10th Annual NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship
Bayonet/Black Horse GC
October 7-8, 2013
October 8, 2013
SEASIDE – When you have golfing resumes like Steve Woods and Jeff Gilchrist do, winning an age specific four-ball event likely isn’t the apex of either player’s respective amateur careers. However, you couldn’t make such a claim without an inkling of doubt, after the duo came away victorious to win the 10th Annual NCGA Master Division Championship at Bayonet/Black Horse GC on Tuesday.
“When you’re 40-plus-years-old and [still] winning golf tournaments it feels great,” said Woods, the 1994 California State Amateur champion. “We know that no matter what the event is if it says NCGA in front of it, it’s going to be a strong field and we want to come out on top.”
Added Gilchrist, the 1995 NCGA Amateur Match Play champion: “The competition is always very, very good in these events and it gives you a lot of pride when you come out on top.”
Well, come out on top they did after starting the day one shot off the lead. Playing in the final group with first-round leaders Jon Peterson and Gary Deblaquiere, Woods and Gilchrist overtook the leaders to win by a single shot with a 36-hole score of 132, 12-under-par. The duo’s final round of 5-under 67 on the Bayonet 18—after a 7-under 65 on the Black Horse 18 on Monday—tied for the low score of the day as scores were noticeably higher Tuesday.
After nine holes Woods and Gilchrist were in a tough position, trailing their fellow-competitors by three strokes. In fact, the tandem had just closed the gap and tied Peterson and Deblaquiere when Woods chipped-in for an eagle-3 on the par-5 eighth before both players countered it with a double bogey on No. 9, while the two Granite Bay members made birdie. Instead of getting down and overly frustrated with a change of momentum, Woods and Gilchrist shook it off and had a stellar back-nine.
“We were just playing the golf course,” said Gilchrist. “We weren’t worried about them too much.”
Said Woods, “we never lost our composure or focus to Jeff’s point. We were just really sticking to our process and what we could control.”
Peterson and Deblaquiere’s lead actually widened to four strokes after Woods and Gilchrist bogeyed No. 12, but that’s when Woods caught fire and birdied four of the final six holes himself. The first two birdies on Nos. 13 and 15, Woods claimed to make “two improbable putts that went in,” while his birdie on No. 16 was an 8-foot putt and his birdie on the par-5 18th was an up-and-down from just off the green.
Peterson and Deblaquiere failed to birdie the par-5 18th hole, capping off a disappointing final stretch, where the duo went 1-over-par over the final six holes. However, their 36-hole total of 133, 13-under-par with rounds of 64 and 69 was good enough to earn second place. Taking third place with a score of 134, 10-under-par were Greg Edwards and David Bartman. Edwards and Bartman, who started in a three-way tie for fourth place to begin the day after opening with a 6-under 66, fired a final round score of 68 to earn outright third place.
SEASIDE – A bountiful number of low scores were fired in the first round of the NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship at Bayonet/Black Horse GC, but none were lower than that of Jon Peterson and Gary Deblaquiere. The duo competing in one of the first few groups out on the day fired an 8-under-par 64 on the Black Horse 18, which included eight birdies and no bogeys, setting the standard for the 30 other scores to come in under-par (18 of which were in the 60s).
Peterson and Deblaquiere, who are normally battling it out against one another at their home club of Granite Bay GC, melded well as Peterson converted six birdies and Deblaquiere assisted on the other two. The tandem had a nice stretch early converting three consecutive birdies on the front nine starting with a birdie on No.4 by Deblaquiere and two more on Nos. 5 and 6 by Peterson to turn at 33.
Then on the back nine, Peterson got really hot making birdies on Nos. 11, 12, 14 and 15, before Deblaquiere closed the duo’s round with a near eagle on the 18th hole—missing a 10-foot eagle putt—settling for a birdie to come in with a 31.
“I made some good putts and my putter really got hot there,” said Peterson of his four birdies on the back nine.
Only one stroke behind and tied for second place at 7-under-par 65 are the teams of Jeff Gilchrist and Steve Woods, and Dale Bouguennec and Jamie Looper.
Gilchrist and Woods, who played in the group right behind Peterson and Deblaquiere, also had eight birdies on the day, but relinquished a stroke with a bogey on No. 9. The duo made their birdies on Nos. 3, 6 and 8, before doing most of their work on the back nine with birdies on Nos. 12, 14, 16, 17 and 18 for an impressive 31.
Following the same theme, Bouguennec and Looper, who finished a half-hour later, also made eight birdies and one bogey for their 65. However, the tandem’s success was different as they scorched the course early before cruising to the finish. Bouguennec and Looper made six birdies over their first eight holes—with exceptions being Nos. 3 and 5—to fire a striking front-nine score of 30. A bogey on No. 11 derailed them briefly, but birdies on Nos. 12 and 15 gave them a 35 on the back nine.
Still right in the thick of things with a score of 6-under-par 66 and tied for fourth place are the teams of Greg Loosigian and Tom Moshier, Greg Edwards and David Bartman, and Richard Ramsey and Rob Matson. Just a notch below and in a four-way tie for seventh place, posting scores of 5-under-par 67 are the teams of Chris Cuttone and Ron Ewing, Mark Miller and Scott Olds, Matt Fagundes and Jon Bettencourt, and Bill Ayres and Vy Nong.
Russell Humprhey and Randy Haag, half of the 2012 defending championship team and half of 2011 championship team, are playing together and currently alone in 11th place at 4-under-par 68.
The final round will take place Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. with the competition moving over to the Bayonet 18.