nani Ramirez

Gilbert Talavera

95     James Higgins

DNF   Dino Africa

Next tournament: 05/14/16    10:00a @ Monarch Bay Golf Club in San Leandro $65 tournament fee