NEWPORT BEACH — The dramatic finish of the 13th annual Jones Cup gave new meaning to the term up and down Wednesday at Newport Beach Country Club.
The five-player team from Mesa Verde Country Club led most of the day, had a four-stroke advantage after 11 holes, and was up by three shots when it posted one birdie on the 18th hole, after which Mesa Verde head professional Tom Sargent drove his golf cart to his car to put his clubs in the trunk.
"I was thinking about a Corona," Sargent said of the expected victory celebration that never came.
Instead, Big Canyon Country Club, the big bully on the local block when it comes to golf, produced an eagle and a birdie on its final regulation hole to erase the three-shot deficit and force a playoff. Big Canyon then edged Mesa Verde in a simultaneous two-team re-do on No. 18 to pocket its eighth Jones Cup crown.