53rd NCGA Zone Championship | Spyglass Hill/Poppy Hills | August 26-27, 2019
First played in 1967, the NCGA Zone Championship is a four-person team event for regular clubs. Fourteen regional championships are staged with the champion and runner-up qualifying for the final championship at the end of August. Five clubs hold the record for most wins with two: Palo Alto Hills (1968, 1970), Del Rio G&CC (1969, 2013), Kings CC (1977, 2003), Plumas Lake G&CC (2008, 2010) and Churn Creek GC (1993, 2012). No club has ever repeated as champion.
Regional Sites: Poppy Hills GC & Bayonet/Black Horse GC
Regional Zone qualifying will play one round at Poppy Hills GC and one round at Bayonet/Black Horse GC
The top two teams from each regional zone will return August 26-27, 2019 for the championship at Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill GC.
ELIGIBILITY: NCGA regular member clubs only (one team). Multi-members can only represent one club. No players under 18 years of age. A numeric handicap index listed on their club’s Master Report on the date of registration not to exceed 36.4 (men) or 40.4 (women).
FORMAT: Best two balls of four. Play will be 90% (men) and 95% (women) of the course handicap using a maximum handicap index of 18.4 for calculation. All players with handicap indexes of 18.5 or above are eligible but must play to a maximum current handicap index of 18.4.
NOTE: Regional Zone Championships rotate through the calendar on an annual basis.
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About Spyglass Hill GC
Ranked number 11 on “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list by Golf Digest for 2011-2012. Spyglass Hill was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., as a part of the master plan for the Pebble Beach ocean front between Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. Opened in 1966, the design features two distinctly different kinds of terrain that influence the way the holes look and play.
The first five holes roll through sandy seaside dunes challenging the golfer to carefully pick the safest path. The following 13 holes are cut through pine trees with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers and lakes to grab the errant shot. Spyglass Hill is rated one of the toughest courses in the world from the Championship tees, boasting a course rating of 75.5 and a slope rating of 147. The PGA Tour consistently lists Spyglass Hill’s holes 6, 8 and 16 among the toughest on the tour, and during the 1999 United States Amateur, the stroke average of the field during medal play was in excess of 79.
About Poppy Hills
Poppy Hills, which is owned by the NCGA, underwent an extensive renovation beginning in March of 2013 centered around water conservation, primarily by improving irrigation and drainage. Architect Robert Trent Jones II returned with his design firm, this time creating a firm, fast and fun course that unfolds seamlessly through the stunning Del Monte Forest. Jones reinvented the course architecturally, restoring each hole to its natural elevation along the forest floor, softening doglegs and contours, rebuilding all 18 greens with bentgrass, eliminating rough and introducing native waste areas that reduce irrigated turf by nearly 25%.
Plumas Lake GC went wire-to-wire at the annual NCGA Zone Championship. The Plumas Lake GC squad, made up of teammates Les Noggle, Brian Tahara, R.F. Martin and Mike Biehle, carded a final round 22-under 120 Tuesday at par-71 Poppy Hills to come in at 40-under 246 to defeat runner-up Monterey Pines GC by four shots. Read Full 2019 Recap
Benbow GC came back to win the title at what was the 52nd annual NCGA Zone Championship. The Benbow GC team fired a final round 19-under 125 Tuesday at par-72 Spyglass Hill to beat runner-up Vallejo GC by three shots Read Full 2018 Recap
Fresno Airways GC came through in the clutch. Fresno Airways GC shot a final round 21-under 121 Tuesday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course to finish at 40-under 246, winning the annual NCGA Zone Championship title by two shots over runner-up Crystal Springs GC. It’s the first time Fresno Airways GC has won an NCGA Zone title. Read Full 2017 Recap
Vallejo GC did just enough to get the job done. The Vallejo GC squad shot a second round 8-under 136 Tuesday at par-72 Spyglass Hill to win the title at the 50th NCGA Zone Championship with a two-day score of 32-under 254. Coming off a sizzling first round score of 24-under 118, they’d hang on to defeat co-runner-ups Dragonfly GC and Atascadero GC by one shot. Read Full 2016 Recap
Dairy Creek Golf Course emerged victorious at the 49th annual NCGA Zone Championship. Dairy Creek GC shot a final round 13-under 129 at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course on Tuesday, coming from a stroke back to defeat c0-runner-ups Sierra Meadows Country Club and Peacock GC by three shots. The winning Dairy Creek squad had a two-day total of 32-under 254. Read Full 2015 Recap
Tulare Golf Course’s journey ended at the summit. Tulare Golf Course shot 19-under 125, its second straight score of 19-under, to capture the 48th annual NCGA Zone Championship title Tuesday at par-72 Spyglass Hill. Tulare GC finished the two-day, 36-hole event with a total score of 38-under 248. Read Full 2014 Recap
|1967||North Ridge CC||61-60-121|
|1968||Palo Alto Hills GCC||61-69-120|
|1969||*Del Rio GCC||60-56-116|
|1970||Palo Alto Hills GCC||61-60-121|
|1971||*Whitney Ranch National GC||60-56-116|
|1973||Butte Creek CC||61-62-122|
|1975||Palm Lakes GC||57-62-119|
|1976||Selma Valley GC||60-64-124|
|1978||Sunset Whitney GC||61-63-124|
|1981||Rancho Del Rey GC||61-64-125|
|1983||Gold Hills GC||61-64-125|
|1984||Cobb Meadows GC||60-58-118|
|1985||Vineyard Knolls GC||66-58-124|
|1987||Fort Washington GCC||63-61-124|
|1988||Corral de Tierra CC||62-57-119|
|1989||Boulder Creek GC||60-61-121|
|1990||Swenson Park GC||57-57-114|
|1991||Bing Maloney GC||61-59-120|
|1993||Churn Creek GC||124-121-245|
|1996||Valley Oaks GC||114-118-232|
|1997||Cherry Island GC||118-120-238|
|2000||Sierra View of Visalia||124-122-246|
|2005||Redwood Empire GCC||124-124-248|
|2008||Plumas Lake GCC||123-123-246|
|2009||Monterey Peninsula CC||130-124-254|
|2010||Plumas Lake GCC||119-138-257|
|2012||Churn Creek GC||124-120-244|
|2013||Del Rio GCC||125-119-244|
|2015||Dairy Creek GC||125-129-254|
|2017||Fresno Airways GC||125-121-246|
|2019||Plumas Lake GC||126-120-246|