Making the Rounds: NorCal golf course enthusiast isn’t alone

Published: Tuesday, May. 6, 2014 - 11:12 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 6, 2014 - 11:19 pm

Matt Corsaut, whose pursuit of playing every course in Northern California was chronicled last Wednesday, is not the only course-crazed golfer out there.

Corsaut has played 380 NorCal courses and 415 overall. The Rancho Murieta resident is just getting started, as it turns out.

His story flushed out Rich Narez, a Serrano member, who’s played 428 of Northern California’s 430 courses. He plans to knock out the Cliffs 9 at Olympic Club this month and then finagle an invitation to Cypress Point to cap an 11-year mission.

“It will be fitting to have the hardest one to gain access as my final course to play this year,” he said.

Narez has played a total of 789 courses in 28 states. Playing courses in the other 22 states is next, as you might have guessed.

Bruce Clute has played more courses – 1,532 – than Corsaut and Narez combined. He lives in Seattle but is a regular Citrus Heights visitor.

Clute, a retired high school athletic director, said he started his pursuit with fellow teachers during a long-ago summer vacation.

“Gas was cheap in those days,” he said. “And then it just kind of became an obsession.”

He said he feels hemmed in in his corner of the country but has his eye on a vacation to Kamloops in British Columbia this summer.

College postseason

UC Davis was extended an at-large berth into the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. The Aggies are the No. 11 seed in the Auburn (Ala.) Regional on May 15-17.

Sacramento State’s Owen Taylor was selected to compete as an individual. He will play in the Eugene (Ore.) Regional. Taylor, a junior, is averaging 71.94 strokes, easily the best mark in school history.

The UC Davis women begin NCAA play Thursday in the West Regional in Cle Elum, Wash.

Senior Open tickets

Tickets for the 2015 U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso go on sale today at Tom Lehman, the 1996 British Open champion and a three-time Champions Tour major winner, will be at Del Paso to mark the occasion.

– Steve Pajak

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