21st Annual NCGA Associate Club Four-Ball Net Championship
Spyglass Hill GC/Poppy Hills GC
June 25-26, 2012
June 26, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH – A five-hole playoff was needed but in the end the team of Sterling Fairholm and Goran Kalas came away winners of the 21st Annual Associate Club Four-Ball Net Championship. Fairholm and Kalas E-Club East Bay members beat out Carlos and Sandra Munios of E-Club South Bay after both teams completed 36-holes with a net score of 124, 20-under par. The two teams’ starts couldn’t have been more different, which in turn made some for competitive golf in the hour long sudden-death playoff.
Fairholm and Kalas got off to a rocky start to their day as the duo found themselves 1-over par after their second net bogey of the day on the seventh hole. Yet the bogey may have been the spark that the two needed as over their next seven holes, the duo went 9-under par with three net birdies and three net eagles. Adding net birdies on the 16th and 18th holes got Fairholm and Kalas to match their first day score of 62.
“Going into the day we told ourselves not to give up because we both know that the back nine plays better into our games,” said Fairholm. “We have never played the front nine well here.”
The Munios, on the other hand, posted not only the low round of the day, but the low round of the event with a net score of 59, 13-under par. The husband and wife team got off to an incredible start as the two converted four net birdies and net eagle in their opening five holes of play to quickly get to 6-under par. Birdies on Nos. seven and nine allowed the duo to post a front-nine score of 28, 8-under par, and the success kept coming with five more additional net birdies on the back nine in their bogey-free effort.
The team of Ronald Custodio and Mark Trentham of Pac Bell GC of Sacto came up one stroke shy of making it a three team playoff as the duo posted a two-day total of 125, 19-under par. Custodio and Trentham, who started the day in second place after an opening round of 63 at Spyglass, continued their brilliant play with a 10-under 62 at Poppy Hills Tuesday. The duo really made its move on the back nine as they shot a net 29, 7-under par, which included a net eagle on the closing 18th hole.
Finishing alone in fourth was one of the two teams from E-Club Fresno competing in the event. Justin Portz and Matt Wright followed yesterday’s 5-under 67 with a net score of 61, 11-under par to finish at a 128 total. Rounding out the top five was the Caltrans Capitol GC team of Dwayne Breed and Jed Hayden. The duo started the day in a tie for third and followed yesterday’s net score of 64 with a net 65.
June 25, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH – Serene weather with sunny skies at Spyglass Hill GC—a rarity for June—provided plenty of low scores to be had on Monday during the first round of the NCGA Associate Club Four-Ball Net Championship. After 18 holes of play Goran Kalas and Sterling Fairholm of E-Club East Bay lead the 59 teams entered in the event as the two posted a net score of 10-under par. Kalas and Fairholm got off to a quick start on the day making net birdies on five of their first seven holes. The back nine wasn’t much different as they added five more birdies on holes 11, 13, 14, 17 and 18 for a bogey-free round of net 62.
One shot back of Kalas and Fairholm is Mark Trentham and Ronald Custodio of Pac Bell GC of Sacto, who fired a net round of 63, 9-under par. Trentham and Custodio actually converted more net birdies on the day, making 11 total, but also had two net bogeys on their round. The duo who started on the 10th tee, saved their best for last reeling off net birdies on their final four holes (Nos. six, seven, eight and nine).
In a tie for third are the teams from Caltrans Capitol GC and South City Duffers GC posting net scores of 64, 8-under par. The Caltrans Capitol GC team featuring Jed Hayden and Dwayne Breed got their round going over the last 12 holes. After exchanging a pair of birdies and bogeys over the opening six seaside holes, the duo made eight net birdies and four pars to close out their round. John Canale and Thomas Carroll of South City Duffers GC also had a total of 10 net birdies and two net bogeys in their round. The duo’s most impressive stretch was over their first five holes—teeing off the 10th—as they birdied holes 10, 11, 13 and 14.
Three teams finished Monday at net scores of 7-under 65 good enough to put themselves in a tie for fifth place: E-Club South Bay featuring Carlos and Sandra Munio, E-Club Fresno featuring Jeff and Jon Umene, and UCSF GC featuring Richard Ortiz and Larry Watanabe. Rounding out the top 10 are three others teams, who posted scores of 6-under 66 to currently reside in a tie for eighth place: Schmidthead GC (Danny Thebeau/Tom Harrington), E-Club Central Valley (Her Chue/Lee Vang) and Facility Architects & R.E. GC (Brian Shen/Neil Atterbury).
In total 30 teams finished with a net score of 71 or better. The final round of the championship takes place tomorrow at Poppy Hills GC with play beginning at 7:30 a.m.