On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Lassen College Foundation and the LCC Athletic Boosters hosted the Frank Ernaga Memorial Golf Classic at Diamond Mountain Golf Course. This is the second year of the tournament, but the first as the Frank Ernaga Memorial Golf Classic.
Ernaga, born and raised in Susanville, was a Lassen High School graduate, a Korean War veteran and record-setting player of the Chicago Cubs during the 1957-58 seasons. He was the only Chicago Cub to hit a home run and triple in the same game to this day. Both hits were off hall of fame pitcher Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves. He passed April 30.
The tournament had 19 teams of four that competed in a best ball tournament for the lowest score, with individual competitions in longest drive, closest to the pin, putting contest and a drawing to compete in a $100,000 shootout.
The winners of the tournament are as follows.
First Place: Jim Ernaga, Dave Ernaga, Sam Porter, and Lorin Galassi.
Second Place: Trent Bauer, Robbie Robles, Matt Strye, and Dustin Neuenschwander.
Third Place: Matt Gatie, Dave McConnell, Ed Herrera, and Ron Hevener.
Longest drive winners for the men was Chad Falchetta, women had Julia Barnetche.
Closest to the pin winners are Ron Hevener for the men, and Jeanette Kindle for the women.
Winner of the putting contest was Dave McConnell.
The winnings of the teams that placed were donated back to the Lassen College Foundation, and LCC Athletic Boosters.
The Lassen College Foundation is planning its annual golf tournament for September 2019.