NCGA Public Links Championship Qualifying
April 4, 2013
Boundary Oak GC – Player Information – Pairings/Results
Darkhorse GC – Player Information – Pairings/Results
San Geronimo GC – Player Information – Pairings/Results
San Juan Oaks GC – Player Information – Pairings/Results
Stevinson Ranch GC – Player Information – Pairings/Results
PEBBLE BEACH – Qualifying for the NCGA Public Links Scratch Championship took place Thursday April 4 at five different Northern California courses with 113 players earning a spot. Unlike in years past where a limited field of 40 players qualified for the championship, this year the field will feature 120 players, tripling its original size. (In late 2012, it was decided that the Public Links Championship would divide the scratch and net fields allocating 120 spots for both championship and net fields.)
The largest of the five qualifying sites, San Juan Oaks GC in Hollister, had 33 players qualify for the championship. The low round went to current NCGA Valley Amateur Champion, Danny Paniccia, who fired a seven-under 65, beating his nearest competition by five strokes. Three other players posted under par scores, Nick Moore (70), Sean Dyer (71) and Lincoln Lyles (71).
Boundary Oak in Walnut Creek hosted the next biggest qualifier and had 31 players earn spots from the site. Three players tied for medalist honors with a score of two-over par 74: Daniel Griffiths, Darren Johnson and Nick Sako. Three others finished one-stroke back with solid rounds of 75: Donald Kolinski, Andy Nevin and Steve Wilson.
Darkhorse GC in Auburn had the third largest qualifier delegating 22 spots for the championship. However, the Darkhorse qualifier was unique in that it was shortened after nine holes due to inclement weather. So, those to qualify for the championship field included scores anywhere from 38 to 45. Mike Montgomery and Greg Olson shot the low score of 38, while the last person to qualify was Brandon Ellis at 45. Ellis was one of several people to post a 45, but the only one to qualify via scorecard playoff.
San Geronimo GC in San Geronimo had 15 spots available for the championship field. The players with the lowest qualifying scores were Jerry Haluska and Matthew Woosley, who each shot rounds of seven-over 79. The final two spots went to Nathan Fox and Jimmy Watson, both with scores of 88.
The smallest qualifier of the five was held at Stevinson Ranch GC in Stevinson, where 12 players earned spots. Brandon Vail took low honors with a score of three-under par 69. Joshua Stone finished second at two-under par 70, while Daniel Butcher took third with an even-par 72. Current NCGA Player of the Year points leader, Russell Humphrey, finished fourth to earn a spot in the championship with a two-over par 74.
All results have been verified by the NCGA championships and events staff. The championship proper will take place April 29-30 at Bayonet GC and Spyglass Hill GC.