I continue to pull pages off my calendar and there are not many left for 2021. As the year enters its final week, we will continue our review of the year from a golf world perspective. This week we’ll take a look at the Lake County golf scene with regards to the Lake County Amateur Golf Tour, high school golf, junior golf, area club champions, golf clubs and a few. talented personalities.

The Lake County Amateur Golf Tour concluded its 28th season of operation at the end of October. There were nine events open on the calendar to accompany a senior tournament and two junior tournaments. If there was to be a central theme for LCAGC in 2021, it would just have to be the year of Billy Witt. In the Lake County Circuit’s first 27 years, only two golfers, Juan Lopez and John Berry, topped the year-end rankings for On the Links Golfer of the Year and Senior Golfer of the Year. . Berry won those two honors 17 years apart in 1995, then in 2012 and 2013, while Lopez, the eight-time Golfer of the Year winner, took his final Golfer of the Year plaque in 2016 and took been last year’s senior golfer in 2020 Witt did what was thought unthinkable by winning both honors in the same season.

Billy Witt, the longtime superintendent of the Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course, turned 50 and enjoyed not only playing in both flights, but also dominating them. He has won championship flying tournaments six times, topping the charts in the One Man, Partners Scramble, Lake County Open, Lake County Amateur, Alternate Shot and TOC. He won all six events in the senior division as well as the Senior Three Man and Senior Better Ball. He was most impressive at the Amateur at Adams Springs Golf Course on Cobb Mountain where he shot 67-69 to finish 13 strokes ahead of runner-up Dylan Harrison of Mount Hannah. Without a doubt, 2021 was Billy Witt’s year on the Lake County Circuit.

In the remaining divisions of the tour, Peter Wotherspoon of Buckingham won his third On the Links Net Golfer of the Year title while Rick Easter of Lakeport finished first as Senior Net Golfer of the Year. Wotherspoon and Easter both won their flights by exactly one stroke. At any time of the year, if they had missed a small putt or hit a ball in the water, the story would have been much different for either. Instead, they succeeded when others faltered and the end result was an unforgettable season for Peter Wotherspoon and Rick Easter. Individually, Tom Salie, 77, of Kelseyville, won the Lake County Amateur Net Theft in August while Laura Silva became the first golfer to win the LCAGC while atop the Lake County Senior Net Amateur Rankings. in June.

On the club scene, Barry Silva won the Hidden Valley Lake Club Championship. Fred Lopez was their senior club champion, Tim Stegelvik was the super senior club champion, Austin Pritchard was the junior champion and Teresa Sand was the women’s club champion. Matt Wotherspoon was the champion of the Buckingham club. Juan Lopez was the senior champion, Terri Miller was the women’s club champion and Becky Allan was the women’s club net champion. Jerry Pendleton was the club champion at Adams Springs. Sid Wagner won the senior club championship there. Diane Henderson won the women’s championship and Joan Morrell was the women’s net titlist.

High school golf returned to California in 2021… sort of. After being canceled due to the pandemic in 2020, only four of the 14 leagues in the North Coast section have had golf seasons. One of the four was the Southern Division of the Coastal Mountain Conference, which includes the County Schools of Middletown High School and Kelseyville High School. Clear Lake High School, a member of CMC North, did not have a league to play in, so CMC South invited CLHS to compete alongside schools in the South for one season. Middletown won the league title on the last day of the season against a young and talented team from St. Helena High School. It was their first CMC title since 1998. MHS senior Austin Pritchard was the league champion and MVP. Cory Holt of Kelseyville HS, a senior, was a member of all conferences and was the CMC’s second leading golfer. He is currently a member of the Sierra College Roseville golf team. Nathon Lopez of Clear Lake, a junior, was also a member of all conferences in his new league. There was no golf playoff last spring, so the Middletown High School team as well as Holt and Lopez missed the NCS playoffs. Many thanks to Hidden Valley Lake and Adams Springs for hosting two conference games last year, as well as to Buckingham for hosting the WCC South Division.

Like the local high school linkters, Matt Wotherspoon, a four-time all-conference golfer at Kelseyville High School, didn’t have a second season at Cypress College, a top-ranked two-year college, in the spring of 2021. This fall , Wotherspoon enrolled at California State University at San Bernardino, a highly regarded NCAA Division II program. He played in all four 54-hole tournaments last fall at CSUSB and has been an impact player. He also qualified for the NCGA Amateur this summer as well as the Golf Coaches of America Summer Series. Matt has been able to compete on such renowned courses as Spyglass Hill, Bayonet and Blackhorse at Ford Ord, La Costa, Indian Wells and PGA West. Most recently, he has had good results at the PGA Club Champions Invitational as well as the longtime Coronado City Amateur.

Riley Adams was another former CMC golfer while attending Middletown High School. Now 23, Riley has had a great 2021 on two fronts. He was named Taylor Made Merchandiser of the Year for his Taylor Made club sales. You can visit his tent at the Hidden Valley Lake Range as well as other courses all over the West Coast. He was also active on the Golden State Tour, a mini tour that has been around for almost 50 years. (I know this because I previously competed on the GST against Scott McCarron, Kevin Sutherland and Esteban Toledo before they competed in the PGA Tour and now the Champions Tour.) Riley recently cashed a check on the GST at the shooting a final. round 67 at Temecula Creek.

Lake County still has only three golf courses, namely Adams Springs, Buckingham and Hidden Valley Lake. It seems unlikely that Black Rock (Hobergs), Clear Lake Riviera and Langtry will ever return to playable form. In February, Adams Springs Golf Course opened its brand new, state-of-the-art clubhouse that houses a pro shop, restaurant and full bar. It is truly a state of the art building that is much more reminiscent of Lake Tahoe than Lake County.

Next week: what the future of golf has in store for 2022.