NEWPORT BEACH — One practice round is all Kirk Manley and his four Shady Canyon Golf Club teammates had to prepare for the Jones Cup at Newport Beach Country Club.
After Wednesday's tournament, it was apparent Shady Canyon needed more time on the course before the 13th annual event.
The Irvine-based club finished in fourth place at eight-under-par 134 in the two best-ball format. Big Canyon won in a playoff against Mesa Verde.
Manley, the head professional at Shady Canyon, believed his team would compete against the four other area country clubs, perennial champion Big Canyon, Mesa Verde, Santa Ana and Newport Beach.
Shady Canyon teed off second, right behind Santa Ana, which just like Shady Canyon had never won the Jones Cup. Shady Canyon had a good reason, this was its Jones Cup debut, whereas Santa Ana has been in the tournament since its inception.
The newbies got off to a good start. Baker, the men's champion at Shady Canyon, birdied two of the first three holes. David Clare, the club's senior champ, collected a birdie on No. 3, a par-five hole.