NCGA Player of The Year page from the Bluebook

An achievement I am very proud of. At 50, this is a great accomplishment in Northern California when you consider the amount of talent in every tournament.

NCGA Player of the Year from the Bluebook

THE BACK NINE AT SPYGLASS- PICTURES AND HOW I PLAY THESE HOLES

The back nine at the Glass starts with a challenging tee shot on #10 which has always tortured me. Ideally this is a slight draw off the tee that will assist the ball in skirting past the trees that guard the middle right of this fairway. Even a strait tee ball will usually result in a side hill lie out of the rough to a very small target usually into the wind. This green is to be respected and not attacked like some of the others. Caution to the center of the green is the prudent play here. Over the 600 times I’ve most likely played this hole over the past 30 years, I would say that I’ve seen more bogeys made on this hole than pars, including myself into that statistic!

This year for the first time ever I actually aimed for a tree in the distance and hit 3 perfect tee shots until the sudden death playoff where i didn’t aim at anything and took a very poor swing resulting in…yet another bogey on this hole.

Second shot to #10

The great thing about #11 is that you have many ways to play this hole off the tee depending how your driving the ball. If I’m in complete command of my driver, I will take a right line down the corner of the fairway to shorten the hole unless I’ve been missing my driver right I’ll take a straight shot down the middle. The next big decision is where to hit the 2nd shot? lay up and leave 100-120 yards or take my chances and see if I can get a shot in position on or around the green for a doable up and in. The far right pin position is the “sucker” go for it pin, and would require a very short shot in to justify going for it. Even if you get the ball on the left side of the green you are more likely to 3 putt the green than if you had 100 yard shot from the fairway. I’ve seen this mistake made time and time again (even I still make it with my aggressive style of play). When the pin is on the left side of the green is when you have a better chance of being aggressive and getting a ball up and in from off the green.

2nd shot from 240 yards away from this par five 11th hole

The 12th hole can play anywhere from 140 yards to over 200 yards depending on the pin position and the wind. This is a very challenging par three as the water on the right is very close to the green and in years past actually snagged some balls that landed on the green while spinning sideways into the hazard. The hazard is to be avoided but how? Again after playing this hole over 600 times over the past 30 years I would say the shot is NOT best executed by among left and trying to draw the ball towards the water. I’ve had better success on this hole by aiming slightly left of the hole and making sure the ball does not turn left. A solid shot at the left side of the green will carry onto the green and usually give you a nice uphill putt. The shots right will usually give you a more difficult putt, sometimes resulting in a bogey anyways. A trick I learned long ago on downhill shots is to ALWAYS aim at a target that’s at eye level in the distance if at all possible. Looking down at a target will usually throw off your swing plane and result in a missed shot (I do the same at #3 at Olympic). Ultimately you need to block out the water and make a solid swing here, as a bad miss right is as bad as a ball in the lake.

tee shot to the downhill par three #12 hole

The 13th hole is a demanding uphill par 4 that can play as long as 500 yards or more long when you play into a headwind. The key to this hole is the tee shot which looks like you need to draw the ball when really a straight shot is sufficient. Sometimes the attempted draw drive for a natural fader or straight ball hitter will backfire into an over hook or a push right. Pick a target here and swing through the shot with confidence! The second shot plays 10-15 yards uphill and is usually under clubbed by most. Walking off with a 4 on #13 is a very satisfying score!

The demanding tee shot on #13
uphill shot to #13

The par five 14th hole is another risk reward hole like the other par 5 holes. The tee shot will dictate if you have the distance and angle to perhaps go for this green, but 90+% of the time it will be a 3 shot hole that requires the most attention on the 3rd shot to this tricky and undulated green. The mistake I commonly see on this hole is the 3rd shot is usually played left of the pin leaving the player with a very difficult downhill, side hill putt. Personally I’d rather have a longer uphill putt from the right of the hole that I can aggressively attack, as opposed to a lag and prayer putt from the left.

