J.K. Classic 2016 Bookie Predictions
A strong field of 33 players will battle the JK this weekend. In the 7 past years, we have had winning net scores between 66-70, so my first prediction will be the winning score to be a net 68. Also over these past 7 years we have had 2 winners that were off 10 hcp, one off 33 hcp and the rest fell between 13-18 hcps. This year we have 8 players between 9-12 hcps, 16 players between 14-18 hcps, & 9 players 19 and above. There is 3 past champions in the field (Blume,Burke & Neely) and tradition is, they play in the last group. Maxfield joins them, as he lost a playoff to Dinov in 2014, which was the only playoff in our 7 years so far...Sadly other past champions will not be present (Sanchez, Seim, Dinov, Buckley).
GREG MORGAN: HCP 9: ODDS 16/1
Had an incredible 2015 season,and a very tough competitor..The bookies are going to pass him by this year, due to lack of golf, and no recent low number that could win this..He needs 77 approx to win this.
KEVIN BYRNE: HCP 9: ODDS 20/1
The low guy with Morgan, Kevin may find it harder, as he is constantly battling back issues, and has not many rounds this year, so difficult task here.
EDDIE KEEGAN: HCP 10: ODDS 18/1
Yet another player battling a back issue, and shot 84 on Monday last in prep round at Bennett. He played decent, after not playing for awhile but has uphill battle to win this year.
STEVE BERLOGAR: HCP 11: ODDS 14/1
Solid player, and has a chance here. Though he has not had many low rounds lately, most of his rounds are played on courses with slopes that are 130 plus, so Bennett Valleys 118 slope is inviting...
HAL TAYLOR: HCP 11: ODDS 15/1
Consistent, solid player but needs no worse than 80 here to get in mix....no very low rounds by him lately.
DERMOT BURKE: HCP 11: ODDS 13/1
Past champ was playing woeful at Blarney Cup, and a qualifier at Oakmont recently, but last 3 rounds have been satisfying, with an 81 in prep round Monday at Bennett.
BRYAN PENFOLD: HCP 12: ODDS 18/1
I always pick this guy to go well, and he has good record in this event...Alas Bryan, the bookies are opposing this year...lack of golf, a problem here.
SAL SAN FILIPPO: HCP 12: ODDS 13/1
Sal is solid player, good striker of his irons, and has Hcp that could sneak a victory with an 80/81. Dangerous!
ERIC CLEMONS: HCP 14: ODDS 20/1
Had a good 2015 season, but no big highlights this year, so in general bookies will oppose due to no low rounds recently.
JAMES DiRIENZO: HCP 14: ODDS 17/1
Had this tourney in his grasp a few years back, and Hcp has come down...top 10 contender.
ERIC SKAIFE: HCP 14: ODDS 20/1
Good all round game, but needs to step it up in tournament play.
CHRIS KIRBY: HCP 15: ODDS 20/1
Has played very little golf this year, so makes task difficult....Could challenge if his long drives find the fairways at this treelined gem!
KIP DUARTE: HCP 15: ODDS 12/1
Kip has played some great golf in the past 3 years approx, and finds himself in contention a lot. I expect him to be in the hunt here, so has solid chance.
JEFF MAXFIELD: HCP 15: ODDS 10/1
Recently had lowest round in awhile, came so close 2 years ago, and good all round game...Dangerous...83 for possible victory!
MATT BLUME: HCP 16: ODDS 14/1
Solid player and past champ in final group....I expect a good showing, and no pressure here.
CRAIG MOORE: HCP 16: ODDS 22/1
Shot 89 in prep round at Bennett Monday....which was not bad, as he was having lots of problems off tee....Needs large bucket of balls and driver only on range before tourney.
JIM WILLIAMS: HCP 16: ODDS 25/1
It is hard to put money on him, as he has very few rounds played in 2016.
JOSH YOUNG: HCP 16: ODDS 22/1
The bookie has never played with this member, but lack of rounds played this year, puts him in tough position.
TIM PERRIOTT: HCP 17: ODDS 100/1
A blast from the past. Welcome back Tim...Apparently not much golf lately!!
GREG KUEHLE: HCP 17: ODDS 18/1
Solid player, but no low rounds this year which is worrying!
PETE AHERN: HCP 18: ODDS 18/1
Got game, and long off the tee...I think he will go well here..
JOE GRAHAM: HCP 18: ODDS 20/1
Never played round with him, but most of his rounds are played on Napa muni with 130 plus slope rating...This should be gravy for him!
JOHN ARNES: HCP 18: ODDS 22/1
John has been struggling with his game most of 2016, so can he turn it around here?
BARR SMITH: HCP 18: ODDS 18/1
His handicap has come down from months ago, so 86 approx needed here for victory here....never played a round with him, so in the dark here!
JIMMIE NEELY: HCP 19: ODDS 25/1
Defending champ has taken the same path as last year...Play very little golf, and you may win!
GREG COLSON: HCP 20: ODDS 20/1
Played well at recent Oakmont qualifyer, and plays a lot of tournaments.
JULIA DiRIENZO: HCP 21: ODDS 33/1
It is good to see Julia back playing, after struggling with her game months back.
MIKE HARRISON: HCP 21: ODDS 20/1
89 or 90 puts him in with a shout...His short game is as sharp as a bowling ball!
JIM GALVIN: HCP 22: ODDS 50/1
Injured hands here, so 2 thumbs down here!!
KATHLEEN WILLIAMS: HCP 23: ODDS 25/1
Needs 92 approx to be in the hunt...In the dark here, as never played round with her.
GERARD MARTIN: HCP 25: ODDS 25/1
Not much golf played this year, but dangerous off 25 hcp..
LORI DUARTE: HCP 29: ODDS 22/1
Played decent enough lately, and 97 or 98 needed here.
ANDREA CHEVALIER: HCP 35: ODDS 60/1
In the dark here also, but needs 104 approx to contend..
1st.... Jeff Maxfield
2nd... Kip Duarte
3rd... Sal San Fillippo
4th... Dermot Burke
5th... Steve Berlogar