COSTA MESA — As five golfers from Newport Beach Country Club approached the greens on the 18th hole, a dozen fans from atop the clubhouse at Mesa Verde Country Club cheered.
The applause must have been for Newport Beach being the first group in because it was not going to finish first at the 11th annual Jones Cup.
Once Paul Hahn and the rest of his teammates, Robbie Maurer, Debbie Fleming, Greg Rokos and Ron Hooven, putted for the final time Tuesday, Hahn stuck around after Newport Beach placed third at two-under in the two-best-ball format.
For the sixth straight year, the Newport Beach head professional watched another country club win the event. Mesa Verde rallied to defend its title with an eight-under effort, finishing two strokes ahead of Big Canyon Country Club.
After the 13th hole, Newport Beach was one shot ahead of the hosts and two behind the leader, Big Canyon. As Hahn put it, Newport Beach was at five-under and "ready to rock and roll."