November 18, 2014
Nikki Choi and Kelli Jin won’t be forgetting their day on the par-3 6th hole at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course anytime soon.
Hours after Choi made her second career ace on the hole, Jin made a par on No.6, which was the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff, giving the duo a win in the Chardonnay Flight in Tuesday’s finale of the annual Northern California Women’s Four-Ball Net Championship. The pair held on to defeat the tandem of Tina Barker and Dolly Coleman, who also finished regulation at 7-under 135.
“It was very exciting,” Jin said. “I was shaking on that last putt. It’s our lucky hole.”
Both the Choi/Jin squad and Barker/Coleman teams finished tied after shooting rounds of 65 and 68, respectively. Helping Choi and Jin go low was Choi’s ace earlier in the day on the 119-yard 6th, courtesy of a 4-hybrid.
On the first hole of the playoff (the par-4 1st), Barker and Coleman looked to be in great shape when Barker sank a difficult 24-footer for a net eagle two. Jin kept she and Choi alive, however, by sinking a tricky 16-footer for a halve. Jin’s putt first appeared to stop at the rim of the cup, but it fell in about three seconds later.
The two squads halved both No.2 and No.3 before moving on to the 6th.
Jin and Choi had began the day five strokes behind leaders Jenney Chung and Donna Kim. Chung and Kim slipped to third place in the Chardonnay Flight (combined team handicap index of 30.2-lower) after shooting a 71 that included seven birdies but also seven bogeys.
In the Merlot Flight (combined handicap index 30.3-44.0) there was also a comeback, as Sibyl Myers and Laura Faber posted an 8-under 63 to come from three behind to win with a two-day total of 12-under 130.
A day after shooting 67, Myers and Faber penciled in 10 birdies to go with just two bogeys. They’d knock off runner-ups Kristina Ramos and Sarah Good by five strokes.
“We just took it hole by hole, shot by shot,” Faber said.
Coming off a first round 71, Ramos and Good made a charge with a 64 that featured two eagles, six birdies and three bogeys. Helping the duo was a birdie by Good on No.6 that turned into a net ace due to getting a stroke.
First round leaders Cindy Thompson and PJ Lowrey, who leaped to the top of the leaderboard with an opening 64, fell back to third place after carding a 72 to finish at 136.
In the Zinfandel Flight (combined handicap index 44.1-higher), the team of Joyce Sinclair and Janet Fimmel went wire-to-wire, shooting a 63 to finish at 19-under 123 and win by 10 strokes over the co-runner-up tandems of Bobbi Hanada and Linda Steiner and Nancy Boggs and Caroline Haug.
Over their two rounds, Sinclair and Fimmel racked up three eagles, and 17 birdies to go against just four bogeys.
“Joyce played well the first day and I played well the second day,” Fimmel said. “The ladies we played with each day were good people. That also made a difference.”
Hanada and Steiner carded a 68 with five birdies and a pair of bogeys. Boggs and Haug carded two eagle and four birdies, but were stung by three bogeys and a double-bogey.
The championship will return to Poppy Hills Golf Course in 2015.
November 17, 2014
The annual NCGA Women’s Four-Ball Net Championship returned to par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course after a one-year hiatus, and the chase for titles resumed.
In the Chardonnay Flight (combined team handicap index 30.2-lower), the tandem of Jenney Chung and Donna H. Kim jumped to the top of the leaderboard in Monday’s first round, carding a stellar 6-under 65 that included two eagles, six birdies and four bogeys. Having started on the 8th tee, Chung and Kim would save the fireworks for the end, penciling in back-to-back eagles on holes No.4 and No.5. From holes No.1 through No.5 alone, the duo went 6-under.
Just a stroke behind the leaders at 66, however, is the team of Shelly Broumas and Mary Kelly. The Broumas/Kelly squad also started out nicely, penciling in an eagle to go with five birdies and just two bogeys. They’d get their eagle on the tough opening par-4 1st hole.
Coming in with identical 67’s, and in a tie for third, are the teams of Tina Barker and Dolly Coleman and Carolyn Stull and Judy Wettstein. Both the Barker/Coleman and Stull/Wettstein squads posted six birdies and two bogeys. Barker won back-to-back California Senior Women Amateur Championship titles in 2010 and 2011.
The team of Stacey Baba and Sue Stryker, who won the Merlot Flight title in 2013, is seven shots back after a 72.
In the Merlot Flight (combined team handicap index 30.3-44.0), the team to chase is the combo of Meg Thompson and Patricia Van Kirk. Thompson and Van Kirk opened things with a 7-under 64 that featured two eagles and five birdies against just two bogeys.
Thompson and Van Kirk would bookend their eagles, getting one on the 1st and another on the par-5 9th. The duo would make their charge with a front-nine 31.
In second place at 66, two behind the leaders, is the team of Cindy Thompson and PJ Lowrey. Thompson and Lowrey were steady, carding five birdies with zero bogeys. They’d card identical 33’s on each of their nines.
Coming in at 67, three off the pace, was the tandem of Sibyl Marie Myers and Laura Faber. The Myers/Faber team posted eight birdies, including three straight on holes No.3 through No.5, but were stung by two bogeys and a crucial double-bogey on the par-4 12th.
Over in the Zinfandel Flight (combined team handicap index 44.1-higher), things began with a shoot-out.
The team of Joyce Reynolds Sinclair and Janet Fimmel jumped into the lead with an 11-under 60 that featured two eagles, nine birdies and two bogeys. The pair nabbed their eagles on No.9 and the par-3 17th courtesy of a net birdie.
Just two behind, and also lighting the scoreboard, was the tandem of Milly Teale and Tootie Mendenhall, who carded a 62 that included three eagles, six birdies and three bogeys. For Teale and Mendenhall, the eagles came in bunches. The two eagled No.1, No. 2 and No.6, to go 7-under through six.
Three teams–Nancy Boggs/Caroline Haug, Bridget Wilson, Michele Gunner and Bobbi Hanada/Linda Suzanne Steiner came in at 65, and will enter the second round five behind the leaders.
Tuesday’s final round will tee off at 9 a.m.