October 16, 2018
Del Rio Golf and Country Club member Jeff Burda announced his arrival to the NCGA Super Senior ranks with a victory.
Burda, who turned 65 in March, shot a final round 3-under 69 Tuesday at par-72 San Luis Obispo CC to win the annual NCGA Super Senior Championship by two shots over runner-up Gary Vanier. The part-time Modesto resident finished with a two-day score of 4-under 140 in what was his NCGA Super Senior debut and first visit to SLO CC.
Earlier this year, Burda was runner-up at the Crump Cup and lost in a playoff at the Senior Trans-Mississippi.
“It feels great to win. It’s also really fun just seeing all the guys,” said Burda, who now has nine career NCGA Senior wins, tying him with Jim McMurtrey, Jim Knoll and Vanier for the top spot. “It’s fun to play well.”
Tied with Knoll and Harry Fischer entering the final round, Burda was again consistent, hitting every fairway. He’d stumble early with bogeys on the second and third holes but more than righted the ship, going 4-under over his final 15 holes. Helping him along were birdies on each of SLO CC’s four par-5’s.
“I drove the ball really well,” Burda said. “When you get those birdies on the par-5’s, it helps set up the round.”
Burda would need the birdies considering that Vanier and Knoll were within his closest competitors.
The defending NCGA Super Senior Player of the Year and the event’s defending champion, Vanier went two shots lower for a 70 but had to settle for a two-day total of 142. Knoll, who recently won this year’s NCGA Senior Championship, fell back to a 77 to finish tied for third at 148 with Rich Gleghorn. Fischer had a 79 to come in at 150.
“With Jim (Knoll) and Gary (Vanier), you expect those guys to make a charge,” Burda said. “You know you have to play well.”
October 15, 2018
There’s a number of familiar faces atop the leaderboard after day one of this week’s NCGA Super Senior Championship at par-72 San Luis Obispo CC.
Jeff Burda, the 2008 NCGA Senior Player of the Year and record five-time NCGA Senior Player of the Year Jim Knoll each made an early move along with local Harry Fischer, as the trio grabbed a share of the lead with identical rounds of 1-under 71.
Burda, playing out of Del Rio G&CC, posted three birdies to go against two bogeys, while Fischer, a member at SLO G&CC, carded two birdies and a bogey. Knoll, a member at Rooster Run GC, posted four birdies and three bogeys.
Neither Burda, Fischer nor Knoll has ever won the event. With a win, Knoll would become the all-time NCGA leader in Senior victories.
The three, however, have some serious firepower on their heels. Just a stroke behind is 2016 winner Chuck Richesin and defending champion Gary Vanier. Vanier, also the NCGA’s defending Super Senior Player of the Year, had a string of three straight birdies from holes No.3-No.5 to offset three bogeys.
Like Knoll, Vanier also entered the event tied with Jim McMurtrey at the top spot with nine career NCGA Senior victories.
Tuesday’s final round will tee off at 9 a.m.