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7th Seaver Cup Matches

Tournament Information –  Singles Results La Quinta CC December 15-16, 2011 December 16, 2011 The NCGA capped off an impressive Thursday with an even more impressive Friday to win the 7th Seaver Cup over the SCGA at La Quinta Country Club. Coming into the day the NCGA had a solid lead of 15-9 over the SCGA and needed 9 ½ points to capture the cup. The team earned those points and then some scoring an unprecedented of 33 ½ points. The 33 ½ to 14 ½ victory is the largest differential in the tournament’s short history—previously it was the 2004 Seaver Cup where the SCGA prevailed 31-17. The NCGA earned points in all eight singles matches and swept three of them, earning a total of 18 ½ singles points. Jim Knoll, Jeff Burda and Anthony Barrera were the three that shut out their competitors, while four of the five other NCGA team members earned two or 2 ½ points in their respective matches. The only NCGA player not to win his match was Randy Haag, who took his SCGA opponent Tim Hogarth to the 18th hole losing 2 up and earning a half point. The NCGA team played exceptional over the three sessions, particularly behind the play of Knoll, Burda and Danny Paniccia who contributed in scoring eight points apiece. Not to be disregarded is also the play of Casey Boyns contributing to 7 ½ points. The win gives the NCGA possession of the Seaver Cup for the next two years and is only the second time in the event’s short history that the NCGA has come out on top. The last and only other time the NCGA won the cup matches was in 2002 with 28 ½ to 19 ½ victory. The NCGA is now 2-3-2 in Seaver Cup history (the two ties came in 2000 and 2006). December 15, 2011 After the first day of the 7th Seaver Cup at La Quinta Country Club the NCGA has a commanding 15-9 lead over the SCGA. The duo of Casey Boyns and Danny Paniccia scored the biggest coup for team NCGA on Thursday as they earned 5 ½ out of a possible six points from morning and afternoon matches. The format for the two sessions consisted of foursomes—or better known as alternate shot—in the afternoon and four-ball in the morning. Both formats were arranged to where teams can earn up to three points from every match. One point is awarded to the winning team of front-nine, another to the winning team of the back-nine and a point to the 18-hole match winner. Boyns and Paniccia won all three points over SCGA members Robert Funk and Justin Warthen in...

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CIF/CGA/NCGA Girls High School State Championship

Team Results Individual Results November 15, 2011 By Katie Stoeckle PEBBLE BEACH – Torrey Pines High School defended the title it captured last year by winning the CIF/CGA/NCGA Girls High School State Championship with a strong 381 total, just two strokes in front of runner-up Torrance. Torrey Pines (San Diego) was led by Sarah Cho’s one-under-par 71 and identical 76s by Jennifer Peng and Sandy Choi in the format that takes the top five of six individual scores.  Minjia Luo has the shot of the day as she aced the 17th hole, the first ever hole-in-one in the state championship’s history. “We had such a strong team and so much depth,” said Torrey Pines head coach Chris Drake.  “Any one of these girls could have won as an individual title, but we came together as a team.” In a turn of events, one of Coach Drake’s players won the individual title.  Sarah Cho won a two-hole playoff against Palm Desert’s Cha Cha Willhoite after they tied at 71 after regulation.   The event marked Cho’s first-ever playoff appearance. “I tried to play it like any other hole,” said the champion, a Torrey Pines sophomore.  “I knew it was a hard course, so I didn’t expect to win.” The top five individual finishers, excluding the champion and runner-up, include Shawnee Martinez of Enochs (72), Anne Cheng of Torrance (72), Kathleen Scavo of Justin-Siena (74), Anna Zhou of Gunn (75) and Samantha Martin of Torrance...

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NCGA/CIF Nor Cal Girls High School Chamionship

Team Results – Individual Results November 7, 2011 By Katie Stoeckle STANFORD – Mission San Jose High School claimed the NCGA/CIF High School Girls Championship with a strong 400 total, finishing 14 strokes ahead of runner-up Amador Valley. Mission San Jose was led by an impressive two-over 72 by Monica Chen and Madison Hirsch’s seven-over 77 in the format that takes the top five of six individual scores. Also qualifying for the state championship next week was third-place finisher Christian Brothers, who carded a 418, 18 shots behind the champions. The top nine individual competitors, not on any of the top three teams, also advanced to the California State Championship in Pebble Beach, California at Poppy Hills on November 15.  Leading the individuals was Carly Childs of Alameda, firing a one-over 71 to win by one stroke.  Other qualifiers include Hannah Suh of Evergreen Valley (72), Anna Zouh of Gunn (72), Kathleen Scavo of Justin-Siena (72), Paige Lee of Granite Bay (73), Maddy Gedeon of Oakmont (73), Shawnee Martinez of Enochs (74), and Sara Scarlett of Woodland (74).  Chloe Corriveau of Santa Catalina won a playoff for the last individual spot with a birdie on the first playoff hole.    ...

