April 1, 2014
The inclement weather didn’t stop players from being crowned as champions at the second annual NCGA Public Links Net Championship at par-72 Spyglass Hill.
First round leader Jason Marks of Sacramento GC followed up an opening round 2-under 70 at Seaside’s Bayonet Golf Course with a 1-over 73 at Spyglass on Tuesday to capture the Chardonnay Flight (8.9 index or lower) title with a two-day score of 1-under 143.
A day after carding two eagles and four birdies, Marks had to settle for three birdies and 11 pars, but it was good enough for the victory.
Ryan Anderson, who had entered the final round just a stroke behind Marks, finished runner-up at 147 after carding a 76 that included five birdies but also five bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-5 7th.
Roddy Ranch GC member Brian Sweeney took third at 147 (card-off) after posting a 72 that featured a pair of birdies and two bogeys. From holes No.9 through No.18, Sweeney made nothing but pars. In posting a first round 75, he carded only five pars.
In the Merlot Flight (9.0-12.9 index), Robert Freitas of Bridges GC stormed back from a five shot deficit with a brilliant 64 to win the title by five over Windsor GC member Ken Rhodes.
Freitas, who had opened with a 75 at Bayonet, caught fire at Spyglass. He’d card four eagles (holes No. 4, No.7, No.11 and No.16) to go with six birdies. His only slip ups would be five bogeys and a double-bogey on the 125-yard, par-3 3rd.
Rhodes, who took the first round lead with a 70, could muster only one eagle (No.1) and three birdies. On nine of his holes he had to settle for par. He also carded three bogeys and suffered double-bogeys on holes No.8 and No.13 en route to a disappointing 74.
Taking third place in the Merlot Flight at 147 was Bushwood CC member Andy Nordhoff. Again playing without Spalding on his bag, Nordhoff also found himself on the par train, posting 11 pars over his 18 holes. He’d card three birdies but those were offset in part by a double-bogey on No.6 and a triple-bogey on the par-4 17th.
The Zinfandel Flight (13-above index) also turned into a break away win. There, Eddie Zahariades came from three behind with a stellar 67 to finish at 135 and defeat runner-up Ray Nakatani by four strokes.
Zahariades, playing out of Eagle Springs G&CC, had one eagle (No.4) and seven birdies, four coming on his first six holes on the back-nine. His only miscues were bogeys at No.6 and No.16 and a double-bogey on the finishing 18th.
Nakatani, a member at Wildhorse GC who had opened with a 71 at Bayonet, shot a 68 that included a quadruple-bogey on No.1, a pair of eagles (No.12 and No.17) and six birdies.
First round leader Bob Gorman, who had vaulted into the lead with a 65, slipped to a 79. A day after posting two eagles and eight birdies, Gorman had to settle for just four birdies and five pars.
Also coming in at 144, and taking fourth (card-off) was Spring Valley GC member Iain Farquharson. Like Gorman, Farquharson also experienced a different second round. A day after posting a 69, he’d card a 75 that featured just three birdies.
March 31, 2014
Players began jostling for position as the first round of the 2nd annual NCGA Public Links Net Championship got underway Monday at par-72 Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside.
In the Chardonnay flight (8.9 index or under), Sacramento GC member Jason Marks took the lead with a 2-under 70 that featured a pair of eagles (holes No.1 and No.18) and four birdies, including three in a row on holes No.8 through No.10. Marks had an opportunity to go lower but was stalled by back-to-back double-bogeys on the 16th and 17th.
Just a stroke behind Marks at 71 are Steve Poletti and Ryan Anderson. Poletti, who plays out of Bayonet/Black Horse, had his own pair of eagles (No.1 and No.10) and three birdies that helped offset a pair of double-bogeys on the par-3 4th and par-4 7th. Anderson, a member at The Course at Wente Vineyards, had just one eagle (No.18) but posted six birdies, including two in a row on the 12th and 13th.
Lyle Covino of Palo Alto GC and Scott Robertson of Deep Drivers GC are both three behind following a pair of 73’s.
In the Merlot flight (9-12.9 index), the guy to chase is Windsor GC member Ken Rhodes. Rhodes took the first round lead with a 2-under 70 that featured eagles on No.10 and No.18 and five birdies, including three straight on holes No.12 through No.14.
Right on Rhodes’ heels at 71 are Bushwood CC member Andy Nordhoff and Bob Ryan of Chevron GC of San Ramon. Despite not having Spalding on the bag as caddie, Nordhoff got going with eagles at No.7 and No.9 and five birdies. He could’ve gone lower but slipped with a quadruple bogey on the par-4 9th. Ryan eagled the 357-yard par-4 2nd hole and tacked on five other birdies to make his run towards the top.
Two back at 72 is Cinnabar Hills’ Geoff Yeager, while Mike Connerly of Rancho Solano GC and John Lee of E-club Central Valley are just three behind following a pair of 73’s.
In the Zinfandel flight (13-above index) Bob Gorman of Las Positas vaulted to the top of the leaderboard with a 7-under 65 that included eagles on No.10 and No.15 and eight birdies. Four of his birdies came back-to-back (holes No.4 and No.5, No.7 and No.8).
Entering Tuesday’s final round, Gorman will hold a three stroke lead over Eddie Zahariades of Eagle Springs G&CC. Zahariades carded a 68 after penciling in a pair of eagles (No.1 and No.18) and four birdies.
At 69, four behind Gorman, are Spring Valley GC’s Iain Farquharson and Harding Park’s Simon Tao. Farquharson had two eagles and six birdies while Tao’s card included an eagle and six birdies.
Tuesday’s final round will tee off at 7:30 a.m. at Spyglass Hill.