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50th NCGA Public Links Championship April 27-28 | Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill


The leaderboard said that the first-round leader was Redwood City’s Daniel Griffiths, who shot an impres- sive 3-under 68 at Poppy Hills. But history said the lead was Old Man Par. “I had seen that no one had won with an under


par score since 2008,” eventual champion Nick Moore said. “So I knew that if I could get under par, I’d have a really good chance at winning.” Moore backed up


Scott Raber and Ben Corfee


49th NCGA Four-Ball Championship May 9-10 | Spyglass Hill


Ben Corfee and Scott Raber grew up on the same street together in Davis. They’ve known each other since they were 4. They showed off their rapport and camaraderie with a scintillating performance, closing with a 6-under 66 at Spyglass Hill to stay atop a juiced-up leaderboard and claim their first NCGA title, the Four- Ball Championship. “It’s fun,” Raber said. “Doing it with one of your


good friends makes it even better.” Corfee/Raber shot 69-64-66 to finish at 17 under,


three strokes ahead of Jason Anthony/Randy Haag, and Nick Moore/Matt Cohn. Three shots behind them in a tie for fourth were Rick Reinsberg/Scott Hardy and Jeff Britton/Jerry Ledzinski. And that’s an impressive group. Jason Anthony finished second in the 2014 NCGA Player of the Year standings, while Haag has claimed a record six points titles. Nick Moore was coming off his second NCGA Public Links title, while Reinsberg owns two NCGA Four-Ball titles, including one with Hardy in 2005. But Corfee/Raber separated from the pack by play-


ing the closing 10 holes in 6 under to maintain the three-shot cushion they brought into the final round. Haag/Anthony shot a Sunday-low 8-under 64 to vault into a tie for second. Haag was after a record fifth Four-Ball championship. He’s tied with Tom Culligan III at four. Two-time defending champions Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler began the final round four strokes back, but fell short of their bid for a record third straight title with a final-round 72 to tie for 12th.


his even-par 71 at Poppy Hills with a 1-un- der 71 at Spyglass Hill to finish at 1-under for the championship, good enough to beat runners-up Wes Sandroni and Scott Hardy by two strokes. “This feels really nice,”


said Moore, a 32-year-old caddie at Cypress Point Club who plays out of Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course. “I missed that feeling of being the winner.” Moore broke through with a win at this event in


Nick Moore


2013, kicking off a career year that also featured a vic- tory at the NCGA Valley Amateur. But a winless 2014 had Moore hungry for more. “I didn’t feel like I was playing to my potential last


year, and taking time off doesn’t help,” Moore said. “I’m really focused this year.” Just two weeks earlier, Moore showed that his game


was back with a win at the AmateurGolf.com California Medal Play Championship. Moore played bogey-free on his final nine holes,


sinking birdies at Nos. 14 and 17 to fire a 2-under 34. The difference might have been the 12th hole, where Moore made par, while challengers Sandroni and Hardy both doubled it. Trevor Clayton, the 2014 NCGA Player of the


Year, shot 74 to finish alone in fourth at 145, while Dominic DeBellis followed up a 69 with a 78 to slide from second to fifth. Griffiths slid into a tie for eighth after an 82.


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