46th Annual NCGA Zone Championship
Poppy Hills GC/Spyglass Hill GC
August 27-28, 2012
August 28, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH – Mike Haworth, David Spinks, Steve Beaton and Craig Burkett from Churn Creek GC had a goal going through qualifications for the 46th Annual NCGA Zone Championship – to make it to Spyglass Hill GC.
After playing together in 2011 for zone qualifying, the four-man team finished fifth in the North Zone, missing their opportunity to compete in the championship field. In 2012 qualifying, the men from Redding went wire-to-wire to earn a trip to the Monterey Peninsula.
Heading into the final round of competition, Churn Creek sat in third place and four strokes back of the leaders from Fremont Park GC with a net 124, 20-under-par.
“We always shoot for [net] 18 [under] on the first day,” Burkett said after the win. “You can’t win the tournament on the first day, but you sure can lose it.”
Playing what was described by Haworth as a favorite course, the men from Redding cruised to a net 120 at Spyglass Hill and were bolstered by a net eagle and double eagle on Nos. 10 and 11.
“Winning wasn’t our goal. We were just going to come down here and enjoy it,” Haworth said. “I think that we were just looking forward to play at Spyglass.”
Their second round net tally of seven eagles, seven birdies, three pars and that early-round net double eagle propelled the men to a two-stroke win over Apple Mountain GR. The group of Ron Buchanan, Robert Collins, Michael Dietz and Michael Dietz, Jr., started on the 10th tee and dropped two strokes in their first nine holes, carding net bogeys on Nos. 12 and 15 that would prove to be the scoring difference in the championship.
Third place in the tournament, which gets its scores from the two best balls in a four-man team, went to Haggin Oaks GC. The team of Larry and Nathan Andreatta and Mike and Steve Gliko entered the day in second place with a one-stroke advantage over the eventual winners from Churn Creek before carding a net 131 to finish 10 strokes out of the top spot.
The champions now have two years of playing together as a team under their belt. “It’s a consistency and a comfort level,” said Haworth. “It was really good to have the same group.”
The 47th installment of the NCGA Zone Championship is slated to take place Aug. 26-27, 2013, at Spyglass Hill and Del Monte.
August 27, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH – Fremont Park GC holds the lead after the first day of competition at the 45th Annual NCGA Zone Championship at Poppy Hills.
The team of Matt Calhoun, Joseph Hodges, George Dwyer and Ron Ormonde posted a net 120 in their round. The East Bay Zone winners, who cruised to a 10-stroke victory in qualifying for the championship, carded net eagles on the fourth, 10th and 12th holes en route to scorching the course. Only one blemish marred the card, a net bogey on the 385-yard par-4 14th.
Haggin Oaks GC, runners-up in the Sacramento Zone, sits in sole possession of second after firing a 21-under, net 123 on the day. The familial pairings of Larry and Nathan Andreatta and Mike and Steve Gliko faltered on the 12th hole, , making a net double bogey on the longest hole of the track. They recovered their strokes, however, on the ensuing hole, with a net double eagle on No. 13 which was followed by three consecutive net eagles in the round.
Churn Creek GC used a string of 12-consecutive holes to pick up 18 strokes on their way to a net 124, 20-under-par to find themselves four strokes off the lead in third place. The group of Mike Haworth, David Spinks, Steve Beaton and Craig Burkett was wire-to-wire winners in the championship qualifying out of the North Zone.
Blackberry Farm GC, which qualified from the South Bay Zone, was propelled into fourth with seven net eagles and seven net birdies to sit at 19 under, 125. Apple Mountain GR of the South Sierra Zone and Gleneagles representing the San Francisco Bay Zone came in with net scores of 126 to tie for fifth heading into the final round of competition.
The championship, in which the format calls for the two best net scores per hole of a four-man team, continues tomorrow at Spyglass Hill GC, beginning at 7:30 a.m.