3rd shot to par five #14 hole

This tricky little downhill par three 15th hole is not to be taken lightly! there are many very tough pin placements on this green that make it a true challenge. There is also some risk/reward here with a far left pin, a miss left can leave a very difficult 2nd shot. The wind also plays havoc on judging the distance here, but over the years I have become more comfortable with the type of shot I try to hit with each of the typical pins we see on this hole. 15 gives a player a chance to make a birdie with a well executed shot or waste a shot on the shortest hole on the course.

tee shot on this short downhill par three 15th hole

BLACK DOG #16 at Spyglass is a very famous and special hole. Many matches in the NCGA amateur have been decided or swung on this awesome par 4 hole. The tee shot is the key shot and requires one to decide how much of the right side they want to bite off. Extremely long hitters have a huge advantage on the Black Dog as they can hoist their tee ball over the intimidating trees down the right side, leaving a short or mid iron to this large green complex. Those players that take the conventional route down the middle are left with a 2nd shot ranging from 190-220 yards usually into the wind. This 2nd shot will need to be solidly struck and well placed to reach this downhill green and allow for a chance at a par or birdie. This is a very tough hole that will produce many bogeys or worse!

2nd Shot into #16

The 17th hole is another final chance at a birdie, but think about the tee shot before you decide to whip a 3 metal or driver short of this green. If you have any front pin and leave yourself with 70 yards or less you will have a more difficult shot than a full shot from 90-110 yards out from this severely sloped green from back to front. I have won this hole many times laying way back to a comfortable yardage that I know I can confidently give a full swing to as opposed to guessing and being tentative with a shorter shot.

2nd shot to #17

The 18th hole is a great finishing hole as it requires a very accurate tee shot followed by a very precise 2nd shot to a steep uphill green guarded on all sides by deep bunkers. The tee shot sets the tone on this finishing hole, but even after a successful tee shot your work has only begun. After a second on this sloping two tired green with a 30 yard false front, accuracy and distance control is at a premium here. The front pin allows for a great birdie chance, but also will torture you if you go past the pin. This hole has provided some memorable drama for the past 30 years, usually it hasn’t gone my way on this hole…but this year it was my partner Darryl Donovan that made a 9 foot curler that enabled us to win the NCGA two man Championship last Sunday. The team we played off against also had a great finish with a tying birdie on this great hole to send us into overtime.

2nd shot to this 18th uphill green

I love getting your thoughts and comments on these courses and hearing your views which I WILL share with the other readers. Recently after I posted the front 9 and said that Spyglass Hill was in my personal top 5 courses in the world, a fellow Olympian wrote back and said that although Spyglass is a great course, it’s not a top 5 course because of the downhill par three holes and the risk/reward that they present. I think every comment is valid, but for me personally when I’m on the 4th tee overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Bird Rock with perhaps the scent of the kelp, I cannot think of a more beautiful setting anywhere with perhaps the exception of the 15th-18th tee box on Cypress just a few thousand yards away. This is some of the most beautiful coast views anywhere in the world I’ve ever seen, and it’s different everyday!

What do you think?

Stay tuned for the sheer beauty of the Preserve coming up next stay tuned and thanks!!

Randy

SPYGLASS HILL GOLF COURSE- ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD

Spyglass Hill has always been one of my 5 favorite courses in the world along with Pine Valley, Olympic Club, Royal County Downs and Murfield in Scotland. Spyglass Hill has gotten better over the years like a fine and well kept wine. The course challenges every aspect of your game, requiring great patience and skill.

The downhill par 5 1st hole played is a great starting hole. A tee shot a little right or left off the tee will leave a fairly open lay up shot to approx 100 yards from this awesome green complex. There are three distinct areas of the green, the front portion which slopes from the middle of the green to the front, the middle of the green sloped middle to back right, and the left pimple is a hump that provides a true challenge right out of the gate. The picture below shows the green with the Pacific Ocean in the background from approx 50 yards from the green. A par 5 start here is welcomed by most players!

View from 50 yards short of #1 green
back right pin on #1

Number #2 at Spyglass requires some strategy and skill as the tee shot is usually a lay up shot of approx 220 yards leaving a 130-150 uphill shot usually into a breeze off the Pacific Ocean. The second shot requires both accuracy and distance control as long or short leave difficult up and ins. #4 is another hole where a par 4 is quite acceptable!

tee shot from the lower tee on #2
View from 2nd green over to 4th fairway

The third hole at the Glass can play as short as 120 yards and as long as 200 yards factoring the wind. A miss here left usually results in a bogey or worse. The key is to hit a solid shot towards the middle of the green, leaving a birdie try to almost any pin position.

