NCGA Associate Club Four-Ball Net Championship
Quail Lodge GC/Spyglass Hill GC
June 24-25, 2013
June 25, 2013
PEBBLE BEACH – Who says you have to know your partner for years in order to win a four-ball event?
Paired together at random in the Sacto Regional Par GC less than six months ago, Jay Haro and Erik Nissen turned out to be a great team at the NCGA Associate Club Four-Ball Net Championship. The pair took an early lead at the 22nd Annual event firing an opening 13-under-par 58 at Quail Lodge GC. Then facing the challenge of clinching their victory at Spyglass Hill, the duo rose to the occasion carding a winning score of 58-64–122.
“We just wanted to come out here and have a strong finishing round,” Haro said. “Our goal was to get 5-under on each side, knowing that 10-under on this course would be hard to beat.”
After a bogey start in the final round, they found their rhythm and teamed up for four net birdies on the front nine. On the back nine they made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 and 12, as well as on Nos. 13 and 14. They finished the event strong with a birdie on the 18th to clinch the victory.
“It’s exciting to win,” Nissen said. “We really were not expecting it. It was a really enjoyable event.”
Haro and Nissen have only known of each other for about six months, although they have both been NCGA members for more than 20 years.
“We were randomly paired together through a friend and we won one of our club events,” Haro said. “It really is a surprise to us to win this event. It is just great.”
Finishing in second place was Dalvinder and Baldeep Sanghera (E-Club Fresno 3) who beat out Thang Ngo and Michael Ho (Monta Vista GC) in a scorecard playoff. Both teams finished carding 19-under-par 124 for the event.
Final Round Sildeshow
June 24, 2013
CARMEL – After the first round of the 22nd Annual Associate Club Four-Ball Net Championship, the team of Jay Haro and Erik Nissen of Sacto Regional Par GC lead by three shots after an opening net score of 58, 13-under-par at Quail Lodge GC.
Haro and Nissen teamed up for 10 net birdies, two net eagles and one net bogey to post the only sub-60 score of the day. In a three-way tie for second at 10-under-par as each duo fired a 61 on Monday are Don Moak and Dan Hallford, William Jones and John Bettencourt, and Thang Ngo and Michael Ho. Moak and Hallford of Heritage Park GC were able to avoid taking any bogeys and had one net eagle and eight net birdies. Jones and Bettencourt of E-Club South Bay were able to overcome three net bogeys on the day and then some by scoring three net eagles and seven net birdies. Ngo and Ho had an eerily similar round to Moak and Hallford as they too went bogey-free and teamed up for a net eagle and eight net birdies.
Four teams are tied for fifth place at nine-under-par after an opening round of net 62: Brock Hinzmann and Kim Wells (SRI International GC), Mike Sanbongi and Dave Templeton (Intel Folsom GC), Steve Hopson and Sung Oh (HP Roseville GC) and Larry Platz and Shad Winter (E-Club Central Valley).
The championship will conclude Tuesday at Spyglass Hill GC with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.