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NCGA Senior Four-Ball Net Championship

16th NCGA Senior Four-Ball Net Championship | Poppy Ridge GC | September 22-23, 2014

First played in 1999, the NCGA Senior Four-Ball Net Championship is two-person, better-ball handicap event for all senior NCGA members. The tournament is held annually at Poppy Ridge GC in mid-to-late September.

2013 NCGA Senior Four-Ball Net Champions: Robert Kirby and Gilbert Velarde of What A Racquet GC.

Closing Date: July 18, 2014 Qualifying Date: August 20, 2014

Entries: One to three teams based on membership. Entry Fee: $134 per team. 60 qualifying teams pay an additional $260 per team for the championship.

Eligibility: All NCGA member clubs. Multi-members can only represent one club. Players must have reached their 55th birthday by September 22, 2014 and have a numeric handicap index listed on their club’s Master Report not to exceed 36.4 (men) or 40.4 (women) on the date of registration. One partner may represent the team for any part or all of a stipulated round for qualifying or the championship proper.

Number of Entries: Clubs are entitled, but not required, to submit a specific number of teams based on their active golfing membership as of their January 1 Master Report as shown below. NOTE: SIRS – One two-person team per club is eligible for sectional qualifying. 1 – 2 person team: 20-100 active golfing members 2 – 2 person teams: 101-350 active golfing members 3 – 2 person teams: Over 350 active golfing members.

Format: Four-Ball Stroke Play (Two-Person Better Ball). Sectional Qualifying – 18 holes. Championship – 36 holes, 18 holes per day. All play will be 90% (men) and 95% (women) of the course handicap using a maximum handicap index of 18.4 for calculation. All players with handicap indexes of 18.5 and above are eligible but must play to a maximum handicap index of 18.4. If partners’ course handicaps differ by more than 8 strokes, an additional 10 percent reduction will be applied to their course handicaps.

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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

The 15th Annual Senior Four-Ball Championship wrapped up on Tuesday at Poppy Ridge GC and the final leaderboard looks nothing like it did only a day earlier. With gusts of winds picking up in the early afternoon, firing a low score proved to be rather difficult as 18-hole leaders William Ries and Charles Wilkie of IBEW-332 followed their opening round of 58 with a 69 to finish tied for ninth. Instead, the What A Racquet GC team of Robert Kirby and Gilbert Velarde came from five shots back and in a tie for 10thplace to win outright. Read Full 2013 Recap

It took two extra holes to crown Dale Yoakum and Larry Krepelka wire-to-wire winners of the 14th Senior Four-Ball Net Championship at Poppy Ridge GC. The pair from Boulder Creek GC shot a net 58 on the first day of competition to hold a slim one-stroke lead going into the final round. Yoakum and Krepelka started the day with a net eagle on Chardonnay’s par-4 345-yard first hole to card their lowest nine of the tournament, rounding the turn with a net 27 on the front. Read Full 2012 Recap

Past Champions

1999 Richard Desper and Gene Wheeland 64-59-123
2000 Jay Clifton and Ted Boster 60-59-119
2001 Ron Harmon and Bob Persinger 63-58-121
2002 Arthur Lorentzen and Juan Villegas 60-63-123
2003 Cedric Weaver and Mike Kloski 59-59-118
2004 Stuart Katz and Bernie Bolter 63-62-125
2005 Roderick Lee and Michael Stone 58-63-121
2006 Bill Clayton and David Nuttall 58-60-118
2007 John Folly and Bill Seabury 63-68-131
2008 Ray Cheek and Eugene Quintana 60-59-119
2009 Karl Waine Aalto and Jim Pacini 62-60-122
2010 Frank Kerby and Eddie Williams 61-59-120
2011 Gene Aso and Anthony Pavone 60-59-119
2012 Dale Yoakum and Larry Krepelka 58-61-119
2013 Robert Kirby and Gilbert Velarde 63-60-123