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23rd Annual Team Match Championship

October 28th – RESULTS Thursday Champ:  Pittsburg’s Delta View GC vs. Del Rio CC Saturday Champ:  Apple Mountain GR vs. Kings River GCC October 29th – RESULTS Third Place Match:  Pittsburg’s Delta View GC vs. Apple Mountain GR Championship Match:  Del Rio CC vs. Kings River GCC Final Round October 29, 2011 By Katie Stoeckle PEBBLE BEACH – After thousands of team match rounds, the Del Rio CC defeated Kings River GCC to capture the 23rd Annual NCGA Team Match Championship title at Poppy Hills GC. Del Rio’s victory in the final was its second in as many days, claiming the Thursday league title with a win over Pittsburg’s Delta View the day before.  Kings River advanced to the finals after just narrowly defeating Apple Mountain GR in the semifinals, while Del Rio proceeded to the finals after a large margin of victory. “The win was a team effort, everyone played beautifully” said acting Del Rio captain Bill Tonge.  “We had a very consistent season.  We built the team from the highest handicap down to the lowest, and it turned out to be a winning formula.” The Del Rio pair of Dennis Culbertson and Don Barbe was the only duo to sweep their competitors, finishing 1-up in each of their individual matches and as a whole against Kings River’s Alex Marriot and Dan Cowherd.  In other matches, Jeff McKay defeated Dale Revels 7 and 5 while Brad Haskin beat Rick Cowin to mark the highest margins of victory for both Del Rio and the championship round overall. The third place match came down to the wire as Pittsburg’s Delta View and Apple Mountain were tied at 18 at the end of regulation.  Pittsburg’s Delta View claimed the title after winning a two-hole sudden-death playoff. The popular championship is the conclusion to a summer-long competition involving more than 200 teams from across Northern California.  The 12-man teams competed in four-ball (best ball) matches concurrent with singles’ matches, with each match worth two points, or a total of six in each group. More than 15,000 rounds were played to bring the final four clubs – Del Rio, Delta View, Apple Mountain and Kings River – to the Monterey Peninsula. Semifinals October 28, 2011 By Katie Stoeckle PEBBLE BEACH – The teams of Del Rio CC and Kings River GCC emerged victorious from the first round to face off in tomorrow’s final of the NCGA Team Match Championship at Poppy Hills. In the Thursday League, Del Rio defeated Pittsburg’s Delta View CC by a score of 22 to 14.  The team was led by strong performances from Tim Speer and Jeff McKay, each...

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Junior Tour of Northern Calif – Tour Championship – Stevinson Ranch GC

Results October 30, 2011 By Katie Stoeckle STEVINSON – The 4th Annual Junior Tour of Northern California Championship, presented by Capital Insurance Group, concluded today at Stevinson Ranch GC. The 36-hole stroke-play competition is the championship of three series of junior tournaments: Spring, Summer and Fall. Each series consists of five competitions. Championship entry was determined based on points acquired throughout the complete Junior Tour Series. Justin Pagila of Dublin capitalized on his first-round lead to claim the top spot in the Boys Championship Flight.  Pagila posted rounds of 69-73-142.  William Brueckner finished in second place, carding a consistent 72-72-144.  Elk Grove’s Andrej Bevins and Clovis’ Trevor Clayton tied for third place at 4-over-par 148. In the Girls Championship Flight, last year’s champion, Casie Cathrea of Livermore, posted rounds of 69-74-143 to take the title.  Cathrea had a strong lead after the first round, carding a powerful 3-under 69 with four birdies and an eagle.  Jessica Luo earned second place honors with a score of 77-78-155.  Marissa Hinchman of Lodi took third with rounds of 80-80-160. Rashad Jaymes of Foster City moved up one place to win the Boys First Flight after posting scores of 81-77-158.  Allan Silveira of Tracy carded a 162 overall to finish in second place.  Zachary Mikus (Fresno) and Austin Riley (Pleasanton) tied for third-place honors at 23-over-par 167. A cardoff settled a tie between the first-place finishers in the Girls First Flight.  Josephine Chang of San Ramon captured the title while Kiran Sangha of San Mateo earned second place after both posting 172 overall.  Lillian Torres of Fresno finished in third with rounds of 86-87-173. Also announced at the conclusion of the event were players of the year awards based on overall performance during the 15-event Tour, including national tournaments and other events across California. Bryson DeChambeau captured the Boys’ Player of the Year award for 14-18 age group. On the strength of her championship at Stevinson, Casie Cathrea earned Girls’ Player of the Year honors for Girls 14-18 for the second year in a row.  Cathrea plans to attend Oklahoma State University. The Tour will start its fifth season with Spring Series competition commencing in March...

