19th Annual NCGA Net Amateur Championship
Poppy Hills GC
October 15-16, 2012
October 16, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH – Very few low scores again ruled the day at the 19th Annual NCGA Net Amateur Championship, as only nine players finished 36 holes of play with an under-par tournament aggregate, eight of those receiving medals across the three different flights.
A playoff was needed to decide the winner of the president flight — players with handicap indexes of 7.1 or lower — as Jan Jakovac of Napa and Matt Watson of Morgan Hill finished 36 holes tied at 139. Napa’s Jakovac proved to have the momentum going his way, starting the day two strokes behind Watson before rallying to win on the first hole of the sudden-death playoff.
“It’s unbelievable [to win],” said Jakovac. “I’ll tell you the gospel truth: I’ve been playing golf for 47 years, and it’s the first time I tried to qualify for this event, and for me to win is amazing. I feel very fortunate.”
The 60-year-old showed consistency with his play, following his first round net 69, with a net 70 in the final round, which included four net birdies and two net bogeys. Watson, who held a two-stroke lead going into the day, still played well, hitting his allotted handicap on the number with a net 72, but not near his impressive first round of net 67. Taking third place with a two-day total of 145 was Nicholas Roscha of Walnut Creek, who happened to be the fellow competitor of Jakovac and Watson in Tuesday’s final round.
The director flight, which features players with handicap indexes ranging from 7.2 to 12.2, came down to the wire as Brian Chamberlain of Davis won by a single stroke. Chamberlain matched his first round score of net 70 on Tuesday to finish with a 140 total, one stroke better than second place finisher Bill Lycette of Santa Rosa and two strokes better than third place finisher Travis Early. Chamberlain was extremely pleased with the way he finished, making two net birdies and five net pars over the final seven holes.
“I’m ecstatic to have come out on top,” said Chamberlain. “At the end I had to par [Nos.] 17 and 18 to win by a shot, so I’m glad that I finished well.”
Lycette also finished the day with a two-under net 70, improving on his first round net 71. Early had the round of the day in the director flight with a net six-under 66, jumping up to third place after starting the day in a tie for 10th. First-round leader Joshua Wilson of Walnut Creek faded in the final round following his first round net 68, with a net 78 Tuesday to finish in sixth place.
What started the day as the closest contest of the three flights, the secretary flight — players with handicap indexes of 12.3 or higher — turned out to be the biggest blowout of all. Vint Stevenson of Redding followed his first round net 65 with a net 66, posting a two-day total of 131, which was five shots better than runner-up John Vasquez of Arnold and 10 strokes better than third place finisher Dan Kelly of Boulder Creek. Both Vasquez and Kelly had started the day with Stevenson as co-leaders, but neither player was as proficient. Vasquez followed his net 65 with a net 71 to finish at 136, while Kelly followed his with a net 76 to finish at 141.
“It’s pretty special [to win], considering I have worked really hard over the last two months,” said Stevenson, who credits his teaching pro, Brandon, for the instruction. “I’ve taken a lot of lessons over the last two months and hit a lot of balls on the range – the hard work has paid off.”
The NCGA Net Amateur will return to Poppy Ridge GC in 2013 on October 14-15 for its 20th installment.
October 15, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH – Low scores were hard to come by in the first round of the 19th Annual NCGA Net Amateur Championship at Poppy Hills GC. After Monday’s opening round, only 12 players out of the 111 participants posted under-par scores.
In the president flight — players with handicap indexes of 7.1 or below — four players were able to shoot their allotted handicap or better, led by Matt Watson of Morgan Hill, who fired a net score of five-under 67. Watson, a 4 handicap, scored big on the holes he received strokes by birdieing two of the top three handicap holes (Nos. 5 and 13), translating into two net eagles. He also made three other birdies on Nos. 3, 9 and 18, with his blemishes coming on Nos. 8, 10 and 11, where he took bogeys. Coming in close behind Watson and two strokes back is Jan Jakovac of Napa, who posted a net score of three-under 69. In third place is Nicholas Roscha of Walnut Creek, who finished Monday with a net score of one-under 71. Richard Schacht of Alameda will be the fourth participant of tomorrow’s president flight final group, as he played to his handicap on the number with a net 72.
The director flight, which features players with handicap indexes between 7.2 and 12.2, saw five players find red numbers. Dublin’s Joshua Wilson led the way firing a net score of four-under 68, which incredibly included nine net birdies. While Wilson was able to play exceptional most of the round he did have a few hiccups taking a net double bogey on No. 15 and three net bogeys elsewhere. In fact, Wilson’s primary struggles occurred on the par 3s, where he was four over for the day, but a combined eight under on the par 4s and 5s. Tied for second place two shots off the pace are Brian Chamberlin of Davis and Jerry Thorsness of Milpitas, who each fired net rounds of 70, two under par. In a tie for fourth are Modesto’s Donald Phillips and Bill Lycette of Santa Rosa, who each posted net rounds of one-under 71.
Three players went for the low net round of the day in the secretary flight — players with handicaps of 12.3 and above — as Dan Kelly, Vint Stevenson and John Vasquez each fired a net 65, seven under par. Kelly of Boulder Creek made the most net birdies of the group with eight, to go along with a net eagle and three net bogeys. Stevenson of Redding had two net eagles in his round, which also included seven net birdies and four net bogeys. Vasquez of Arnold had the least volatile round of the three as he converted seven net birdies, a net eagle and two net bogeys on the day. The only other player to find red numbers is Justin Lyon of Redway, who fired a net score of three-under par 69 to sit alone in fourth place. Lyon will join Kelly, Stevenson and Vasquez in the last group of the secretary flight for Tuesday’s final round.
Tuesday’s final round will begin at 7:30 a.m. with president flight participants teeing off first and secretary participants teeing off last.