Spyglass Hill GC & Poppy Hills GC
August 28 – 29, 2017
August 29, 2017
Fresno Airways GC came through in the clutch.
Fresno Airways GC shot a final round 21-under 121 Tuesday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course to finish at 40-under 246, winning the annual NCGA Zone Championship title by two shots over runner-up Crystal Springs GC. It’s the first time Fresno Airways GC has won an NCGA Zone title.
The Fresno Airways squad, made up of teammates Mark Duerksen, Josh Higuera, Dalton Harman and Tony Higuera, penciled in seven eagles and seven birdies to go against just one bogey playing in a format that takes the two best balls of four from a four-man team . They had started the day in third place, six strokes behind first round leader Fall River Valley GC.
Fall River Valley GC fell into a tie for third place with Vallejo GC after a final round 128.
Crystal Springs GC, made up of teammates Scott Robertson, Timothy Higgins, Tom O’Connor and Rik Roberts, shot a final round 127. They had began the final round in second place.
Vallejo GC would earn third place following a card-off with Fall River Valley GC.
August 28, 2017
Fall River Valley GC holds the top spot after day one of the annual NCGA Zone Championship.
The Fall River Valley GC squad posted a first round score of 25-under 119 Monday at par-72 Spyglass Hill GC playing in a format that takes the two best balls of four from a four-man team. The Fall River Vallety GC team, made up of teammates Michael Boehlert, Brian Boehlert, Shane Boehlert and Mark Ziesing, carded nine eagles and four birdies to go against just two bogeys.
Alone in second place at 121 is Crystal Springs GC. The Crystal Spring GC squad, made up of Scott Robertson, Timothy Higgins, Tom O’Connor and Rik Roberts, carded eight eagles and five birdies to go against just one bogey. Dragonfly GC and Fresno Airways GC are tied for third at 125.
Tuesday’s final round will see play shift over to par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course.
August 25, 2017
First played in 1967, the NCGA Zone Championship is a four-person team event for regular clubs. Fourteen regional championships are staged with the champion and runner-up qualifying for the final championship at the end of August. Five clubs hold the record for most wins with two: Palo Alto Hills (1968, 1970), Del Rio G&CC (1969, 2013), Kings CC (1977, 2003), Plumas Lake G&CC (2008, 2010) and Churn Creek GC (1993, 2012). No club has ever repeated as champion.