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7th Annual Mixed Team Championship

November 4-5, 2011 Poppy Hills GC President’s Flight Scorecards and Results Director’s Flight Scorecards and Results Secretary’s Flight Scorecards and Results November 5, 2011 PEBBLE BEACH – The NCGA Mixed Championship concluded at Poppy Hills with final-round action in three flights divided by handicap index. Two-person teams consisting of a man and woman competed in a modified alternate-shot format. In the low-handicapper president’s flight, former NCGA Senior Player of the Year Rob Thompson and daughter Kim held onto their first round lead, running away to a five-stroke win after posting a 17-under net 127 two-round total. Jim and Jane Findarle were second while Jim and Terry Knoll (Jim is the current NCGA Senior Player of the Year) and Mark and Linda Klemczak tied for third. The Klemczaks won the Director’s Flight in 2010. Jack Koski and Terri Hollmann overcame a four-shot deficit in the final round to claim the mid-handicapper director’s flight by three strokes over first-round leaders William Bossard and Allysa Pena. Koski and Hollman carded a 17under net 127. Sarah Kayson and Patrick Carroll finished third, six back of champions. George and LaReine Smith captured the secretary’s flight, after carding a 14-under net 130, holding onto their first round lead.  There was a tie for second place at 132 between the Mark Hawley/Susan Schultz and Glen Esquivel/Cynthia Hunt duos.  The Hawley/Schultz team earned runner-up honors after a cardoff....

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NCGA – NCPGA Cup Matches

The NCGA claimed the Hanna-Wehrman Cup at Poppy Hills and the senior team won the Staedler-Jetter Cup for the 12th straight year. Read more

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18th Annual NCGA Net Amateur Championship

Poppy Ridge October 17-18, 2011 Results & Scorecards: President’s Flight – Director’s Flight – Secretary’s Flight October 18, 2011 By KatieStoeckle LIVERMORE – The 18th Annual NCGA Net Amateur established champions in three flights Tuesday at Poppy Ridge. John Balsley of Sunnyvale GC took home the title in the low-handicap President’s Flight.  Balsley started off the day tied for first with Mill Valley’s Mark Willianen, but posted a 68 to finish at 9-under par 135.  A tie for second place at net 138 led to a cardoff, where Rancho Canada’s Richard Ely places in second and Indian Valley’s James Ryan finished third. The mid-handicap Director’s Flight saw a true fight to the finish after the top three players tied for first place at 7-under net 137.  After a four-hole playoff, Jerry Thorsness of Moffett Field GC emerged victorious.  Ken Heinly of Rancho Canada GC and Ryan Bell of Spring Hills GC finished in second and third place respectively. In the Secretary’s Flight, Armando Martinez of Monterey Pines GA fired a 7-under net 65 in the second round to finish in first place with a final score of net 133.  Another cardoff determined second and third place after two players shot matching net 135s.  Warren Garrison of Walnut Creek took second place honors while Kyle Davisson rounded out the top spots in...

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2011 CGA Senior Amateur

Defending champion Jeff Burda is six back after the second round of the California State Senior at Saticoy CC. Mark Nickeas of Lake Sherwood extended his first-round lead. Burda is seeking his fourth straight win. Read more

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Jr Tour of Northern Calif – Fall Series IV – Poppy Ridge

