NCGA Spring Mixed Team Championship
Carmel Valley Ranch GC
March 29-30, 2013
March 30, 2013
CARMEL VALLEY – The golfing gods must have been looking down on Carmel Valley Ranch GC this Easter weekend. On a Saturday that called for rain showers, players basked in the sunshine of Carmel Valley, with overcast skies and a light rain not materializing until 3:00 as the final few groups were finishing.
In the president flight, teams consisting of handicaps of 10 or less, Jake Markman and Althea Peng went wire-to-wire matching their first round 67 to finish at 134, eight-under par, to win by three strokes. The duo had success on many of the same holes as they did Friday, and in the end finished with six net birdies, a net eagle, a net double-bogey and two net bogeys. Markman and Peng explained their partnership works well, as Markman’s strengths are on the tee and in the fairway, while Peng’s are around the green.
Taking second place were Terry Levis and Joel Jessel, who made a move up the leaderboard with a final round 66 to go with their first round 71 to finish at 137, five-under par. One stroke behind them at 138, four-under par, were two teams to tie for third, the teams of Terry Leach and Diana McInnis, and Patrick Burda and Jessica Ringer.
The director flight, teams with handicaps between 11 and 18, saw Randy and Lisa Marie Ronning win the title. The Ronnings started the day in a tie for fourth place, but improved by four strokes from Friday to Saturday, firing a six-under 65 to finish at 134, eight-under par. “We ham-and-egged everything perfectly today,” explained Randy on the difference between the two rounds.
Finishing two strokes behind at 136, six-under par and making a significant move up the leaderboard were Terry and Linda Wilson, who put together a six-under 65 after an even-par 71. In third place were Mark Hawley and Susan Schultz, completing 36 holes at 138, four-under par. Hawley and Schultz regressed a little in their final round following their first round 68 with a one-under par 70.
The secretary flight, teams with handicaps of 19 and above, Michelle and Tashi Sherpa came from two strokes behind to win their flight. The Sherpas followed their first round 64 with a six-under par 65, to finish as the only team with a sub 130 score, at 129. The winning tandem had plenty of red on their scorecard with five net birdies and three net eagles to go along with one net bogey and one net triple-bogey.
Second place went John Lee and Kimien Tran, who posted a 36-hole score of 130. The Lee/Tran duo had the lowest score of the day among all flights, shooting a seven-under 64 to finish one-shot out of first place at 130. Daniel Wu and Janice Yoshimoto, who started the day in the lead, finished alone in third with a 36-hole score of 133. Wu and Yoshimoto struggled in their second round as they followed their nine-under 62 with an even-par 71.
March 29, 2013
CARMEL VALLEY – The first round of the inaugural Spring Mixed Team Championship kicked off Friday under sunny skies at Carmel Valley Ranch GC. Players took to the course in three separate flights playing a mixed chapman format (a format where both team members tee off, play their partner’s ball for the second shot and then choose a ball to alternate with until the ball is holed).
In the president flight, featuring teams with a handicap of 10 or less, Jake Markman and Althea Peng captured the first round lead firing a net score of four-under 67. The duo was able to score five birdies and an eagle on the day, despite also scoring three net bogeys. A slew of teams are not far behind Markman and Peng in a tie for second place at two-under par 69. Patrick Burda and Jessica Ringer, Frank and Arlene Yost, Diana Tan and David Townsend, and William Henry and Paula Pearson all finished in red numbers, thanks to 24 birdies and two eagles between the four teams.
Ali Rizvi and Jessica Abels lead the director flight, teams with a handicap between 11 and 18, posting a first-round six-under par 65. Rizvi and Abels had seven birdies and an eagle on the day, but were not completely flawless as they also made three bogeys. Still, Rizvi and Abels, have a three-stroke lead in the director’s flight as two teams are tied for second at three-under par 68: Carlos and Sandra Munio, and Mark Hawley and Susan Schutz. Also in the hunt are Randy and Lisa Marie Ronning, Ed and Fran Jones, and Nicholas and Amy Roscha, who each respectively shot rounds of two-under 69, putting themselves in a three-way tie for fourth.
Daniel Wu and Janice Yoshimoto, who won the Mixed Team Championship (II) only a few months ago, continued their success as a tandem with a score of eight-under par 62 to lead the secretary flight (teams with handicaps of 19 and above). The duo amazingly had only one par on the day, with the rest of their scorecard filled with mostly red numbers. Wu and Yoshimoto amazingly had 11 net birdies and two net eagles to go along with four bogeys and one double-bogey. Not far behind at seven-under par (64) and alone in second place are Michelle and Tashi Sherpa, while John Lee and Kimien Tran are in solo third place at five-under par (66). Alone in fourth at four-under par (67) is the team of Lynne Houghton and Stan Robbins, and in a tie for fifth place are Kelly and Belinda Kendle, and Phillip Pagoria and Leslie Voegtly at three-under par (68).
The final round of the championship will take place tomorrow, March 30, at Carmel Valley Ranch GC with play commencing at 8:00 a.m.