NCGA South Valley Zone
Poppy Hills GC/Quail Lodge GC
April 30-May 1, 2012
May 1, 2012
CARMEL – The team from Sherwood Forest GC featuring Aram Azadian, Jef McKinney, Ken Phillips and Jeff Watson won the NCGA South Valley Zone Championship Tuesday after posting a 36-hole 257 total. Their two-day team score of 29-under par tied in regulation with the San Joaquin CC team of Rick Martin, Stephen Perrett, Steve Pickard and Robert Williams. While both teams qualified for the NCGA Zone Championship on August 27-28 at Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill with their respective regulation scores, it took a sudden-death playoff to determine the title of South Valley Zone Champions, with Sherwood Forest prevailing.
In a format which takes the best two net scores of every hole from a four-man team, the Sherwood Forest team took advantage of Quail Lodge’s four par-5s with three net eagles and a net double eagle. San Joaquin, which started the day one shot back of Sherwood Forest and two shots off first round leaders Visalia CC, had 11 net birdies and three eagles on their day to shoot a 16-under net 126. Visalia CC which started the day with a one-shot lead followed yesterday’s 15-under net score at Poppy Hills with a 9-under par score at Quail Lodge. Finishing in a tie for third and just missing out on a potential playoff were teams from Madera GCC and Fresno Airways GC, who finished at 28-under par (258). Madera GCC shot the low round of the day with a net score of 19-under par (123).
April 30, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH – The 2012 South Valley Zone Championship started off with visibility being a major concern as the morning fog rolled in at Poppy Hills GC. Throughout the day the weather began to clear and the scores started to drop. Jason Potts, Scott Ellis, Brian Johnson and Steve Duerre of Visalia CC led the way shooting an impressive score of 15-under par, 129. Visalia CC shot an astonishing 11-under par through their first nine holes. One stroke off the lead is the team from Sherwood Forest GC. In a two-way tie for third are the teams from Kings CC and Fort Washington GCC; each team respectively shot a 13-under par, 131.
The final round is set to be played May 1st at Quail Lodge GC. With 15 teams within five strokes of the lead, it should be a final round that will draw excitement until the final hole. The top two teams will move on to the Zone Championship on August 27-28, 2012 which will take place at Spyglass Hill GC and Poppy Hills GC.