PEBBLE BEACH (Aug. 12, 2013) – Craig Gandy enters the 7th Annual Senior Match Play Championship Round of 32 as the top qualifying seed. Gandy carded a two-under-par 70 at Spanish Bay Golf Links to clinch his position in the match play field.

The Catta Verdera CC member started the round with pars on Nos. 1, 3 and 4 before knocking in a birdie putt on No. 5. Back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 could have been a crushing blow, but he followed up with a birdie on the par-4 ninth to finish the front nine 1-over par.

An outstanding bogey-free back nine with birdies on Nos. 12, 13 and 14 propelled him to a three-under-par 34, a score that was unbeatable with the challenging conditions of Spanish Bay.

In 2012, Gandy started match play as the 23rd seed, and was ultimately knocked out in the round of 32. Gandy is currently ranked No. 32 in the NCGA Senior Player of the Year standings.

Finishing behind Gandy and also moving on to match play was Steve Donnelly of Bayonet/Black Horse GC. Donnelly carded one-under-par with four birdies for the round.

Also qualifying for match play was Mark Hill of Diablo Grande GC, who finished with one-over-par 73.

ABOUT THE NCGA Senior Match Play

The NCGA Senior Match Play Championship was historically an invite-only event in which the top 16 players on the NCGA Senior points list were invited to participate in the Senior Match Play Championship, held concurrently with the NCGA Amateur Match Play at Spyglass Hill, over a three- day period. However, beginning in 2012 the event was modified to a 32-player match play field, still allotting 16 spots to the top 16 of the NCGA Senior points list, while allowing the other half of the field to qualify.

Senior players must have a handicap index of 7.4 or less. There is no handicap limit for super seniors.

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