NCGA Women’s Net Amateur Championship
Quail Lodge GC
July 25-26, 2013
July 26, 2013
CARMEL – The final round of the 9th Annual NCGA Women’s Net Amateur Championship at Quail Lodge GC almost saw a complete sweep of wire-to-wire winners. In two of the three flights, first-round leaders took home the first prize, while in another the first-round leader finished up one stroke shy.
In the president flight—players with handicap indexes of 15.2 or below—Kris Handsaker won in dominating fashion, winning by seven strokes. After a first round score of two-under-par, net 69, the Newcastle resident matched her first round score to finish at 138, four-under-par. Handsaker quickly netted to birdies early on Nos. 1 and 3, before taking three net bogeys on Nos. 4, 7 and 8. Then on the back-nine she closed nicely making no bogeys and three birdies on Nos. 12, 15 and 18.
“I didn’t think I played well enough to win my flight,” said Handsaker.
Finishing in second place, seven strokes behind at 145, four-over-par was 2011 president flight champion Martha Hagler of Mill Valley. Behind her in third place with a score of 148, seven-over-par was Maureen Earley of Los Altos. Hagler followed her first round of 71 with a 74, while Earley closed with a net 76 after opening with a net 72.
The director flight, which features players with handicap indexes of 15.3 to 20.7, was the one flight not to see a first-round leader come away victorious. Sahca Bunge of Mill Valley came from behind closing with a final round of two-over-par 73, two shots better than her opening round 75, to finish with a 36-hole score of 148. Starting the day in fourth place and five shots off the lead Bunge was buoyed by three net birdies and a net eagle, despite taking five net bogeys and a net double bogey.
“I’m excited,” said the Mill Valley resident. “This is totally encouraging because I had no expectation of winning.”
Two players finished one shot back of Bunge at 149, seven-over-par, Julie Quinn and Kathie Holtzapple. Quinn of Sacramento made a move up the leaderboard following her first round 77 with a final round 72. Quinn’s exceptional final round play helped her in the tiebreaker method for the medal awarding as she took home the second place medal. Holtzapple of Danville had a four-shot lead going into the final round, but she struggled on Friday following her opening round 70 with a 79 and take home the third place medal.
Last to finish was the secretary flight—players with handicap indexes of 20.8 and above—which stood pat at the top of leaderboard as Stephanie Krist won by a two-stroke margin. The San Rafael resident followed her first round 73 with a one-over-par 72 to finish at 145, three-over-par. Krist’s two rounds were nearly identical making five birdies and three bogeys in each round with the only difference being one extra par and a triple bogey on Friday to substitute her two double bogeys on Thursday.
“I have playing really badly lately and I started taking lessons before this to get my game back,” explained Krist. “This is validation it paid off.”
Finishing alone in second place at 147 five-over-par was fellow San Rafael resident Doris Cardinal. She put together the round of the day across all flights with a final round score of net 68, bettering her first round 79 by 11 strokes. Also making a big move up the leaderboard and making up 11 strokes on her round was third place finisher Regina Cortez of Dixon. Cortez followed her opening round 81 with a one-under-par 70 to move up eight spots after starting the day tied for 11th.
The 10th Annual NCGA Women’s Net Amateur will likely be held in late July 2014 at the newly renovated Poppy Hills GC.
July 25, 2013
CARMEL – Under-par scores were hard to come by in the first round of the 9th annual NCGA Women’s Net Amateur Championship. Only two red numbers were posted across the three flights at Quail Lodge GC on Thursday as the secretary flight yielded none.
The president flight, which features players with handicap indexes of 15.2 or less, was led by Kris Handsaker with a net score of two-under-par 69. The Newcastle resident got off to a middling start making a bogey and double bogey to go along with a birdie in the first five holes to quickly get to two-over-par. However, over the final 13 holes, Handsaker converted net birdies on Nos. 6, 9, 12 and 14 to post the only sub-70 round of the day.
Two-strokes behind Handsaker in solo second place is Martha Hagler at even-par 71. In third place is Maureen Earley at one-over-par 72, while three players are tied for fourth at two-over-par 73: Shelly Broumas, Julie Crow and Fumiko Haruyama.
The lone wolf in the director flight—players with handicap indexes between 15.3 and 20.7—was Kathie Holtzapple, who fired a one-under-par 70. The Danville resident’s round was truly a rollercoaster ride with several highs (three net eagles and three net birdies) and a fair amount of lows (three net bogeys, a net double bogey and a net triple bogey). Still, Hotzapple was able to take advantage of the longer holes on Thursday, going six-under on the par 5s, with two net eagles and two net birdies.
In second place and four strokes back is Kari Vadnais at three-over-par 74. Alone in third at four-over-par 75 is Sacha Bunge, while four players, including defending director flight champion Karen O’Neill, are tied for fourth place at five-over-par 76 (Mary Kelly, Cindy Dichiara and Sherri Wood are the other three).
The low score to come out of the secretary flight—players with handicap indexes of 20.8 or above—was Stephanie Krist with a two-over-par 73. Krist got up to as high as five-over-par through 13 holes, but rallied by reeling off three straight net birdies on Nos. 14-16 to finish at two-over-par. In total, the San Rafael resident made five net birdies, three net bogeys and two net double bogeys on Thursday.
Joanne Segovia will join Krist in the last group of tomorrow’s final round as she finds herself currently in second place at four-over-par 75. Rounding out the pairing and joining Krist and Segovia will be Leslie Lang and Wendy Grossman, who finished Thursday with a net score of five-over-par 76 to tie for third place.
Tomorrow’s final round will conclude at Quail Lodge GC with flights going out in the same time slots: President Flight (7:30-7:50 a.m.), Director Flight (8:00-8:20 a.m.) and Secretary Flight (8:20-8:50 a.m.).