tied 5-5, the NCPGA was poised to take back the Hanna-Wehrman Cup for the first time since 2005. But the two-man NCGA wrecking ball of Russell Humphrey and Jeff Hoff- man would not be denied. Humphrey and Hoff- man teamed up to notch points in fourball and four-
some matches the first day before splitting up to win in singles, finishing 3-0 and helping the NCGA clinch the Hanna-Wehrman Cup over the NCPGA, 11 1/2 to 8 1/2. Hoffman won his singles’ match 3 and 1, while Humphrey needed just 12 holes to win 7 and 6. The NCPGA took a 3-2 lead in the morning four-
ball session, before the NCGA won three of the five points in the afternoon foursome matches. With the two teams in a dead heat, the NCGA won the singles session 6 1/2 to 3 1/2 to retain the cup. Humphrey, Hoffman, Nick Moore, Matt Cohn, Ricky Stock- ton and Josh Stone all collected full points in singles. Stockton, Stone, Cohn and Moore each won two points in the event.
Quick Facts FIELD AND FORMAT: An annual Ryder Cup-style team match play event between the finest amateurs from the NCGA and pros from the Northern California chapter of the PGA. The first day includes a morning session of fourball, followed by a session of foursomes. The final day involves 10 singles’ matches.
PREVIOUS CHAMPION: The NCGA has held the Hanna-Wehrman Cup since 2006.
STAT OF SIGNIFICANCE: After trailing the first session, the NCGA won 9 1/2 of a possible 15 points.
CUP NAMESAKES: The event is named after former NCGA Executive Director Bob Hanna and long-time NCPGA member Lyle Wehrman.
WORDS OF A CHAMPION: “(Russell) Humphrey and (Jeff) Hoffman were solid,” said NCGA captain Dan Hansford. “They got the momentum going for the team.”
ALL-TIME SERIES: 20-17-9 NCGA UNTIL NEXT TIME: Oct. 21-22
On the verge of beating the NCGA in the Staedler- Jetter Cup for the first time since 1999, NCPGA team member Larry Babica had a few inspirational words the night before the final session. “He told us that he had 10 second-place medals, and
he’d trade them all for one first-place medal,” NCPGA co-captain Chris Bitticks recalled. The NCPGA granted that wish, building on an 8-6 lead
through two sessions and securing 7 1/2 of the 14 points available in singles to beat the NCGA 15 1/2 to 12 1/2. Scott Anderson went 3-0 for the NCGA, teaming
up with Terry Foreman for wins in their foursome and fourball matches.
Quick Facts FiELD AND FORMAT: An annual Ryder Cup-style team match play event between 14 senior amateurs from the NCGA and senior pros from the Northern California chapter of the PGA, including four super seniors age 65 years and up. The first day includes a session of fourball, followed by a session of foursomes. The final day involves 14 singles’ matches.
PREVIOUS CHAMPION: The NCGA had held the Staedler-Jetter Cup since 2000.
STAT OF SIGNIFICANCE: The NCPGA won all of the three sessions.
CUP NAMESAKES: The senior division of the cup matches was christened the Staedler-Jetter Cup in 2006, named for Rudy Staedler, past director of the NCGA and Rick Jetter, past president of the NCPGA.
WORDS OF A CHAMPION: “Winning is always more fun,” NCPGA co-captain Chris Bitticks said. “There’s just no way around it.”
ALL-TIME SERIES: 14-5-3 NCGA UNTIL NEXT TIME: Oct. 21-22