October 6, 2020
Matt Cohn and Nick Moore had come close numerous times in NCGA Four-Ball Championships before. Between the NCGA Four-Ball Championship and NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship, the duo had strung together six top 10 finishes since 2017.
But the two had never won an NCGA Four-Ball event as a team. That is, until now.
On Tuesday, Cohn and Moore shot a final-round 8-under 63 at a chilly Poppy Hills Golf Course to walk away with a two-shot victory at the annual NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship. While it’s their first NCGA team title, the victory marked Moore’s ninth NCGA win. For Cohn, it’s his fourth. Their two-day total of 19-under 124 set a new championship record for low total.
“We certainly knew that we had never won an NCGA event as a team,” said Cohn, a 39-year-old tutor/college admission consultant in San Francisco. “So this feels good.”
“We’ve played well many times but were never able to string it together the whole way to get a win,” added Moore, whose day job is caddying at Cypress Point Club. “Hopefully this breaks the seal for many more Four-Ball victories together.”
The two, who first met when they played against one another in the Round of 32 at the 2012 NCGA Amateur Championship, were fueled in part by a sensational opening round 11-under 61 in Monday’s opening round at Del Monte Golf Course. The score tied the all-time NCGA record for low Four-Ball round, which had previously been held by Mike Stieler and Danny Paniccia, who carded an 11-under 60 at Poppy Hill en route to winning the title in 2019.
On the course, Cohn and Moore have great chemistry. And one rule. Cohn always tees off first.
“We’re really just out there trying to play our best game,” Moore said.
They’d bring it over their 36 holes. At Del Monte, they posted an opening eagle on the par-5 1st and followed that up with nine birdies. At Poppy Hills, Cohn and Moore were able to build a four-stroke cushion thanks in part to a front-nine 29. And that included Cohn putting with his eyes closed both rounds.
“I saw that Sergio (Garcia) putted with his eyes closed when he won the Sanderson, so I thought I’d give it a try,” Cohn said. “I had been putting that great.”
“I trust Matt’s views on the course, and I think he trusts mine,” Moore said.
October 5, 2020
No surprise, the leaderboard is jammed after day one of this week’s annual NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
Playing at both Del Monte Golf Course and Poppy Hills, the teams of Brian Jones and Steven Christophel and Nick Moore and Matt Cohn grabbed a share of the lead with opening scores of 11-under 61 Monday at Del Monte. Jones and Christophel posted nine birdies and an eagle on the 17th. Moore and Cohn, who have come close numerous times in the NCGA Four-Ball Championship, posted also posted nine birdies but got their eagle on the par-5 1st.
Just a stroke behind the co-leaders at 62 are the tandems of Weston Payne and Ben Peters and Kevin Mom and Brandon Hoskins. Payne was runner-up at this year’s NCGA Amateur Championship.
Defending champions Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler are just three shots back after an opening 64. Paniccia and Stieler have won the title two of the last three years. Also at 64 is the team of Jason Anthon and Randy Haag. The two won the title in both 2018 and 2016.
Last year, Paniccia and Stieler defeated Anthony and Haag on an NCGA record 11th hole of a sudden-death playoff.
The leaders will be at Poppy Hills on Tuesday. With the lower portion of the field teeing off at Del Monte.
First played in 2004 at Poppy Ridge, the NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship is a two-person, better-ball scratch event for NCGA members 25 years of age and older (from 2004-2015 it was called the NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship for players 40 and older). The duo of Terry Foreman and James Hay won the first three championships, and in 2008 Hay won a fourth championship with partner Mark Hill. In 2014 the event returned to Poppy Ridge. The tourney record for low 36-hole score is 127, set by 2018 winners Jason Anthony and Randy Haag. The 18-hole record is 11-under 61, shot by Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler at the 2019 championship at Poppy Ridge. Hay and Haag share the record with four career victories.