NEWPORT BEACH — Geoff Cochrane's golf ball was easy to identify Tuesday at the 12th annual Jones Cup.
Cochrane, the Santa Ana Country Club head professional, played with a neon yellow ball made by Trixon. It may look like a ball someone would use while playing miniature golf, but Cochrane is a convert.
"It's something unique," he said. "I feel like I see it really good, putting in particular, as strange as that sounds. I'm not sure if I'll ever go back to white, as long as they keep making it."
The goal in recent years has been to make Santa Ana stand out too, considering it is the only one of the four local private clubs never to have won the annual tournament.
That remains true, as Santa Ana finished last Tuesday at Big Canyon Country Club after carding a team round of two-over par in the two best-ball format. The hosts won the tournament for a record seventh time.