NEWPORT BEACH — Independence Day is next week, but Big Canyon Country Club brought the fireworks early to Newport Beach Country Club Wednesday in a Jones Cup for the ages.
The defending champs went birdie-eagle on the par-five 18th hole to force a playoff with Mesa Verde Country Club as both teams finished 18 holes at 12-under-par 130.
Big Canyon men's champion Mike Carpenter echoed roars of four years ago with a heroic 25-foot eagle putt to help secure a playoff, also on the 18th hole, after assistant pro Mike Castillo got up-and-down for a birdie.
Mesa Verde and Big Canyon then played the 18th as one group. When it was settled, Big Canyon senior champ Gary Singer's birdie was the difference. Big Canyon added a par to edge Mesa Verde, which finished the hole even, and win this tournament for the eighth time in its 13-year history.
"Unbelievable, what a fun day," Big Canyon head pro Robert Pang said.