July 20, 2014
It was all about golf in the family as the 17th annual NCGA Parent-Child Championship was held both Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore.
In the Chardonnay Flight, the team of Annika and David Borrelli took home the title, shooting a net 10-under 134 to defeat the runner-up tandem of Peter Kuest Sr. and Peter Kuest Jr. by four strokes.
The Borrelli’s started strong out of the gate, posting a first round 6-under 66 that included an eagle on the Chardonnay Courses’s par-5 9th, five birdies and just one bogey. In Sunday’s finale, they’d slip with an early double-bogey on the par-3 3rd and a bogey on No.4, but from there the Borrelli’s would make themselves hard to catch.
Following their bogey on the 4th, the Borrelli’s played their last 14 holes at 6-under, thanks in part to a closing eagle on the Merlot Course’s par-5 18th.
After opening with a solid 71, the Kuest team tried to mount some pressure on the leaders by carding eight bogeys in the final round. Three bogeys, however, would limit them to a 67 and two-day total of 138.
Placing third in the Chardonnay Flight was the tandem of Jim and Andrew Tilton, who came in at 139 after rounds of 67-72. During their opening 67, the Tilton’s posted two eagles (holes No.5 and No.14) and four birdies to go with three bogeys.
The team of Andrea and Jennifer Mersino, who took share of the first round lead at 66, had a second round 77 to finish in a tie for sixth.
Things in the Merlot Flight were a bit tighter. There, the team of Jeff and Derek Gilchrist came in at 5-under 139, just good enough to hold off the second place squad of Michael and Thomas Hoshida, who finished at 140, by a stroke.
The Gilchrist squad made its big move in the first round, carding a leading 6-under 66 that included an eagle on the par-4 15th courtesy of a hole-out from the fairway, and seven birdies to go with just three bogeys. In their second round, team Gilchrist carded three birdies but was also stung by two bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-4 8th.
Jeff Gilchrist is one of the two defending champions of the NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship.
With the Gilchrist’s suddenly teetering a bit, that opened the door the Hoshida’s. Coming off a first round 68, the Hoshida’s took the lead late on Sunday at a total of 6-under when they birdied the par-4 15th. The duo’s charge immediately screeched to a halt, however, when they carded a critical double-bogey on the par-3 17th. They’d have one more chance to catch Team Gilchrist on the par-5 18th, but had to settle for par and final round of 72.
Placing third in the Merlot Flight at even-par 144 was the tandem of Barry and Ben Soicher. The Soicher squad had one of the big turnarounds of the tournament. A day after struggling to a 75. the Soicher’s put up a 69 after penciling in six birdies to offset three bogeys.
In the Zinfandel Flight, the tandem of Walt and Travis Chrupalo made it back-to-back titles, shooting 18-under 126 to beat out the runner-up team of Bill and Tyler Carle by four strokes.
At the conclusion of the first round, the Chrupalo’s and Carle’s were tied atop the leaderboard after shooting identical 7-under 65’s. The Chrupalo’s had two eagles (holes No.6 and No.17) and eight birdies to go with three bogeys and a double-bogey. The Carle’s, meanwhile, had one eagle (No.7) and nine birdies to go with two bogeys and a double-bogey.
In Sunday’s finale, the Chrupalo’s went even deeper, posting a sensational 11-under 61 that featured four eagles, six birdies and three bogeys. Team Chrupalo mixed up its eagle barrage too. They’d eagle one par-5, two par-4s and one par-3.
The Carle team was still solid in the second round, carding a 65, but it wouldn’t be enough to keep up with the now two-time champions.
Placing third in the Zinfandel Flight was the tandem of Mark and Alex Rosenbaum. The Rosenbaums had rounds of 70-69 to finish at 139.