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23rd Annual Team Match Championship

October 28thRESULTS
Thursday Champ:  Pittsburg’s Delta View GC vs. Del Rio CC
Saturday Champ:  Apple Mountain GR vs. Kings River GCC

October 29thRESULTS
Third Place Match:  Pittsburg’s Delta View GC vs. Apple Mountain GR
Championship Match:  Del Rio CC vs. Kings River GCC

Final Round

October 29, 2011
By Katie Stoeckle

The victorious Del Rio team

PEBBLE BEACH – After thousands of team match rounds, the Del Rio CC defeated Kings River GCC to capture the 23rd Annual NCGA Team Match Championship title at Poppy Hills GC.

Del Rio’s victory in the final was its second in as many days, claiming the Thursday league title with a win over Pittsburg’s Delta View the day before.  Kings River advanced to the finals after just narrowly defeating Apple Mountain GR in the semifinals, while Del Rio proceeded to the finals after a large margin of victory.

“The win was a team effort, everyone played beautifully” said acting Del Rio captain Bill Tonge.  “We had a very consistent season.  We built the team from the highest handicap down to the lowest, and it turned out to be a winning formula.”

The Del Rio pair of Dennis Culbertson and Don Barbe was the only duo to sweep their competitors, finishing 1-up in each of their individual matches and as a whole against Kings River’s Alex Marriot and Dan Cowherd.  In other matches, Jeff McKay defeated Dale Revels 7 and 5 while Brad Haskin beat Rick Cowin to mark the highest margins of victory for both Del Rio and the championship round overall.

The third place match came down to the wire as Pittsburg’s Delta View and Apple Mountain were tied at 18 at the end of regulation.  Pittsburg’s Delta View claimed the title after winning a two-hole sudden-death playoff.

The popular championship is the conclusion to a summer-long competition involving more than 200 teams from across Northern California.  The 12-man teams competed in four-ball (best ball) matches concurrent with singles’ matches, with each match worth two points, or a total of six in each group. More than 15,000 rounds were played to bring the final four clubs – Del Rio, Delta View, Apple Mountain and Kings River – to the Monterey Peninsula.

Semifinals

October 28, 2011
By Katie Stoeckle

PEBBLE BEACH – The teams of Del Rio CC and Kings River GCC emerged victorious from the first round to face off in tomorrow’s final of the NCGA Team Match Championship at Poppy Hills.

In the Thursday League, Del Rio defeated Pittsburg’s Delta View CC by a score of 22 to 14.  The team was led by strong performances from Tim Speer and Jeff McKay, each winning 8 and 6 in their matches.  Additionally, McKay and partner Dennis Culbertson triumphed 6 and 5 as a team against Delta View’s James Schroeger and Dale Drewry.

The final match was the strongest for Delta View, with Frank Morrison and Mike Lane scoring 5 out of the 6 possible points over Del Rio’s Brad Haskin and Arthur Seeger.

The Saturday League saw a closer match-up, as Kings River GCC narrowly edged out Apple Mountain GR 20 to 16.

Two Kings River teams went undefeated, with Mike Cassidy and Greg Lopez beating Floyd Miller and Bill Sowders while Blaine Sanders and Dale Revels upset Ron Chamberlain and Steve Dringenberg.

Apple Mountain made a play for the lead in the final match, with Heath Dringenberg and Anthony Rodriguez scoring 4 of the 6 possible points and ousting Rick Cowan and Chuck Nicholls 4 and 3, but couldn’t make up enough ground to take the lead.

The popular championship is the conclusion to a summer-long competition involving more than 200 teams from across Northern California.  The 12-man teams competed in four-ball (best ball) matches concurrent with singles’ matches, with each match worth two points, or a total of six in each group. More than 15,000 rounds were played to bring the final four clubs – Del Rio, Delta View, Apple Mountain and Kings River – to the Monterey Peninsula.

Apple Mountain GR and Pittsburg’s Delta View CC face off in the third-place round at 7:30 a.m.  The championship round between Del Rio CC and Kings River GCC begins at 8:30 a.m.  Both rounds are at Poppy Hills.

 

Champions Del Rio: First row - Vern Spears, Bill Tonge, Jeff NcKay, Chris Wells and Ken Dieker. Second row - Charles O'Brien, Tom Cosentino, Phil Mastagni, Rich Deponte and Don Barbe. Third row - Arthur Seeger, Brad Haskin, Dennis Culbertson and Tim Speer

Runner-up Kings River: First row (L-R) - Greg Lopez, Rick Cowin and Chuck Nichols. Second row - Scott Raiskuk, Dan Cowherd, Mike Cassidy and Blaine Sanders. Third row - Richie Rouch, Travis Sachletewite, Todd Esajian and Alex Marriot. Back row (L - R) - Murray Stevens, Dale Revels and Steve Jones

Pittsburg Delta View - Dorries Oakley, Rey Balenbin, Mike Sobrano, Ruben San Diego. Second row - Mike Anastas, Wayne Zimmerman, Joel McDowell, Dale Drewry. Third row - James Shroeger, Rick Bringel, Frank Morrison, Mike Lane, Tony Graham.

Apple Mountain: First row (L - R) - Mike Dietz, Al Johnson, Del Mobey, Floyd Miller, Michael Dietz Jr. Second row - Jay Toolson, Heath Dringenberg, Jim Cumbra Jr., Ron Chamber lain, Paul Shorts. Third row - Steve Dringenberg, Arthur Rodriguez, Bill Sowders, John Lewis, Bill Seckington.

Author: Ryan Gregg

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