July 20, 2015
There were two tight finishes and one runaway win at the 18th annual NCGA Parent-Child Championship, which was held over the weekend at par-72 Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore.
In the Chardonnay Flight, the team of Russ Takeuchi and Keila Takeuchi shot a final round 4-under 68 on the Chardonnay/Merlot courses to finish at 5-under 139 and defeat the runner-up tandem of Dave Marks and Jason Marks by a stroke.
Playing in an alternate shot format, the Takeuchi’s penciled in two eagles and three birdies to go against three bogeys. They had taken the first round lead with a 71 playing a combination of the Chardonnay and Zinfandel courses.
The Marks team, which began Sunday just a stroke off the lead after an opening 72, did its best to catch the leaders, posting an eagle and three birdies to go against just one bogey in the finale, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Takeuchis. The Takeuchis sealed the victory with an eagle on the par-4 16th and a birdie on the 17th.
Finishing in third place in the Chardonnay Flight at 142 following a final round 70 was the duo of Barry Soicher and Benjamin Soicher.
Over in the Merlot Flight, things also came down to the wire. There, Kelsi Stieler and Mike Stieler fired a final round 3-under 69 to come in at 138, defeating the runner-up tandem of Greg Leuterio and David Leuterio by a shot.
Team Stieler, who made it a wire-to-wire win after opening with a first round leading 69, posted an eagle and six birdies to go against a bogey and two double-bogeys in the final round. Over their 36 holes, the Stielers racked up 12 birdies, including a pair of crucial birdies on the 15th and 16th on Sunday.
The Leuterios, who opened the championship with a 71, shot a final round 68 that featured an eagle and five birdies but also a bogey and double-bogey. The team would be stung by a bogey on the par-3 17th.
Taking third place in the Merlot Flight at 149 was the tandem of Tony Zepeda and Chanel Drucker, who had a final round 72.
The Zinfandel Flight was all about the Chrupalo squad. Walt and Travis Chrupalo caught fire in the final round, shooting a 14-under 58 to finish with a two-day total of 23-under 121. The Chrupalo’s charge included four eagles and eight birdies to go against just a pair of bogeys.
Second place in the Zinfandel Flight went to Niall Cooper and Keith Cooper at 141 following a final round 74. Third place went to Lionel Fernandez and Cameron Fernandez at 142.