39th NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship | Poppy Hills | June 13-14, 2020
The NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship began in 1982 as the Master Division Championship, a competitive opportunity for players aged 40-54 who were not yet eligible for senior tournaments. In 2016, the event was re-named the Mid-Amateur Championship, opening up to all players aged 25 and over, with no upper age restriction.
The 36-hole stroke play championship was held for 11 consecutive years at Lake Tahoe and Edgewood Tahoe golf from 1990-2000. The championship then rotated through three courses over the next four years, Lake Tahoe (2001), Winchester (2002) and Squaw Creek (2003-04) before being hosted by Spyglass Hill for the following five years (2005-2009). In 2010, Spyglass Hill continued to host one day of the event with other Monterey area courses Poppy Hills (2010-12, 15), Bayonet (2013) and Del Monte (2014). In 2016, Spyglass fell out of rotation and the event was held at Black Horse and Poppy Hills golf courses.
Pat McDonald holds the tournament’s 36-hole scoring record with a seven-under-par 136 in 1994 at Lake Tahoe and Edgewood Tahoe GCs. The single round record of six-under-par 66 set in 1998 by Pat McDonald was tied in 1999 by four-time champion Randy Haag, who posted a 65 at the par-71 Lake Tahoe GC. Haag holds the record for most titles, having won four in a 14-year span 1999, 2002, 2009 and 2013. The only player to win back-to-back titles is Jeff Burda, who claimed the championship three times, in 1996, 1997 and 2005. Jim Knoll became the oldest player to win the championship at 59, in 2012.
The champagne bucket trophy was donated by two-time California State Amateur champion Ernie Pieper.
ENTRIES CLOSE: April 19, 2020
ENTRY FEE: $135 per player. Exempt players pay an additional $30 per player.
QUALIFYING for the 2020 Mid-Amateur Championship takes place May 13-16 at the following courses:
Callippe Preserve (May 13) | Paradise Valley (May 14) | Ancil Hoffman (May 15) | Coyote Creek (May 16)
ELIGIBILITY: Players must have reached their 25th birthday on or before June 13, 2020 and have a numeric handicap index listed on their club’s master report of 5.4 or less on the date of registration.
FORMAT: 18 holes qualifying. 84 players (including exempts) will advance to the championship. The championship proper will be 36 holes stroke play (18 holes per day).
EXEMPTIONS: Exempt players must otherwise meet the eligibility requirements. Each exempt player is required to submit an entry prior to the closing date. Mid-Amateur Exemptions
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It’s becoming a year to remember for Jason Anthony. The 36-year-old Olympic Club member, who was NCGA Player of the Year in 2017, continued his torrid pace this season by picking up yet another victory Sunday at the annual NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship. Coming off a victory at the recent Billy Bell Cup, Anthony has now finished either first or second in the six events he’s played in. Read Full 2019 Recap | View 2019 Photo Gallery
After watching good friend Shintaro Ban advance through last week’s U.S. Open Sectional qualifier at Lake Merced Golf Club and the Olympic Club, San Francisco resident Matt Cohn said he felt inspired. This time, it was his turn to come through in the clutch. Cohn fired a day-low final round 4-under 67 and later made par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course to defeat veteran Jeff Wilson and defending champion Bobby Bucey and win the 27th annual NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship. Read Full 2018 Recap | View 2018 Photo Gallery
|1982||Gary Vandeweghe at Spyglass Hill GC||74-77-151|
|1983||John Brodie at Sharon Heights GCC||70-74-144|
|1984||Gary Conti at Sharon Heights GCC||77-72-149|
|1985||Dean Prince at Pasatiempo GC||73-73-146|
|1986||Marshall Gleason at Green Hills CC||74-76-150|
|1987||Bill Paulson at Lake Tahoe GC||70-76-146|
|1988||Bob Foster at The Meadow Club||75-69-144|
|1989||Cliff Davis at Butte Creek CC||71-76-147|
|1990||Tom Culligan at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||73-74-147|
|1991||Pat McDonald at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||70-71-141|
|1992||Bob Blomberg at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||75-70-145|
|1993||Lucio Alvarez at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||74-68-142|
|1994||Pat McDonald at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||70-66-136|
|1995||Dennis Younglove at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||73-70-143|
|1996||Jeff Burda at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||69-72-141|
|1997||Jeff Burda at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||71-70-141|
|1998||Gary Vanier at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||69-69-138|
|1999||Randy Haag at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||65-73-138|
|2000||Dan Bieber at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||74-69-143|
|2001||Dan Condie at Lake Tahoe GC||74-69-143|
|2002||Randy Haag at Winchester CC||71-70-141|
|2003||James Hay at Resort at Squaw Creek||73-70-143|
|2004||Mark Gardner at Resort at Squaw Creek||74-70-144|
|2005||Jeff Burda at Spyglass Hill GC||68-74-142|
|2006||Bob Niger at Spyglass Hill GC||72-73-145|
|2007||Casey Boyns at Spyglass Hill GC||74-72-146|
|2008||Jamie Looper at Spyglass Hill GC||74-72-146|
|2009||Randy Haag at Spyglass Hill GC||74-70-144|
|2010||Daniel Sullivan at Spyglass Hill/Poppy Hills||73-67-140|
|2011||Darin Lake at Poppy Hills/Spyglass Hill||74-73-147|
|2012||Jim Knoll at Spyglass Hill/Poppy Hills||70-71-141|
|2013||Randy Haag at Bayonet/Spyglass Hill||72-72-144|
|2014||Rick Reinsberg at Spyglass Hill/Del Monte||67-71-138|
|2015||Jerry Ledzinski at Poppy Hills/Spyglass Hill||72-71-143|
|2016||Zachary Solomon at Black Horse/Poppy Hills||74-69-143|
|2017||Bobby Bucey at Poppy Hills||70-73-143|
|2018||Matt Cohn at Poppy Hills||73-67-140|
|2019||Jason Anthony at Poppy Hills||67-67-134|