20th Annual NCGA Net Amateur Championship
Poppy Ridge GC
October 14-15, 2013
October 15, 2013
LIVERMORE – The final round of the 20th Annual NCGA Net Amateur Championship wrapped up on Tuesday at Poppy Ridge GC and celebrated winners across three different flights.
The president flight—players with handicap indexes of 7.9 or below—needed a playoff to decide its champion as two players finished with a 36-hole score of 10-under-par 134. Michael Angel of Roseville and Richard Ely of Carmel battled it out in the sudden-death playoff, which went in Angel’s favor by winning on the first hole with a par.
“I was able to inch him out in the playoff,” said Angel, who had an incredible final round.
Starting the day in a tie for ninth, the Roseville resident fired a 9-under-par net 63—a gross 70—to improve on his first round of net 71 by eight shots. Angel had only one net bogey on the day and capitalized on red numbers scoring six net birdies and two net eagles. The biggest boon of all though was birdieing the 18th hole (Zinfandel No. 9) back-to-back days, which counted as a net eagle both days.
“I got very lucky today. I had a great round and had more 4s on my card than ever before,” he said.
Ely, who started the day with a two-stroke lead, followed his 66 with 68 on Monday, yet still had to settle for second place after losing in the playoff. Taking third place with a net 137, 7-under-par was Timothy Hanrahan of Arnold. Beginning the final round in a tie for second place, Hanrahan followed his first round of 67 with a 68.
Going wire-to-wire in the director flight—players with handicaps between 8.0 and 11.9—was Travis Early of Whitehorn, who finished the tournament with a two-day net total of 8-under-par 136. Early followed his first round 7-under-par 65 with a steady 1-under-par 71, which included six net birdies and five net bogeys.
“I felt a little pressure [going into the day], but I go out there to have fun and enjoy the moment,” said Early.
Finishing in second place was Visalia’s Robert Garrison, who posted a 36-hole net total of 5-under-par 139. Garrison, who started the day in a tie for eighth place, improved on his first round of 71 by three strokes with a 4-under-par 68. In an unprecedented finish tying for third and each receiving medals were five players at 4-under-par 140: Chris Fisher of Lincoln, Mario Lamacchia of Pittsburg, John Lefebre of Garberville, Dev Rahal of Fresno and Carl Springer of Sacramento.
In the secretary flight—players with handicap indexes of 12.0 and above—Danny Jensen came away victorious after beginning the day in a tie for fourth. Scores were significantly higher for most of the contenders in the flight, but Jensen was able to follow his first round 67 with a final round 69 to finish with a net score of 8-under-par 136. The Redway resident was bolstered by three net eagles and two net birdies, despite the fact he gave five strokes back with net bogeys. Having recently picked up the game of golf again after breaking his ankle a few years back, Jensen was thrilled to be crowned champion.
“It means everything to me,” he said. “I’ve never won a medal before.”
Tying for second place in the secretary flight with 36-hole net scores of 138, 6-under-par were Rodney Codero of Patterson and Gary Colclasure of Lafayette. Codero earned the runner-up medal thanks to a better back-nine. Codero followed his first round of 68 with 70, while Colclasure followed his first round of 65 with a 73. First-round leader Paul Hegarty finished in a tie for fourth place at 139 following his first round 64 with a 75.
October 14, 2013
LIVERMORE – The first round of the 20th Annual NCGA Net Amateur Championship took place Monday at Poppy Ridge GC, and clear-cut leaders are found in all three flights.
In the president flight, players with handicaps of 7.9 and below, Richard Ely of Carmel leads with by two strokes after a first round of net 66, 6-under-par. Playing on a Chardonnay/Zinfandel setup as all three flights are, Ely converted a net eagle and six net birdies to go along with two net bogeys to capture a two-stroke lead. Ely actually played his first nine holes (Zinfandel) at even-par before avoiding any bogeys on his back nine (Chardonnay) and converting net birdies on Nos. 3, 4, 8 and 9 with his net eagle coming on No.5.
In a tie for second place, trailing Ely by two strokes, are Timothy Hanrahan of Arnold and Troy Takagi of Fresno, who each posted a net score of 4-under-par 68. Four players are tied for fourth place at 3-under-par with respective rounds of 69 (Joseph Araujo, Barry Hand, Greg Zipp and Jim Manzi), while alone in eighth at 2-under-par is Eric Jarvis. Rounding out the top-10 are three players tied for ninth at 1-under-par: Ray Martinez, John Balsley and Michael Angel.
The director flight, which features players with handicaps of 8.0 to 11.9, is led by Travis Early of Whitehorn, who fired a net score of 65, 7-under-par. Early’s impressive play of a net eagle, seven net pars, and two net bogeys, gives him a three-stroke advantage going into tomorrow’s final round. Much like Ely, Early had most of his success on his back nine (Zinfandel), where he didn’t take a single net bogey and converted net eagle on No. 4 to go along with his net birdies on Nos. 5, 8 and 9.
Duffy Wright of Reno is Early’s biggest competition as he fired a net score of 68, 4-under-par on Monday. Tied for third at 3-under-par are Marcus Walton and Sam Smith, while tied for fifth at 2-under-par are Jon Lefebre, Mario Lamacchia and Dey Rahal. Still in the hunt and tied for eighth at 1-under-par are Robert Garrison, Carl Springer, Donald Onken and Richard Dalton.
The low score of the day occurred in the secretary flight, players with handicaps of 12.0 and above, as Paul Hegarty of Woodside fired a net score of 64, 8-under-par. Hegarty was buoyed by two net eagles on his day, which also included six net birdies and two net bogeys. Despite the low number of the day Hegarty has the slimmest of leads among the three flight leaders, leading by a single stroke.
Alone in second firing a net score of 65, 7-under-par was Gary Colclasure of Lafayette. Right behind him at 6-under-par and alone in third is Larry Hoffman of El Macero. Tied for fourth place are Shawn Anderson and Danny Jensen at 5-under-par, while tied for sixth at 4-under-par are Rodney Codero and Anthony Fisher.
The final round of the championship will commence at 8:00 a.m. with president flight participants teeing off first and the secretary flight going off last.