Vince Felix competes in the Masters Men event at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz on Sunday during the 2015 Santa Cruz Longboard Union Club Invitational. Felix, competing for the Malibu Surfing Association, won his heat. (Kevin Johnson — Santa Cruz Sentinel)
By Sentinel staff
It wasn’t longboarding but it’s a good bet the Santa Cruz Longboard Union club members won’t kick out Ben Coffey or Sierra Partridge for winning the Open shortboard finals Sunday during the SCLU Memorial Day Invitational at Steamer Lane.
Coffey, of Santa Cruz, won the men’s title for the second straight year, followed by Danny Hart of the Santa Barbara Surf Club in second and Mike Gillard of the Windansea Surf Club of La Jolla in third. Partidge won the women’s title over second-place finisher Beth O’Rourke of the Malibu Surfing Association.
Jane McKenzie brought home the first win of the day for the host when she won the Masters women’s 50-up division. McKenzie beat out Chris Radich of Santa Cruz’s Big Stick Surfing Association, who took second.
Other SCLU winners included Bob Pearson in the Legends men’s 60-69 final, Alayana Zanville in the Senior women’s 35-49. Zanville just edged second-place finisher Asi Ghiassi of the Pedro Point Surf Club. The PPSC posted its only winner in the women’s 20-34 division, where Ashley Lloyd-Thompson took the crown.
The SCLU took the team title by accruing 2,250 points. It was followed by Windansea (1,980), Pedro Point (1,820), Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club (1,105) and the BSSA (1,080) respectively, in the 16-team event.
Jenkins the top woman at St. Jude event >> Former Capitola resident Valarie Jenkins won the St. Jude Disc Golf Charity Invitational in Seaside on Sunday.
Jenkins, now of Bend, Ore., finished with a two-round total of 12-over 138. That tied her with Catrina Allen of Madison, Tenn., but Jenkins won on a tiebreaker. She claimed $850 for her effort.
Capitola native Nate Doss tied for 19th among the master men. He shot 3-over 129 to earn $245.
Will Schusterick got off to a hot start — shooting three strokes below any other player in the first round — and won the event by carding 9-under 117 for $1,600. Paul McBeth of Huntington Beach, who won last weekend’s Steady Ed Memorial tournament, and Steve Rico of Sylmar tied for second at 5-under.