Winter conditions greeted the field for the 2017 NCGA Mixed Team Spring Championship, but it didn’t stop the field from competing. Here’s how things stacked up after Friday’s first round at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course.
Big Sur Flight (Handicap Index 9-Below)
Locals Dorothy and Steve Donnelly grabbed the first round lead, but they’ve got plenty of company. The Donnellys, who won the Mixed Team Fall title in 2014, opened with a solid 68 that featured an eagle on the par-4 7th and four birdies to go against one bogey and a double-bogey.
Tied for second at 69, just one stroke back, are the teams of Jennie and Ken Noonan and Itsuko Moridaira and Takeshi Usuzaka. The Noonans had an eagle on the opening par-5 1st hole, while Moridaira and Usuzaka posted five birdies. In fourth place at 70 is the tandem of Lauren Todd-Mariano and Ryan Mariano.
Golden Gate Flight (Handicap Index 10-17)
The pair of Suzy Duarte and Carlos Cardona took the early lead, posting an opening score of 2-under 69. Duarte and Cardona carded an eagle on the par-5 18th and added five birdies to go against five bogeys.
Tied for second are the tandems of Karen Treat and Robert Harley and Cindy Aafeldt and William Henry, Jr. Treat and Harley eagled the par-5 13th and added six birdies, while Aafeldt and Henry, Jr. carded five birdies. Alone in fourth place, just two shots behind the leaders, is the tandem of Lauren Barr and John Wang.