Tee shot on the par three #3
Looking back at #2 green with the 4th fairway in the distance
View of Cypress Point from the third green at Spyglass Hill
2nd shot into the very narrow #2 green

The fourth hole at Spyglass Hill is one of the many signature holes. The tee shot needs to be strategically placed in the fairway, followed by a very difficult 2nd shot that requires a very accurate shot to this 55 yard long green that is only 5 paces wide in many places. This is one of my favorite par 4 holes in the world!!

You'll see some amazing wild life thru this stretch of holes at Spyglass Hill just hundreds of yards from the beach

The 5th hole is another signature hole at Spyglass, this hole can be played from 150-200yards long and varies greatly in difficulty with the wind and pin positions.

tee shot on this beautiful par 3 the fifth hole at Spyglass

The par 4 sixth hole starts a stretch of holes that go back off the sand dunes and back into the forest. This uphill par 4 is a very tough test and provides a player of many options on both the tee shot and the uphill second shot.

view from the 5th green and 6th tee towards Cypress Point
tee shot on #6
view of the tricky and sloped #6 green
view back of the 6th green from the 7th tee

The seventh hole is another great “risk/reward” par 5 hole with a well placed lake on the left side that stretches from 100 yards short of the green to the front left of the green.

2nd shot to this small green with a lake guarding shots on the left

The 8th hole at Spyglass is a very challenging hole in every way. The 1st step is a straight and solid tee, following by a very precise uphill shot to a difficult green. Once on the green a two putt can be a victory here!

tee shot on #8
2nd shot to #8

The 9th hole is another tough par 4 hole that can play quite long into the wind. The tee shot through a shoot requires a very solid and accurate tee shot. The 2nd shot uphill can play as much as 20-30 yards longer than the yardage. Once on the green you are treated to a very tough and undulated green to navigate.

Tee shot on #9

2nd shot to #9

10th hole at Spyglass can play tough

US OPEN LOCAL QUALIFIER- A WILD RIDE

My initial intent was to post the results of the US Open Local Qualifier yesterday, but it’s taken me some time to get over the SHOCK of what happened to me yesterday. First off the course, Bayonet in Seaside California was hit with some extremely difficult conditions with wind gusts up to 35mph and rain squalls that came in sideways.

Typically I wouldn’t go into such detail about a round of golf, but then again this is the OPEN qualifier, and coming off the dramatic playoff win in the Northern California Four Ball Championship, my hopes were high. Although my body was a bit tired after 5 rounds of competitive golf in 6 days, I still felt confident going into this qualifier.

On the tee the group was told there were 90 players vying for 6 spots in the sectional qualifier. My initial qualifying score prediction was 72, but with weather conditions so tough clearly the number was going to be higher. This qualifier had about 2/3 pro golfers and 1/3 amateurs in the field.

My 1st hole of the day was the downhill, downwind par five 10th hole. After lacing a drive down the middle I was left with 190 yards to the front of the green, after a slightly pushed 6 iron I was able to chip close and secure a birdie for a good start. After a solid par on the 11th hole, I was faced with a second shot on #12 that started my journey of indecision and errors. Since Bayonet has been completely redone the green complexes are undulated and tricky, and on #12 the shot called for something right not left. A shot hit left of the pin left a very difficult 2 putt, while a shot to the right of the pin gave you a much easier uphill chip shot. So after two shots I thought were perfect actually left me a very difficult 2 putt, which I was unsuccessful at and 3 putted for an ugly bogey 5. In a qualifier like this you cannot afford to waste shots. The 13th hole is one of the toughest at Bayonet, and it requires a very accurate tee shot to thread the two bunkers. I was able to launch a big drive down the right side that resulted in a 135 shot to the pin. Although I was coming out of a shallow divot, I was able to hit a wedge to a foot for a very satisfying birdie to get back to -1 for the day. After another solid par on the tough par three 14th hole, I again was faced with a difficult 2 putt on both the 15th and 16th holes after solid shots into both these short par four holes. These challenging pins were placed in VERY difficult locations with  rock hard green surfaces, making shot placement ever important.  After again leaving my first putt short on 15 resulting in another 3 putt for bogey, on the 16th I ripped the putt 10 feet by for bogey to go to 1 over par. 17 a 225 yard par 3 was straight into a headwind blowing 25-30mph, after a shot dead at the pin that came up short I was faced with a chip shot that I needed to get close to stop the bogey barrage. After a chip to 8 feet I was able to roll this one in to hold me at +1 for the day. 18 was playing into a strong cross wind, so I took dead aim over the left bunker and busted a low screamer that cleared the bunker and rolled to the bottom of the hill leaving me 200 yards to the front of this par 5 hole. It would be huge to shoot even par 36 on this opening side if I could make a 4 on this great par 5 hole. Unfortunately AGAIN I was unable to properly gauge the wind and my 4 iron shot blew right of the green, after a poor chip to 10 feet I missed the birdie putt and walked off feeling like I really left 3 or 4 shots on the opening 9. But I was hitting my shots and playing well in tough conditions so the front 9 (my back nine as I tee upon #10 to start) I felt the front nine would perhaps be a little easier than the back played.

