Competitors in the second annual Diablo Cup golf tournament, front row from left, were Rick Beaman, Mike Colton, Roddy cheerleaders Becky, Linda, and Gigi, Captain Steve Haycox, Dave McKinnon and Peter Jacoway; back row: Jimmy Bean, Dirk Ziegler, Chris Miller, Kevin Fitzgerald, Dominic Debellis, Dave Goettsch, Scott Barrow, Ron Palsa, Steve Steger, Bobby Olds (holding trophy), Mike Hollingshead, Mark Christopulous, Greg Westphal, Jack Roddy, Bruce Swanson, Kwame Satterfield, Dave Dean, Alf Jeddy, Dave Maly, Billy Walsh, Johnny Ramirez and Michael Vera. Not pictured are Jasen Jun, Ron Varndell, Johnny Avila, Dennis Redden, Kevin Morris, Dong Kim, Al Hagedorn, Mike Harding, Socrates Gonis, David Goldfein, Rich Schanmier and Mark Casey.
Photo courtesy of Steve Haycox
Team Roddy Ranch defended its 2008 title in the recent second annual Diablo Cup Matches between Roddy Ranch and Shadow Lakes/Deer Ridge. Due to increased popularity of the Diablo Cup, each team’s roster grew from last year’s 28-man teams to 36. The two-day event featured four-ball matches (two-man best ball) played on day one (offering 18 possible points) plus singles matches played on day two (36 possible points).
Day one’s four-ball competition took place at Shadow Lakes and pitted two-man teams from each club against each other. Pairings were arranged by handicap, giving participants of all abilities the chance to compete. Shadow Lakes took the four-ball matches 11½-6½.
Day two’s singles competition was held at Roddy Ranch. Entering the day with a five-point lead, Team Shadow Lakes/Deer Ridge needed to win only 16 of the 36 singles matches to win the Cup, and Team Roddy Ranch needed 20½ to keep the cup and 21 to win it. In an exciting shootout, Team Roddy Ranch won 21 of the 36 matches to come from behind and win the 2009 Diablo Cup 27½-26 ½. The one-point margin of victory was a testament to how closely matched the teams were, and how important playing singles on your home course can be. Next year’s singles will be played at Deer Ridge, and four-ball matches at Roddy Ranch.
Congratulations to all the players for displaying the passion for the competition and the growing rivalry of the Diablo Cup, while exhibiting true sportsmanship in a game played without officials and referees.– Contributed by Steve Haycox