May 12, 2019
A pair of Tigers came up the biggest when it counted the most.
University of Pacific seniors and Youth on Course alums Austin Fox and Casey Scott came roaring out of the gates and never looked back, posting a final round 8-under 64 Sunday to capture the annual NCGA Four-Ball Championship at par-72 Spyglass Hill. The duo finished with a 54-hole total of 18-under 198 to defeat tough luck runner-ups Jason Anthony and Randy Haag by two shots.
“This is pretty awesome,” said Fox, who was joined by among others his mother, Tammy, who got up at 4:30 a.m. to make the drive down from their home in Folsom.
There were plenty of other adjectives overheard following Fox and Scott’s performance and for good reason. The two got things going with a sensational 5-under 31 on the front-nine which included five straight birdies from holes No.4 through No.8. On holes No.6 through No.8, they never faced a birdie putt longer than 3 feet.
After the turn they’d collect another five birdies. Their lone miscue was a double-bogey on the par-3 12th when they both hit into the pond but that ended up just being a hiccup.
“It was a very back and forth effort,” said Scott, who had never played Spyglass Hill prior to Friday’s first round. “We came into the day with the mindset to just make as many birdies as possible.”
Scott and Fox’s charge even caught the attention of 2018 Nick Moore, who was playing in a group ahead. “We’d look back and they’d bombed a drive. Then you’d look back and they’d stuck it next to the pin.”
Fox normally drives it around 320. Scott knocks it around 300 yards off the tee. It was the first time the two, who entered the final round two behind Anthony and Haag, have paired up together.
“We knew we’d have to post a low number to have a chance,” Fox said.
While it was Mother’s Day, for Anthony and Haag it was Groundhog Day. The two have now finished second four of the last five years. They’d card a 68 to come in at 200.
“We thought we were in the lead and in good shape,” Anthony said. “I even layed up off the 17th tee. We thought, just don’t make any big mistakes.”
Anthony and Haag received word of Scott and Fox’s day as they stepped on the 18th tee. They’d close with a par for a back-nine 35.
“We didn’t see anyone shooting 8-under out there today,” a dejected Haag said. “What they (Scott and Fox) did was impressive.”
Former Cal teammates Jeff Hamm and Ian Dahl and the tandem of Domingo Jojola and Travis Peterson finished tied for third at 201 after rounds of 68 and 67, respectively. Dahl and Hamm earned third in a card-off.
May 11, 2019
RandyHaag and Jason Anthony have been threats in the annual NCGA Four-Ball Championship three of the last four years, finishing as runner-ups in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
They’ll enter the final round of this year’s championship in the driver’s seat.
Haag and Anthony, the defending NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball champs, climbed into first place with a two-day total of 12-under 132 after posting a second round 5-under 67 Saturday at par-72 Spyglass Hill. The two, who first met when they were paired together for the annual Hanna-Wehrman Cup matches a few years ago, carded six birdies to go against one bogey. On the back-nine, Anthony, the 2017 NCGA Player of the Year, had four birdies.
In second place, just a stroke behind, is the tandem of former Cal teammates Ian Dahl and Jeff Hamm. Dahl, who works at the NCGA, and Hamm, who like Haag is a member at Olympic Club, tied for the day-low score (65) thanks to a stellar, zero-bogey, seven birdie performance.
Three teams are tied for third at 134, just two shots behind the leaders: the team of Youth on Course alums Austin Fox and Casey Scott (66), the tandem of Kevin Tom and Tommy Dodge (66) and partners Domingo Jojola and Travis Peterson (69).
First round leaders Brett Viboch and Bobby Bucey slipped to a 71 and are in sixth place at 135. Another shot back, and in the mix at 136,is the tandem of Matt Cohn and 2018 NCGA Player of the Year Nick Moore.
Casey Boyns and Joey Ferrari are leading the Seniors charge. The longtime friends are T-8 at 137.
The cutline came at 1-over 145.
May 10, 2019
A team that’s been there and done that is doing it again.
Brett Viboch and Bobby Bucey, the 2016 champs, took the lead in this weekend’s annual NCGA Four-Ball Championship, posting a solid 8-under 64 Friday at par-72 Spyglass Hill. Viboch and Bucey, the defending California Amateur champion, split up their charge, going 4-under on each nine.
The two also showed off their teamwork, with each carding four birdies.
There’s still a long ways to go though. In second place at 65 are three teams–Randy Haag and Jason Anthony, Travis Peterson and Domingo Jojola and Nick Moore and Matt Cohn. Haag and Anthony have been threats in the championship three of the last four years. In 2015, 2017 and 2018 they’d finish as runner-ups. Moore and Cohn share the tournament record for lowest round scored (62), which is co-held with among others Bucey and Viboch.
Jojola and Peterson ran off a string of four birdies in a row from holes No. 11-No.14. Moore and Cohn posted eight birdies but were tripped up by a bogey on the par-4 16th.
Alone in fifth place at 67 is the team of Jon Peterson and Eddie Davis. Six teams ended the day tied at 68 including former Cal teammates Ian Dahl and Jeff Hamm and Steve Woods and Jeff Gilchrist.
Haag has won the event a record four times as an individual, playing with Darryl Donovan (2000, 2010) and Bob Blomberg (1987, 1993).
Following Saturday’s second round a cut will be made with the low 40 teams and ties advancing to Sunday’s final round.
May 7, 2019
The NCGA Four-Ball Championship began in 1967 at Spyglass Hill golf course and has been played at the Robert Trent Jones layout ever since. The 54-hole competition consists of two-man teams in which both players play their own ball and the lowest score of the two is counted on each hole.
Only five teams have ever won the event more than once, with Tom Culligan III and Dan James (1968/1975), Casey Boyns and Joey Ferrari (1994/1996), Darryl Donovan and Randy Haag (2000/2010), Ryan Sloane and Taylor Travis (2008-2009) and Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler (2013/2014). Haag has won the event a record four times as an individual, playing with Donovan (2000, 2010) and Bob Blomberg (1987, 1993).
The lowest 18-hole score ever posted was 62 by RC Orr and Scott Roak (2011), Brett Viboch and Bobby Bucey (2016) and Nick Moore and Matt Cohn (2016). The lowest 54-hole total of 195 was recorded in 2016 by Bobby Bucey and Brett Viboch.
In recent years, more than 200 teams have attempted to qualify for the championship which is played annually in early May.