Oct. 5, 2021
Longtime friends Bobby Bucey and Brett Viboch picked up their second NCGA Four-Ball title. On Tuesday, Bucey, who plays out of Oakhurst CC, and Viboch, an E-Club Sacramento member, carded a final round 6-under 65 to roll to a four shot victory at the annual NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The two won the NCGA Four-Ball title in 2016 at Spyglass Hill.
“I don’t know if there are words to describe the chemistry we have,” said Viboch, who recently earned 2021 NCGA Player of the Year honors. “It just works.”
‘We’re best friends,” added Bucey, who now has a total of five NCGA major wins, including the 2018 California Amateur Championship. “To get to play and compete together, it’s just the best.”
Coming off a blistering 9-under 62 opening round, the two posted eight birdies to go against two bogeys in the finale. The team of Domingo Jojola and Travis Peterson had got within two shots late, but scored a bogey on the par-4 16th en route to a final round 68. The Jojola/Peterson team would finish tied for second at 11-under 131 with the tandems of Joseph Schiebold and Richard Maxwell (64) and Tyler Crawford and Mark Pavletich (66). The Schiebold-Maxwell team earned second place after a card-off (low final round score).
Bucey, who had been suffering from a rotator cuff injury, was playing in his first event since the NCGA Amateur at Spyglass Hill, where he pulled out midway through the first round. He’d post four 2’s on Poppy par-3s over the 36 holes.
“Under the circumstances, Bobby was unbelievable,” Viboch said.
Bucey and Viboch first met back around 2014 after Viboch got his amateur status back. The first round they ever played together in Four-Ball, they’d post a 62.
“We have a lot of belief in one another,” Bucey said. “A bad shot from one of us just motivates the other person. You want to pick them up.”
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Oct. 4, 2021
In 2016, Brett Viboch and Bobby Bucey captured the NCGA Four-Ball Championship by carding a still-standing 54-hole record score of 21-under par. The two are looking to add to their Four-Ball resume.
On Monday, Viboch, the 2021 NCGA Player of the Year, and Bucey, who is back after an injury, jumped to the top of the leaderboard at this week’s NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship with an opening score of 9-under 62. In taking the lead, the two posted nine birdies with zero bogeys. The championship18-hole record is 11-under, shot by Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler at the 2019 championship at Poppy Hills (60) and the teams Nick Moore and Matt Cohn and Steven Christophel and Brian Jones (61 at par-72 Del Monte during the 2020 championship).
Also having a big day was the team of Travis Peterson and Domingo Jojola. Peterson and Jojola posted a 63 that included two eagles (par-5 4th and 9th holes) and four birdies. In third place alone at 64 is the tandem of Jason Herrera and Juan P. Gonzalez.
The defending champion tandem of Nick Moore and Matt Cohn are T-14 after an opening 68.
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 124, set by 2020 winners Nick Moore and Matt Cohn. The 18-hole record is 11-under, shot by Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler at the 2019 championship at Poppy Hills (60) and the teams Nick Moore and Matt Cohn and Steven Christophel and Brian Jones (61 at par-72 Del Monte during the 2020 championship). Hay and Haag share the record with four career victories.