April 21, 2015
Emerald Lakes Golf Course came storming back to take the title.
Emerald Lakes GC shot a final round 9-under 133, coming from three strokes behind, to win the annual NCGA Sacramento Zone Championship on a chilly Tuesday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course. In a playoff, Empire Ranch edged Wildhorse GC on the first hole of sudden death (par-5 1st) to earn second place.
With their finishes, both Emerald Lakes GC and Empire Ranch earned automatic spots into this year’s NCGA Zone Championship, which will tee off August 24-25 at Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills.
Having started the day three strokes behind first round leader and defending champion Wildhorse, the Emerald Lakes GC squad–John Martin, Stan Glaser, Joe Marton, Gary Conner–got busy when they needed to. Playing in a format that takes the two best net scores per hole of a four-man team, the squad racked up five eagles and three birdies to go with just two bogeys and a double-bogey to finish the two-day event at a total of 22-under 260.
On Monday at par-70 Carmel Valley Ranch, Emerald Lakes also penciled in five eagles. At Poppy Hills, three of the team’s eagles came on the course’s toughest stretch–holes No.1 through No.5.
In what became a race for second place, both Empire Ranch and Wildhorse shot final rounds of 136 and 138, respectively, to finish tied at 20-under 262 after regulation.
Empire Ranch, made up of teammates Curtis Webb, Kirk Theis, Ray Wallace and Patrick Wilson, posted two eagles and four birdies to go with just one double-bogey. The day before at Carmel Valley Ranch, they’d racked up four eagles and seven birdies.
Wildhorse looked to be in good shape after opening with a 16-under 124 in the first round. A day later at Poppy Hills, the team–Keith Ahlstrom, Lee Fuller, Jim Tidwell and Derek Wright–posted three eagles and three birdies, but also two bogeys and two crucial double-bogeys.
Finishing in a tie for fourth at 265 were Sacramento GC and Teal Bend. Sacramento GC shot a final round 137, while Teal Bend had a 139. Teal Bend, like Empire Ranch, had also started the day just two shots behind Wildhorse.
April 20, 2015
Wildhorse Golf Club is halfway to making it two in a row.
Wildhorse GC, made up of teammates Keith Ahlstrom, Lee Fuller, Jim Tidwell and Derek Wright, shot to the top of the leaderboard at this year’s annual NCGA Sacramento Zone Championship on Monday, carding a first round 16-under 124 at par-70 Carmel Valley Ranch.
Playing in a format that takes the two best net scores per hole of a four-man team, Wildhorse GC posted six eagles and five birdies to go with just one bogey. The squad couldn’t have started much hotter, carding eagle on four of their first five holes.
Wildhorse’s hot round gave them a two-stroke lead over Empire Ranch and Teal Bend Golf Club, who both came in with matching scores of 14-under 126.
Empire Ranch, comprised of teammates Curtis Webb, Kirk Theis, Ray Wallace and Patrick Wilson, had four eagles and seven birdies to go with a lone double-bogey on the par-3 13th. The team would card three eagles within its first seven holes.
The squad from Teal Bend, teammates James Williams, Greg Gumnor, Nghiem Nguyen and Julian Smith, had six eagles and four birdies to go with four bogeys. They’d go the opposite way, carding four of their eagles on the Ranch’s back-nine.
Also in the mix is Emerald Lakes, which is just three off the lead after a first round 127. Sacramento Golf Club is alone in fifth place and also within striking distance following an opening 128.
The two low teams will earn automatic spots into this year’s NCGA Zone Championship, scheduled for August 24-25 at Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills.
Last year, Wildhorse and Cordova GC earned berths into the championship proper. Cordova GC opened with a 125 and is T-11.
Tuesday’s final round will be held at par-71 Poppy Hills.