The Dragons had a big turnout for the 3rd tournament of the year, held at Lake Merced Golf Club. 27 players competed in the shotgun start, with an amazing prime rib dinner buffet awaiting them in the clubhouse. Lake Merced is a favorite for the club, as the course is pristine and challenging, centrally located south of San Francisco, and a great dining atmosphere in the clubhouse after the round. It's become an annual tradition for the DGC.
In years past, Lake Merced has played very tough for the Dragon's and not yielded many low scores. This year, you would expect the six Lake Merced members to perform fairly well in their own tournament. It turns out members were great hosts all the way around, as they placed in the bottom half or dead last in each respective flight. Very generous hosts indeed!
In the A flight, rookie Chris Speier placed 4th, with an 84/net 77. He beat out three other 77's in a card off. Old reliable, Tom Yee, placed 3rd with an 83/73. Chris Wong continues his good start this season, placing 2nd in his second consecutive tournament with an 85/72. "Big" Mike Lum looks recovered from last season's injuries. He absolutely owned the Lake Merced course, shooting an outstanding 71/net 66. We are going to put a motion in front of the Board to change his nickname from "Big" to "ATM". Great round Mike!
If you were in the B Flight, you needed to go really low, as the top 4 all went red numbers. The summer is starting to heat up along with Mike Gui's scores. He placed a solid 4th with 89/71. Rob Dang is keeping himself in the Dragon Cup race mix, finishing in 3rd with an 84/69. 69's are generally good for 1st place at Lake Merced, but not today, and not in this flight. Timothy Young placed second via card off with an 87/69, very good score. But, the best score of the day, belonged to Karen "Mother of Dragons" Fong. Karen generally places 3rd or 4th at this tough track, but her putter was on fire and got her to 85/67 for the win. Congrats to Karen for breaking through with a really good round!
After 3 events, the Dragon Cup standings are bunched up for the top 8 players, who are only separated by less than 100 points. Mike Gui leads with 325, Jon Chong is right behind at 320. Mike Lum rounds outs the top three at 300. There are many points still to be captured, with Event 4 at Green Hills in July, the Weekender in August, Event 5 Corica Park in September, and the Championship at Cinnabar Hills in October. Points can also be awarded from the Match Play Championship, NCGA events and the Federation Cup tournaments. The Race to the Dragon Cup will depend on who gets hot and finishes strong as there is no separation from the pack. Will this be the year that a new winner hoists the Cup? Mike Gui, Karen Fong and Tom Yee have been so close in year's past. Or will the experience of Mike Lum and Jon Chong prevail, as they have been there and done it? We will have to see how this year unfolds.