October 21, 2014
The Hanna-Wehrman Cup and Staedler-Jetter Cup aren’t going anywhere different.
On what was another busy day at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course, the NCGA won the Hanna-Wehrman Cup for the ninth straight time on Tuesday, defeating the Northern California PGA 10 1/2 – 9 1/2, while the NCPGA captured its third straight Staedler-Jetter Cup, beating the NCGA 19-9.
Coming into the Singles matches, both the NCGA and NCPGA were tied in the race for the Hanna-Wehrman Cup, 5-5. Three wins in the final four matches left the NCGA hoisting the trophy yet again, as they’d come back to defeat the NCPGA in the day’s action, 5 1/2 – 4 1/2.
“Like we thought, it’d be an exciting finish and it turned out to be that way,” said winning NCGA captain Lee Gidney. “It’s nice to be on the winning score. It was great golf by both sides but more importantly, it was great players on both sides.”
Trailing early in the day, the big difference for the NCGA was a trio of late wins: a 1-up win by Danny Paniccia over Stuart Smith, a 2 and 1 by Jason Anthony over Jason Schmuhl and a 2 and 1 victory by 2014 NCGA Player of the Year Trevor Clayton over Philip Dawson.
Also picking up huge wins for the NCGA were Austin Roberts, who defeated Mitch Lowe, 3 and 2, and Michael Tolladay, who got the NCGA its first win, a 6 and 5 victory over Dennis Tuhn.
The Robert and Lowe match was so crazy early on that there were seven lead changes on the front-nine alone. Roberts, winner of this year’s NCGA Public Links Championship, finally started breaking away when he drained a 25-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 13th. He’d later take a 2-up and closed out the match with a par on the 16th.
“We were both playing great,” Roberts said. “Mitch is just really solid in every aspect of his game. I just trusted my swing.”
In another key match, 2014 NCGA Amateur Stroke Play champ Bobby Bucey rallied to halve with Shawn Kelly. Having first birdied the 17th to bring the match back to all-square, on the pivotal 18th Bucey hit a fantastic shot from the right waste area to within 6 feet of the flagstick. He’d make his putt for birdie, salvaging the halve with Kelly. On his shot onto the green on 18, his ball stopped dead cold after looking like it was going to run through the putting surface.
“I had hit a similar shot yesterday on hole No.10. It took a few bounces and then spun back uphill. So I knew I could hit the shot. It was a matter of pulling it off,” Bucey said.
The NCPGA’s three wins were a 5 and 4 win by Steve Watanabe over Matt Cohn, a 3 and 2 victory by Mike Duncan over Jeremy Sanchez and a 3 and 2 win by Steve Hummel over Mike Stieler. At the time, the NCPGA held an 8 1/2 – 6 1/2 lead.
In summing up how tight things were, Sanchez went 2-under through his 16 holes. Hummel upped the ante, going 5-under.
While the NCGA continued its domination in the Hanna-Wehrman Cup, the NCPGA continued its recent run of success in the Staedler-Jetter Senior Cup.
Already holding an 8-6 lead, the NCPGA went into warp drive in the Singles finale, winning the day 11-3 to easily capture their third straight crown.
Sealing the deal for the NCPGA was five wins in the final five matches, including a 4 and victory by Michael Cook over Mark Miller, a 5 and 4 win by Mitch Thomas over Dan Bieber and a 3 and 2 win by NCPGA Player of the Year Shawn McEntee over 2014 NCGA Senior Player of the Year Jim Knoll.
“Obviously, we all played really well,” said NCPGA Staedler-Jetter Cup captain Al Weinhold. “The teams, player-wise, are all pretty even.”
The NCGA’s two lone victories came via a 7 and 6 Herb Jensen win over Larry Babica and a 4 and 3 Gary Vanier win over John Snopkowski.
Jensen was on fire, hitting every green in regulation except for one, but it was hardly enough, as the NCPGA pulled away and was never threatened.
October 20, 2014
Don’t be surprised if this year’s Hanna-Wehrman Cup comes down to the final putt.
After seeing the lead exchange hands multiple times, the NCGA and Northern California PGA wrapped up opening day of the annual Hanna-Wehrman Cup Monday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course by finishing tied, 5-5.