After a perfect tee shot on #1 again I had a chance to hit the green in two shots with a rescue club this time. I hit a beautiful high fade to the front 3rd of the green with a back right pin up over a ridge. AGAIN I left this 30 foot putt 10 feet short, but this time I refused to miss this putt, and as the wind and rain raged around me I made a positive stroke with my trusty side saddle putter and drained this ever important to put to get back to even par.

The 2nd hole (my 11th) was playing as the toughest hole on the course. As we approached the tee a large rain cell hit us bringing sideways rain and huge wind. I asked an official on the tee if we could wait a few minutes and of course he said no play on….I ran out to the tee holding my driver behind my back and quickly hit a perfect tee shot down the left side of this VERY narrow tee shot….fairway is probably only 25 yards wide with trees guarding tightly on both sides. I now had 215 left to a tight right front pin, and 30mph gale wind blowing in my face. I chose my trusty 19 degree rescue club and struck the best shot I’ve hit in years, this shot took off like a bullet and never rose to high to allow the wind to slap it right or left. The ball finally landed on the front of the green and rolled to 5 feet from the pin. I WAS THRILLED and for the first time felt I was in command of my round (how quickly this can change). I had to wait quite a while looking over this slight left to right slider, and must have changed my mind 10 times on the amount of break to play on this putt. I over played the brake and walked off with a very unsatisfying par on this ridiculously tough par 4 hole.

My next major gaffe occurred on the next hole #3 a short uphill par 4 hole that has a bunker 280 yards out in the MIDDLE of the fairway. Knowing this is an 18 hole qualifier there was no need to be overly aggressive here, but without thinking clearly I grabbed driver and hit a beauty right down the middle into the bunker. Although I only had 130 yards to the pin, my lie in the bunker was not great, which caused me to move on the shot and hit the lip ahead of me. After a 70 yard shot into the green and 2 putts I had secured a bogey another short par 4. After two solid pars on 4 and 5 I had 4 hole left and I stood 1 over par on the day. The next hole a downwind par 3 from 225 yards playing 2-3 club shorter, I again without great thought hit a 4 iron over the green into a terrible lye and made a VERY costly bogey. A 5 iron would have given me a par at worse and possibly a chance at a birdie. Now standing at +2 my margin for error was GONE, I needed to finish strong!!

After short missed birdie putts on #7 and #8 I had the tough downwind uphill par 4 9th hole left. WOW what a day of poor decisions! I cannot understand why I didn’t think through these shots better, but for some reason the weather conditions had me asking quick and poor decisions. And here on the last hole #9 the tee shot line I chose ultimately cost me from punching my ticket into the final US Open qualifier in June. So here is what I did, after seeing Jesse hit a drive over the trees on the right, I decided to take the short cut as well….problem is if you don’t clear the trees you are stymied behind the trees. A drive down the middle was a better option and really didn’t leave a longer shot into this very shallow green. SO after my tee shot hit the trees on the right I had a very poor position behind the trees, but again I decided to launch a 9 iron through the tree to get the ball somewhere up my the green. This again was not the shot and it ended me in the left rough with a poor lie and 70 yards to the pin. With the uphill shot, wind, and poor lie the objective was to get the ball on the green allowing me a chance at a par putt and 74 total. Nope..I didn’t hit the flop hard enough and left the ball short on the hill about 40 feet from the hole. I thought I could possibly chip this in for a miraculous par, again bad shot 5 feet short of the hole. NOW I have a 5 footer for 75 which I knew still had a chance, but as my day went I missed the 5 footer and made a whopping double bogey six and missed the playoff by one shot and qualifying without a playoff my two shots. Even after all the mistakes I made all day a par on the last hole would have secured the 5th spot in the sectional qualifier (I’ve played in the sectional 11 times now) and a CHANCE to play in the US OPEN as the oldest amateur to ever qualify for the tournament.

