Golf: Facility still in works

Scott Tarnow and Jerry Murray's proposed golf practice facility at Newport Harbor High remains in the planning stages.

Tarnow, Newport's boys' and girls' golf coach and assistant coach Murray, have submitted multiple proposals to school administrators, but they have been sent back.

"They said the site requires a structural engineer," Tarnow said. "It was resubmitted … and they sent it back again wanting soil samples."

Tarnow and Murray met with the school's vice principal Dave Martinez and athletic director Mike Zimmerman two weeks ago. Tarnow said he would take the upcoming winter break to draft a new proposal and submit it in two to three weeks.

The revised proposal will have lower poles and fencing, Tarnow said.

He said the proper procedure is to get approval from the maintenance and operations department and school officials first, before the matter would go to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Martinez could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The proposed facility is a 35-by-25-yard plot behind the batting cages, which are behind the baseball field's right-field fence. The facility would include chipping and putting greens, a sand trap and two hitting areas.

"[This facility] would make it easier on promoting the game," Tarnow said.

*Eric Lohman, a Newport Beach resident and Oak Creek Golf Club's director of golf, teamed with Scott Heyn of Black Gold Golf Club to win the PGA presidents Annual Meeting/Pinehurst Championship Dec. 6 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

Lohman and Heyn finished nine-under-par 61 to win by two strokes over the teams of Jim Gormley and Mike Diette (Palos Verdes Golf Club) and Joe Johnson (GolfTec) and John Klug (Mission Lakes Country Club).

*Thomas D'Eliscu, Victor Done, Vince Mungo and Mychael Clark claimed first place in the Mariners Christian School's second annual Fall Golf Classic at Newport Beach Country Club Nov. 1.

Bradley Herold, Richard Kannwischer, senior pastor at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, and Greg Stone finished second in the 114-player field.

Golfers contributed $35,000 for the scholarship program for the Costa Mesa school.

BRYCE ALDERTON is the Daily Pilot golf writer. He can be reached at

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