Poppy Ridge GC
September 17-18, 2012
Sept. 18, 2012
LIVERMORE – It took two extra holes to crown Dale Yoakum and Larry Krepelka wire-to-wire winners of the 14th Senior Four-Ball Net Championship at Poppy Ridge GC.
The pair from Boulder Creek GC shot a net 58 on the first day of competition to hold a slim one-stroke lead going into the final round. Yoakum and Krepelka started the day with a net eagle on Chardonnay’s par-4 345-yard first hole to card their lowest nine of the tournament, rounding the turn with a net 27 on the front. The nine of Zinfandel was not as kind to the men, however, as they gave back a stroke on their 10th hole of the day and managed just three net birdies coming home to finish with a net 119 for the tournament and squeeze into a three-way playoff.
“We played good as a team,” Krepelka said. “When one would mess up, the other would pick it up and save the hole. It was just good, perfect team play for this type of two man, better ball event.”
On their second pass of the day at Zinfandel No. 1, the result was a net birdie to tie the group from San Mateo County GC and advance to a second playoff hole. San Mateo’s Horace Hurst rolled in an uphill 35-footer on the first playoff hole to earn a true birdie, halving the hole and to continue in the competition. On the second extra hole, it was Richard Flanagan’s turn to keep San Mateo in the hunt as he carded a net par on the 150-yard par 3 to put the pressure on Boulder Creek. But Yoakum didn’t crack as he rolled in his long putt to finish the hole with another net birdie and the victory.
“Putting isn’t my favorite thing,” Yoakum said. “When I missed my first putt by 15 feet and had to make the 15-footer for the net birdie that was a clutch putt.”
Hurst and Flanagan found their way into the playoff after finishing the action with a consistent tournament outing of 61-58–119. The pair finished with 17 net birdies, 12 net pars and five net eagles though 36 holes. The third member of the playoff and eventual third-place finisher was the duo of James Delavergne and Craig Houghton of Cherry Island GC. They shot the low round of the tournament in the final day on the track, a net 56 that included 10 net birdies and three net eagles.
A three-way tie was also seen at fourth with Richard Mattish and Bill Garringer of Cinnabar Hills, Lark Downs and Bill Seabury of Central Valley Pars + and Jack Feely and Kevin Spellman of eClub East Bay 2 finishing at net 124.
The next installment of the Senior Four-Ball Net Championship is slated to take place on Sept. 23-24, 2013 at Poppy Ridge.
Sept. 17, 2012
LIVERMORE – Dale Yoakum and Larry Krepelka of Boulder Creek GC own a one-stroke advantage on the field of the 14th Senior Four-Ball Net Championship after firing a first round net 58 at Poppy Ridge GC.
To earn their low mark, the duo carded eight net birdies and three net eagles on the day. Their first net eagle, on Chardonnay’s 345-yard par-4 fourth, set the team at net five under for the round. Their second net eagle on their 10th hole, the 310-yard par-4 first on Zinfandel, got them to 10 under and the round’s final punctuation came on the par-3 16th where their third net eagle of the round got them to net 14-under-par.
Fresno’s Alan Axt and Walt Winnat of Riverside GC are nipping at the leaders’ heels after posting a net 13-under 59 to sit one stroke out of the lead. The team also rolled in three net eagles on the day to go with 10 net birdies. The pairing turned in nine consecutive net-under-par holes beginning at the sixth. However, Axt and Winnat faltered in the closing stretch, giving back strokes on the 15th and 18th with net bogeys to sit in second overall.
The team of Bruce Evans and Jim Morgan of Sir CG Area 29 Br 159 hold sole possession of third and are two strokes out of the lead after posting a net 60. The crowd at the top stretches deep down the field and includes a two-way tie for fourth between San Mateo County GC and Rancho Solano GC and a five-way tie for sixth with a net 62.
There are 15 teams within five strokes of the lead heading into the final round. Competitors will vie for the title in the two person better ball championship Tuesday at Poppy Ridge with starting times beginning at 7 a.m.