Going from such an extreme euphoria of the playoff victory to the depression of a badly missed opportunity is what makes this game so emotional, thrilling and down right tough. Even the best player perhaps ever (Mr. T Woods) is having a tough time of it. So what will I do today…I’m playing the Preserve in the Carmel Mountains with three good friends that will help erase the memories of yesterday. I will be posting the rest of my Spyglass photos and those of the Preserve. For those of you faithful that have read this far will be treated to some great shots of what many consider to be the 2nd best course in the Monterey/Carmel/Pebble Beach area the #1 course is open for debate but Spyglass Hill would get my vote.

Thanks for sharing my pain and after writing about my day, I feel a sense of relief that I’ve gotten it out of my system and perhaps now I can learn from the experience.

Stay tuned and thanks!

Have a great day

Randy

Donovan/Haag Win 44th Annual NCGA Four-Ball Championship

Darryl Donovan & Randy Haag

In dramatic fashion the duo of Donovan/Haag (your blog author) won the 44th annual Four Ball (best ball) championship. In much tougher conditions our patience paid off as we battled win, rain, and tougher pin placements. After turning the front nine in even par we felt a -4 back nine would put is back in the hunt. After a birdie on 11 and two shots inside 6 feet on #12, I felt we were right back in the event. However again for the second time we BOTH missed our short birdie putts. Although I felt this was probably it for us, we continued to focus on the final 6 holes. With the wind gusting we both knew that 13-18 would play tough and even a -2 finish may give us a shot. After a close call miss on the par 5 14th hole, I fired a 54 degree sand wedge to 8 feet on #15 the short downhill par three. Darryl followed with a shot that ended 20 feet below the hole. Again I felt if we could get one of them to drop, we’d be back in the hunt. Darryl rolled a beauty into the center of the hole and now it was “game on”!

#16 from the very back of the tee box was probably playing 500+ yards, knowing that cutting the corner was a long shot I decided to take my tee shot done the center of the fairway. This proved to be a very wise decision as Darryl missed his drive in the right trees. As #16 was our lone bogey in the tournament the day before, I did NOT want to give up a shot on this hole again. I had 205 to the hole with a strong wind into my face, and decided to hit my trusty 22 degree rescue club (Taylor Made of course) after perhaps my best swing of the day I looked up to see the ball soaring towards the pin. The ball landed on the front fringe 25 feet from the hole, after 2 putts we had secured the ever important par on this very tough hole.

#17 was another thriller, after I hit a perfect 3 wood into the wind Darryl pulled his tee shot into the left bunker. He then struck a perfect wedge shot that ended 4 feet from the hole. Darryl candidly had struggled with these short putts, but in this situation he was absolute NAILS- he drained the 4 footer, and followed it up on #18 with a 10 foot par putt that went in dead center for what appeared to be the winning putt!

NOT SO FAST, as we hear a cheer from the 18th green, Russell had drained a 15 foot birdie putt to put us into a playoff for the championship. The AMAZING thing is Russell Humphrey had just witnessed the birth of his son in Lodi at 1:30 am and then drove back down to Pebble Beach for the final round. After a complete sleepless night it was an awesome putt to make on the last hole to draw even. I’ve had the pleasure of playing with both these fine gentlemen before, and  I knew we’d have to play well against them to have a chance.

After both teams made par on 10 we moved over to the 9th hole, where both Darryl and I hit great shots into this very tough par 4 hole. Russell and Jim hit their shots left and had difficult up and in attempts. After a great chip to 4 feet by Russell, Darryl from slightly over the green chipped in from about 35 feet to secure this Championship for us over 50 guys (oldest winning team ever).