The tie was made possible by the NCGA’s win in what became the last match to be decided–a Four-Ball (better-ball) duel between the NCGA’s Nick Moore and Austin Roberts and the NCPGA’s tandem of Mitch Lowe and Shawn Kelly. Moore and Roberts picked up a 1-up victory when Moore sank a 6-footer for birdie on the 18th hole. Lowe and Kelly had brought the match back to all-square just moments earlier with a win on the 17th.
“It was hard to read,” said Moore of his winning putt. “Both Austin and I reading it helped. We decided on a right-to-left break and that’s what it was. It was a hard fought match all day.”
Summing up the two teams’ match was their play on the par-4 13th. There, Moore made a 30-foot birdie putt for what appeared to be a win. Instead, Kelly just dropped a birdie putt on top of Moore’s, sinking a 25-footer.
Prior to Moore and Roberts’ win, the NCPGA had assumed a 5-4 lead following Stuart Smith and Steve Hummel’s 3 and 2 victory over 2014 NCGA Amateur Stroke Play champ Bobby Bucey and Jason Anthony.
“We’re pretty excited that the matches were close,” said NCGA captain Lee Gidney. “It’ll make tomorrow that much more exciting.”
The NCGA would win the afternoon Four-Ball matches, 3 and 2. Other victories by the NCGA came from the tandems of Matt Cohn and Jeremy Sanchez, who beat Steve Watanabe and Mike Duncan, 3 and 2, and Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler, who defeated Don Winter and Dennis Tuhn, 3 and 1. Paniccia and Stieler are the two-time defending NCGA Four-Ball champions.
2014 NCGA Player of the Year Trevor Clayton and partner Michael Tolladay had a chance to halve their match against the NCPGA’s Jason Schmuhl and Philip Dawson, but both Tolladay and Clayton missed their birdie putts on the 18th. The misses gave Schmuhl and Dawson a 1-up win.
“We’re pretty comfortable with where we are,” NCPGA Hanna-Wehrman Cup captain Paul Wilcox said. “We’ll have a good shot at it tomorrow afternoon.”
The Hanna-Wehrman Cup will wrap up Tuesday with 10 Singles matches, all earning 1 point for a win and 1/2 a point for a halve.
In the morning’s first round of Foursome Match Play (alternate shot format), the NCPGA grabbed a 3-2 lead on the backs of three 2 and 1 victories.
Winners for the NCGPA were the tandems of Steve Watanabe/Mike Duncan, Jason Schmuhl/Philip Dawson and Mitch Lowe/Shawn Kelly. Picking up wins for the NCGA were the teams of Danny Paniccia/Mike Stieler (8 and 6) and Jason Anthony and Bobby Bucey (3 and 1).
The NCGA has dominated recent play in the Hanna-Wehrman Cup, winning the last eight events.
Over in the Staedler-Jetter Cup, the two-time defending champion NCPGA team assumed control, taking an 8-6 lead.
The big difference for the NCPGA was a huge afternoon in Foursome Match Play. They’d win five of the seven afternoon matches, erasing a morning deficit.
One of the biggest and dramatic wins for the NCPGA squad was Senior Player of the Year Shawn McEntee and Jeff Anderson’s 1-up victory over the NCGA tandem of Gary Vanier and Scott Anderson. Jeff Anderson won the match for the NCPGA by draining a monster 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
“I’d been around the hole all day,” Anderson said. “I wish it had been that big the rest of the day.”
Also picking up wins for the NCPGA were the tandems of Rick Dudley and Wayne Clark (2 and 1), Scott Hoyt and Terry Myers (1-up), Mitch Thomas and John Snopkowski (2 and 1) and Larry Babica and Glen Stubblefield (1-up). Babica is the NCPGA’s Super Senior Player of the Year.
The NCGA got its afternoon wins in the Staedler-Jetter Cup from the tandems of 2014 Senior Player of the Year Jim Knoll and Jeff Burda (1-up) and Herb Jensen and Earl Stewart (4 and 3).
In the morning’s Four-Ball Match Play (alternate shot), the NCGA had jumped to a 4-3 lead thanks to four victories.
Nabbing wins for the NCGA were the tandems of Dan Bieber and Terry Foreman (4 and 3), Casey Boyns and Mark Miller (8 and 7), Knoll and Burda (1-up) and Jensen and Stewart (2 and 1). The NCPGA got wins from the teams of McEntee and Anderson (5 and 4), Rick Dudley and Wayne Clark (2 and 1) and Babica and Stubblefield (1-up). Boyns and Miller came out scorching hot in their morning match, playing their first 10 holes at 7-under.
