2012 NCGA Cup Matches
Poppy Hills GC
October 22-23, 2012
October 23, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH – The NCGA’s reign in NCGA-NCPGA Cup matches came to end on Tuesday, at least partly. For the first time in 13 years, the NCPGA seniors earned possession of the Staedler-Jetter Cup, beating the NCGA seniors 15 ½ to 12 ½. The NCGA amateurs did retain the Hanna-Wehrman Cup over the NCPGA professionals for a seventh straight year with an 11 ½ to 8 ½ win.
After taking an 8-6 lead in team play on Monday, the NCPGA seniors kept their momentum going in the chase for the Staedler-Jetter Cup, winning seven of the 14 matches and halving another to win the singles session 7 ½ to 6 ½. Co-captains Chris Bitticks and Charlie Gibson knew the fortunate position their team was in after Monday’s matches, and the NCPGA team focused on not squandering it.
“I think [NCPGA team member] Larry Babica said it best last night, he said that he had 10 second-place medals and he’d trade them all for one first-place medal,” said Bitticks.
Going into the singles matches, Bitticks said that there was some strategy involved by placing a couple of stronger players up front instead of the end, knowing that the NCGA was likely to front load some of its lineup. By his estimation the strategy proved to be beneficial, pointing out Michael Cook’s early victory over Gary Vanier 3-and-2, which helped set the tone. However, Bitticks will admit that figuring out an order is more or less a guessing game.
“On either team you could draw names out of a hat and you’d have great matches,” said Bitticks.
No matter how the NCPGA team came away with the victory, Bitticks and the NCPGA seniors were just happy to get a 13-year monkey off their back.
“Winning is always more fun,” said Bitticks. “There’s just no way around it.”
In the Hanna-Wehrman Cup, the NCGA and NCPGA went into singles matches on Tuesday in a dead heat at 5-5. The NCGA got off to a quick start, capturing the lead by winning the first two matches, and never looked back. Matt Cohn earned the NCGA’s first point of the day with a 3-and-2 victory over Steve Watanabe, and a couple holes later Nick Moore secured a point with a 1-up victory over Ray Otis.
Robby Salomon halved his match with Joe Dolby in the third match and Andrew Biggadike fell in his match to Rick Leibovich 3 & 1 in the fourth match, but the NCGA team came up big in matches five and six as Jeff Hoffman and Russell Humphrey both secured full points. Hoffman won his match 3 and 1 over Hae Lee, while Russell Humphrey defeated Jeffery Anderson by a whopping 7-and-6 margin. The wins by the recent Master Four-Ball Division champions put their Hanna-Wehrman Cup tally each at a 3-0 mark.
“Humphrey and Hoffman were solid,” said NCGA captain Dan Hansford. “They got the momentum going for the team.”
The final four matches were critical in Hansford’s estimation, and he couldn’t have been more pleased with their efforts. Both Ricky Stockton and Josh Stone secured full points for the NCGA with 2-and-1 victories over Stuart Smith and Shawn McEntee, while Andrej Bevins and Danny Paniccia took their matches to the 18th hole before falling 1 up to Mitch Lowe and David Carr, respectively.
“We put our young and fearless golfers against their top pros, and it worked out,” said Hansford, praising Stockton and Stone for their victories.
The all-time series in the both cups, still remain in the NCGA’s favor with it leading in the Hanna-Wehrman Cup 20-17-9, and the Staedler-Jetter Cup 14-5-3.
October 22, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH – The NCGA is in danger of losing possession of both the Hanna-Wehrman and Staedler-Jetter Cups to the NCPGA for the first time since 2006 heading into Tuesday’s singles matches. The NCPGA leads the Staedler-Jetter Cup 8-6, and is tied 5-5 with the NCGA in the Hann-Wehrman Cup. In the Hanna-Wehrman Cup, the NCPGA grabbed a 3-2 lead in the Monday morning session, but in the afternoon the NCGA bounced back by doing the same to the NCPGA, knotting it at 5-5.
The stars for the NCGA on the Hanna-Wehrman Cup side of things was the team of Russell Humphrey and Jeff Hoffman. Humphrey and Hoffman, fresh off their Master Division Four-Ball Championship together, went out in the first match and beat the team of Dave Carr and Hae Lee 1 up in the morning four-ball match, and won by the same margin over the same team in the afternoon foursome match.