THIS was a thrilling victory, one we really never expected to win. But we did hang in the game and had some things go our way down the stretch. My partner Darryl Donovan showed why he is a champion and a winner. I’ve seen a lot of players over the years quit when it seems hopeless with the putter, not Darryl, he never complained, cried, yelled or got down on himself. I think during yesterdays round I must have seen him change his putting grip 3-4 times…but in the end his putts and chip-in won the event for us, and I couldn’t be prouder of the way he handled himself.

Tomorrow we both tee it again in the US OPEN local qualifier at Bayonet (I tee off at 8:33 and Darryl at 9:09) and hopefully we both can keep it going for one more day. I’ll have results of the local open qualifier and pictures of Spyglass Hill tomorrow after my round. Till then, thanks for staying tuned!!

NCGA FOUR BALL CHAMPIONS DARRYL DONOVAN & RANDY HAAG
Published By: tyick
On May 7, 2010 at 10:29 am

Spyglass Hill GC
May 7-9, 2010

May 9, 2010

Randy Haag and Darryl Donovan

PEBBLE BEACH – Little did Randy Haag and Darryl Donovan know that when they first met at the ‘84 U.S. Amateur that their friendship would yield a dynamic four-ball partnership.

After claiming the NCGA Four-Ball Championship at Spyglass Hill in a two-hole playoff, their second such title (the first coming in 2000), the duo has now won more than 10 four-ball titles.

The champions had started the final round four strokes off the lead established by Spring Hills’ Jack Hoenes and Gary Yoro. “We knew that if you were in striking range, with the conditions tougher today, that it would bring guys back to the field.” Indeed the benign weather that greeted competitors the first two rounds was absent Sunday, and when Hoenes and Yoro made the turn at four over for the round, it was anyone’s ball game.

A Haag birdie at the 11th, a Donovan 20-footer on 15 and a birdie from out of a bunker by Donovan on 17 proved the difference, breaking a logjam of five groups at 11 under for the event. “That birdie on 17 was huge,” said Haag.

The fifth duo at 11 under turned out to be the last group to finish – Russell Humphrey of Woodbridge and James Watt of Lockeford Springs. It’s difficult to imagine a more memorable tournament for the 38-year-old Humphrey, as he traveled back to Lodi last evening to be with his wife as she gave birth at 1:30 a.m. last night, then returning to Spyglass this morning. On no sleep, Humphrey looked at a downhill 15-footer for birdie on the final hole to get his team into the playoff and jarred it.

But it was Donovan’s short game, which heated up on the final nine of regulation – the CordeValle member made a nine-footer to save par on the 18th hole – that proved the difference. After pars on the first playoff hole, the 50-year-old Donovan chipped in for birdie on the second hole, Spyglass’ tough 9th.

The Four-Ball adds to glittering resumes for both players. Donovan played professionally in the 90s, finishing 56th at the ‘92 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach as well as winning the ‘99 NCGA Amateur and 2001 State Amateur after regaining his amateur status. The Four-Ball is Haag’s 11th NCGA title, only three back of category leader Casey Boyns. The four-time and current NCGA Player of the Year praised the championship afterward: “We’re so lucky to play at a venue like this. I’d put the quality of this four-ball event against nationally.”

Back-to-back defending champions Taylor Travis and Ryan Sloane did not relinquish their title gently, at one point fighting to 12-under for the tournament and a tie for the lead, but the duo ended at 11-under and in a three-way tie for third with the Danny Paniccia/Mike Stieler and Jeff Hamm/Stephen Hale duos.

Champions Darryl Donovan and Randy Haag; runners-up James Watt and Russell Humphrey

Third-place finishers Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler (not pictured – Jeff Hamm/Stephen Hale and Taylor Travis/Ryan Sloane

2nd Round Results from the 44th Annual NCGA Four Ball Championship

Another near perfect day awaited us on the Monterey Peninsula for the second round of the NCGA Four Ball Championship. The course conditions at Spyglass Hill are very close to perfect, which is why the leading score of -13 is not totally unbelievable.

