April 15, 2014
It came down to the last group. When the score was posted, there was either sighs of disappointment or high-fives exchanged.
Modesto at Dryden Park Golf Club went wire-to-wire, posting a final round 15-under 129 on Tuesday to finish at 34-under 250 and win the NCGA Central Valley Zone Championship at par-72 Del Monte Golf Course by two strokes over runner-up Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
On Monday at par-70 Carmel Valley Ranch, Modesto at Dryden Park had opened with a sizzling 19-under 121 at par-70 Carmel Valley Ranch. The championship format takes the two best net scores per hole of a four-man team.
Both Modesto at Dryden Park and Oakdale G&CC earned spots in the 48th annual NCGA Zone Championship, to be held August 25-26 at Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill.
“We’re very excited,” Modesto at Dryden Park’s Michael Ahrenholtz said. “We can’t wait to get home. Everyone in Modesto is going to know what we did. We’re very proud.”
Having entered the final round holding a five stroke lead, the Modesto at Dryden Park squad—made up of Ahrenholtz, Patrick Lay, Charles Stoner and Brandon Dunn—sealed the victory by posting eight eagles, three birdies and three pars in the finale. The team’s only miscues were three bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-4 11th.
“Today, chipping and putting is where it was at for scoring,” Ahrenholtz said. “We played well but we even had a lot of lip-outs.”
Oakdale G&CC, who had entered the final round three strokes behind Modesto at Dryden Park, made a second round charge with a 19-under 125. The team, comprised of Ed Christensen, Wade Wheatley, Roger Intorf and Steve Nelson, was fueled by a nearly perfect round of five eagles, eight birdies and five pars.
Finishing in a tie for third at 31-under 253, and among the teams leaving heartbroken after Modest at Dryden Park’s score came in, were Van Buskirk Golf Club and Rancho Del Rey Golf Club.
Van Buskirk GC, made up of Matt Bernal, Mike Yoke, William Ellison and Darren Williams, had the low round of the day with a 23-under 121.
Rancho Del Rey GC, consisting of Chris Robinson, Jeff Schanze, Mike Toste and Justin Turney, shot a 21-under 123 that included eight eagles, five birdies and three pars. The team would suffer two critical bogeys, coming on holes No.9 and No.11.
April 14, 2014
Modesto at Dryden Park Golf Club is trying to make it tough on everyone else, at least through day one of the NCGA Central Valley Zone Championship.
Modesto at Dryden Park took a five stroke lead in this year’s championship, carding a stellar 19-under 121 Monday at par-70 Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carmel in a format that takes the two best net scores per hole of a four-man team.
The Modesto at Dryden Park squad, comprised of Patrick Lay, Charles Stoner, Brondon Dunn and Mike Ahrenholtz, had a nearly flawless round. The group penciled in seven eagles, five birdies and five pars to go with just one bogey.
Coming in at 14-under 126, just five behind the leaders, was the Legends West at Diablo Grande squad. The Legends West at Diablo Grande team, made up of Gary Rojas, Larry Benson, Gary Glendinning and Steve Zercoe, carded four eagles, seven birdies and six pars with a lone bogey.
Finishing the first round in a tie for third at 127, six behind the leaders, were Turlock Golf and Country Club and Oakdale G&CC.
Turlock G&CC, made up of John Sigsbury, Bill Creeggan, Jeff Hansen and Mike Callaway, had six eagles and three birdies but also suffered a double-bogey on the 180-yard, par-3 16th.
The Oakdale G&CC squad—Ed Christensen, Wade Wheatley, Roger Intorf and Steve Nelson—mustered up six eagles and four birdies to go with four pars and four bogeys.
Tuesday’s second round will be held at par-72 Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey.
The two low teams from the championship will advance to the 48th annual NCGA Zone Championship, slated for August 25-26 at the new Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill.
Last year, Del Rio CC and Escalon GC earned berths into the championship proper.