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Master Division Four-Ball Championship

11th NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship | Poppy Ridge GC | October 6-7, 2014

2013 NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Champions: Steve Woods and Jeff Gilchrist

First played in 2004 at Poppy Ridge, the NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship is a two-person, better-ball scratch event for NCGA members 40 years of age and older. The duo of Terry Foreman and James Hay won the first three championships, and in 2008 Hay won a fourth championship with partner Mark Hill. Since 2009 the event  has been played at Seaside’s Bayonet/Black Horse GC. The first year at the new venue was shortened to one round due to inclement weather, but years following no such misfortune has occurred. In 2012 for the first time both courses were used in the championship with the first round on the Black Horse 18 and the final round taking place on the Bayonet. In 2014 the event will return to Poppy Ridge GC.

ENTRIES CLOSE: September 19, 2014
ENTRY FEE: $320 per team. Field limited to the first 56 teams, including exempt teams.
FORMAT: 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, 18 holes per day.
ELIGIBILITY: Players must have reached their 40th birthday by October 6th and have a numeric handicap index listed on their club’s Master Report of 5.4 or less on the date of registration. Partners need not be members of the same club. One partner may represent the team for any part or all of a stipulated round.
Master Division Four-Ball Exemptions


About Poppy Ridge


Poppy Ridge (Chardonnay) No. 3

Located in the heart of the Livermore Valley Wine Country, the 27-hole Rees Jones design is reminiscent of the heathland courses of Scotland. Poppy Ridge Golf Course opened in 1996 and is easily accessible to approximately 90,000 of the nearly 175,000 NCGA members who live within a 65-mile radius of the course.

The Merlot, Chardonnay and Zinfandel nines offer challenging and enjoyable golf for any level of player. Each nine measures about 3,500 to 3,600 yards from the black tees. Carved in the rugged terrain of the Livermore foot-hills, Poppy Ridge offers spectacular views of the golf course and beyond. Each hole is shaped by extensive bunkering, giving the course a true links feel.

Poppy Ridge was rated by Zagat Guide as one of the top 15 courses in the nation for value. Remarkable views of rolling hills, four sets of tees, excellent course conditions, 27 championship golf holes, friendly staff, indoor and outdoor restaurant facilities and affordable prices make this a true value in Northern California.

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Tournament Recaps

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.” Read Full 2013 Recap | View 2013 Photo Gallery

The best word to describe the winning team of the 2012 NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship is comfortable—at least that’s how Jeff Hoffman and Russell Humphrey would define their four-ball partnership. Having played with one another in about five four-ball tournaments prior to this event and no victories to show for, the duo knew that something good was bound to come their way. With a final round of seven-under 65, Hoffman and Humphrey shot up to the top of the leaderboard to win by a single stroke, putting together a 36-hole total of 134, 10-under par. Read Full 2012 Recap | View 2012 Photo Gallery


Past Champions

2004 Terry Foreman and James Hay at Poppy Ridge 67-67-134
2005 Terry Foreman and James Hay at Poppy Ridge 67-63-130
2006 Terry Foreman and James Hay at Poppy Ridge 65-66-131
2007 Jeff Burda and Jamie Looper at Poppy Ridge 66-65-131
2008 Mark Hill and James Hay at Poppy Ridge 64-65-129
2009 John Driver and Ken Helwig at Bayonet 65
2010 Randy Haag and Darryl Donovan at Bayonet 66-68-134
2011 Randy Haag and Darryl Donovan at Bayonet 70-64-134
2012 Jeff Hoffman and Russell Humphrey at Black Horse / Bayonet 69-65-134
2013 Steve Woods and Jeff Gilchrist at Black Horse / Bayonet 65-67-132