NCGA Zone Championship
48th NCGA Zone Championship | Poppy Hills GC & Spyglass Hill GC | August 25-26, 2014
First played in 1967, the NCGA Zone Championship is a four-person team event for regular clubs. Fourteen regional championships are staged with the champion and runner-up qualifying for the final championship at the end of August.
Regional Sites: Carmel Valley Ranch GC & Del Monte GC.
Regional Zone qualifying will play one round at Carmel Valley Ranch GC and one round at Del Monte GC.
The top two teams from each regional zone will return August 25-26, 2014 for the championship at Spyglass Hill GC & Poppy Hills GC.
ELIGIBILITY: NCGA regular member clubs only (one team). Multi-members can only represent one club. No players under 18 years of age. A numeric handicap index listed on their club’s Master Report on the date of registration not to exceed 36.4 (men) or 40.4 (women).
FORMAT: Best two balls of four. 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 or above are eligible but must play to a maximum current handicap index of 18.4.
About Spyglass Hill GC
Ranked number 11 on “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list by Golf Digest for 2011-2012. Spyglass Hill was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., as a part of the master plan for the Pebble Beach ocean front between Cypress Point and Pebble Beach. Opened in 1966, the design features two distinctly different kinds of terrain that influence the way the holes look and play.
The first five holes roll through sandy seaside dunes challenging the golfer to carefully pick the safest path. The following 13 holes are cut through pine trees with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers and lakes to grab the errant shot. Spyglass Hill is rated one of the toughest courses in the world from the Championship tees, boasting a course rating of 75.5 and a slope rating of 147. The PGA Tour consistently lists Spyglass Hill’s holes 6, 8 and 16 among the toughest on the tour, and during the 1999 United States Amateur, the stroke average of the field during medal play was in excess of 79.
About Del Monte GC
Revered as the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi, Del Monte GC provides a parkland style golf course minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. Having been open for play since 1897, the course was designed by Charles Maud a golf and polo enthusiast. The layout provides many tree-lined fairways and plays 6,365 yards with a course rating of 71.5 from the championship tees. Del Monte was the original host of the California State Amateur Championship and is also a regular host—along with Pebble Beach GL—of the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational and the Champions Tour First Tee Open.
The team with the low score on Tuesday came out on top at the 47thAnnual NCGA Zone Championship, despite not having the low first round score. The four-man team of Dennis Culberston, Richard Deponte, Tim Speer and Chris Wells from Del Rio GCC mounted a mini-comeback having started the day alone in fourth place to be crowned 2013 NCGA Zone Champions. In a format that takes the two best net scores per hole of a four-man team, the Del Rio GCC team followed its first round of 125 at Spyglass Hill GC with an impressive final round score of 119 at Del Monte GC to finish with a 244, 44-under-par 36-hole total. Read Full 2013 Recap
Mike Haworth, David Spinks, Steve Beaton and Craig Burkett from Churn Creek GC had a goal going through qualifications for the 46th Annual NCGA Zone Championship – to make it to Spyglass Hill GC. After playing together in 2011 for zone qualifying, the four-man team finished fifth in the North Zone, missing their opportunity to compete in the championship field. In 2012 qualifying, the men from Redding went wire-to-wire to earn a trip to the Monterey Peninsula. Read Full 2012 Recap
|1967||North Ridge CC||61-60-121|
|1968||Palo Alto Hills GCC||61-69-120|
|1969||*Del Rio GCC||60-56-116|
|1970||Palo Alto Hills GCC||61-60-121|
|1971||*Whitney Ranch National GC||60-56-116|
|1973||Butte Creek CC||61-62-122|
|1975||Palm Lakes GC||57-62-119|
|1976||Selma Valley GC||60-64-124|
|1978||Sunset Whitney GC||61-63-124|
|1981||Rancho Del Rey GC||61-64-125|
|1983||Gold Hills GC||61-64-125|
|1984||Cobb Meadows GC||60-58-118|
|1985||Vineyard Knolls GC||66-58-124|
|1987||Fort Washington GCC||63-61-124|
|1988||Corral de Tierra CC||62-57-119|
|1989||Boulder Creek GC||60-61-121|
|1990||Swenson Park GC||57-57-114|
|1991||Bing Maloney GC||61-59-120|
|1993||Churn Creek GC||124-121-245|
|1996||Valley Oaks GC||114-118-232|
|1997||Cherry Island GC||118-120-238|
|2000||Sierra View of Visalia||124-122-246|
|2005||Redwood Empire GCC||124-124-248|
|2008||Plumas Lake GCC||123-123-246|
|2009||Monterey Peninsula CC||130-124-254|
|2010||Plumas Lake GCC||119-138-257|
|2012||Churn Creek GC||124-120-244|
|2013||Del Rio GCC||125-119-244|