The two lead teams are 4 guys I believe I have never meet before, but certainly they are playing well. Tomorrow with tougher conditions will be a good test for those teams in the thick of things come the back nine holes.

Today the Haag/Donovan team could have had a really low round, as we sometimes take the great putts and chip in’s for granted and dwell on those that seemed to get away. On the third hole after I had just rolled in a 25 foot birdie on #2, I chipped an 8 iron into the wind to within 5 feet from the hole. My partner Darryl not to be outdone almost made a hole in one, as his ball rolled 3 feet below the hole. In my mind we had just moved to -2 on the day and -5 for the tournament. Unfortunately we both gaffe our putts and walked off the 3rd green wondering what happened…??

But as we all know that’s golf, and until the ball is holed there is no sure thing in this game! After another power lip out on #4 I was worried that this was going to be a tough day for us, but after birdies on #5, 7, 11, 13 and 14 I was again thinking what a day we may have….those thoughts are usually quickly dispelled when you get to the “Black Dog” #16 at Spyglass is one of the toughest par 4 holes is the world. The tee shot usually dictates what kind of chance you’ll have of hitting this green in two shots. Unfortunately for Darryl and I today, our tee balls were not what we had hoped for with me in the right trees and Darryl in the left rough. The hole ended for us with our 1st and only bogey over the 1st 36 holes of the event. Fortunately that stroke was made up when I was able to make a 12 foot birdie on the 18th hole. Our 66 on the day was a solid score and put us in position for perhaps a run at the title tomorrow (Sun).

Getting off to a good start tomorrow will be imperative starting with a four shot deficit. The conditions tomorrow will be tougher and I suspect the Sunday pins will be challenging. After the conclusion of tomorrows round I’ll be posting some shots I took today while playing the 2nd round.

On Monday I was originally scheduled to play in the Media Day event at Pebble Beach, but overlooked that I didn’t properly change my qualifying date for the US Open local qualifier to the 17th. I will be at Bayonete on Monday trying to secure one of the spots into the sectional US Open qualifier (California spot is at Del Paso this yr)

Stay tuned for final results and some photos of Spyglass Hill

44th Annual NCGA Four Ball Championship

Updated: 5/8/2010 7:23 pm PDT – The low 40 teams and ties will advance to the final round.

