19th Annual NCGA Associate Club Net Amateur Championship
Poppy Ridge GC
October 1-2, 2012
October 2, 2012
LIVERMORE – Scorching temperatures reaching over 100 degrees were not the only thing on fire during the final round of 19th Annual NCGA Associate Club Net Amateur Championship. Players lit up the scoreboard as well on Tuesday as all three winners of the individual flights finished 36 holes with net scores well under par.
In the president flight Lenny Dinov of Napa went wire to wire to claim the title of players with an 11 handicap index or better. Dinov followed his first round net 65 with a net 68 on Tuesday to steer two shots clear of his nearest competitors. His 133, 11-under par total bettered Mike Moyle of Fresno at 135, nine-under par, who finished alone in second. Coming in a tie for third were Santa Cruz’s Richard Borjon and Joseph Francis of Jamestown at 136, eight-under par.
“I felt some pressure going into today [with the lead],” said Dinov. “I just told myself that it’s going to be as good as I make it; having a good round is all up to me.”
A similar tale of tape occurred in the director flight—players with handicap indexes between 12 and 17—as first round leader Mark Zappelli of Santa Rosa held on to win his flight despite shooting a higher score in the final round. Zappelli followed his first round net 64 with a net 71 to finish at 135, nine-under par, edging out four players at 136, eight-under par. Bob Albertson, Andrano Cota, Lisa De La Sol and Justin Portz finished tied for second, with Albertson earning the second place medal via a scorecard playoff.
“It’s great [to win my flight], I played really good yesterday and today I played really bad, so when I found out I won I was shocked,” said Zappelli.
The lowest score of all came in the Secretary Flight—featuring players with a handicap index of 18 and above—by Carlos Trejo, who posted a two-day total of 130, 14-under par. The Sacramento resident fired a net 63 to come back from one stroke down going into the day, and ended up winning by a four-stroke margin. George Kennedy of East Palo Alto, who held a share of the first round lead, finished in second at 134, 10-under par, following his first round 66 with a 68. Fellow first round co-leader Ron Sharek of Sonoma took third with a 135, nine-under par, after a final round 69.
“I just wanted to play consistent today, and on the back nine, I caught fire,” said Trejo, who won this event in 2010.
The 20th Annual Associate Club Net Amateur is scheduled to take place in 2013 at Quail Lodge GC on September 30 and October 1.
October 1, 2012
LIVERMORE – The first day of the 19th Annual NCGA Associate Club Net Amateur Championship at Poppy Ridge GC provided plenty of red numbers on Monday, which should lead to an exciting final round in all three flights on Tuesday.
In the president flight, which features players with a handicap index of 11 or lower, Lenny Dinov holds a two-stroke lead after firing a net score seven-under par, 65. Dinov was buoyed by six net birdies and two net eagles in his round, but was hurt by a net double bogey and net bogey. The Napa resident is closely followed by Joseph Francis of Jamestown at five-under par, 67. Francis also had six net birdies on the day to go along with a net eagle, but he also had his share of trouble making three net bogeys. Two shots behind and Francis, and four strokes off Dinov’s lead in a tie for third are Clark Morris of Salinas and Mike Moyle of Fresno, who each posted a net score of three-under par 69.
Mark Zappelli of Santa Rosa leads the director flight—players with handicap indexes between 12 and 17—after a first round net score of eight-under par 64. Amazingly, Zapppelli had eight net birdies on the day to go along with a net eagle and two net bogeys. However, Zappelli’s incredible round was nearly matched by Todd Azevedo, who fired a seven-under net 65. The San Rafael resident had two net eagles in his round to go along with seven net birdies. Azevedo’s round though was far from flawless as he also accounted for four net bogeys on the day. Sitting in a three-way tie for third and definitely in contention for tomorrow’s top spot are Lisa De La Sol, Cesar Fernandez and Justin Portz, who each posted first round scores of five-under par net 67.
The secretary flight, featuring players with handicaps of 18 and above, proved to be the most competitive as Ron Sharek, Tom Michalak and George Kennedy sit atop the leaderboard at six-under par 66. Sharek of Sonoma had the most red on his card of the three, but equally had the biggest blunders as well. The Sonoma resident had nine net birdies and a net eagle on the day, as well as two net double bogeys and a net bogey. Michalak of Fremont played the steadiest of three, but not by much, converting seven net birdies and a net eagle on his day to go along with a net double bogey and net bogey. In between the two was Kennedy who accounted for eight net birdies, a net eagle, a net double bogey and a net bogey in his round.