October 7, 2014
Scott Anderson and Mark Pavletich each came up with clutch shots as the duo captured the 2015 NCGA season opener in dramatic fashion.
Anderson nearly holed out on the 9th hole of the Zinfandel course in regulation and Pavletich later sank a 6-foot birdie putt on the hole to win a sudden-death playoff over Jon Peterson and Eddie Davis, as the two picked up a win at the annual NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship held at par-72 Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore.
Both the Anderson/Pavelich tandem and the team of Peterson/Davis finished regulation with tournament record scores of 16-under 128. The previous mark was 129, set by the 2009 winning combo of Mark Hill and James Hay.
“This feels real good,” said Pavletich, who could have ended things earlier had he made a 6-foot putt on the 17th hole (No.8 Zinfandel course) during regulation. “It’s our first big win together.”
The two Bakersfield residents, who met through team play back in 2000, got their first big break when Anderson almost holed out on the 18th hole (the Zinfandel 9th). While the 52-year-old would miss out on an eagle, Anderson only needed to tap-in for a birdie that gave the two their second 8-under 64 and a total of 128. The birdie would end up being huge, because Peterson, playing with Davis in the same final foursome, just minutes later made a 13-foot birdie putt on the 18th that gave the Peterson/Davis team a final round 63 and 36-hole total of 128.
In the sudden-death playoff, the two squads would halve the first two holes (No.1 and No.2 on the Zinfandel course). After heading back to the 9th, it was Pavletich’s turn, as the 41-year-old calmly sank the winning putt following missed birdie attempts by Davis and Peterson.
“I knew on 18 that I had to hit it in there because Mark’s ball was in the right rough,” said Anderson of his heroics in regulation. “Then Mark made his putt.”
In Monday’s first round, Pavletich and Anderson had opened with a leading 8-under 64 after the duo put up a 67 and 68 on their own balls. In the finale, the two had to ham and egg a bit more, but they’d still post eight birdies. Not once over their 36 holes did the two pencil in a bogey.
“We knew we were playing well,” said Anderson about coming down the stretch. “We knew Jon and Eddie were playing well, but we figured we’d still be in the hunt.”
Davis and Peterson’s 63 featured 10 birdies, but also a bogey on the Chardonnay course’s par-4 6th. The two made their big late push by carding a 29 on the back-nine.
“That last hole of regulation was a lot of fun to play,” Davis said. “Jon made a clutch putt.”
“We had to go low on the back-nine just to get into that playoff. They (Anderson and Pavletich) played well,” added Anderson.
Before the final twosomes did their thing on the 18th, it appeared that there could be a different playoff. The tandems of David Schnapp and Tom Harmon and defending champs Jeff Gilchrist and Steve Woods each posted day-low 62’s to come in at 15-under 129.
For Gilchrist and Woods, who were looking to become the first back-to-back winners since Randy Haag and Darryl Donovan, the difference was just one too many putts that refused to fall into the cup.
“We both had six to eight putts over the two days that could have gone down,” Gilchrist said.
Fifth place went to the team of Mark Miller and Chris Miller, who had a final round 63 to finish at 131.
October 6, 2014
The duo of Mark Pavletich and Scott Anderson is the one to catch after Monday’s first round of the annual NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship.
Playing at par-72 Poppy Ridge Golf Course (Chardonnay and Zinfandel courses), Pavletich and Anderson jumped out to the lead in the two-day, 36-hole event by posting an opening round score of 8-under 64.
The two opened their mistake-free day by playing the Chardonnay nine at 3-under thanks to birdies on holes No.3, No.5 and No.8. On the Zinfandel nine, they’d tack on three more birdies and an eagle on the par-5 5th.
Three teams are right on their heels, however, after opening with rounds of 65.
Jon Peterson and partner Eddie Davis penciled in eight birdies overall but also a bogey on Chardonnay’s par-3 7th. The tandem of Tim Beach and Ben Pollock also carded a 65 that featured an eagle (the par-5 8th on Zinfandel), six birdies and a bogey. Dominic DeBellis and Andy Nevin also got to 7-under after a round that included eight birdies and a bogey.
In at 66, just two behind the leaders, was another three teams.
John Driver and Scott Terry posted eight birdies of their own, but they’d card two bogeys–one on No.4 of the Chardonnay course and one on the 7th of the Zinfandel course.
Also in at 6-under were the tandems of Dave Carpel and Donn Berdahl and Dan Bieber and Jim Reynolds. Bieber recently won the NCGA Senior Amateur Match Play title, his second title in five years.
Seven teams are at 67 including defending champions Jeff Gilchrist and Steve Woods and the tandem of Casey Boyns and Joey Ferrari. Gilchrist and Woods went bogey-free, but could only muster five birdies.
Tuesday’s final round is slated to begin at 8 a.m.
October 3, 2014
It’s the first tournament of the 2015 NCGA season, and it has the potential to be a great one.
When the 11th annual NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship gets underway Monday at Par-72 Poppy Ridge Golf Course, the field will resemble somewhat of a who’s-who of some of the best players in the region.
There’ll be record six-time NCGA Player of the Year Randy Haag, and four-time NCGA POY Casey Boyns, as well as Jeff Wilson, who has a knack for coming up big when the stage lights are shining the brightest.
Being it’s Four-Ball, they all won’t be alone, though.
Haag, who’s no stranger to the event, having won it in both 2010 and 2011 playing with Darryl Donovan, will be paired with Russell Humphrey. What does Humphrey bring to the table? He too knows what it takes to win the title, having won in 2012 playing with partner Jeff Hoffman.
As for Boyns, a Master Division Four-Ball (age 40 and over) crown is one of the few things missing from his NCGA list of accomplishments.
But the Monterey resident also knows how to get things done. In both 1994 and 1996, the longtime Pebble Beach caddie won the NCGA Four-Ball title playing with Joey Ferrari.
At the Master Division Four-Ball, Boyns and Ferrari will look to rekindle their mojo. While Boyns has never left, Ferrari is back on the NCGA circuit after missing 16 years due to serving a prison sentence.
He left no doubt regarding his return in September, as Ferrari went on to capture the NCGA Senior Valley Amateur title in what was his first tournament since being released last year.
There’s also Wilson, who’ll be playing with partner Todd Barsotti. At this year’s U.S. Senior Open, Wilson was the low amateur through the first three rounds. He’d end up finishing as the second lowest amateur to good friend Mike McCoy. Wilson was the low amateur at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Barsotti and Wilson can also be tough to beat when together. In 2003 the duo won the NCGA Four-Ball title.
But those three twosomes are just the tip of the iceberg.
There’ll also be the tandems of Gary Vanier and Scott Anderson, twin brothers Ron and Don Collet (Ron’s the righty, Don’s the lefty), Jeff Britton and Jerry Ledzinski and the defending champion duo of Jeff Gilchrist and Steve Woods.
Last year, Gilchrist and Woods won the title by one, shooting 12-under 132 at Bayonet/Black Horse GC to edge runner-ups Jon Peterson and Gary Deblaquiere.
Both Monday’s first round and Tuesday’s final round are slated to begin at 8 a.m. The 18 holes each day will consist of the Chardonnay course and the Zinfandel course.