NEWPORT BEACH — On hole No. 16 at Newport Beach Country Club, it appeared the Santa Ana Country Club quintet would need to grind for a par save on the par-four hole at the 13th annual Jones Cup. That is until Chris Veitch chipped from 18-20 feet away.
Veitch, the Santa Ana senior men's champion, nailed a dynamic shot for birdie to typify Santa Ana's sizzling back nine. But it wasn't enough for Santa Ana, which left still seeking its first title. Santa Ana's back nine featured eight birdies in the two best-ball format, helping the club finish third out of the five teams at nine-under-par 133. Big Canyon won its ninth Jones Cup title after beating Mesa Verde in a one-hole playoff. Shady Canyon finished fourth in its debut and Newport Beach was last.
Santa Ana provided highlights on the back nine for its gallery of 20 people, the biggest highlight coming from Veitch.