July 22, 2014
As expected, determining the winners came down to the end at the 10th annual NCGA Women’s Net Amateur Championship at par-72 Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey.
In the Chardonnay Flight (0-15 handicap indexes), Los Altos resident Maureen Earley claimed the title, shooting a final round net 1-over 73 to finish at 2-under 142.
A day after taking the lead with a stellar 69, Earley got to a total of 4-under with birdies on holes No.6 and No.8. She’d drop three strokes with a double-bogey on the 9th and another bogey on No.10, but later made up for the miscues by carding birdies on the 13th and 16th holes.
Finishing second in the Chardonnay Flight at 146, four behind Earley, was Martha Hagler of Mill Valley. Hagler, who had entered the final round only two behind Earley, had a final round 75.
Taking third place in Chardonnay play was Catherine Smith of nearby Pacific Grove, who had a 74 to come in at 150.
In the Merlot Flight (16-20 handicap indexes), first round leader Kari Vadnais of Berkeley also hung on for the win.
Coming off a first round 71, Vadnais put up a 77 to defeat runner-up Julie Peele of Piedmont by a stroke. Peele made a charge with a 71 that included four birdies, including back-to-back on holes No.10 and No.11, and three bogeys.
Also making a big final round push in the Merlot Flight was Concord’s Nancy Keehan. Having shot a first round 81, Keehan caught fire, posting a 69 that featured six birdies to go with just three bogeys.
Things in the Zinfandel Flight (21 and over handicap index) got so tight that extra holes were needed to determine a champion.
Connie Vickroy of San Francisco had a six for a net four on the first hole of a playoff, leading to an extra hole win over Starla Chimienti of Hayward.
Vickroy put up her second straight 74 to come in at 148. Chimienti tied Vickroy by posting a 69 that featured seven birdies and four bogeys. Through her 13th hole, Vickroy was at even par but she went on to bogey her next four consecutive holes. Chimienti had a chance to go lower in regulation, but she bogeyed the 17th.
Coming in third in the Merlot Flight at 149, just a stroke out of joining the playoff, was Glen Ellen resident Jenny Shone. Shone had a final round 76.
July 21, 2014
This year’s annual NCGA Women’s Net Amateur Championship has the makings to feature three thrillers.
Following Monday’s first round at par-72 Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey, each of the tournament’s three flights’ featured a leader holding an advantage of two strokes or less.
In the Chardonnay Flight (0-15 handicap indexes), Los Altos resident Maureen Earley grabbed a two-stroke lead after shooting a stellar round of 3-under 69. Earley got going with four birdies, including three in a row on holes No.15 through No.17, and an eagle on the par-5 9th. The only things slowing Earley down were a trio of bogeys.
Coming in at 71, just two behind Earley, was Mill Valley resident Martha Hagler. Hagler had a net eagle on the par-3 14th and tacked on four birdies to go with four bogeys.
Defending Chardonnay Flight champ Kris Handsaker of Newcastle shot 74, and is tied for third with Oakland’s Jennifer Pang. Pacific Grove’s Catherine Smith and Saratoga’s Stacey Baba are tied for fifth after matching first round scores of 76.
In the Merlot Flight (16-20 handicap index), Berkeley’s Kari Vadnais jumped into the lead after posting with a 1-under 71 that featured an eagle on the par-5 1st hole and four birdies. Vadnais had a chance to go lower but was tripped up by three bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-4 5th.
Right behind Vadnais at 73 is San Francisco’s Sherri Wood. Wood had an eagle of her own (No.11) and four birdies, but she also carded five bogeys and a double-bogey on the 17th.
Four players–Julie Peele, Tyra Jarvis, Denise Kam and Judy Madden–are tied for third in the Merlot Flight at 78.
In the Zinfandel Flight (21 and over handicap index), San Jose’s Judy Owen took the early lead with a 72. Owen scrambled throughout her round. She’d card two eagles (holes No.6 and No.14) and six birdies but also had four bogeys and two triple-bogeys.
Just a stroke behind Owen is Jenny Shone of Glen Ellen. Shone opened with an eagle on No.1 and later added three birdies, but she also carded three bogeys and a triple-bogey.
At 74, just two behind Owen in the Zinfandel Flight, are Livermore’s Kelly Tague and San Francisco’s Connie Vickroy. Overall, 10 players are within six shots of the lead.
Tuesday’s second round will also be held at Del Monte GC.