Poppy Ridge GC October 16-17, 2011 Boys Championship Flight – Scorecards and Results Girls Championship Flight – Scorecards and Results Boys First Flight – Scorecards and Results Girls First Flight – Scorecards and Results October 17, 2011 LIVERMORE – The Junior Tour of Northern California, sponsored by Capital Insurance Group, held its four championship of the fall series at Poppy Ridge, the NCGA members’ course in Livermore. Justin Suh of San Jose captured the boys’ championship flight, carding an impressive 8-under 136 to win by two strokes over perennial contender Bryson Dechambeau of Clovis (Suh and Dechambeau were tied for the lead heading into the final round after posting first-round 67s). William Brueckner of Walnut Creek and Owen Lin of Cupertino tied for third, five back of the champion. Casie Cathrea of Livermore ran away with the girls’ championship flight, turning in an championship-low 66 in the first round and following that with 71 in the second for a 7-under total. Paige Lee of Folsom was second, four back of Cathrea while Hannah Suh was third, six behind the champion. In the boys first flight, Allan Silveira of Tracy took first place by two strokes over Aaron Chen of Fremont. Brendan Hopkins of Danville was third, four back of Silveira. Aileen Jeong of Dublin nabbed the girls’ first flight title by a single stroke over Quynn Duong of San Jose. Kiran Sangha of San Mateo was third. The shot of the tournament came from Kelsey Kawaguchi (right), who made her first-ever hole in one on the 7th hole of the Chardonnay course. The junior tour concludes its year with the Tour Championship at Stevinson Ranch, October 29-30.  ...

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Northern California Women’s Four Ball

Quail Lodge GC – Scorecards – Merlot Flight Scorecards – Zinfandel Flight Scorecards – Chardonnay Flight September 27, 2011 By Katie Stoeckle CARMEL VALLEY– The Northern California Women’s Four-Ball Net Championship produced champions in three handicap flights: Merlot, Zinfandel and Chardonnay, at Quail Lodge. Ann Coeur and Beverly Carr-Barrow, both of Rancho Murieta, won the Merlot Flight after posting a 12-under net 130, nearly six strokes ahead of the nearest competitors. Las Positas’ Jackie Garrett and Sandia Tourney Golfers’ Sandra Szczerbin, a member of last year’s runner-up duo in the Merlot flight, placed in second after a tie with Stacey Baba of EWGA San Francisco and Sue Stryker of Company Club at Pebble Beach.  Both teams carded 6-under net 136s, but Garrett and Szczerbin took the prize after a scorecard playoff. In the Zinfandel Flight, Lynne Houghton of Agilent Technologies and Belinda Kendle of EWGA San Francisco fired a 9-under net 133 to take home the title. Linda Hamilton of Ridge Runners and Lynette White of Mather earned second place honors after a scorecard comparison put them ahead of Angie Wong of Dragons and Judy Wu of Lake Merced.  The teams matched scores of 4-under net 138. In the Chardonnay Flight, the team of Nancy Boggs (Escalon Golf Club) and Caroline Haug (Manteca) tied for first place with the team of Karen Graul (E-Club East Bay) and Marsha Jaeger (Tilden) with identical 8-under net 134s.  Boggs and Haug were named the champions after a cardoff, with Graul and Jaegar earning runner-up credit. The Olympic Club team of Margaret Dotterweich and Mariko Dreyer finished in third place, five strokes behind the leaders. This event is conducted by the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California (WGANC), The Pacific Women’s Golf Association (PWGA), and the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA). Players must be members of one of the three golf associations to compete in the...

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18th Annual Associate Club Net Amateur Championship

Poppy Hills October 3-4, 2011 Results & Scorecards October 4, 2011 PEBBLE BEACH – The 18th Annual NCGA Associate Club Net Amateur Championship concluded at Poppy Hills today awarding three champions’ titles.  Men and women from associate clubs across Northern California competed in the following handicap divisions: President’s Flight (9.5 and below), Director’s Flight (9.6 – 14.2) and Secretary’s Flight (14.3 and above). Gerald Munday held on to his first round lead to win the President’s Flight.  Consistent play over both rounds helped Munday, of PGG Rancho Canada GC, card an impressive 14-under net 130 to take home the title.  Sterling Fairholm of eClub East Bay earned second place honors, posting a 10-under net 134.  Joseph Francis (Dot Squad),  Steve Oase (Pacific Service Employees GC) and Goran Kalas (eClub East Bay) tied for third place with matching net 140s. It was a fight to the finish in the Director’s Flight, with the top three competitors all within one stroke of each other.   Ernest Demartini of Agilient Soco GC fired a 5-under net 139 to secure first place.  Montclair GC’s Lisa De La Sol, last year’s champion in the Director’s Flight, took home another medal, this time second place after posting a net 140.  Craig McGowen of Valley Baggers GC rounded out the podium spots in third with a net 141. Steven Blum jumped up four spots from the first round to capture the championship title in the Secretary’s Flight.  The champion from Bell GC of SF carded a second-round 9-under net 63 to log an overall 10-under net 134.  Bruce Alcoran of Caltrans Capitol GC finished in a close second one stroke back.  First-round frontrunner Marty McVeigh of NAS GA and Renato O’Neal of Facilities, Architects & Real Estate GC tied for third place at net...

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