33rd NCGA Master Division Championship | Spyglass Hill GC & Del Monte GC | June 9-10, 2014
The NCGA Master Division Championship began in 1982 as a competitive opportunity for players aged 40-54 who were not yet eligible for senior tournaments. The event is open to all players aged 40 and over, with no upper age restriction.
The 36-hole stroke play championship was held for 11 consecutive years at Lake Tahoe and Edgewood Tahoe golf courses and is now hosted jointly by Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills golf courses.
Pat McDonald holds the tournament’s 36-hole scoring record with a seven-under-par 136 in 1994 at Lake Tahoe and Edgewood Tahoe GCs. The single round record of six-under-par 66 set in 1998 by Pat McDonald was tied in 1999 by four-time champion Randy Haag, who posted a 65 at the par-71 Lake Tahoe GC. Haag holds the record for most titles, having won four in a 14-year span 1999, 2002, 2009 and 2013. The only player to win back-to-back titles is Jeff Burda, who claimed the championship three times, in 1996, 1997 and 2005. Jim Knoll became the oldest player to win the championship at 59, in 2012.
The champagne bucket trophy was donated by two-time California State Amateur champion Ernie Pieper.
ENTRIES CLOSE: April 18, 2014
Qualifying for the 2014 Master Division Championship takes place May 15 at the following courses:
Darkhorse GC | Hiddenbrooke GC | Riverbend GC | Roddy Ranch GC | San Juan Oaks GC
Format: 18 holes qualifying. 100 players plus ties (including exempts) will advance to the championship.
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. The following current NCGA champions are exempt if they meet age elegibility requirements: Public Links, Valley Amateur, Amateur Stroke Play, Senior, CGA Senior and Amateur Match Play. Each exempt player is required to submit an entry prior to the closing date. Master Division Exemptions
Randy Haag added his name to NCGA history on Tuesday, not that his name can’t be found in it already. The six-time NCGA Player of the Year—a record by itself—became the first player ever to win a fourth NCGA Master Division title by posting a 36-hole score of 144, even-par. With a fourth NCGA Master Division title to his name and his first NCGA major win since the 2011 Master Division Four-Ball title, Haag was happy to get out of his mini-slump. He also wasn’t any less excited winning an event he’s already won three other times (’99, ’02 and ’09)… Read Full 2013 Recap | View 2013 Photo Gallery
For the past 20 years the NCGA Master Division Championship has eluded Jim Knoll’s grasp. Having finished runner-up four times in the event, Knoll finally broke through and captured his first win firing a 36-hole total of 141, three-under-par. His total was good enough to take a four-shot victory over the nearest competition as Nick Ushijima and Gary Vanier tied for second at one-over-par, 145. Interestingly enough Knoll’s window of opportunity passed him at one point as the event only accommodated players ages 40 to 54, before the rule was changed after the 2008 tournament season, making him ineligible in 2007 and 2008….Read Full 2012 Recap | View 2012 Photo Gallery
Darin Lake epitomizes golf’s mid-amateur. The 42-year-old Sunnyside member is a father of three and owner of a construction company in Fresno and finds it difficult to play more than once a week. But that hardly stopped Lake from capturing the 30th NCGA Master Division Championship at Spyglass Hill. The event, for competitors aged 40 and older, was contested in weather conditions more suitable for a late November football game: blustery and highly variable winds and cold temperatures…Read Full 2011 Recap | View 2011 Photo Gallery
As the NCGA Master Division Championship demonstrated, fortunes in a golf tournament can literally change in the blink of an eye. Or in the case of champion Daniel Sullivan of Pasadena, by realizing the rarest achievement in golf, a double eagle, on the tournament’s final hole. Sullivan’s holed 3-wood from 225 yards on Poppy Hills’ 18th hole propelled him from three strokes back to a tie for the lead shared by defending champion Randy Haag of Burlingame in the event for competitors aged 40 or older…Read Full 2010 Recap | View 2010 Photo Gallery
Randy Haag might want to consider moving to Monterey if he keeps up his current streak. After capturing the NCGA Master Division Championship at Spyglass Hill on the heels of winning the Monterey City at Del Monte GC Sunday, the 50-year-old Olympic Club member concluded a hot weekend. “If someone had told me I would shoot nine-under over the last five days I would have said, ‘No chance,’” the champion said. After posting a two-over 74 to fall four strokes behind first-round leader Brian Swenson… Read Full 2009 Recap | View 2009 Photo Gallery
Jamie Looper thought he might have blown his chances when he missed a one-foot tap-in putt on the 13th hole at Spyglass Hill. But the reigning Master Division Four-Ball Champion walked off the 18th green with a smile on his face, an even-par 72 on his scorecard and the 2008 Master Division Championship to his name… Read Full 2008 Recap | View 2008 Photo Gallery
One of Northern California’s elite amateurs re-entered the winner’s circle after an eight-year absence. With a one-stroke win at Spyglass Hill, Casey Boyns re-established himself at the top of the list of the NCGA’s best players. The 51-year-old captured the championship, for competitors aged 40-54, utilizing a steady short game that produced a final-round, even-par 72 despite his missing eight greens… Read Full 2007 Recap | View 2007 Photo Gallery
|1982||Gary Vandeweghe at Spyglass Hill GC||74-77-151|
|1983||John Brodie at Sharon Heights GCC||70-74-144|
|1984||Gary Conti at Sharon Heights GCC||77-72-149|
|1985||Dean Prince at Pasatiempo GC||73-73-146|
|1986||Marshall Gleason at Green Hills CC||74-76-150|
|1987||Bill Paulson at Lake Tahoe GC||70-76-146|
|1988||Bob Foster at The Meadow Club||75-69-144|
|1989||Cliff Davis at Butte Creek CC||71-76-147|
|1990||Tom Culligan at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||73-74-147|
|1991||Pat McDonald at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||70-71-141|
|1992||Bob Blomberg at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||75-70-145|
|1993||Lucio Alvarez at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||74-68-142|
|1994||Pat McDonald at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||70-66-136|
|1995||Dennis Younglove at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||73-70-143|
|1996||Jeff Burda at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||69-72-141|
|1997||Jeff Burda at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||71-70-141|
|1998||Gary Vanier at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||69-69-138|
|1999||Randy Haag at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||65-73-138|
|2000||Dan Bieber at Lake Tahoe GC and Edgewood Tahoe||74-69-143|
|2001||Dan Condie at Lake Tahoe GC||74-69-143|
|2002||Randy Haag at Winchester CC||71-70-141|
|2003||James Hay at Resort at Squaw Creek||73-70-143|
|2004||Mark Gardner at Resort at Squaw Creek||74-70-144|
|2005||Jeff Burda at Spyglass Hill GC||68-74-142|
|2006||Bob Niger at Spyglass Hill GC||72-73-145|
|2007||Casey Boyns at Spyglass Hill GC||74-72-146|
|2008||Jamie Looper at Spyglass Hill GC||74-72-146|
|2009||Randy Haag at Spyglass Hill GC||74-70-144|
|2010||Daniel Sullivan at Spyglass Hill/Poppy Hills||73-67-140|
|2011||Darin Lake at Poppy Hills/Spyglass Hill||74-73-147|
|2012||Jim Knoll at Spyglass Hill/Poppy Hills||70-71-141|
|2013||Randy Haag at Bayonet/Spyglass Hill||72-72-144|
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.