October 16, 2014
It’s the amateurs versus the pros.
On Monday, the Hanna-Wehrman Cup and Staedler-Jetter Cup will again be up for grabs as the annual cup matches get underway at the new par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.
In what is somewhat of a twist, the event features amateur players representing the NCGA (top players from the 2014 points list) taking on professional players representing the Northern California PGA in a Ryder Cup-like format.
At least in the Hanna-Wehrman Cup, the recent past has shown that it’s been a one-sided affair.
The NCGA will enter this year’s competition looking for its ninth straight win. Last year, the NCGA retained the Hanna-Wehrman Cup by a score of 11 ½ to 8 ½ .
Representing the NCGA in the 2014 Hanna-Wehrman Cup will be: Player of the Year Trevor Clayton (eClub Fresno), Jason Anthony (Green Valley CC), Bobby Bucey (Oakhurst CC), Matt Cohn (eClub San Francisco), Nick Moore (Bayonet/Black Horse GC), Danny Paniccia (Belmont CC), Austin Roberts (eClub Sacramento), Mike Stieler (Spring Creek GC), Jeremy Sanchez (Peninsula CC) and Michael Tolladay (Monterey Peninsula CC).
Clayton won the NCGA Valley Amateur, while Bucey won the NCGA Stroke Play Championship. Paniccia and Stieler captured the NCGA Four-Ball title, their second in a row.
Representing the NCPGA will be Phil Dawson (Morgan Creek GC), Michael Duncan (Pebble Beach GL), Steve Hummel (Wolf Run GC), Shawn Kelly (The Ridge GC), Mitch Lowe (Harding Park GC), Jason Schmuhl (Windsor GC), Stuart Smith (Somersett GC), Dennis Tuhn (San Jose Municipal GC), Steve Watanabe (The Bridges GC) and Don Winter (Castlewood CC).
While the NCGA has enjoyed an upper hand in the Hanna-Wehrman Cup, the NCPGA has hoisted the Staedler-Jetter Cup each of the last two years. In last year’s event, the NCPGA took the title, winning by a margin of 16 ½ to 11 ½ .
Representing the NCGA in the Staedler-Jetter Cup will be 2014 Senior Player of the Year Jim Knoll (Rooster Run GC), Scott Anderson (Roddy Ranch GC), Dan Bieber (Green Valley GC), Casey Boyns (Nicklaus Club-Monterey), Jeff Burda (Del Rio CC), Terry Foreman (Roddy Ranch GC), Greg O’Malley (Foxtail GC), Mark Miller (Roddy Ranch GC), Frank Pieper (Monterey Peninsula CC) and Gary Vanier (Olympic Club).
Representing the NCPGA will be Jeff Anderson (Adobe Creek GC), Wayne Clark (Hidden Valley Lake GC), Mike Cook (Pine Mountain Lake GC), Rick Dudley (Pin High GC), Scott Hoyt (Pasateimpo GC), Senior Player of the Year Shawn McEntee (Chardonnay GC), Terry Myers (Almaden CC), Michael Paul (Washoe County GC), John Snopkowski (Santa Teresa GC) and Mitch Thomas (Morgan Creek GC).
There will also be Super Seniors in the lineups for both squads in the Staedler-Jetter Cup.
NCGA Super Senior team members are Herb Jensen (Del Paso CC), Ron Johnson (Diablo CC), Bob Olds (Roddy Ranch GC) and Earl Stewart (Meadow Club GC), while the NCPGA representatives are Super Senior Player of the Year Larry Babica (Sequoia Woods CC), Chris Bitticks (Tracy G&CC), Glen Stubblefield (Spring Creek G&CC) and Joe Vavra (Richmond CC).
Monday’s play in both the Hanna-Wehrman Cup and Staedler-Jetter Cup will consist of two rounds—one round of four-ball match play (better ball) and one round of foursome match play (alternate shot). Tuesday’s final rounds will consist of singles match play.
The NCGA’s Hanna-Wehrman and Staedler-Jetter squads are being captained by Lee Gidney. The NCPGA’s Hanna-Wehrman team will be captained by Paul Wilcox, with Len Dumas acting as co-captain. Al Weinhold will captain the NCPGA’s Staedler-Jetter squad.