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Big Canyon edged

Mesa Verde takes title at end with a birdie and eagle, as defending champion fails to sink putts to stretch its lead.

July 29, 2009

BY TONY LEE

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SANTA ANA — There was a long putter, a belly putter and three different blade designs used by the Big Canyon Country Club team.

But at the 10th annual Jones Cup at Santa Ana Country Club, none of the putters responded well on Wednesday as the two-time defending champions finished in second place, three strokes behind Mesa Verde Country Club, with an 11-under-par 133.

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“Oh, that’s just golf,” said Big Canyon’s captain and head professional Robert Pang. “It’s an old cliché but it’s just golf. We all had our chances and lip-outs are just a part of the game.”

Men’s club champion Will Tipton, who was apart of the biggest lip-out in the tournament, also echoed Pang’s view.

“We missed a few putts in the front nine, but it’s a funny game,” he said. “The par-three sixth, we could’ve had two bogies, but we made a 16-footer and a six-footer for par. Then the next hole, we missed two six-footers.”

Tipton’s biggest lip-out of the tournament came on the par-three 11th. After hitting a knock-down six iron to a foot, his birdie putt somehow defied gravity, spun 360 degrees in the cup and came right back to him.

“Ninety-nine out of a 100, that putt goes in,” Big Canyon’s women’s club champion Martha Redfearn said. “That’s why golf is a cruel, cruel game.”

Tipton joked that he should’ve just made the hole-in-one on the 11th instead, which would’ve won him a five-day, four-night golf vacation package at the Fairmont Hotel and Resorts.

“It would’ve beaten the camping trip we have scheduled this weekend,” he said.

But Wednesday’s round also produced some great putts for Big Canyon.

Senior club champion Robert Ihrke made a downhill slider for birdie from 20-feet on the 10th and a 40-plus feet par putt on the 15th.

Redfearn — who was caddied by her son Chad Redfearn, a Newport Beach 11- to 12-year-old Little League All-Star — also made two, right-to-left, downhill birdie putts on holes nine and 12.

“I was glad I can make a few birdies because a lot of the holes are harder for me to get there,” she said.

Martha Redfearn added she had backup caddy help from her other son Cole Redfearn, who plans on playing golf for Corona del Mar High as an incoming freshman.

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