Position Team Club Today Hole Total Rounds Total
1 2
1 Jack Hoenes / Gary Yoro -5 F -13 64 67 131
2 Russell Humphrey / James Watt -3 F -11 64 69 133
3 Greg Loosigian / Tom Moshier -5 F -10 67 67 134
T4 Randy Haag / Darryl Donovan -6 F -9 69 66 135
T4 Jeff Wilson / Jack Wilson -6 F -9 69 66 135
T6 Nicolo Galletti / Roberto Galletti -7 F -8 71 65 136
T6 Jeff Hamm / Stephen Hale -4 F -8 68 68 136
8 Mike Stieler / Danny Paniccia -1 F -7 66 71 137
T9 Taylor Travis / Ryan Sloane -2 F -6 68 70 138
T9 Ron Ewing / Chris Cuttone -6 F -6 72 66 138
T9 Jay Guittard / Kevin Wentworth -1 F -6 67 71 138
T9 Terry Foreman / James Hay -2 F -6 68 70 138
T9 Brandon Harkins / Nick Green -5 F -6 71 67 138
T14 Andrew Biggadike / Stan Morrison -1 F -5 68 71 139
T14 Matt Fagundes / Jon Bettencourt Even F -5 67 72 139
T14 Scott Hardy / Rick Reinsberg -2 F -5 69 70 139
T14 Brian Ruiz / Matt Fondiller -5 F -5 72 67 139
T14 Casey Boyns / William Moore -3 F -5 70 69 139
T14 Jerry Ledzinski / Daniel Sullivan -5 F -5 72 67 139
T14 Ken Noonan / Kevin Fryer -5 F -5 72 67 139
T21 Donnie Elliott / Paxton Song -5 F -4 73 67 140
T21 Scott Watson / Christopher Johnson -1 F -4 69 71 140
T23 Bruce Hanavan / Matthew Pingatore -3 F -3 72 69 141
T23 Craig Kilcoyne / Thomas O’Toole -2 F -3 71 70 141
T25 Jim Wilson / Brady Myers -3 F -2 73 69 142
T25 Jeff Stewart / Ryan Sasser -2 F -2 72 70 142
T25 Hank Ashworth / Steve Pacheco -1 F -2 71 71 142
T25 Grant Norton / Kyle Candlish +3 F -2 67 75 142
T29 Andrew Matagrano / Greg Wardle -1 F -1 72 71 143
T29 Darin Lake / Mike Barr -3 F -1 74 69 143
T29 Earl Cross / Rex Ballard -1 F -1 72 71 143
T29 Michael Vera / Scott Olds -1 F -1 72 71 143
T29 Greg Futch / Wade Farris Even F -1 71 72 143
T29 Mark Casey / Todd Howe +1 F -1 70 73 143
T35 Daniel Young / Matt Cohn -2 F Even 74 70 144
T35 Eddie Davis / Jon Peterson Even F Even 72 72 144
T35 Josh Harrison / Mitch Harrison -3 F Even 75 69 144
T35 Mark Mance / Paul Balatti +2 F Even 70 74 144
T39 Steve Daniele / Michael Unguez +1 F +1 72 73 145
T39 Mark Hill / Brandon Toll +1 F +1 72 73 145
T39 James Trumble / Ryan Regan +3 F +1 70 75 145
T39 Danny Miladinovich / Ross Vilinskas Even F +1 73 72 145
T39 John Driver / Ken Helwig Even F +1 73 72 145
T39 Tim Breland / John Ashlock +1 F +1 72 73 145
T39 Tanner Makimoto / Jerrod Makimoto Even F +1 73 72 145
T39 Jeff Lyons / Jeff Poore -1 F +1 74 71 145
T39 Jeff Burkhead / Scott Straub -1 F +1 74 71 145
T39 Jasper Gill / Robert Levin Even F +1 73 72 145
T49 Chad Brownfield / Kevin Noto +2 F +2 72 74 146
T49 Todd Barsotti / Rob Adolph -1 F +2 75 71 146
T49 Scot Lance / Peter Daffern +3 F +2 71 75 146
T49 John Mack / Gary Havro -5 F +2 79 67 146
T49 David Nelson / Todd Palmaer Even F +2 74 72 146
T49 Scott Hess / Domingo Jojola +1 F +2 73 73 146
T55 Jeff Berg / Brian Vokal -1 F +3 76 71 147
T55 Scott Taylor / Jason Simonetti +2 F +3 73 74 147
T57 John Hayes / David Koski +5 F +4 71 77 148
T57 Kevin Wolf / Steven Wolf +4 F +4 72 76 148
T57 Dick Wenzel / Greg Wenzel +1 F +4 75 73 148
T57 Matthew Hansen / Matthew Seramin Even F +4 76 72 148
T61 Mark Pavletich / Scott Anderson +2 F +5 75 74 149
T61 Nick Webb / Aaron Martella -1 F +5 78 71 149
T63 Chris Petersen / Brian Koehler +2 F +6 76 74 150
T63 Michael Berry / Steven Messer +2 F +6 76 74 150
T63 Ron Collet / Don Collet +2 F +6 76 74 150
T63 Brian Knoll / Taylor Knoll +1 F +6 77 73 150
T63 Ben Hunter / Matt Wolfson +3 F +6 75 75 150
T68 Keith Fletcher / John Freel +7 F +7 72 79 151
T68 Garrett Fogel / John Hernandez +5 F +7 74 77 151
T68 Matt Sullivan / David Maly +3 F +7 76 75 151
T68 Matthew Woosley / Danny Maier +1 F +7 78 73 151
T68 Andrew Damron / Mike Montgomery +4 F +7 75 76 151
T68 Jud Spencer / Wayne Kumagai +2 F +7 77 74 151
74 Ken Webb / Mark Dusi +3 F +8 77 75 152
75 Kyle Gillmore / Rich Bricker +5 F +9 76 77 153
T76 Robert Williams / Greg Williamson +6 F +13 79 78 157
T76 Kyle Hopkins / Joseph Schiebold +4 F +13 81 76 157
78 Gregg Bargas / Eric Schoffstall +7 F +14 79 79 158
79 Kip Yaughn / Patrick Henk +6 F +18 84 78 162