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U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship Qualifying

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Poppy Hills Yardage

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December 2, 2015

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Medalists Randy Haag and Jason Anthony

This time around, it all went pretty much perfectly.

A year after a day he’d still like to forget, record six-time NCGA Player of the Year Randy Haag and partner Jason Anthony more than moved on, carding a 9-under 62 to earn medalist honors in Wednesday’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship qualifier at Poppy Hills Golf Course.

The duo moves on to next year’s 2nd U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, to be held May 21-25 at Winged Foot GC in New York. Earning the second automatic spot was the tandem of Tim Mickelson and Jake Yount, who defeated Matt Cohn and Nick Moore on the first hole of a playoff after both teams came in with matching scores of 65.

At last year’s qualifier at Poppy Hills, Haag and Anthony, the 2014 NCGA Player of the Year runner-up, initially looked to be in great shape after the duo came in with an early 65. Following their round, however, Haag experienced a bout of atrial fibrillation (rapid heartbeat), so Anthony took him to the hospital for a shot. Haag and Anthony later returned to the course to find out they were in a playoff, which they’d lose.

“It was one of the worst days of my life,” said Haag, who felt the sting months later when the inaugural championship teed off at the Olympic Club, where he’s a member.

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Former NCGA champ Jake Yount and Arizona State coach Tim Mickelson earned their second trip to the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

For the now 56-year-old Haag, a sign that things would be different came on just the first hole. Starting on the par-5 10th, Haag used a new 3-wood to reach the green from 250 yards out. He’d go on to sink his 18-foot putt, giving him and Anthony an eagle to start their day.

From there, the two just kept chugging along. After making a pair of short birdie putts on the 11th and 12th holes, Anthony, the 2014 NCGA Player of the Year runner-up, got going by draining a 10-foot birdie putt on No.14.

Having opened with a 31 through their first nine, the two later continued their solid play. On the tougher Poppy Hills front side, they’d post another 31, capped by a 20-foot birdie putt from Haag on the par-5 9th.

“Life can be humbling at times,” said Haag, who will make his 38th appearance in a USGA championship. “There was definitely a focus on redemption. This is really special. Jason (Anthony) is one of the great guys in golf. We love playing together.”

While Haag and Anthony will make their U.S. Amateur Four-Ball debut, Mickelson and Yount, winner of the 2012 NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship, are headed for their second championship in a row. The two were medalists at last year’s qualifier at Poppy Hills after a 63.

In the playoff versus Cohn and Moore, things didn’t look good after Yount hit his drive into the fairway of the 7th hole while Mickelson pushed his drive right into the hazard. Following a drop, Mickelson, the head coach at Arizona State and the younger brother of Phil Mickelson, however hit a running shot from nearly 230 yards out that rolled to within 6 feet of the flagstick.

Yount also somehow recovered, hitting a 9-iron over the trees just short of the green. While Mickelson missed his putt for par, Yount was able to get up and down for par after chipping to within 6 feet of the cup.

“I was going to hit an 8-iron but coach (Mickelson) talked me into going with a 9-iron,” Yount said. “Coach made a good call on that. If I’d hit the 8-iron, it would’ve went in the trees.”

Moore, the 2015 NCGA Player of the Year, had a chance to halve the hole but ended up three-putting. Cohn also made bogey after his second shot ended up in the hazard.

Moore and Cohn, who lost to Maverick McNealy in the finals of this year’s NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship, will be the first alternate. The second alternate spot went to the team of Drew Olson and David Reneker at 66.

Olson, a former QB at UCLA, helped out by making an eagle on the 369-yard par-4 14th after driving the green.

Fresno City Four-Ball Championship

December 7, 2015

Trevor Clayton and Justin Avery shot 127 to run away with the title at the annual Fresno City Four-Ball Championship at Riverside GC of Fresno.

Clayton, the 2014 NCGA Player of the Year, and Avery defeated the field by six shots.

The teams of Michael Tolladay and Nick Sorensen and Matt Fagundes and Jon Bettencourt finished tied for second at 133.

Cal Scratch League State Championship

California State Scratch League Finals: December 7, 2015 at Poppy Hills Golf Course

NCGA: Rancho Murieta Country Club and Roddy Ranch Golf Club

SCGA: Bear Creek Golf Club and Saticoy Country Club

Player Information

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Poppy Hills Yardage

Results

December 7, 2015

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Bear Creek Golf Club wrapped up its second title in a row and third in the last five years.

Located in Murrieta, Bear Creek tallied 36 points in Monday’s Cal Scratch League State Championship at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course, defeating runner-up Roddy Ranch GC by two points.

Along with winning last year, Bear Creek also took the title in 2011.

“We just play a lot together and know each other’s games,” Bear Creek captain Tom Norys said. “We all play in SCGA events and also in NorCal events.”

