NEWPORT BEACH — On Monday, Big Canyon Country Club was closed.
The country club reopened with a bang Tuesday.
Big Canyon took care of business as the host of the 12th annual Jones Cup, winning the golf tournament for a record seventh time. In doing so, it ended Mesa Verde's bid at a three-peat.
Mesa Verde never stood a chance in the two best-ball format against Big Canyon, finishing in second place, nine strokes behind the host. Newport Beach was third, 10 shots back, and Santa Ana finished last, 11 shots back.
Big Canyon ended a two-year title drought in a big way. Playing in its backyard helped Big Canyon claim the one-round event after back-to-back runner-up finishes to Mesa Verde.
The key to Big Canyon's success was 10 birdies and playing bogey-free golf for 17 of the 18 holes. All five of Big Canyon's members contributed. Mike Carpenter collected three birdies, and Robert Pang, Gary Singer and Olivia Slutzky each produced two birdies, while Michael Castillo birdied once.