June 21, Monterey, CA – After a back and forth battle, Andrew Sherman and Paul Lopez of Hunter Ranch Golf Club edged out Fremont Park Golf Club (represented by Max Rodriguez and George Dwyer) to claim the 49th Annual Four-Ball Net Championship with a score of 20-under par 123. Hunter Ranch held the first round lead after a blazing 62 at Poppy Hills Golf Course, including a natural birdies by Sherman and Lopez on hole 5, 6 and 9, 10 and 18.
Rodriguez and Dwyer came to play at Del Monte and after a front-nine 30 they held a one-stroke advantage over Hunter Ranch, a fact that was not lost to Sherman, “At the turn I knew they had us by a stroke, it was a great battle.” Well aware of his position against Fremont Park, on the final green Sherman even walked over to the scoring area to ask officials how the leading groups in front of them had finished. “I wanted to know if I needed to make my putt,” he said. His closing par was enough to hold off Fremont Park by one stroke and the two third place finishers Wilcox Oaks Golf Club and Baywood Golf and Country Club by two strokes.
The NCGA’s Four-Ball Net Championship is comprised of 56 teams from regular member clubs across northern California that advanced through sectional qualifying on May 12th at thirteen different sites. Most players also qualified at their home clubs in order to represent the club in NCGA competition. Thank you to all who participated in all levels of the championship.