The championship would come down to the final foursome. Iain MacDonald’s 76 points put Bear Creek over the top. Leading Bear Creek was Dave Ober with 80 points. Norys and Todd Stires both had 78 points.

Roddy Ranch, who finished with 34 team points, was led by Garrett Wagner’s 90 points. Mark Miller tallied 79, and Todd Howe had 78 points.

The player having the best day was Saticoy CC’s Nathan Celusta, who racked up 92 points.

Both Saticoy CC and Rancho Murieta CC finished tied for third with 21 team points.

The league uses a format where every hole is worth 16 points–7 to the winner, 5 to second, 3 to third and 1 for fourth. Each player then competes against the other three players in the foursome. If all the players tie on a specific hole, each player receives four points.

 

 

9th Seaver Cup

Pairings/Results

December 11, 2015

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NCGA 44, SCGA 28

The NCGA continued its recent run of dominating its neighbors from the Southland.

After taking a big lead early, team NCGA was on its game again, claiming its third straight title in the Seaver Cup with a 44-28 over Team SCGA on another sunny day at Rancho La Quinta Country Club. With the win, the NCGA takes a 4-3-2 lead in the bi-annual event, which is played in honor of late California amateur great Charles Seaver.

Holding a 21.5-14.5 lead after Thursday’s opening rounds, the NCGA just kept the pedal to the metal, winning Friday’s Singles Front-Nine, 6.5-5.5. The NCGA went on to win the Singles Back-Nine, 8.5-3.5, and also claimed a 7.5-4.5 win in Singles Overall.

The Cup utilizes a format similar to the Ryder Cup– 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).

2015 NCGA Player of the Year Nick Moore again swept each portion of his match, defeating Joe Doody, 5 and 3. Also sweeping was five-time reigning NCGA Senior Player of the Year Jim Knoll, who finished with a 5 and 4 win over Jeff Burda.

Also tallying three points for the NCGA was Ben Peters.

Seaver is one of only two amateurs to hold the NCGA, SCGA and California Amateur titles at the same time, accomplishing the feat in 1933-34 (the other player to complete the Golden State Slam was George Von Elm in 1925. Seaver’s father, Everett, served as SCGA President in 1928. Seaver himself, meanwhile, served as NCGA President in 1980.

December 10, 2015

NCGA grabs 21.5-14.5 lead over SCGA after day one

Early on, it looked like the NCGA was going to stampede its way to an easy victory. An afternoon comeback from the SCGA, however, has kept things somewhat close.

Playing at Rancho La Quinta Country Club, the NCGA was a bulldozer in Thursday’s morning round, jumping out to a 13.5-4.5 lead thanks in part to a 3 and 2 Fourball-Back- Nine win and 1-up Fourball Overall victory by 2015 Player of the Year Nick Moore and partner Matt Cohn.

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Matt Cohn

Others quickly getting into the act for the NCGA were five-time reigning NCGA Senior Player of the Year Jim Knoll and partner Terry Foreman, who swept all three portions of their match (Fourball Front-Nine, Fourball Back-Nine and Fourball Overall) playing against the duo of Jeff Burda and Michael Turner. Also winning each of their three portions in the morning were the NCGA tandems of Jeff Wilson and Michael Tolladay and Steven Chung and Ben Peters.

In the afternoon matches, the NCGA picked up eight more points to boost its lead to 21.5-14.5 entering Friday’s finale.

Moore and Cohn again made it a sweep, finishing the day with a 2 and 1 Foursomes Overall win over the SCGA’s Nathan Celusta and Ramie Sprinkling. Getting sweeps for the SCGA were the tandems of Burda and Turner and James Holley and Bowen Osborn.

The Cup utilizes a format similar to the Ryder Cup– 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).

December 4, 2015

The last time around, it wasn’t even close.

When the last Seaver Cup concluded in 2013, the NCGA walked away with a convincing 33 ½ – 14 ½ victory. It was the NCGA’s second win in a row, but it’s hardly been a one-sided affair.

With wins in 2011 and 2013, the NCGA only tied up the overall match standings at 3-3-2.

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At this year’s 9th Seaver Cup, which tees off Dec. 10-11 at Rancho La Quinta Country Club, that tie could be broken.

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 Seaver Cup is named in honor of the late Charles Seaver.

One of the legends of California amateur golf, Seaver is one of only two amateurs to hold the NCGA, SCGA and California Amateur titles at the same time, accomplishing the feat in 1933-34 (the other player to complete the Golden State Slam was George Von Elm in 1925.

Other Seaver accomplishments include:

  • 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

There’s also the Seaver legacy between the NCGA and SCGA. Seaver’s father, Everett, served as SCGA President in 1928. Seaver himself, meanwhile, served as NCGA President in 1980.

On the course, the Cup utilizes a format similar to the Ryder Cup– 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).

