Hometown: San Francisco; Home Club: Olympic Club
Born: 1-9-59; College: San Diego State (1981); Profession: President/CEO of webaccomodate.com
Career Accomplishments: In 2009, won the Monterey City and NCGA Master Division and qualified for the British Senior Open…Was runner-up in the San Francisco City in 2008 and captured the amateurgolf.com Wine Country Cup at Stonetree … In 2007, claimed both the Silicone Valley Championship at Coyote Creek and Wine Country Cup at Stonetree GC … Tied for runner-up place at the California Mid-Am at Stevinson Ranch … Partnered with Jamie Looper to place second at the Roddy Ranch Four-Ball Championship … Tied for second-place at the Santa Clara County Championship at San Jose CC … Won the 2004 Wine Country Cup at StoneTree GC and the Monterey Bay Championship at Bayonet/Black Horse GCs… Advanced to the semifinals of the 2003 NCGA Amateur, the eighth time in the last 11 years he has at least made it that far … Came out of a personal slump with a victory at the 2002 Master Division Championship at Winchester CC … Won the 2000 and 2002 Crump Cup at Pine Valley GC … Was runner-up to James Hay in the final of the 2000 NCGA Amateur … Competed on the NCGA team in the 2000 Seaver Cup (where he handily defeated 2000 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Greg Puga of the SCGA team) and NCGA/NCPGA Cup Matches … Won the 2000 NCGA Four-Ball Championship (for the third time) with partner Darryl Donovan, tying the all-time scoring record with a 13-under-par 203 … Has played in eight of the last nine U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships (the lone exception being 1996), advancing to match play in an all eight events, advancing to the quarterfinals an unprecedented five times and the round of 16 twice (including 2000) … During the ’90s, won the third-most USGA matches of all current amateurs in the country, which included 19 matches at the U.S. Mid-Am and three at the U.S. Amateur … Won the Bay Regional a record fifth time in 2000, breaking the 68-year-old scoring record with a 276 … Won NCGA Player of the Year honors in 1999 for a record-tying third time … Accumulated the second-highest point total in NCGA history in winning the award … Won the 1999 San Francisco City Championship, beating longtime rival Gary Vanier in the final match … Won the 1999 NCGA San Joaquin Valley Championship at Stevinson Ranch GC by three shots … Won the 1999 NCGA Master Division Championship in his first try … Also during the ’99 season, captured the Sonoma County and Marin County and was runner-up at the Contra Costa Amateur, Vacaville City and Monterey County … Has played 29 USGA matches in the ’90s … Is the all-time NCGA point leader with more than 10,000 career points … Has won 11 NCGA championships … Won the NCGA Amateur two years in a row (1992 and 1993) and was runner-up in 1995 … Runner-up at the CGA (State) Amateur in 1988 and advanced to the semifinals in 1996 … Won the Stocker Cup for the second time in 1997, also winning in 1993 … Was medalist at the U.S. Amateur in 1996 … Competed in the Pacific Coast Amateur 14 straight years, finishing second in 1995, 3rd in 1994 and in the top ten a total of five times … Has won 25 other Northern California tournaments in his lifetime … Also owns 19 club championships, including Blackhawk CC, Boundary Oaks GC and the Olympic Club title in 1997 … Owns the course records at the Blackhawk CC Lake and Falls courses with 65s, as well as the competitive record at Lake Tahoe GC, a 65 … Shot a course-record 67 at Edgewood Tahoe GC … Has participated in 13 straight NCGA/NCPGA Cup Matches … Also played on seven North/South teams and three winning Pacific Coast Amateur Morse Cup teams.
Just remembered that everyone playing in the qualifier should be especially careful about WHAT course you are playing first (it’s a little tricky) the Harding Group actually plays Lincoln Park first, and the Lincoln Group plays Harding first- for tee times and more information go to http://www.sfgolfchampionship.com/
Additionally this is where anyone can follow the results of any flight in the event.
This is the official start of a golf blog that I hope will be informative and enjoyable to read. I am a novice blogger, and I will welcome any comments as we go along. The goal of this blog is to provide insight into competitive amateur golf, and certain views and opinions of the author (me) and shared ideas and comments on those kind enough to follow along.
The beginning topic and focus will be on the 2010 SF City Golf Championship, that begins this weekend with the qualifier for the Men’s Championship flight with two qualifying rounds at Harding Park and Lincoln Park.
I have been a participant in this event since 1976, and have been fortunate to have played against many legends of amateur golf- 1984 finals against Aly Trompais (who during the 36 hole final drank a case, YES a case of lucky lager), Gary Vanier final match in 1999, and Martin Trainer finals in 2008. Aly Trompais was the US Junior champion in 1969, and a major winner in many national amateur events, Gary Vanier, a 6 time SF City champion and legendary match play competitor, and Martin Trainer at age 16 was the youngest SF City Champion to date (it was quite a match).
Over the coming days and weeks, I will try to provide my own personal perspective on the event, and sprinkle in some history of the event along the way. I will be providing my own tips and insight into how I approach each hole of the qualifier, and then again how I approach the course during match play. THIS is my 1st blog ever, so please excuse typo’s and any other foolish grammatical errors that you may catch. I’ll try to keep the inside scoop on Tiger Woods to a minimum, but golf needs Woods to get back into the game. I’ve had some personal history with a young Tiger that I will share in future postings….until tomorrow…enjoy the good weather!
July 7, 2009
PEBBLE BEACH – 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 of The Bridges, who would fall to a tie for fifth, Haag came back with a two-under 144 to win by three strokes.
Two other NCGA stalwarts with deep championship pedigree grabbed runner-up and third-place honors – Darryl Donovan and Casey Boyns respectively.
The shot of the day came from Fresno MAGA’s Scott Baker, who aced the 15th hole.
This is Haag’s third Master Division Championship joining others won in 1999 and 2002 (he has also finished second three times). The victory is Haag’s first in an NCGA event since 2002, a long drought for one of Northern California’s most steady and consistently competitive players. The Master Division Championship is an event designed for the player aged 40 and older, and for the first time in 2009, included senior players (previoulsy there was an upper age limit of 54).
With the win, Haag seizes a firm lead in the race for NCGA Player of the Year honors with 2 1/2 months left in the season. Should his lead hold, it would be Haag’s fourth award, joining Casey Boyns as the only players to achieve that status, an achivement that holds special meaning to the champion: “That’s forever. I was in awe of Casey winning for a fourth time after he was 50 (in 2007), and I thought that if I can get healthy enough, it would be great to tie him.”
With the NCGA Stroke Play coming up this weekend in the Monterey area (at Poppy Hills), it would be difficult to bet against him.