Three of the four other teams split their matches on the day, starting with Ricky Stockton and Josh Stone. Stockton and Stone annihilated the NCPGA team of Mitch Lowe and Rick Leibovich 6 & 5 in the morning four-ball, but lost to the same duo in the afternoon foursomes by a 1-up margin. Andrew Biggadike and Matt Cohn fell 2 and 1 to Steve Watanabe and Jefferey Anderson in the morning, but came back to win rather easily against the tandem in the afternoon 5 and 3. Nick Moore and Robby Salomon, the anchor matches for both sessions, were the other team to split, losing in the morning 3 and 2, but winning in the afternoon 1 up over Stuart Smith and Ray Otis.
The one team to go winless on the NCGA side was the team of Danny Paniccia and Andrej Bevins. The duo lost both their matches to Shawn McEntee and Joe Dolby, by the same margin 3 and 2.
In the Staedler-Jetter Cup matches, not much changed between the two sessions, besides the weather — rain in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon — as the results were very much the same. The NCPGA held a 4-3 lead after the morning session and in the afternoon session they increased it to 8-6.
The NCGA teams of Peter Moren- Herb Jensen and Michael Brannan-Gary Vanier (the leadoff teams for both sessions) went winless on the day, losing both their morning and afternoon matches. In the morning, both teams lost by a margin of 2 and 1, while in the afternoon Moren and Jensen lost by the same margin, and Brannan and Vanier performed slightly better, losing 2 up. Moren and Jensen fell to the NCPGA team of Chris Bitticks and Michael Cook, while Brannan and Vanier lost their matches to Dave DeLong and Terry Myers. The other winless NCGA team was that of Ron Johnson and Bob Rowland, who lost both their matches 2 up to Joe Vavra and Larry Babica.
The NCGA teams to split their matches were Senior Four-Ball Champions Casey Boyns and Mark Miller, and Jim Knoll and Jeff Burda. Boyns and Miller fell to Tom Ringer and Michael Paul 2 and 1 in the morning, but got revenge in the afternoon foursomes, winning 3 and 2. Knoll and Burda beat Shawn Kelly and Charlie Gibson 2 up in the morning, but came up short to the duo in the afternoon, losing 1 up.
The standout teams on the NCGA side of the Staedler-Jetter Cup were Scott Anderson and Terry Foreman, and super seniors, Bob Olds and Rob Thompson. Anderson and Foreman played the least amount of golf for the day winning their morning match 6 and 5 and afternoon match 3 and 2, both over NCPGA professionals Mitch Thomas and John Snopkowski. Olds and Thompson had both their matches go to the 18th hole against Gerry Greenfield and Eddie Duino.
The singles matches will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Hanna-Wehrman and Staedler-Jetter Cup Preview
October 19, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH – The 46th addition of the Hanna-Wehrman Cup matches will kick off Monday at Poppy Hills GC with the competitive golf wrapping up Tuesday early afternoon. The Ryder Cup-style matches, which feature players from the NCPGA and the NCGA, will begin with four-ball matches in the morning and foursome (alternate shot) matches in the afternoon, before singles matches take place on Tuesday morning. The cup matches have gone in the NCGA’s favor in recent years, including last year’s 10 ½ to 9 ½ victory, when the NCGA came from three points down on the final day to win. In fact, the NCGA has had possession of the cup since 2006 winning five of six and tying in another. The average margin of those victories has been 12 to 8. Overall the NCGA leads the series 19-17-9.
The Hanna-Wehrman team for the NCGA is as follows:
Andrej Bevins, YOC Sacramento
Matt Cohn, E-Club San Francisco
Andrew Biggadike, Olympic Club
Jeff Hoffman, Morgan Creek GC
Russell Humphrey, Woodbridge GCC
Nick Moore, Bayonet / Black Horse GC
Danny Paniccia, Riverbend GC
Robby Salomon, Preserve GC
Ricky Stockton, Twin Creek GC
Joshua Stone, Swenson Park GC
The Staedler-Jetter Cup will also be held concurrently, which includes a team of 10 senior players and four super senior players. The NCGA has been even more dominant in the senior cup matches, as it has been in the possession of the Staedler-Jetter Cup since 2000. The senior cup matches haven’t been going on as long, beginning in 1991, but during that time the NCGA senior players have been very dominant, leading the all-time series 14-4-3.
The Staedler-Jetter Cup team for the NCGA is as follows:
Scott Anderson, Roddy Ranch GC
Casey Boyns, Pasadera CC
Michael Brannan, The Bridges GC
Jeff Burda, Del Rio GCC
Terry Foreman, Roddy Ranch GC
Herb Jensen, Del Paso CC
Jim Knoll, Rooster Run GC
Mark Miller, Roddy Ranch GC
Peter Moren, Blackhawk CC
Gary Vanier, Olympic Club