As for who’ll be representing who, here are the rosters for each squad.

NCGA

Jason Anthony, Dale Bouguennec, Steven Chung, Matt Cohn, Terry Foreman, Randy Haag, Jim Knoll, Nick Moore, Ben Peters, Michael Tolladay, Gary Vanier, Jeff Wilson

SCGA

Jeff Burda, Nathan Celusta, Joe Doody, Jeff Fortson, Tim Hogarth, James Holley, John McClure, Bowen Osborn, John Pate, Ramie Sprinkling, Dan Sullivan, Michael Turner

NCGA Scramble Championship

Player information Sheet

Pairings / Results

Scramble Rules

December 15, 2015

Chardonnay

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Chardonnay champs Jason Bisnett and Brandon Berndt, runner-ups Michael Lincoln and Rich Estep and third place finishers Aleksei Koika and Bob Jackson (left to right)

Jason Bisnett and partner Brandon Berndt  went wire-to-wire, posting their second straight 64 to come in at 128 and win the Chardonnay flight of the 2nd annual NCGA Scramble at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course.

A day after posting nine birdies and two bogeys, the pair had seven birdies without a bogey to win by three strokes. The duo made their run with five birdies in a six-hole stretch (holes No.5 through No.10).

Michael Lincoln and Rich Estep, who entered the final round a shot behind the winners, posted a 66 to finish at 131. The team of Aleksei Koika and Bob Jackson, who were tied for the lead after the first round, fell back to third place following a 68. Jackson eagled the par-5 4th after holing out from 170 yards.

Merlot

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Merlot champs Kevin Hawes and Michael Weintz, runner-ups Jim Stout and David Gragnola, third place finishers James Horton and Alan Filgas and co-third place finishers James Kleimer and George Vines (left to right)

Partners Kevin Hawes and Michael Weintz left no doubt who the winners were, posting a stellar second round 9-under 62 to win the Merlot Flight title by three shots.

Hawes and Weintz, who finished with a total of 127, had a sensational day, carding three eagles (holes No.4, No.9 and No.12) and six birdies to go against three bogeys.

Finishing in second place at 130 following a 64 were defending champions David Gragnola and Jim Stout. The Gragnola/Stout team shot a 64 that included eight birdies and a bogey.

Finishing in a tie for third at 134 were the teams of James Horton/Alan Filgas and George Vines/James Kleimer, who both finished with rounds of 68.

Zinfandel

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Zinfandel champs Dave Schutt and Greg Leuterio, runner-ups Donald Brown and Jeff Sanderson, third place finishers Kelly and Belinda Kendle and co-third place finishers Thomas Boe and Rick Grauman (left to right)

Partners Dave Schutt and Greg Leuterio had a final round 65 to come from four shots back and win the Zinfandel Flight title.

A day after opening with a 66, Schutt and Leuterio posted eight birdies and two bogeys to come in at 131, winning the title by one over the team of Donald Brown and Jeff Sanderson. Schutt and Leuterio’s biggest birdie of the day came on the closing 18th.

Brown and Sanderson, who took the first round lead with a 62, fell back with a 70 to finish at 132.

The team of Kelly and Belinda Kendle were also big movers, posting a 64 to finish in a tie for third at 136. In Monday’s opening round, the Kendle’s posted a 72.

Also finishing in a tie for third was the tandem of Thomas Boe and Rick Grauman, who shot a 70.

 

December 14, 2015

It’s the last chance to grab an NCGA title in 2015.

The NCGA season-ending Scramble Championship got underway Monday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course, and not surprisingly the leaderboards are jam packed.

In the Chardonnay Flight, a pair of teams–Aleksei Koika and Bob Jackson and Jason Bisnett and Brandon Berndt–share the lead after coming in at 7-under 64. Koika and Bisnett went bogey-free, collecting seven birdies. Bisnett and Berndt went deeper posting nine birdies, but they’d also have two bogeys.

The team of Michael Lincoln and Rich Estep is alone in third place after a 65.

In the Merlot Flight, Kevin Hawes and Michael Weintz hold the top spot after a 65 that featured seven birdies and a lone bogey.

Right behind Hawes and Weintz at 66 is a cluster of  five teams: Yuji Okamoto and Steve Jow, George Vines and James Kleimer, James Horton and Alan Filgas, David Gragnola and Jim Stout and Tab and Tristan French. Okamoto and Jow had the wildest round of the five, posting two eagles (holes No.4 and No.16), four birdies and three bogeys.

Over in the Zinfandel Flight, the tandem of Donald Brown and Jeff Sanderson forged a four shot lead after shooting a 62 that included an eagle, eight birdies and a bogey.

Three squads opened with 66: Dave Schutt and Greg Leuterio, Thomas Boe and Rick Grauman and Robert Nguyen and Richard Adler.