Posted by: randyhaaggolf | July 11, 2010

LUCAS FIRES 65 TO CAPTURE NCGA STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

Today was a good day for  Kevin Lucas as he set a new record in the NCGA Stroke Play at -11 after shooting an impressive 65 today to run away with the 2010 title.

The conditions at Poppy Hills were the best I can ever remember with the greens running fast and true. The fairways were fairly good and the NCGA did a great job setting up the course changing the yardage of the par three’s and fives each round. My round had one highlight which was an eagle on the ninth hole to pull even on the front nine. My back nine was disappointing ending with a bogey on the relatively easy birdie hole the par five 18th hole.

Thursday I head to Scotland to prepare for the British Senior Open Qualifier with my good friend Mike Staskus. We arrive in Scotland on Friday afternoon and will play two practice round prior to the Monday qualifier. The tournament is being contested at Carnoustie this year and should provide a serious test. It would be again a thrill to qualify and play in this great event!

I’ll have photos of my qualifying site and results a week from Monday, and next week I’ll have another interview with Terry Rowles. STAY TUNED

7th Annual NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship

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Published By: Rick Leoncio
On June 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm

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July 9-11, 2010
Poppy Hills GC

Results and Scorecards

July 11, 2010

PEBBLE BEACH – Kevin Lucas blew away the field in the final round of the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Poppy Hills, his 7-under 65 propelling him to a new tournament record and a four-shot win.

Lucas, a Folsom native and member of the Collegiate Players’ Club, began the day one back of St. Mary’s Golf Coach Scott Hardy and University of Washington-bound Cory McElyea. But while the leaders had posted a two-round total of 5-under 139, it was the 21-year-old Lucas who had the momentum, carding a four-under 32 on his incoming nine in the second round. The rising junior at the University of Nevada-Reno would then seize the championship via a six under performance through the first 12 holes Sunday. That’s 10-under over 21 holes, a pace that left his competitors gasping for air. “When I birdied 10, I felt pretty good, but you never know,” the champion said. “I knew the eagle on 12 had me four up and that felt pretty good.” He would add a birdie on the final hole after a series of solid pars on Poppy’s back nine to reach seven under for the day, 11-under for the event, breaking Rick Reinsberg’s tournament record set in 2009 by four shots.

“I hit the ball great all week but shot 40 on the front yesterday,” Lucas said. “So my caddie said ‘Lets get something going.’ It was just a matter of making something happen.” Lucas began his collegiate career at Monterey Peninsula College before transferring home to Sierra College in Rocklin where he captured the Northern California Community College individual title in 2009. He also added the Redding City championship and a trip to the U.S. Amateur to his resume last year.  A transfer to the division one Nevada-Reno for two years will hopefully precede a professional career for the champion. “I’m looking forward to some college D1 experience,” he said. After displaying a full range of shots, an explosive scoring talent and the ability to play defensively, success at the division one level seems a forgone conclusion.

McElyea, a 2010 graduate of Harbor H.S., was runner-up in the San Francisco City earlier this year and grabbed the same position in the Stroke Play, posting a score that would have won any other year’s Stroke Play, 7-under 209. Hardy was unable to capitalize on his opening 66, posting an even-par final round, fading to third place. The 34-year-old was seeking his second NCGA major title of the year (and sixth overall) after claiming the Public Links back in April.  He previously won the Amateur Stroke Play in 2004, the first year of its playing after a hiatus of 38 years. Chad Vivolo’s final-round 69, the second low score of the day, earned the Monterey Peninsula CC member fourth place.

The shot of the tournament came from Mathew Miller,  who aced the 220-yard 15th in the second round.

Current and four-time NCGA Player of the Year Randy Haag added another top 10 finish to his list of accomplishments  finishing runner-up in a playoff earlier in the week at the NCGA Master Division Championship at Poppy Hills. Haag has taken over the lead in the race for NCGA Player of the Year, and is in position earn an unprecedented fifth award.

Runner-up Cory McElyea, champion Kevin Lucas and third-place finisher Scott Hardy
7th Annual NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship Updated: 7/11/2010 2:52 pm PDT

Position Player Club Today Hole Total Rounds Total
1 2 3
1 Kevin Lucas Collegiate Players Club -7 F -11 68 72 65 205
2 Cory McElyea De Laveaga GC -2 F -7 71 68 70 209
3 Scott Hardy amateurgolf.Com Even F -5 66 73 72 211
4 Chad Vivolo Monterey Peninsula CC -3 F -1 74 72 69 215
5 Cameron Rappleye Valley Hi CC Even F Even 70 74 72 216
6 Matt Montez Valley Hi CC +1 F Even 71 72 73 216
7 Russell Humphrey Woodbridge GCC +2 F +1 70 73 74 217
8 Ricky Stockton Salinas Fairways GC -2 F +2 72 76 70 218
9 Chris Jensen Sharon Heights GCC -1 F +2 75 72 71 218
10 Randy Haag Olympic Club +2 F +2 71 73 74 218
11 Ben Geyer Arbuckle GC Even F +3 73 74 72 219
12 Christopher Ellis San Jose Muni Egolf Clubhouse Even F +3 69 78 72 219
13 Jack Hoenes Spring Hills GC +1 F +5 75 73 73 221
14 Joshua Stone Swenson Park GC +2 F +5 75 72 74 221
15 Justin Marchiando Poppy Hills GC +2 F +5 72 75 74 221
16 Kaz Hoffman Mill Valley GC +3 F +5 71 75 75 221
17 Casey Boyns Monterey Bay GC -3 F +6 75 78 69 222
18 Roberto Galletti Jr. Oakhurst CC +4 F +6 73 73 76 222
19 Andrew Bonner Spring Creek GCC +4 F +6 69 77 76 222
20 Jeffrey Cornez Collegiate Players Club Even F +7 75 76 72 223
21 Jamie Core Collegiate Players Club +4 F +7 74 73 76 223
22 Matt Lewis Darkhorse GC Even F +8 75 77 72 224
23 Mark Wyllie The Club GC +3 F +8 75 74 75 224
24 Michael Weaver Fort Washington GCC +8 F +8 74 70 80 224
25 Bryan Moquin California GC +3 F +9 76 74 75 225
26 Christopher Herzog Tuscan Ridge GC +3 F +9 75 75 75 225
27 Joel Slak eClub Sacramento +4 F +9 71 78 76 225
28 Kevin Alexander Napa GC +7 F +9 71 75 79 225
29 Steve Woods San Jose Muni Egolf Clubhouse +1 F +10 73 80 73 226
30 Wes Leith Wildhorse GC +2 F +10 72 80 74 226
31 Dino Giacomazzi Bayonet/Black Horse GC +5 F +10 74 75 77 226
32 Anthony Machi Castlewood CC +3 F +11 77 75 75 227
33 Kei Kita eClub San Francisco +5 F +11 75 75 77 227
34 Jay Myers San Jose CC +3 F +12 77 76 75 228
35 Cody Thompson Butte Creek CC +5 F +12 74 77 77 228
36 Matt Anderson eClub East Bay +7 F +14 72 79 79 230
37 Kevin Nabbefeld eClub South Bay +7 F +14 72 79 79 230
38 Dalan Refioglu CordeValle Golf Club +6 F +15 76 77 78 231
39 Brian Swenson Bridges GC +6 F +15 75 78 78 231
40 Jordan Weir Serrano CC +8 F +15 75 76 80 231


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