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2013 Seaver Cup

December 13, 2013

The NCGA dominated the final round of play at the Seaver Cup, collecting 20 out of a possible 24 points to beat the SCGA, 33.5-14.5. This is the NCGA’s second straight Seaver Cup. The NCGA also swept all three team competitions against the SCGA this year, also coming out on top at the State Am and Senior State Am.

Jim Knoll, Mike Stieler, Gary Vanier, Danny Paniccia and Jason Anthony swept all three available points in their matches. Points are awarded for the winner of the front-nine match, back-nine match and overall match. For complete results, click here.

Seaver Cup champions

December 12, 2013

LA QUINTA – Powered by seniors Jim Knoll and Gary Vanier (right), the NCGA has established a three-point lead after the first day of the 8th Annual Seaver Cup at Rancho La Quinta Country Club as some of this year’s top NCGA tournament players faced off against some of the best SCGA competitors in a head to head, two-day battle.

Knoll, the 2013 CGA State Senior Champion, and Vanier, the current NCGA Senior champ, swept all six possible points in their morning four-ball and afternoon foursome (alternate shot) matches. Also heavily contributing to the 13.5-point total was the team of Randy Haag and Jason Anthony, who posted five of a possible six points, only losing the front nine in their afternoon match.

The NCGA is the defending champion in the biennial event, and is looking to capture all three team events against SCGA competition in 2013 having previously won team events at the State Amateur in June, and State Senior last month.

Thursday A.M. – Four-Ball Match Results
Thursday P.M. – Foursomes (Alternate Shot) Results
Friday A.M. – Singles Matches

Three points are available for each match, one point for the front nine, one point for the back nine and one point for the overall match. Any matches that are halved earn a 1/2 point.

The Seaver Cup was created in 1998 at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa as a biennial competition that brings together the best players from Northern and Southern California. The intra-state competition was named in the honor of Charles Seaver, one of the most successful and legendary golfers in California amateur golf lore.

Charlie Seaver is one of two amateurs to hold the NCGA, SCGA and California Amateur titles at the same time, accomplishing this feat in 1933-34 (the other being George Von Elm who pulled out the same feat in 1925). After graduating from Stanford University, Seaver was the shining example of amateur golf in California. Some of his golfing accomplishments included:

  • Reaching the semifinals of the 1930 U.S. Amateur
  • Member of the 1932 U.S. Walker Cup team
  • 1933 California Amateur Champion
  • 1932 & 1933 NCGA Amateur Champion
  • 1934 SCGA Amateur Champion
  • 6-time Fresno City Amateur Champion
  • 1949 Northern California Open Champion
  • Played in 39 Bing-Crosby Pro-Ams (now known as AT&T)

Seaver’s father served as SCGA president in 1928 and he himself was the NCGA President in 1980. Seaver is also the father of baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver. A charter member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame, Seaver passed on in of all places Pebble Beach in 2004.

2013 NCGA Lineup

Jason Anthony (Vallejo City and Stockton Four-Ball Champion)

Randy Haag (NCGA Master Division Champion)

Russell Humphrey (NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Champion)

Danny Paniccia (2013 NCGA Four-Ball Champion)

Chase Roberts (Runner-Up, NCGA Valley Amateur)

Mike Stieler (2013 NCGA Four-Ball Champion)

Jim Knoll (2013 CGA Senior Amateur Champion, 2013 NCGA Senior Player of the Year)

Gary Vanier (2013 NCGA and SCGA Senior Amateur Champion)

2013 SCGA Lineup

Craig Calkins (5th Place, 2013 SCGA Senior Amateur Championship)

Jeff Coburn (2013 SCGA Public Links Champion)

David Delich (2012 SCGA Senior Amateur Champion)

Dick Engel (4th Place, 2013 SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship)

Robert Funk (2013 SCGA Mid-Amateur Champion)

Tim Hogarth (2013 SCGA Tournament of Club Champions Winner)

Corby Segal (5th Place, 2013 SCGA Mid-Amateur Championship)

Dan Sullivan (2013 SCGA Player of the Year)


Author: Scott Seward

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