October 28, 2014
Carmichael resident Herb Jensen carried over his great play at the recent Staedler-Jetter Cup, winning his first title as a super senior.
Jensen, who turned 65 in June, shot a day-low 2-under 70 on Tuesday, coming from seven shots back to capture the 5th annual NCGA Super Senior Championship in perfect conditions at par-72 Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove. Jensen finished the two-day event at even-par 144, defeating runner-up Dennis Younglove by a stroke.
“I played well in the Cup matches, so I felt like could play this golf course,” said Jensen, a non-practicing dentist who now acts as a consultant. “It feels really good to win.”
While the NCGA squad lost last week’s Staedler-Jetter Cup held at the new Poppy Hills to the Northern California PGA, Jensen went 3-0 in the event. He won in Four-ball and Foursome play and also won his Singles match, blitzing NCPGA Super Senior Player of the Year Larry Babica, 7 and 6. In his match versus Babica, Jensen went 4-under through his 12 holes on the recently renovated layout.
In Tuesday’s final round of the NCGA Super Senior, Jensen regained his magic touch. He’d hit 18 greens in regulation, and was the only player in the field to shoot lower than 73.
While he’d card a front-nine 1-under 35 thanks to a birdie on No.2, it was on the back-nine that Jensen earned his first individual NCGA title since winning the 2009 Senior Valley Amateur.
The Del Paso Country Club member made his first move on the back with a birdie to remember on the par-5 13th. From 215 yards out, Jensen pulled his approach shot too far left, leaving him looking at a possible bogey. Instead, Jensen got on the green and drained a 60-foot bomb for birdie.
He’d give the stroke back with a bogey on the 15th after he three-putted from 20 feet, but just a hole later his putter again came through when he sank a 20-footer for birdie.
“The putt on No.16 proved to be the winning shot,” said Jensen, who also won this year’s Vintage Super Senior Championship. “I just really hit it well today.”
Things didn’t go as well for Younglove, who had begun the day holding a two-stroke edge over Gil Wymond.
The El Macero CC member, who played in the 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, went from a championship record 5-under 67 to a 6-over 78. A day after carding six birdies, Younglove had 14 pars, two bogeys and two critical double-bogeys (holes No.4 and No.11). On No.4 he got stuck behind a cluster of trees, while on No.11 he’d three-putt from 12 feet.
A bogey on the 12th set him back to 1-over for the event, and he’d par his final six holes.
“I was in the fairways yesterday and wasn’t today. That and I didn’t make all the putts,” Younglove said. “That’s golf.”
Wymond, who finsihed T-10 in last year’s championship, went from a 69 to 77 to finish alone in third at 146. He’d have a similar fate to Younglove, posting two double-bogeys a day after penciling in five birdies.
Finishing in fourth place at 149 was Bennett Valley GC Vic Shellenberg after a 76. Four players–Terry Coffee, Robert Olds, Tom Phillips and Craig Armstrong–all finished T-5 at 150.
Defending champion Ron Johnson had the second lowest round of the day, a 73, to come in at 151 (T-9). Prior to the final groups coming in, Johnson was the leader in the clubhouse for about an hour.
A number of the players in the field, including Jensen, will next be at Poppy Hills for the CGA Senior Amateur Championship, slated to be held Nov. 10-12.
October 27, 2014
El Macero Country Club member Dennis Younglove is halfway home to another big super senior victory.
Younglove, who resides in Davis, jumped into the lead at this week’s annual NCGA Super Senior Championship on Monday, carding a championship record low 5-under 67 at par-72 Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove.
Earlier this year, Younglove won the Sacramento County Super Senior Championship held at nearby Mather Golf Course.
Younglove, who played in the 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, didn’t waste much time in making his presence felt. Starting on the back-nine, he’d open with a 2-under 34 with birdies on holes No.12 and No.17. After making the turn, Younglove briefly slipped with a bogey on No.3, but he’d quickly make up for the miscue, carding birdies on four his final six holes. The big push was a string of three straight birdies from holes No. 4 through No.6.
Also opening strong was Del Rio CC member Gil Wymond, Wymond, who finished T-10 in the last year’s championship, had a 69 that featured five birdies and two bogeys. Also starting on the back, Wymond put together a streak of three straight birdies on holes No. 13 through No.15.
Alone in third place at at 72 is Modesto GC member Tom Phillips. Also starting on No.10, Phillips closed out his front-nine with back-to-back birdies on holes No.17 and No.18 for a 1-under 35. He’d play his back-nine at 1-over with two bogeys and a birdie.
Six shots behind Younglove, in a tie for fourth after first round 73’s, are Bennett Valley GC member Vic Shellenberg and Empire Ranch GC member Craig Armstrong. Shellenberg posted five birdies but also had a crucial double-bogey on the par-3 16th. Armstrong carded four birdies but suffered a double-bogey on the 17th.
Gregory Saiki, Herb Jensen and Monterey’s Donel Geisen all are T-6 at 74. Jensen competed in last week’s annual Staedler-Jetter Cup at Poppy Hills.
Defending champion Ron Johnson, playing out of Diablo CC, is T-24 following a first round 78.
Tuesday’s final round is slated to tee off at 8:30 a.m.