NCGA South Sierra Zone
Poppy Hills GC/Quail Lodge GC
July 30-31, 2012
July 31, 2012
CARMEL – NCGA Zone Championship qualifying wrapped up Tuesday at Poppy Hills GC and Quail Lodge GC, with the South Sierra and North Sierra zones competing at the two respective courses. At Quail Lodge GC 18 teams from the South Sierra Zone competed for two spots into next month’s championship at Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill. The team from Apple Mountain GC surmounted a five-stroke deficit and a four-way tie for fourth place coming into the day by firing a net score of 124, 18-under par, to take first place. In a format which takes the two best net scores per hole of a four-man team, Apple Mountain finished two days of play with a 256 total, 30-under par. Team members Ron Buchanan, Robert Collins, Michael Dietz Sr. and Michael Dietz Jr. were bolstered by seven net eagles and six net birdies on the day.
First round co-leader Sequoia Woods GC grabbed the other spot posting a 36-hole net score of 258, 28-under par. The team which featured Kevin Andel, Arturo Herrera, Jack Larmour and Paul Watts followed yesterday’s score of 127 at Poppy Hills GC with a 131 Tuesday at Quail Lodge GC. The Sequoia Woods GC team had five net eagles and three net birdies on the day to go along with two net bogeys and a net double bogey. Finishing in third place was Lake Tahoe GC at 263, 23-under par. Fourth place included first round co-leader Phoenix Lake GC and Tahoe Paradise GC tied at 264, 22-under par.
Apple Mountain GC and Sequoia Woods GC advance to the 44th Annual NCGA Zone Championship August 27-28 at Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC.
July 30, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH – A heavy layer of fog covered Poppy Hills GC from start to finish of the opening round of the South Sierra Zone Championship. The conditions did not affect Jim Briscoe, Bobby Gamber, Ron Martin and Bruce Sitton of Phoenix Lake GC and Kevin Andel, Arturo Herrera, Jack Larmour and Paul Watts of Sequoia Woods CC, as both teams finished tied for first with a score of 17-under par.
In a format which takes the two best net scores per hole of a four-man team, Phoenix Lake GC was able to overcome three net bogeys by converting five net birdies, five net eagles and one net double eagle. Sequoia Woods CC was able to overcome two net bogeys by taking advantage of the par 4s with an 11-under par and posting a net double eagle on the par-5 12th hole.
Just off the lead is Lake Tahoe GC, which posted an opening round score of 14-under par to secure third place and be only three shots off the lead. Genoa Lakes GC, Apple Mountain GC, Wawona GC and Yosemite Lake Parks GC are five shots off the lead and tied for fourth.
The championship will conclude tomorrow at Quail Lodge GC. The top two teams will advance to the NCGA Zone Championship August 27-28 at Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC. With so many teams in contention, the final round should have an exciting finish.