NCGA Four-Ball Net Championship
Spyglass Hill GC/Quail Lodge GC
June 24-25, 2013
June 25, 2013
PEBBLE BEACH – The 46th Annual Four-Ball Net Championship was unlike any other previous championship in the tournament’s documented history. Four teams tied atop the leaderboard at the conclusion of 36 holes with a score of 127, 16-under-par forcing a sudden-death playoff of unusual size. After the second playoff hole at Quail Lodge GC the team of Vince Cressio and Greg Jones of Boulder Creek GC beat the teams from Belmont GC and Riverside GC (two teams).
Going into the day as first-round leaders, Cressio and Jones of Boulder Creek GC regressed a little in the final round following their opening round of 10-under-par net 62 at Spyglass Hill GC with a net 65 at Quail Lodge GC on Tuesday. However, the duo had fewer mistakes on Tuesday, only making one net bogey, which was countered nicely by five net birdies and a net eagle. Because of their exceptional play over the past two days, the tandem wasn’t bothered by having to go into a playoff.
“It was no problem,” said Jones.
Added Cressio, “we were just happy to be in the playoff,” he said. “Who could have dialed up a better end of the day?”
Earning second place via a scorecard playoff was the team of Michael McElfresh and Victor Torres of Riverside GC (2), They were the first team to post a score of 127 as they had one of the lower rounds of the day with a 10-under-par 61, improving by several shots from their first round net score of 66 at Spyglass Hill GC on Monday. The duo was buoyed by two net eagles and nine net birdies despite taking three net bogeys.
McElfresh and Torres’s compatriots from Riverside GC (1), Manuel Herrera and Jose Espinoza, who started the day alone in second place after an opening round net score of 64 at Spyglass Hill, matched their eight-under mark on Tuesday with a 63 at Quail Lodge GC. Herrera and Espinoza teamed up for 10 net birdies and two net bogeys for their final round.
Belmont CC’s team of Ron Stogdell and Eddie Zahariades improved from their first round by firing a nine-under-par net 62 at Quail Lodge GC after a first round of seven-under-par net 65 at Spyglass Hill GC. The tandem scored when they needed to making one net eagle and nine net birdies and limited their mistakes to two net bogeys.
Missing out on the playoff by just one shot and tying for fifth place at 128, 15-under-par were the teams of Stanley Richins and Clint Walker of River Oaks GC, and Phil Lozano and Jeff Todd of Ridge Creek GC. Richins and Walker were one of two teams to post a net score of 59 on Tuesday, the other team being seventh place finisher Thomas Gray and David Rusher of Elkhorn GC.
June 24, 2013
PEBBLE BEACH – The first round of the Four-Ball Net Championship took place Monday at Spyglass Hill with low visibility and soft conditions due to the pervasive fog found throughout the course. Still several teams were able to go low, none better than Vince Cressio and Greg Jones of Boulder Creek GC.
Cressio and Jones fired a first round score of net 62, 10-under-par at Spyglass Hill. The duo’s round consisted of four net eagles, six net birdies, two net bogeys and a net double bogey. Two strokes back at eight-under-par, having each shot a 64 on Monday were the teams of Zack Brooks and Glenn Thurber, and Jose Espinoza and Manuel Herrera. Brooks and Thurber of Little River Inn GC were bogey-free on the day and converted a net eagle and six net birdies. Espinoza and Herrera of Riverside GC carded their net 64 with a net eagle, seven net birdies and a net bogey.
Alone in fourth place, posting a seven-under-par 65 was Ron Stogdell and Eddie Zahariades of Belmont CC. Five teams are tied for fifth place at six-under-par 66: Michael McElfresh and Victor Torres (Riverside GC), Thomas Fiori and John Taylor (Sebastopol GC), Mike Blau and Tom Cech (Castlewood CC), Jere Snyder and John Snyder (Swenson Park GC) and Ed Kempker and Kevin Peters (Granite Bay GC).
The final round of the 46th Annual NCGA Four-Ball Net Championship will wrap up Tuesday at Quail Lodge GC with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.