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NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship

12th Annual NCGA Amateur Stroke Championship | Poppy Hills GC | July 10-12, 2014

First played in 1944, the NCGA Stroke Play Championship has a special history, as the tournament has been won


2014 champion Bobby Bucey

by the likes of Ken Venturi and Johnny Miller.  But the event was cancelled in 1966 when the NCGA decided to add the now-popular Four-Ball Championship.

The original championship was played over 72 holes, while the renewed format which began in 2004, is a 54-hole event staged at Poppy Hills every year. During the Poppy Hills renovation in 2013, the championship was held at Bayonet/Black Horse GC in neighboring Seaside.

Kevin Lucas and Ben Geyer share the 54-hole tournament record with a score of 11-under-par 205. Lucas posted his 54-hole winning score in 2010 at Poppy Hills GC, while Geyer fired his 205 total in 2013 at Bayonet GC. Talbert Smith has won the championship more than any other player, four times, in 1946, ’48, ’56 and ’57. Other multiple winners include Ken Venturi (’51 and ’52), Verne Callison (’58 and ’59), Scott Hardy (’04, ’11) and Geyer (’12 and ’13).

The sterling silver perpetual trophy was donated by the San Francisco Examiner in 1944.


Qualifying Information

ENTRIES CLOSE: May 24, 2015

Qualifying for the 2015 Amateur Stroke Play Championship takes place June 12 at the following courses:

Del Monte GC | Dragonfly GC | Empire Ranch GC | Paradise Valley GC | Roddy Ranch GC | San Juan Oaks GC

The event is open to all players with a handicap index of 5.4 or less.

Format: 18 holes qualifying.  100 players plus ties (including exempts) will advance to the championship.  Championship play is 54 holes of stroke play (18 holes per day).  After 36 holes the field will be cut to 40 players and ties.

All players must qualify except the following: All past champions prior to 2004 (beginning in 2004, this is a 10-year exemption) and the top 10 and ties from the preceding year, players who reached the quarter-finals of the Amateur Match Play of the preceding year and the following current NCGA champions: Public Links, Senior, Junior, Master Division, Valley Amateur and Valley Senior Amateur. Players who reached the quarterfinals of the CGA in the previous year are also exempt.  Exemptions are also granted to the top 15 players on the preceding year’s final NCGA Points List.  Each exempt player is required to submit an entry prior to the closing date.  Amateur Stroke Play Exemptions

Tournament Recaps

BucswingFollowing a poor drive on the par-4 16th, Bob Bucey went over to his son Bobby and reminded him, “All it takes is one great shot.” Later, Bobby, a former standout at Chico State, would put his father’s words into action. Bucey hit a perfect 7-iron draw into the middle of the green on the second hole of a sudden death playoff (No.2) that rolled to within two feet of the pin for birdie, clinching a win over Brandon Wu and the title in Sunday’s finale of the annual NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course. Read Full 2014 Recap | View 2014 Photo Gallery

Ben Geyer did something Sunday that nobody has done in the modern era of the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship. The 21-year-old became the first player to defend his title, winning the 10th annual event by nine strokes with a 54-hole total of 205, 11-under-par at Bayonet GC. Geyer, who held a three-shot lead going into Sunday’s final round after rounds of 70 and 67, fired a 68 on Sunday for a third straight day of under-par golf, routing the rest of the field. Read Full 2013 Recap | View 2013 Photo Gallery

Going into Sunday’s final round all indications pointed to a win likely to come from a young up-and-coming NCGA player named Ben. El Macero resident Ben Corfee and Ben Geyer of Arbuckle separated themselves from the field after 36 holes as Corfee stood at 140 and Geyer stood at 141, with their nearest competitors at 144. After Sunday’s round was complete the odds turned out to be correct as the 20-year-old Geyer posted his third straight under-par score to win by four shots. Read Full 2012 Recap | View 2012 Photo Gallery

Past Champions

1944 James Molinari at Sharp Park GC
1945 Earl Stewart at Harding Park GC
1946 Talbert Smith at Sharp Park GC
1947 Dick Bailey at Sonoma GC
1948 Talbert Smith at Sonoma GC
1949 Eli Bariteau at Peninsula GCC
1950 Al Frye at Sacramento GC
1951 Kenneth Venturi at La Rinconada GCC
1952 Kenneth Venturi at Presidio GC
1953 William Colm at Del Rio GCC
1954 Jack Bariteau at San Jose CC
1955 E. Harvie Ward at Stanford GC
1956 Talbert Smith at Castlewood CC
1957 Talbert Smith at Peninsula GCC
1958 Verne Callison at Silverado CC
1959 Verne Callison at Orinda CC and Sequoyah CC
1960 George Archer at California GC and Presidio GC
1961 Ernest Pieper, Jr. at San Jose CC and La Rinconada CC
1962 John Lotz at Lake Merced GC
1963 Stephen Oppermann at Stanford GC
1964 Johnny Miller at Meadow Club and Peacock Gap GC
1965 Steve Whitman at Sierra View GC and Sunset Oaks GC
1966 Jim Wiechers at Sharon Heights GCC and Mira Vista GCC
2004 Scott Hardy at Poppy Hills GC (73-70-68—211)
2005 Bob Niger at Poppy Hills GC (75-68-70—213)
2006 Erick Justesen at Poppy Hills GC (71-71-73—215)
2007 Casey Boyns at Poppy Hills GC (69-70-75—214)
2008 Matthew Hollinsead at Poppy Hills GC (67-77-69—213)
2009 Rick Reinsberg at Poppy Hills GC (67-72-70—209)
2010 Kevin Lucas at Poppy Hills GC (68-72-65—205)
2011 Scott Hardy at Poppy Hills GC (71-67-72—210)
2012 Ben Geyer at Poppy Hills GC (70-71-71—212)
2013 Ben Geyer at Bayonet GC (70-67-68—205)
2014 Bobby Bucey at Poppy Hills GC (71-74-74—219)