June 2, 2015
It was crunch time as the final round of the annual NCGA Senior Net Championship was held Tuesday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course. In two flights, things were so tight that extra holes were needed to determine a champion.
The Chardonnay Flight (handicap index 11.0-below) saw a comeback, as Sue Stryker of Company Club at Pebble Beach fired a final round 1-under 70 to win the title by two strokes over co-runner-ups Ken Nagahara and Mark Wolocatiuk. Coming off a first round 75, Stryker climbed the leaderboard by posting an eagle (on the par-5 10th) and four birdies to go with three bogeys and a double-bogey. Stryker, who finished with a two-day total of 3-over 145, had entered the final round four shots behind three players who had opened with matching scores of 71.
Nagahara, playing out of Hunter Ranch GC, climbed into a tie for second after shooting a 72 that featured an eagle, two birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey. While both Stryker and Nagahara went lower in the second round, Wolocatiuk, an e-Club North Bay member, found himself losing ground. A day after shooting 72, Wolocatiuk slipped to a 75. He’d card four birdies, but also had eight bogeys.
Fourth place in the Chardonnay Flight went to American River GC member Peter Olson, who also made a final round move, carding a 70 a day after shooting 78. Michael O’Connell, one of the three first round leaders, had a 79 after shooting 71 to land in fifth place.
Over in the Merlot Flight (handicap index 11.1-15.4), Harding Park GC member Bill Carle and Sea Ranch GC member Steve Eberhard both came in tied after regulation at 7-under 135 after final rounds of 70 and 72, respectively. Carle took the title after winning the first playoff hole (No.1).
During the final round, Carle, who’d opened with a 65, posted six birdies to go with three bogeys and a double-bogey. A day after shooting a first round leading 63, Eberhard posted five birdies but also had four bogeys and a double-bogey.
Placing third in the Merlot Flight was Tim Elias of Rooster Run GC, who finished at 138 following a 66. Elias had a great day, posting an eagle and seven birdies to go against just four bogeys. Fourth place went to William Hudson of Stonetree GC at 144 (68) while fifth place went to Stephen Ackley of Bartley Cavanaugh GC at 146 (72).
Things also went to a sudden-death playoff in the Zinfandel Flight (handicap index 11.5-above). There, Peninsula Bell GC member Bruce Bartfeld and Greenhorn Creek GC member Paul Agriesti finished regulation tied at 1-under 141 after final rounds of 74 and 72, respectively. Bartfeld won the playoff on the first hole.
During the round, Bartfeld, who’d opened with a first round leading 67, carded two eagles and three birdies but also had six bogeys and a pair of double-bogeys. Agriesti, who began the day two behind, carded six birdies but also had three bogeys and two double-bogeys.
Third place in the Zinfandel Flight went to Agilent Technologies GC member Jeff Owen at 146 following a final round 71. Fourth place went to Modesto GC member Phil Dodge at 149 (67) and fifth place went to Northwood GC member Paul Layrac at 151 after a 76.
June 1, 2015
Players began jockeying for position as the first round of the annual NCGA Senior Net Championship got underway Monday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course.
In the Chardonnay Flight (handicap index 11.0-below), a trio of players–Roberto Esparza, Michael O’Connell and Steve Stokman–all grabbed a share of the lead after coming in with matching scores of even-par 71.
Esparza, playing out Table Mountain GC, posted two eagles and three birdies to go with five bogeys and a double-bogey, while O’Connell, a member at Black Oak GC, had six birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey. Stokman, playing out of Diablo Grande GC, had an eagle and three birdies to go with two bogeys.
In fourth place, just a stroke behind the leaders after an opening 72, is Mark Wolocatiuk of e-Club North Bay. Wolocatiuk had an eagle and two birdies but was also stung by a pair of bogeys.
Others in the immediate mix in the Chardonnay Flight are Michael Hoshida and Mark Bates, who are T-5 after posting identical 73’s.
Over in the Merlot Flight (handicap index 11.1-15.4), Steve Eberhard of Sea Ranch GC is the man to chase after opening with a first round leading 8-under 63. Eberhard caught fire, posting 10 birdies to go with just two bogeys. Among his run would be three consecutive birdies from holes No.4 through No.6.
In second place, two back following a 65, is Harding Park GC member Bill Carle. Carle also went low, posting three eagles and five birdies. But he would also have three bogeys and a double-bogey. In at 68, and in third place is Jim Quintal. The Lake Wildwood GC member penciled in an eagle and seven birdies to go with six bogeys.
Fred Granados, who won the Zinfandel Flight title last year, is alone in fourth place in the Merlot Flight after carding a 70.
Things are also tight in the Zinfandel Flight (handicap index 11.5-above). There, Bruce Bartfeld of Peninsula Bell GC took the lead with a 4-under 67 that featured two eagles, six birdies and six bogeys. Right on Bartfeld’s heels is Paul Agriesti of Greenhorn Creek GC. Agriesti came in with a 68 after carding two eagles and five birdies to go against four bogeys and a quadruple-bogey.
In third place in the Zinfandel Flight at 73 is Windsor GC member Tom Osipowich.
Tuesday’s final round, to also be held at Poppy Hills, will tee off at 7:30 a.m.