NCGA Senior Net Championship
Del Monte GC
June 6-7, 2013
June 7, 2013
MONTEREY – Ideal conditions and weather made Del Monte GC plenty vulnerable for the NCGA Senior Net Championship final round and it showed in the 36-hole scores. The three winners of the 50th Annual NCGA Senior Net Championship were Bob Pieroni (president), Bill Carle (director) and Larry Fillmore (secretary).
Pieroni of Citrus Heights won the president flight—players with a handicap of 11.0 or less—with a two-day total of 138, six-under par. Starting the day four shots off the lead and in a four-way tie for sixth, Pieroni fired a net five-under par 67 following his first round 71 to take a three-shot victory. Getting off to a slow start with back-to-back net bogeys on Nos. 2 and 3, the Morgan Creek GC member closed out his nine nicely with net birdies on Nos. 6, 7 and 8 and a net eagle on No. 9. Again on the back nine he took a net bogey early on the 12th before making three net birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 15.
“It’s going to sound corny, but it’s a dream to win [an NCGA event],” said Pieroni. “I’ve been playing in these for 40 years and I’ve won a silver [medal] before and a bronze, but never a gold.”
Two players tied for second place with scores of 141, three-under par: Roger Exline and Fernando Gonzalez. Exline, who was awarded the second place medal via a scorecard playoff, followed his opening round 68 with a net 73. Gonzalez, taking home the third place medal, improved slightly scoring a two-under par 70 after opening with a one-under par 71.
In the director flight, players with handicap indexes between 11.1 and 14.4, Bill Carle ran away from the competition earning an eight-shot victory. Building off an already impressive first round score of five-under par 67, Carle fired a 10-under par 62 on Friday to finish with a 36-hole net score of 129, 15-under par. Carle got going quickly with two net eagles in his first six holes on Nos. 2 and 6, and then added a third net eagle on the back nine on the par-3 12th. Besides his three net eagles, Carle also had six net birdies and two net bogeys.
“It was nice to be able to finally find the putter and sink some putts,” said Carle on his exceptional play.
Capturing second place after starting the day with the 18-hole lead was Jim Thurman of Clayton. Thurman couldn’t replicate his first round six-under par 66, but still played one better than his handicap carding a net 71, one-under par for a 137, seven-under par net total. Third place went to Bob Albertson of Clovis, who followed his first round 68 with a 71 to finish at a net score of 139, five-under par.
The secretary flight, which features golfers of handicap indexes of 14.5 and above, saw the lowest winning score, a 127, 17-under par by Fillmore. Beginning the final round one-shot off the lead after opening with a seven-under 65, Fillmore improved on that round by posting a 10-under par 62 on Friday. After making a net bogey on the first hole, the Brentwood resident rattled off three straight net birdies chased by a net eagle before closing the front nine with a net bogey. On the back nine, Fillmore had an even more impressive stretch of holes on Nos. 11-16, making three net birdies and two net eagles before taking a net bogey on No. 17.
“I give myself as a goal to qualify for one NCGA tournament every year and I’ve been able to do that since I’ve lived here in Northern California,” said Fillmore, who has been playing in various NCGA net events for the last two decades.
In second place with a 36-hole score of 133, 11-under par was 18-hole leader Michael Freire. The El Dorado Hills resident held a one-shot lead over Fillmore after a first round 64, eight-under par, and despite his final round of three-under par 69, Freire amazingly finished six strokes back. Richard Jones and Frank Correa tied for third place with 36-hole scores of 138 as both competitors matched one another’s 18-hole totals with a 70 and 68.
June 6, 2013
MONTEREY – The first round of the 50th Annual NCGA Senior Net Championship took place Thursday at Del Monte GC and there were plenty of red numbers to be had among the 111 competitors. At day’s end the players leading the three different flights were Tim Elias (president), Jim Thurman (director) and Michael Freire (secretary).
In the president flight, players with handicap indexes of 11.0 or less, Elias fired a net score of five-under par 67. The Petaluma resident made six net birdies on the day and only one net bogey, which came on his final hole of the day the par-5 ninth. Elias was one of 10 players in the president flight to post an under-par score, meaning he’ll have plenty of competition in his rearview mirror for tomorrow’s final round.
Tied for second place at four-under par 68 are Gilroy’s Michael Hoshida and Roger Exline of Roseville. Both players’ rounds included two net bogeys and a net double bogey, while Hoshida’s round also included two net eagles and four net birdies compared to Exline who had a net eagle and six net birdies. Rounding out the fourth spot in the final group of the president flight is Jim Fuoti of Orangevale at three-under par 69 and alone in fourth place.
The director flight, consisting of players with handicap indexes between 11.1 and 14.4, is led by Jim Thurman of Clayton who posted a six-under par 66. His round included a net double bogey, a net bogey and nine net birdies, six of which came on Del Monte’s front nine—his back nine—for a net 30.
Thurman is closely followed by Steve Oase and Bill Carle at five-under par 67. Oase of Pleasanton, had a similar round to Thurman as he plodded at the beginning of his round on Del Monte’s back-nine before making a move on Del Monte’s front nine scoring a net 31. Santa Rosa’s Carle, who also started off No, 10, bogeyed his first and penultimate hole, but had seven birdies sandwiched in between to get to five-under par. Tied for fourth place at four-under par 68, with one of the players joining the final group of the director flight, are Ron Ruzich of Live Oak and Bob Albertson of Clovis.
Freire, who leads the secretary flight—players with handicaps of 14.5 and above—shot the low round of the day among all competitors with an eight-under par 64. Things got off to a bumpy start for the El Dorado Hills resident as he took two net bogeys in his first four holes with a net eagle in between to find himself at even-par on the fifth tee box. However, over his final 14 holes Freire would convert two additional net eagles and four net birdies to get to the eight-under mark.
Right behind Freire and alone in second place is Larry Fillmore of Brentwood at seven-under par 65. Fillmore very well could be in the lead if it weren’t for a net triple bogey. The rest of his first round consisted of two net eagles, seven net birdies and a net bogey. In third place at four-under par 68 is Roark Weber, while a logjam of golfers are tied for fourth at two-under par 70: James McLay, Frank Correa, Augustus Kamburis, Richard Jones and Rich Staples.
The final round of the Senior Net Championship will conclude tomorrow at Del Monte GC with play commencing at 7:30 a.m.