NCGA Public Links Net Championship
Spyglass Hill GC/Bayonet GC
April 29-30, 2013
April 30, 2013
SEASIDE – James Pogue was the only player in the field to shoot in red figures both days, backing up his first-round 68 at Spyglass Hill GC with a 1-under 71 at windy Bayonet GC on Tuesday to go wire-to-wire in the Presidential Flight of the NCGA Public Links Net Championship.
Pogue (Benbow GC) held off John Johnson by two strokes. Johnson (eClub East Bay) began the day one shot back of Pogue, but couldn’t make up any ground despite his solid 72.
Michael Lee (eClub San Francisco) was the third player to finish under par for the championship, firing a 4-under 68 to reach 2-under overall. Pogue finished at 5-under, while Johnson was 3-under.
Craig Philipps (Darkhorse GC) moved into a tie for fourth at even par with a closing 70 at Bayonet, while Andy Bruns (Callippe Reserve GC) reached even with a second-day 71.
The round of the day was turned in by Joe Martin (Dry Creek GC), who bounced back from an opening 81 with a 66 to climb into a tie for seventh.
But the day belonged to Pogue, who made net birdies on Nos. 1 and 2, and then four straight from Nos. 9-12 to reach 7-under for the championship. He made it interesting with a net double-bogey on No. 14 and a net bogey on No. 17 to drop to 4-under, but Pogue logged his seventh net birdie of the round on No. 18 to clinch the victory.
Johnson reached 4-under for the championship after a net birdie on the opening hole, but four straight net bogeys on Nos. 3-6 dropped him to even for the championship. A natural birdie on No. 13 for a net-eagle got Johnson back to 3-under, helping him wrap up second place.
David Foord (Laguna Seca GC) staged an impressive comeback to win the Directors Flight, firing a 3-under 69 to rally from four strokes down to win by three. Foord’s 69 was the low round of the day by two strokes, helping him surpass first-round leader William Coffelt (Benbow GC).
Foord was the only player in the Director Flight to finish in red figures, backing up his first-round 74 at Spyglass with a 69 to reach 1-under for the championship. Coffelt led after opening with a 70, but closed with a 4-over 76 to finish alone in second place, three strokes back.
James Koszarek (West Coast GC) closed with a 71 to snag third place, finishing at 4-over, one stroke ahead of Shane McGowan’s 76-73. The only three players to break par on Day 2 were Foord, Koszarek and Chris Hauth (eClub North Bay), who followed up his 80 with a 71 to tie for sixth.
Foord’s stellar final round included a clutch surge, as he made birdie-net-eagles on two of his final four holes: Nos. 15 and 18. Foord also added four net birdies.
Coffelt was in the lead until disaster struck on the 12th hole, when he carded a net-quadruple-bogey. He rallied to play 1-under from there, but Foord’s surge was too much to overcome.
Brian McClintock had the best round of anyone competing in the Public Links Net Championship, rallying from six strokes down, thanks to a smooth 7-under 65, to win the Secretary flight by three. McClintock (Empire Ranch GC) opened with a 74 at Spyglass but blitzed Bayonet with eight net birdies and a net eagle, while only giving back net bogeys on three holes.
Ahmed Shah (Pricewaterhousecoopers SJ GC) posted his second straight 71 to finish in second place at 2-under.
Overnight leader Patrick Tam (Silicon Valley GC) followed up his 68 at Spyglass with a 75 to finish four stroke back at 1-under, in a tie for third with Don Orlando (Bay Area Pinseekers GC), who closed with a 69.
Joel Tirus (Summitpointe GC) broke par at Bayonet with a 70 to climb up to ninth place.
McClintock also had eight net birdies in his first round, but he coupled those with four net bogeys and three net double-bogeys. At Bayonet on Tuesday, McClintock managed to avoid the big numbers, and sank a birdie-net-eagle on No. 14 to boot.
April 29, 2013
PEBBLE BEACH – James Pogue was one of three players in the Presidential Flight to break par during the first day of the NCGA Net Public Links Championship at Spyglass Hill, using a birdie-net-eagle on the tough 13th hole to turn in a 4-under 68 and take a one-stroke lead over John Johnson.
Mark Krzysik was the only other Presidential Flight player to break par on a glorious Monday along the Pacific Ocean, shooting a 71. Pogue (Benbow GC) finished with seven net birdies and a net eagle to overcome three net bogeys and a net double-bogey and take the lead in the 36-hole tournament. Pogue had par-net-birdies on all four par 5s.
Johnson (Google GC) got to as deep as 7 under through 14 holes before a tough finish on the front nine brought him back to the field. After bogeying his opening 10th hole, Johnson rattled off eight net birdies over the next 12 holes, including a natural birdie on No. 2. But Johnson made net bogeys on Nos. 6 and 8, and a net double-bogey on No. 9 to fall out of the lead.
Krzysik had an up-and-down day with six net birdies, three net bogeys and one net double-bogey. Joe Smith (Dairy Creek GC) is four strokes back at even par, and Andy Bruns (Callippe Preserve GC) is alone in fifth after a 73.
A Benbow GC member also leads the Director Flight, as William Coffelt was the only player to break par, firing a 2-under 70 to take a three-stroke lead over Greg McIntosh (Morgan Creek GC). After making the turn on the back nine with a net 2-over 38, Coffelt made his move with a birdie-net-eagle on the first hole. After two net birdies and two net bogeys, Coffelt made a natural birdie on the No. 1-handicapped eighth hole for his second net eagle of the day to close with a 4-under 32.
McIntosh was 2-under through 16 holes before he made a net bogey on No. 17 and and a net double-bogey on No. 18 to drop into second place. David Foord (Laguna Seca GC), Joseph Correia (Cherry Island GC) and Clint Jones (Eagle Springs GCC) are all four strokes back after opening with 74s.
Patrick Tam (Silicon Valley GC) leads the Secretary Flight after a steady 4-under 68 that was jump-started by net birdies on his first three holes. Tam finished with six net birdies and two net bogeys to take a one-stroke lead over Morris Bell (Ancil Hoffman GC), who had a pair of net eagles. Bell eagled Nos. 7 and 10 and added five birdies to shoot a 69. Ahmed Shah (Pricewaterhousecoopers SJ GC) joined Tam and Bell in red figures with a 1-under 71. Shah started his round off with an exciting net eagle on No. 1.
Richard Cotter (Rooster Run GC) is alone in fourth place after opening with a 72.
The final round for all three flights will be completed Tuesday at Bayonet GC.