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NCGA Four-Ball Championship

51st NCGA Four-Ball Championship | Spyglass Hill GC |  May 12-14, 2017



2016 champions Bobby Bucey and Brett Viboch

The NCGA Four-Ball Championship began in 1967 at Spyglass Hill golf course and has been played the Robert Trent Jones layout ever since.  The 54-hole competition consists of two-man teams in which both players play their own ball and the lowest score of the two is counted on each hole.

Only five teams have ever won the event more than once, with Tom Culligan III and Dan James (1968/1975), Casey Boyns and Joey Ferrari (1994/1996), Darryl Donovan and Randy Haag (2000/2010), Ryan Sloane and Taylor Travis (2008-2009) and Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler (2013/2014). Haag has won the event a record four times as an individual, playing with Donovan (2000, 2010) and Bob Blomberg (1987, 1993).

The lowest 18-hole score ever posted was 62 by RC Orr and Scott Roak (2011), Brett Viboch and Bobby Bucey (2016) and Nick Moore and Matt Cohn (2016).  The lowest 54-hole total of 195 was recorded in 2016 by Bobby Bucey and Brett Viboch.

In recent years, more than 200 teams have attempted to qualify for the championship which is played annually in early May.

Qualifying Information

ENTRIES CLOSE: March 19, 2017

Qualifying for the 2017 Four-Ball Championship takes place April 14 at the following courses:

Elkhorn GC | Metropolitan GL | Oakmont GC | Sunnyvale GC | Teal Bend GC

Format: 18 holes qualifying four-ball stroke play.  88 teams plus ties, including exempts, advance to the championship.  The championship proper will be 54 holes of four-ball stroke play, 18 holes per day.  After 36 holes, the field is cut to 40 teams and ties.  One partner may represent the team for any part or all of a stipulated round.

Exemptions from qualifying: Champions prior to 2004 have a lifetime exemption with the same partner. Champions from 2004 and beyond are exempt for 10 years with the same partner. The top 10 teams and ties from the the preceding year, with the same partner.  Both partners must meet eligibility requirements, holding a handicap index of 5.4 or less.  Each exempt team is required to submit an entry prior to the closing date. Four-Ball Exemptions

About Spyglass Hill

Spyglass Hill No. 14

Ranked number 11 on “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list by Golf Digest for 2011-2012. Spyglass Hill was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., as a part of the master plan for the Pebble Beach ocean front between Cypress Point and Pebble Beach.  Opened in 1966, the design features two distinctly different kinds of terrain that influence the way the holes look and play. The first five holes roll through sandy seaside dunes challenging the golfer to carefully pick the safest path. The following 13 holes are cut through pine trees with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers and lakes to grab the errant shot.

Spyglass Hill is rated one of the toughest courses in the world from the Championship tees, boasting a course rating of 75.5 and a slope rating of 147. The PGA Tour consistently lists Spyglass Hill’s holes 6, 8 and 16 among the toughest on the tour, and during the 1999 United States Amateur, the stroke average of the field during medal play was in excess of 79.

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Tournament Recaps

brettbuceyBrett Viboch and Bobby Bucey got the warm-up for Winged Foot they wanted and picked up some gifts for their moms along the way. A day after carding a championship record-tying 10-under 62, Viboch and Bucey were again in a groove, posting an 8-under 64 to win the 50th NCGA Four-Ball Championship by five strokes on a beautiful Mother’s Day at Spyglass Hill. The pair, who in two weeks will take their game to the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in New York, finished the 54-hole championship with a record score of 21-under 195. Read Full 2016 Recap | View 2016 Photo Gallery

The message that Davis residents Ben Corfee and Scott Raber got from their moms on Mother’s Day was, ‘Win a title for us.’ The two ended up fulfilling the requests. Corfee and Raber shot a final round 6-under 66, coming alive on Raber90x90corfee90x90the back-nine, to hold off a slew of challengers and win the 49th annual NCGA Four-Ball Championship on Sunday at par-72 Spyglass Hill. The duo, who defeated co-runner-ups Matt Cohn and Nick Moore and Jason Anthony and Randy Haag, finished the 54-hole event at 17-under 199, just two shots off the championship record for low winning score. Read Full 2015 Recap | View 2015 Photo Gallery


panicciaDanny Paniccia and Mike Stieler always wanted to win the NCGA Four-Ball Championship. They’ve now done it twice in a row. Paniccia and Stieler shot a final round 69 Sunday at par-72 Spyglass Hill to finish at 9-under 207, edging the co-runner up tandems of Cameron Champ and Gary Dunn and Jeff Gilchrist and Steve Woods by one stroke. Paniccia and Stieler, who used to work together at Riverbend Golf Course in Madera, become the first team to repeat as Four-Ball champions since Travis Taylor and Ryan Sloane nabbed back-to-back title in 2008 and 2009. Read Full 2014 Recap | View 2014 Photo Gallery

Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler came away victorious on Sunday, winning the 47th Annual NCGA Four-Ball Championship with a 54-hole score of 200, 16-under par. The 36-hole leaders followed rounds of 68 and 65, with a 67 on Sunday to edge out Randy Haag and Jim Knoll at 201, 15-under par. On Friday and Saturday it was Paniccia, who did most of the heavy lifting, accounting for all but two of the better-ball scores over the first 36 holes. However, on Sunday, it was Stieler who came through in a big way. Read Full 2013 Recap | View 2013 Photo Gallery


Past Champions

1967 Ross Randall and Bob Smith. 75-69-69—213
1968 Tom Culligan III and Dan James 74-68-72—214
1969 Tom Culligan III and Terry Small 69-70-71—210
1970 Artie McNickle and Dennis Braden 70-69-70—209
1971 Doug Nelson and Skip Thompson 70-69-72—211
1972 Bob Enslow and Sandy Galbraith 70-68-72—210
1973 Mike Brannan and Jim Lathum 69-71-69—209
1974 Sandy Gillespie and Gary Conti 69-69-72—210
1975 Tom Culligan III and Dan James 70-72-70—212
1976 Scott Hoyt and Mike Barr 74-69-71—214
1977 Roger Armstrong and Steve Gazzaneo 64-71-74—209
1978 Dana Booth and Mike Chapman 67-64-73—204
1979 Larry Cartmill and Tom Castello 72-71-69—212
1980 David Larson and Matt Bloom 71-71-71—213
1981 Armando Claudio and Joe Tamburino 71-71-71—213
1982 Bill Corbett and John Susko 70-73-72—215
1983 Michael Blewitt and Dan Thurston 71-74-68—213
1984 Guy Bill and Bill Malley 72-73-69—214
1985 Rick Gordon and Bill Paulson 72-67-73—212
1986 Michael Barr and Conrad Nilmeier 70-74-69—213
1987 Bob Blomberg and Randy Haag 69-72-72—213
1988 Tom Culligan and Bob Callan 73-68-70—211
1989 Ken Webb and Jeff Burda 68-69-70—207
1990 Robert Olds and Scott Anderson 68-70-68—206
1991 Mike Lane and Jeff Thomas 70-69-69—208
1992 Tad Buchanan and George Kelley 73-65-71—209
1993 Bob Blomberg and Randy Haag 68-68-68—204
1994 Casey Boyns and Joey Ferrari 69-67-67—203
1995 Joel Kribel and Andy Barnes 69-72-67—208
1996 Casey Boyns and Joey Ferrari 69-70-70—209
1997 Cliff Davis and Eddie Davis 70-71-68—209
1998 Brady Stockton and Matt Larson 68-71-68—207
1999 Scott Watson and Ray Otis 71-69-70—210
2000 Darryl Donovan and Randy Haag 66-66-71—203
2001 Robert Hamilton and Phil Cuthbertson 69-64-67—200
2002 Phillip Huff and Rob Martin 67-69-69—205
2003 Todd Barsotti and Jeff Wilson 66-66-65—197
2004 Jason Boyd and Scott Gordon 67-64-66—197
2005 Scott Hardy and Rick Reinsberg 68-63-68—199
2006 Cliff Smith and Jamie Looper 70-71-66—207
2007 Kevin Kobalter and Zack Miller 67-66-73—206
2008 Taylor Travis and Ryan Sloane 65-66-69—200
2009 Taylor Travis and Ryan Sloane 67-69-66—202
2010 Darryl Donovan and Randy Haag 69-66-79—204
2011 Jason Higton and J.R. Becko 68-68-69—205
2012 Russell Humphrey and James Watt 66-70-69—205
2013 Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler 68-65-67—200
2014 Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler 71-67-69—207
2015 Scott Raber and Ben Corfee 69-64-66—199
2016 Bobby Bucey and Brett Viboch 69-62-64—195