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December 13, 2016

Big Sur Flight

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Big Sur Flight winners Rich Estep and Michael Lincoln, runner-ups mark Purdom and Robert Franceschetti and third place finishers Alex Hyunjin Cho and Takeshi Usuzaka (left to right)

Catta Verdera CC members Rich Estep and Michael Lincoln left no doubt, carding a final round 10-under 61 Tuesday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course to come in at 19-under 123 and win by two shots over the runner-up tandem of Mark Purdom and Robert Franceschetti. Estep and Lincoln were flawless, posting 10 birdies with zero bogeys in the finale.

Purdom and Fracheschetti, members at Spring Creek G&CC, shot a 63 to come in at 125. Also coming in at 125 was the duo of Alex Hyunjin Cho and Takeshi Usuzaka after a 63. Purdom and Franceschetti earned second place following a card-off.

Golden Gate Flight

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Golden Gate Flight winners Jim Stout and David Gragnola and third place finishers Parrish Barker and Richard Herington (left to right)

Jim Stout, a member of Monterey Bay GC, and Saratoga CC member David Gragnola shot a final round 65 to come in at 130 and win the title. Stout and Gragnola had seven birdies and just one birdie in the finale.

The team of Bo Garcia and Steve Nielsen also came in at 130 after a stellar 62. Stout and Gragnola were crowned the winners when Garcia and Nielsen failed to show up for the playoff.

Third place went to the team of Parrish Barker and Richard Herington at 131 following a card-off with three other squads.


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Yosemite Flight winners Scott and Mary Ann Taylor and runner-ups Jesse Lopez and Diego Mendoza (left to right)

Tahoe Donner GC member Scott Taylor and his wife, Mary Ann of North Shore Noodles Club, captured yet another NCGA net title. The Taylors had a final round 65 to come in at 131 and win by four shots. In the crucial final round, the duo had an eagle and five birdies to go against just one bogey.

The teams of Jesse Lopez and Diego Mendoza and David Kisst and Mike Solario finished tied for second at 135 following rounds of 68. Lopez and Mendoza would earn second place medals following a card-off.

December 12, 2016

Big Sur Flight

It’s a logjam at the top early on, as four teams finished Monday’s first round at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course tied for the lead with matching scores of 62.

The four at the top of the leaderboard are David Starck/Andy Raugust, Michael Lincoln/Rich Estep, Alex Hyunjin Cho/Takeshi Usuzaka and Mark Purdom/Robert Franceschetti. Estep had the shot of the day, acing the par-3 2nd hole using a pitching wedge.

The teams of Rich Igou and Chris Shade and Richard Given Jr. and Jeff Jones are just one stroke back after carding scores of 63.

Golden Gate Flight

Creekside GC member Bill Clayton and Del Rio CC member Randy Ehlers are the team to chase after the duo posted a first round 63. Clayton and Ehlers carded an eagle and seven birdies to go against just one bogey.

Lurking just a stroke behind the leaders is the tandem of Jim Stout and David Gragnola. The two had a 65 that featured two eagles and four birdies to go against just two bogeys.

Yosemite Flight

The team of Anna and Ralph Irvin did some home cooking, as the two Poppy Hills Club members took the lead after posting a first round 64. The Irvins carded an eagle and eight birdies to go against just one bogey and a double-bogey.

Four teams–Judy Owen/Joyce Glatt, Harry Schmid/Jack Schmid, Mary Ann and Scott Taylor and Dave Schutt/Greg Leuterio are just two shots behind the leaders after shooting 66.

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Author: Alex Anderson

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