20th Annual NCGA Associate Club Net Amateur Championship
Quail Lodge GC
September 30-October 1, 2013
October 1, 2013
CARMEL – For a second consecutive day sunshine bathed Quail Lodge GC as players were able to enjoy another beautiful day competing in the 20th Annual NCGA Associate Club Net Amateur Championship. However, despite the spectacular weather players were challenged as the competition averaged more than a full stroke higher in Tuesday’s final round.
In the president flight—players with a handicap of 10.0 or lower—first-round co-leader Gary Kiedrowski of Stockton was one of those players to post a higher final round score, yet he was still able to capitalize on the fruits of his first round score and win his flight in a sudden-death playoff.
“It’s a great honor [to win],” said Kiedrowski.
After opening with a 6-under-par 65 on Monday, Kiedrowski followed with a 1-under-par 70 to finish at 135, 7-under-par tied with fellow Stockton resident Gregory Garcia. Garcia, who played one shot better than Kiedrowski in the final round—following his first round 66 with a 69—lost on the first playoff hole (No. 1) as Kiedrowski was able to make a par. Finishing in a tie for third place at 137, 5-under-par were Rob Hinojosa of Santa Clara and Chad Carey of San Jose. Carey, who shared the first-round lead with Kiedrwoski followed his opening round 65 with a 72, while Hinojosa followed had back-to-back rounds in the 60s with a 68 and 69.
Ron Clemens won the director flight—players with handicaps between 10.1 to 15.1—and was a rare exception when it came to a lower final round score, improving four strokes from Monday to Tuesday. Clemens of Carmichael opened with a 71 and closed with a 67 to move from a tie to fourth to the top of the leaderboard with a 36-hole winning score of 138, 2-under-par. His round was highlighted by a shot of a lifetime when Clemens holed out on No.13 for an eagle-2 from 150 yards in the middle of the fairway, which scored as a net double-eagle.
Taking second place and finishing with a 36-hole score of 144, 2-over-par was Kevin O’Leary of Martinez. O’Leary, who started the day in a tie for fourth with Clemens, followed his even-par 71 with a 2-over-par 73. Joey Fleeman took third place with a 36-hole score of 145, 3-over-par, which included rounds of 70 and 75.
In the secretary flight—players with handicaps of 15.2 and above—Charlene Hastings won by a margin of six strokes after a second straight day of under-par golf. Hastings of San Francisco followed her first round 9-under-par 62 with a 3-under-par 68 to finish with a 12-under-par 130 total.
“I am so thrilled [to win],” said Hastings. “I have put so much time into my golf game.”
Taking second place at 136, 6-under-par was first-round leader Jeff Benrey of Atherton, who followed his opening round 10-under-par 61 with a 4-over-par 75. Stacey Baba of Saratoga moved up from fifth place to third place to earn a medal, finishing with a 36-hole score of 141, 1-under-par, which included rounds of 70 and 71.
September 30, 2013
CARMEL – Ideal weather allowed for several players in each of the three different flights to post under-par scores at Quail Lodge GC in the first round of the NCGA Associate Club Net Amateur Championship. In total, 17 players found red numbers positioning themselves nicely heading into tomorrow’s final round.
The president flight—players with handicaps of 10.0 and under—had the majority of the under-par scores on the day as nine players played better than their allotted handicap. Leading the way were two players, Gary Kiedrowski and Chad Carey, each firing net scores of 6-under-par 65. Kiedrowski’s day included eight net birdies, a net eagle to go along with four net bogeys, while Carey had six net birdies, a net eagle and a mere two net bogeys.
Right on their tails and only a shot behind are Randy Chang and Gregory Garcia, who currently sit in a tie for third place, each posting a net score of 5-under-par 66 on Monday. Three shots off the lead and alone in fifth is Rob Hinojosa at 3-under-par, while four players are tied for sixth at 1-under-par: Steve Tsang, Steve DeSantis, Eric Ngo and Timothy Nelson.
The director flight, which features players with handicaps between 10.1 and 15.1, had the least amount of under-par scores with only three on the day. Steve Kline had the lowest of those three, posting a 3-under-par net 68, which included two net eagles, three net birdies and four net bogeys. The two other players in the director flight to find the red were Joey Fleeman and Kevin Spellman, who each fired a net score of 1-under-par 71. Despite not getting to red numbers, four players are not far off the pace and tied for fourth place at even-par 71: Ron Clemens, Tom Holmstrom, Kevin O’Leary and Arthur McNicoll.
Five players shot under-par scores in the secretary flight, players with handicaps of 15.2 and above, which also produced the lowest net score of the day. Jeff Benrey played lights out firing a 10-under-par net 61. He was buoyed by three net eagles and five net birdies in his round, which were scarcely countered by two net bogeys. Despite a spectacular round, Benrey doesn’t have much breathing room as only one-shot back and alone in second place is Charlene Hastings. She put together her round of net 62, 9-under-par by converting four net eagles and six net birdies on the day to go along with three net bogeys and a net double bogey. Three other players in the flight fired under-par scores as Ron Sharek is in third place at 5-under-par, Kyle Vickroy is in fourth place at 2-under-par and Stacey Baba is in fifth place at 1-under-par.
The championship will wrap up tomorrow at Quail Lodge with play beginning at 8:00 a.m.