NCGA Valley Amateur Championship
13th NCGA Valley Amateur Championship | Morgan Creek | September 20-21, 2016
Played for the first time in 2004 as a replacement for the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valley championships, the NCGA Valley Amateur has become a staple in the tournament season.
Drawing exceptional players during the late summer, the Valley Amateur has 500 points up for grabs to the champion at a time when the Player-of-the-Year race is coming to a close.
The 36-hole stroke play event is playedat a venue in the San Joaquin or Sacramento valley each year and provides a top-level championship opportunity. Bob Niger and Steven Chung are the championship’s only two-time winners, with Chung winning back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009, while Niiger won the inaugural event in 2004 and a second title in 2006.
A senior division is also held with past champions including several Senior Player of the Year honorees: Carl Selkirk, Gary Vanier, Jim Knoll and Jeff Burda. Vanier is the only three-time winner of the senior division having won in 2006 at Elkhorn CC and in 2007 and 2013, both at Riverbend GC. Knoll is the only other multiple-time winner, winning in 2008 at Winchester CC and again in 2011 at Riverbend GC.
Trevor Clayton set the single round championship record in 2014, shooting a 10-under 62 at Reserve at Spanos Park. Clayton’s 36-hole total of 133 tied 2009 winner Steven Chung for low 36-hole total. In 2015, Nick Moore defeated Blake Hathcoat in a 9-hole sudden death playoff.
ELIGIBILITY: Handicap Index of 5.4 or less (Championship); 7.4 or less (Senior). ENTRY FEE: $165. ENTRIES CLOSE: August 28, 2016 FORMAT: 36 holes of stroke play (18 holes per day).
A thermometer hovering around 100 degrees, 18 grueling holes of regulation and a nine-hole sudden death playoff against an opponent who simply would not budge. All that, plus NCGA Player of the Year honors on the line. In an example of fortitude and willpower, Monterey resident Nick Moore conquered them all. Moore, 33, outlasted 17-year-old Blake Hathcoat of Clovis in what was one of the greatest NCGA finishes ever, beating Hathcoat with a par on the 9th hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the 12th annual NCGA Valley Amateur Championship on a stifling Sunday at par-72 Dragonfly GC in Madera. Read Full 2015 Recap | View 2015 Photo Gallery
Trevor Clayton knew exactly what was at stake, and he came through. Clayton, who lives in Fresno, shot a final round 1-under Thursday at par-72 Reserve at Spanos Park, wrapping up not only the NCGA Valley Amateur Championship title, but also NCGA Player of the Year honors. The 20-year-old, who is red-shirting this year and will begin attending Fresno State in the fall of 2015, finished the 36-hole championship with a total of 11-under 133, defeating runner-up Jeff Hoffman by four strokes. Read Full 2014 Recap | View 2014 Photo Gallery
Nick Moore made things look easy for the second day in a row at the 10th Annual NCGA Valley Amateur Championship, winning the event Tuesday at Riverbend GC by five shots. As he stressed the day before, Moore did exactly what he said he planned to do and play golf one shot at a time. “It was a good day,” said the newly crowned champion. “I stuck to the game plan and took it one step at a time.” Following his first round 5-under-par 67, Moore fired a final round score of 2-under-par 70 to finish with a 7-under-par 137 total. Playing his first round without a bogey, the first-round leader nearly duplicated the feat again, making only one bogey Tuesday, which came on his 31st hole of the tournament (No. 13). Read Full 2013 Recap | View 2013 Photo Gallery
Spending the majority of his days at Riverbend GC over the past five years, Danny Paniccia found it refreshing to be holding the NCGA Valley Amateur Championship crystal trophy at his place of work Tuesday. After two solid days of play, Paniccia won the 9th Annual NCGA Valley Amateur Championship by a four-stroke margin, posting a two-day total of 141. Paniccia, a golf shop attendant at Riverbend GC, followed his three-under par 69 on Monday with an even-par 72 on Tuesday, a day where fellow co-leaders Ryan Forst and Mike Stieler faded. Read Full 2012 Recap | View 2012 Photo Gallery
|2004||Bob Niger at Winchester CC||75-66–141|
|2005||Scott Hardy at San Joaquin CC||71-69–140|
|2006||Bob Niger at Elkhorn CC||69-68–137|
|2007||Cody Slover at Riverbend GC||69-71–140|
|2008||Steven Chung at Winchester CC||69-77–146|
|2009||Steven Chung at Turlock GCC||67-66–133|
|2010||Keith Okasaki at Morgan Creek GCC||67-72–139|
|2011||Logan Goulding at Riverbend GC||74-71–145|
|2012||Danny Paniccia at Riverbend GC||69-72–141|
|2013||Nick Moore at Riverbend GC||67-70–137|
|2014||Trevor Clayton at Reserve at Spanos Park||62-71–133|
|2015||Nick Moore at Dragonfly GC||70-67–137|
Past Senior Champions
|2004||Carl Selkirk at Winchester CC||72-74–146|
|2005||Frank Abbott at San Joaquin CC||68-74–142|
|2006||Gary Vanier at Elkhorn CC||73-66–139|
|2007||Gary Vanier at Riverbend GC||70-69–139|
|2008||Jim Knoll at Winchester CC||77-65–142|
|2009||Herb Jensen at Turlock GCC||74-73–147|
|2010||Paul Balatti at Morgan Creek GCC||72-71–143|
|2011||Jim Knoll at Riverbend GC||72-67–139|
|2012||Jeff Burda at Riverbend GC||73-70–143|
|2013||Gary Vanier at Riverbend GC||73-72–145|
|2014||Joey Ferrari at Reserve at Spanos Park||70-71–141|
|2015||Dale Bouguennec at Dragonfly GC||72-70–142|