NCGA Senior Championship: Final Results

PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA (May 2, 2006) -- With a five-under-par 67 in the final round of the NCGA Senior Championship, Bob Rowland followed recent history in the championship by coming from deep in the pack to claim his first NCGA title. The tournament concluded with today’s final round at 6,506-yard Ruby Hill CC. Rowland’s 67 joined a 73 in the first round to post a four-under 140. 

The 62-year-old Castlewood and MPCC member is no stranger to success in senior events, having won the Salinas City in 2006, and the Santa Clara County and Monterey City in 2005. After a one-over-par 73 in the first round, the champion caught fire on the front nine, going out with three birdies. After burying a 45-foot putt on the 14th hole, Rowland knew he had the championship in sight: “My adrenalin really got going.” Another birdie on 16 against no bogeys for the round left Rowland with the championship. “This is pretty big,” the champion said. “My game has gotten a lot better since I retired two years ago, and it’s great to win.” Rowland retired from a career as a TWA/American Airlines pilot. 

Playing along side of Rowland was runner-up Gary Vanier. The Olympic Club member was making his senior debut in NCGA competition, and his strong 68 placed him one shot back. The 55-year-old has been very successful as a regular amateur, placing into the semifinals of the NCGA Amateur Match Play as late as 2005. “I’m going to play with the kids in the big tournaments,” Vanier said, “but also mix in some senior events.” One of those senior events will be the CGA State Senior Amateur in June at Poppy Hills. 

First-round leader John Arnold, after a tournament-low 66 in the opening round, faded to 6th place at 145. Third place went to Castlewood’s Tom Lyons at 143. 

The super-senior division, for players over 65, was claimed by Michael Davis of Serrano with a 144, a score good enough for fourth overall.

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Final results from the NCGA Senior Championship, played at Ruby Hill Golf Club:

Player Club Scores
Bob Rowland Castlewood 73-67--140
Gary Vanier Olympic Club 73-68--141
Tom Lyons Castlewood 71-72--143
Michael Davis* Serrano 72-72--144
Bruce Swanson Roddy Ranch 70-74--144
John Arnold Creekside 66-79--145
Stephen Smith Monterey Peninsula 70-75--145
Robert Callan* Olympic Club 73-73--146
Mark Miller Lone Tree 71-75--146
Carl Selkirk Butte Creek 78-69--147
J. David Carroll Silverado & Resort GC 72-75--147
Charles Richesin Woodbridge 72-75--147
Jim McMurtrey* North Ridge 75-73--148
Charles Gillespie San Francisco 74-74--148
Earl Stewart Meadow Club 75-73--148
Lou Alvarez Black Oak 74-74--148
Bob Berg Riverview 71-77--148
Gene Ackerman Valley Hi 72-76--148
Dick Lahey Meadow Club 76-73--149
David Ellis Granite Bay 76-73--149
Herb Jensen Del Paso 76-73--149
David Hemrick Spring Hills 75-74--149
Jim Whisman Plumas Lake 75-74--149
Rob Thompson Merced 75-74--149
John Enright Olympic Club 74-75--149
Lee Jeberjahn San Luis Obispo 73-76--149
Frank Abbott Silverado & Resort GC 74-75--149
R. F. Martin Plumas Lake 73-76--149
Doug Dusenbury Monterey Peninsula 73-76--149
Bill Bowen Lincoln Hills Club 77-73--150
Frank Pieper Monterey Peninsula 77-73--150
Tony Wilmer Castlewood 79-71--150
Dennis Younglove El Macero 75-75--150
Andy Smith Oakdale 73-77--150
Eb Luckel Richmond 77-74--151
Patrick Cowell San Francisco 78-73--151
Dallan Ragland* Kings River 74-77--151
Bobby Fries* Fort Washington 74-77--151
Shellton Washburn Meadow Club 73-78--151
Bob Fleming Haggin Oaks 72-79--151
Robert Alves Teal Bend 77-75--152
Ronald Johnson Diablo 77-75--152
Garry Theroux* San Ramon 76-76--152
Dave Parsons Chardonnay 75-77--152
Thomas Ogrady Los Altos 77-76--153
John Cahoon Sharon Heights 77-76--153
Greg Tachiera Round Hill 77-76--153
Bud Christians Catta Verdera 78-75--153
Jim Ono* Cypress 76-77--153
Michael Reidy Castlewood 80-73--153
Dick Dallagiacomo* Tierra Oaks 73-80--153
Steve Isaacs* Meadow Club 77-77--154
Bob Olds* Roddy Ranch 73-81--154
Michael Reuther Auburn 77-78--155
Ray Diaz Santa Clara Co Firefighters 77-78--155
Lew Garbutt Tierra Oaks 77-78--155
James Dalton Saratoga 76-79--155
Vic E. Shellenberg Bennett Valley 77-79--156
Edward Hashim Fort Washington 77-79--156
Ray Rockwell Contra Costa 79-77--156
Marshall Raymer Castlewood 80-76--156
Clifford Pearson Marin 78-79--157
Neal Pearson Orinda 79-78--157
Larry Wagner* Blackhawk 80-77--157
Bob Green Pasatiempo 80-77--157
Byron Erkenbrecher Copper River 77-81--158
Tom Lewandowski Rancho Murieta 75-83--158
Spiro Pettas Russo-Cardinale 75-83--158
Ed Anderson* Butte Creek 80-78--158
Larry Riis Petaluma 80-78--158
Gary Conti De Laveaga 81-77--158
Michael Armstrong Quail Lodge 81-77--158
Bruce Black Pasatiempo 83-75--158
James Sullivan* Pasatiempo 76-83--159
Alan Schneider Harding Park 76-83--159
Kenneth Hopper* San Joaquin 79-81--160
Joe Dudley Coyote Creek 79-81--160
Dr Gregory Saiki Sunnyside 82-78--160
Mike Spellman Roddy Ranch 77-84--161
Walter Sasser* Boundary Oak 82-80--162
Dale Howell Sunnyvale 83-79--162
James Cottrell Shoreline Golf Links 77-86--163
Frank Luna Sierra View 80-83--163
Henry Guerin Chuck Corica 82-81--163
Robert Blakeslee* Yolo Fliers Club 82-82--164
Don Mancebo Merced 84-80--164
Tony Reboton Nor Calif Left Hander's 82-83--165
Jerry Chirpich* San Luis Obispo 84-81--165
Mark Harrison Stanford University 85-80--165
Cecil Warren De Laveaga 88-77--165
Lee Benson Green Valley 82-84--166
Robert Frey* De Laveaga 91-75--166
Richard Harris Gleneagles International 80-87--167
John Spitler* Green Valley 83-84--167
Craig Allen* Palo Alto 86-82--168
Francis Spadola Silverado 84-85--169
Clifford Davis Green Valley 90-81--171


First played in 1962, the NCGA Senior Championship is the association’s premier event for players aged 55 and over. The championship will be 54-holes of stroke play (18 holes per day). After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 30 individuals and ties. Pre- qualifying required for non-exempt players. Players must have a handicap index of 7.4 or less.

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