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NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship

19th NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship | Bayonet GC | April 3-5, 2017


2016 champs Chip Lutz and Randy Haag

First played in 1999, the NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship is a two-person, better-ball scratch event for senior golfers. The tournament expanded from two rounds to three rounds in 2006. Joe Dudley and Bob Pipkin won the inaugural event, while the team of Robert Berg and Rob Thompson have the most titles, three, winning in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Mark Miller has won the event three different times with three different partners: Herb Jensen (2006), Casey Boyns (2012) and Gary Vanier (2013).

The event has been held at Poppy Hills GC every year up until 2013 when it was moved to Silverado Resort in Napa, while Poppy Hills GC was under renovation. The 2014 event was held at Greenhorn Creek Golf Club in Angels Camp and Saddle Creek Golf Club in Copperopolis. In 2016, it moved to Bayonet GC. Miller and Jensen hold the record for lowest 54-hole score, 196, set in 2006. David Ujihara and Mel Collins hold the lowest score after 36 holes at Poppy Hills with a 129, set in 2012. Miller and Vanier broke that mark with a 36-hole score of 128 at Silverado Resort in 2013. 2014 winners Frank Pieper and Mike Staskus hold the record for lowest round, a 10-under 62 the pair shot at Saddle Creek. Ujihara and Collins (2012), and Miller and Vanier (2013) formerly shared the record for lowest 18-hole score, 63, with 2001 winners Cliff Davis and Robert Olds, and Miller and Jensen in 2006.

In 2015, a Super Senior Four-Ball Division was added to the event.

ENTRIES CLOSE: March 12, 2017 ENTRY FEE: $410 per team. Field limited to the first 80 teams, which will include a Super Senior Flight (Both players must meet the Super Senior requirements).

ELIGIBILITY: Players must have reached their 55th or 65th birthday by April 3, 2017 and have a numeric handicap index on their club’s Master Report of 9.4 or less on the date of registration. Partners need not be members of the same club. One partner may represent the team for any part or all of a stipulated round.

EXEMPTIONS: Champion teams prior to 2004 have a lifetime exemption. Champion teams from 2004 and beyond are exempt for five years. Top 10 teams and ties from the preceding year. All exempt teams must consist of the same partners.

FORMAT: 54 holes four-ball stroke play (18 holes per day) over three days. After 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 30 teams and ties.


Tournament Recaps

haag90x90Record six-time NCGA Player of the Year Randy Haag and world top-ranked senior amateur Chip Lutz are no strangers to the pressure cooker. On Wednesday at par-72 Bayonet Golf Course, the duo’s vast experience would carry them through again. Lutz, the defending U.S. Senior Amateur champion, drained a three-foot putt on the 5th hole of a sudden-death playoff to help him and Haag finally get by Doug and Jim Williams and win the annual NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship. Lutz’ winning putt, which ended a long day of the two teams dueling back and forth, was set up by a nearly perfect 54-yard pitch shot from just beyond the greenside bunker on the par-4 hole. Read Full 2016 Recap | View 2016 Photo Gallery

Partners Casey Boyns and Terry Foreman were stunned. So too was the team of brothers Jim and Douglas Williams, and everyone else who saw it for that matter. caseyforeman90x90Staring directly at what appeared to be an inevitable sudden-death playoff, Boyns and Foreman instead escaped with a win at the annual NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship on Friday when Jim Williams missed a putt from less than a foot for birdie on the 18th hole at par-71 Poppy Hills golf Course.Doug Williams also had a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th to tie Boyns and Foreman in regulation, but his putt stopped short of the cup. Golf is known to have its ups and downs, but in this case it was simply cruel. Read Full 2015 Recap | View 2015 Photo Gallery

champsLongtime friends Mike Staskus and Frank Pieper have been playing golf together for decades, but this was a first. In what was the first time playing together as a team, the pair shot  4-under 68 Friday at par-72 Saddle Creek Golf Club in Copperopolis to win the annual NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship, defeating runner-ups Ralph Costanzo and Greg O’Malley by two shots. While Pieper and Staskus, who finished with a three-day total of 19-under 197, have won tournaments in Northern California, it’s the first time that they’ve ever won an NCGA tournament. Pieper’s father, Ernie Jr., is an amateur legend in the Golden State, having won among other events the California State Amateur Championship (both in 1941 and 1944). The duo’s 54-hole total of 197 was one shy of the tournament record (196) set by Mark Miller and Herb Jensen in 2006…Read Full 2014 Recap | View 2014 Photo Gallery

After nine holes of the final round of the NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship at Silverado Resort, Gary Vanier and Mark Miller’s four-stroke lead had vanished. What looked to be a mere formality going into the final round to get their names etched in tournament history turned out to be a lot harder than anticipated as Gary Ramsden and Dennis Younglove fired a 31 on the front-nine par 35 of Silverado’s South Course, while Vanier and Miller shot a one-over par 36. Still, Vanier and Miller got going on back-nine, while Ramsden and Younglove cooled off, giving Vanier and Miller a two-shot victory. Their final round 71, one-under par was good enough to total 199, 17-under par… Read Full 2013 Recap | View 2013 Photo Gallery

Past  Senior Four-Ball Champions

1999 Joe Dudley and Bob Pipkin 65-68-133
2000 Jim McMurtrey and William Celli 65-68-133
2001 Cliff Davis and Robert Olds 63-68-131
2002 Carl Selkirk and Dave Parsons 65-67-132
2003 Lou Alvarez and Richard Michel 68-66-134
2004 Mike Butler and Earl Stewart 68-67-135
2005 Robert Berg and Rob Thompson 66-70-136
2006 Mark Miller and Herb Jensen 67-63-66-196
2007 Robert Berg and Rob Thompson 65-68-66-199
2008 Robert Berg and Rob Thompson 71-67-67-205
2009 Doug Johnson and Rob Adolph 66-69-69-204
2010 Peter Moren and Ron Johnson 65-70-66-201
2011 Jim Knoll and Jeff Burda 68-66-67-201
2012 Casey Boyns and Mark Miller 67-67-65-199
2013 Gary Vanier and Mark Miller at Silverado Resort 63-65-71-199
2014 Frank Pieper and Mike Staskus at Greenhorn/SaddleCreek 67-62-68-197
2015 Casey Boyns and Terry Foreman at Poppy Hills 69-65-70-204
2016 Chip Lutz and Randy Haag at Bayonet 69-66-68-203

Past  Super Senior Four-Ball Champions

2015 Kemp Richardson and James Myers at Poppy Hills 69-69-72-210
2016 Dave Sheff and Bruce Loman at Bayonet 70-69-68-207