15th Annual NCGA Senior Four-Ball Net Championship
Poppy Ridge GC
September 23-24, 2013
September 24, 2013
LIVERMORE – The 15th Annual Senior Four-Ball Championship wrapped up on Tuesday at Poppy Ridge GC and the final leaderboard looks nothing like it did only a day earlier. With gusts of winds picking up in the early afternoon, firing a low score proved to be rather difficult as 18-hole leaders William Ries and Charles Wilkie of IBEW-332 followed their opening round of 58 with a 69 to finish tied for ninth. Instead, the What A Racquet GC team of Robert Kirby and Gilbert Velarde came from five shots back and in a tie for 10th place to win outright.
“We finished early enough that I think the wind hadn’t picked up too much,” said Velarde, whose team teed off an hour before the leaders at 8:40 a.m.
Kirby and Velarde teamed up over the 36-hole event with net rounds of 63 and 60 to finish at 123, 21-under-par, one-shot better than three other teams. The What A Racquet GC team’s final round of net 12-under-par was very impressive as it included 13 net birdies and a net bogey, but still the duo didn’t feel it was enough.
“[Before the round started] 58 was the number we had in mind and we came in to the last two holes [at 12-under] and just made net pars, so we were thinking that we probably wouldn’t [win],” said Kirby.
Amazingly though, the 12 teams that came in after the tandem—those that had started the day tied or better—all posted higher 36-hole totals. The duo was content to become the latest Senior Four-Ball Net champions, having previously competed in NCGA events together like the Associate Club Four-Ball Championship and the Associate Club Championship (four-man team of two best net scores per hole).
Finishing in a tie for second place at a 36-hole net score of 124, 20-under-par were three teams Cinnabar Hills GC, Blackberry Farm GC and Cherry Island GC. Cinnabar Hills GC was awarded the second place medal after a scorecard playoff, while Blackberry Farm GC and Cherry Island GC took home third place medals.
The team from Cinnabar Hills GC featuring Takamasi Oki and Robert Wellner had three net eagles and six net birdies on its day to fire a second consecutive net 62. The Blackberry Farm GC team of James Gordon and Mike Guidry, which competed in the final group having started the day in second place, followed its opening round of 60 with a 64, making five less birdies than Monday (13-8) but no bogeys. Art Dahilig and Fred Granados of Cherry Island GC made a similar move as the champion team of What A Racquet GC by following their first round of 63 with a 61.
Missing out earning a medal by one stroke and tied for fifth place at 19-under-par 125 were the teams from Cypress Lakes GC, SIR GC Area 29 Br 159 and Fountaingrove GAC. The team from Benbow GC finished alone in eighth place at 18-under-par 126. Besides first-round leaders IBEW-332 tying for ninth at 17-under-par 127 other teams included Koaches Golf Klub, Pacific Service Emp. GC (2), Christian GC of Central CA, Gleneagles GC and Pin High GC, who fired the low round of the day with a net 59.
September 23, 2013
LIVERMORE – After the first round of the NCGA Senior Four-Ball Net Championship the IBEW-332 GC team of William Ries and Charles Wilkie have a two-shot lead over the other 53 participating teams. Ries and Wilkie teamed up to post a net score of 58, 14-under-par at Poppy Ridge GC, which included two net eagles and 10 net birdies.
Alone in second place and joining the IBEW-332 GC team in the final group on Tuesday is the Blackberry Farm GC team of James Gordon and Mike Guidry. Gordon and Guidry fired a 12-under-par net 60, which included 13 net birdies and one net bogey. Tied for third place and playing in the penultimate group on Tuesday are the teams from San Luis Obispo GC and SIR GC Area 29 Br 159. The San Luis Obispo team of Gerald Hempenius and Mark Tisdale got to 61, 11-under-par by making 10 net birdies, a net eagle and a net bogey, while the SIR GC Area 29 Br 159 team of John Adams and Bruce Evans converted 12 net birdies and one net bogey.
Other teams in the hunt include Cinnabar Hills GC, Tandem Bogey Busters, Sherwood Forest GC, Christian GC of Central CA and Tahoe Donner GC, all at 10-under-par tied for fifth. One shot behind that group are six other teams tied for 10th place at 9-under-par: Koaches Golf Klub, Dry Creek GC, Benbow GC, What A Racquet GC, Sequoyah GC (2) and Cherry Island GC.
The final round of the championship will commence at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at Poppy Ridge GC with the leaders teeing off last at 9:40 a.m.