DQs shake up Morgan tourney

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2003

It doesn't always pay to practice.

Three golfers were disqualified from the Donald R. Morgan Kenai Golf Association Club Championship after they decided to get in a few extra holes after completing first-round play Saturday.

That's a no-no in golf. But according to tournament director Felix Martinez, the golfers, Jesse Wade, Doug Jung and Gordon Griffith, didn't realize they were violating the rules until after they had begun to play another round.

"They turned themselves in when they realized it," Martinez said.

A fourth player, Martinez's brother Nick, also was disqualified Saturday after he realized he turned in an incorrect score. Felix Martinez said all the golfers were unhappy they'd disqualified themselves, but didn't complain about the ruling.

"It's tough, but it's the rules," he said.

However, the ruling doesn't mean the three will be kicked out of the tournament. Martinez said that although their scores won't count, the four will still be eligible for side prizes, such as the skins event and the closest-to-the-pin competition.

"They're still going to come out and play," Martinez said.

The disqualifications had a noticeable effect on the leader board. Had he not been disqualified, Griffith's 81 would have put him in second place, just two strokes behind first-day leader Todd Eskelin, who shot a 79. Jung would have been tied for third with an 82.

Instead, Billy Applewhite has second place to himself with an 82, and Ken Liedes and Jerry Norris are tied for third at 84.

"It's a whole different ballgame now," Martinez said.

The women's side of things didn't need any rules excitement to shake things up, as Paula Crowley shot a 90 to take a three-stroke lead over 2002 runner-up Rita Botelho. Botelho is looking to atone for last year's tournament, where she lost a 6-stroke lead in the second round and wound up in second place to Pam Martinez.

Martinez however, may have plans of her own. She's in third place going into today's final round after shooting 98, and certainly not out of the chase. Last year she stormed from behind on Sunday, shooting an 89 to win by four strokes.

Golfers lucked out Saturday, as weather conditions were partly cloudy and mild. Martinez said he's hoping the weather will hold out for another day.

"We'll see," he said.

The forecast for today calls for cloudy skies with a chance of rain. Today's final round begins at 8 a.m.

Donald R. Morgan Kenai Golf Association Club Championship

Saturday

LADIES

Gross Hndcp Net

Paula Crowley 90 18 72

Rita Botelho 93 14 79

Pam Martinez 98 20 78

Carol Morgan 104 28 76

Patsy Bird 108 29 79

Rachelle Brehm 111 29 82

Kathy Heus 114 35 81

Karen Morris 118 32 86

Shelly Ramsey 129 41 88

Patty Rome 131 44 87

1st Flight Gross Hndcp Net

Todd Eskelin 79 8 71

Billy Applewhite 82 5 77

Ken Liedes 84 5 79

Jerry Norris 84 10 74

Mark Matarrese 85 0 85

Lee Hankins 86 10 76

Chris Sonnichen 86 10 76

Doug Harlson 87 10 77

Eldon Harvey 89 7 82

Spencer Han 91 10 81

Loren Smagge 92 7 85

Gordon Griffith DQ

Doug Jung DQ

Nick Martinez DQ

Jesse Wade DQ

2nd Flight Gross Hndcp Net

Craig Jung 83 11 72

Jeff Sinz 85 12 73

Rene Alvarez 88 12 76

Jeff Cocker 89 13 76

Ken Lipski 90 13 77

Dwight Kramer 91 12 79

Charlie K. 92 12 80

Mike Beals 93 13 80

John Dahlgren 94 11 83

Eddie Sibolboro 95 14 81

Tom Allison 97 11 86

Rich Edwards 97 13 84

3rd Flight Gross Hndcp Net

Jeff Johns 90 15 75

Dan Cabrera 93 16 77

Gary Katsion 94 15 79

Mike Kebschull 95 17 78

James Yang 95 17 78

Karl Liedes 96 16 80

Dave Ramsey 97 17 80

Chuck Ruppenthal 97 17 80

Larry Jackson 98 19 79

Ron Goeke 98 17 81

Buzz Rome 99 17 82

Charles Redner 99 19 80

Kirk Hyman 99 16 83

Bruce Galloway 102 21 81

John Gibson 102 20 82

John White 109 16 93

4th Flight Gross Hndcp Net

Zach Beeson 97 22 75

Andy Anderson 98 23 75

Ron Rozak 98 23 75

Kegan Kiel 99 24 75

Roy Wells 112 36 76

Cliff Baker 115 26 89

Bob Drewes 118 27 91

Tom Vincent 122 31 91

Alvin Glidden 124 31 93

Al Steele 131 35 96



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