Dawson finished with a score of 139 for a -1. He shot 68 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday to win Gross. “I’ve been playing in the open for at least the past 20 years,” Dawson said. ”It’s my home course. I’m very comfortable playing here.”
Weed’s Matt Dawson won his third consecutive championship at the 55th annual Siskiyou Open over the weekend, held at the Weed Golf Club.
A field of more than 50 golfers took part in the two-day event, which concluded on Sunday.
Dawson finished with a score of 139 for a -1. He shot 68 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday to win Gross.
“I’ve been playing in the open for at least the past 20 years,” Dawson said. ”It’s my home course. I’m very comfortable playing here.”
Burke Adrian of the Trinity Alps Golf Club in Weaverville was second, shooting a 76 on Saturday and another 76 on Sunday for a score of 152. Larry Spencer of Chico was third with a score of 76 on Saturday and 80 on Sunday to finish with a 156.
Weed’s Josh Oates won low net over the field for the second consecutive year with a net score of 134. Oates shot 79 on Saturday and 82 on Sunday. Dave Tafoya of Weed was second with a 68 on Saturday and a 68 on Sunday to finish at 136. Joe Palmer of Clovis was third with a score of 138. He shot a 70 on Saturday and a 68 on Sunday
The tournament started with intense weather conditions and heavy rains on Saturday that caused a long delay of two hours, a first in the history of the event..
The morning groups had to play several holes in heavy rain before the horn blew to postpone play. When the weather finally subsided, all groups were able to finish their first round. Despite the weather, Dawson was still able to shoot a 68 totake an eight shot lead into Sunday.
“The wild weather on Saturday couldn't slow down Matt,” said golf course operator Dolph Marshall.
Dawson said that he has been playing at the Weed Golf Course since he was a kid. His mom Darlene Johnson was the manager of the golf course when he was growing up.
“I would walk the creek and find golf balls and sell them to the golfers,” he recalled.
His dad Greg Dawson, his grandfather Melvin Dawson, and his uncle Rodney Dawson all have won at the Open in both Gross and Low Net over the years.
After the wild weather conditions on Saturday, Marshall said it was a relief that the course dried out on Sunday and that the weather was clear and sunny.
“It was a perfect day for golf,” he said. “It was a great event.”
The open was made more special for Dawson, as Matt’s brother Melvin Dawson came up from Santa Rosa and played with him at the event.
“I enjoyed every minute of it,” Dawson said, adding that was the best part of participant in the Open this year. “Just being able to play with him was good enough for me, regardless of how I did.”
He added he plans to seek his fourth straight Open title next year.
“I’ll be ready,” Dawson said,
Oates grew up playing at the Weed Golf Club but did not start competing in the tourney until about five years ago. He said it was exciting to win Low Net for the second year in a row. Last year, he won by only a stroke on a chip shot, and said it was quite different to play with a lead heading into the final day Sunday.
“It’s been a blast playing at the Open,” he said. I’m been playing here since I was a kid.” Oates said he enjoys the challenge of playing golf.
“ I love that it’s challenging,” he said. “You can go out one day and shoot your best score ever and the next day it can just all go downhill quickly.”
Oates said his favorite hole at the Weed Golf Course is the third hole. He likes that one can get on the green in two shots if you can hit the ball well.
He added he also enjoys the ninth hole, although “it can be “brutal,” with many golf balls dropping into the nearby creek.
“It’s a love hate thing with the ninth hole,” Oates said.