NCGA Four Ball at Spyglass

PEBBLE BEACH (May 8, 2005) -- Scott Hardy and Rick Reinsberg are certainly no strangers to success in NCGA events, but the talented pair had never won anything together. The duo finally broke through as a team on Sunday to capture the NCGA's Four-Ball Championship at Spyglass Hill GC.

Hardy (Scratch Players) and Reinsberg (Moraga), finished with a four-under-par 68 and a 54-hole total of 199 to best Jeff Wilson (Green Valley GC) and Todd Barsotti (San Joaquin CC) by two strokes. A sparkling 5-under-par 31 on the back nine on Saturday vaulted them to the top of the leaderboard. The rest of the way they were just trying to to hold off their closest pursuers. Wilson and Barsotti, the 2003 champions of this event, got within one stroke of the lead with nine holes to play. Reinsberg's birdies on 12 and 15 helped give them a cushion down the stretch.

"I thought 16-under-par would be good enough to win," said Reinsberg, the 2003 NCGA Player of the Year. "You never know with Wilson and Barsotti and all the other guys in front of us. We didn't make a whole lot of mistakes, and then we made a couple of putts on the back. "

Not only were Hardy and Reinsberg battling former champions in the event, they were also seeing the best that Spyglass Hill has to offer during the final round. For the first two rounds, sunny skies and calm conditions prevailed, but Sunday brought strong winds and rainy conditions. The difficult 6,862 yard-layout often played into the wind and showed its teeth.

"We faced two different golf courses over the weekend," said Hardy, the head men's golf coach at Saint Mary's College. "It was a good three shots harder during the final round. The par 4s were playing extremely long--I hit 3-wood into Nos. 6 and 9."

Last year was an excellent year individually for the duo. Hardy won the NCGA Stoke Play Championship, while Reinsberg captured the Sacramento Valley Amateur. Despite their respective victories and consistent top-ten finishes, the two good friends were never able to finish higher than tied for fourth in four-ball events.

"It means a lot to win with Rick," said Hardy. "He and I practice together all the time. We couldn't get any momentum going the last two years in this event. It feels really good to win."

Wilson and Barsotti finished alone in second place with 15-under-par 201. The former University of Pacific teammates couldn't get any closer than one stroke and were unable to make a birdie on the last four holes. Their 197 total from 2003 still stands as the best in the history of the event (Scott Gordon and Jason Boyd tied the mark the following year).

Brady Myers and Jim Wilson surged into third place with a five-under-par 67 for a 204 total. Despite the rainy conditions, the duo turned in a strong 33 on the back nine.

Following are complete results:

Players Rounds Tot
Scott Hardy, Scratch Players, and Rick Reinsberg, Moraga 68-63-68 199
Todd Barsotti, San Joaquin, and Jeff Wilson, Green Valley 63-69-69 201
Brady Myers, Colusa, and Jim Wilson, Butte Creek 68-69-67 204
Joseph Bramlett, San Jose, and James Hay, Diablo Grande 69-71-65 205
Brian Razzari, Palo Alto, and Matt Foley, Los Altos 70-69-66 205
Joe Moulton, Cherry Island, and Jeff Gilchrist, Ancil Hoffman 64-68-73 205
Michael Vera, Antioch, and Jason Stone, Roddy Ranch  69-72-65 206
Mark Modglin, Riverbend, and Jason Anthony, Green Valley  68-72-66 206
Greg Loosigian, Fort Washington, and Tom Moshier, Kings River 69-70-67 206
Gary Young, Scratch Players, and David Rathjen, The Golf Club 70-69-68 207
Randy Haag, Olympic Club, and Darryl Donovan, Cordevalle 67-76-64 207
Phillip Huff, Olympic Club, and Rob Martin, Rancho Murieta 68-70-70 208
Tommy Koster and John Desantis, Corral De Tierra 71-67-70 208
Mike Butler, Olympic Club, and Will Johnson, North Ridge 67-71-70 208
Jeff Hollis, Brighton Crest, and Donnie Buchanan, Riverside of Fresno 67-73-69 209
Paul Rice and Andy Kitchen, Scratch Players 68-70-71 209
Trent Tessler, Scratch Players, and Brian Ruiz, Gilroy  68-71-71 210
William Moore and Casey Boyns, Monterey Bay 67-68-75 210
Joe Hillman and Keith Kinsel, Scratch Players 71-72-68 211
Garett Wagner, Discovery Bay, and Bob Niger, Serrano 69-69-73 211
Robert Fulton, Las Positas, and Dan Bieber, Green Valley 69-72-71 212
Mark Maguire, Claremont, and Garrett Larson, University of California  70-69-73 212
Dominic Debellis and Andy Nevin, Roddy Ranch GC 73-68-72 213
Jason McHargue, Mariners Point Linksters, and John Driver, Sunnyvale  70-71-72 213
Paul Balatti, Mayacama, and Mark Mance, Olympic Club 72-68-73 213
Mark Miller and Terry Foreman, Antioch  71-71-71 213
Earl Cross, Alta Sierra, and William Bunce, Serrano  70-72-71 213
Patrick France, Lakeridge, and Dean Menante, Plumas Pines   72-66-75 213
Garrett Fogel, Players Choice, and Christopher Ancheta, Kabalen   70-72-72 214
Chris Cuttone, Merced, and Lee Markarian, Fort Washington  71-72-72 215
Steve Lass, Scratch Players, and Jason Preeo, Lockeford Springs  73-70-72 215
Robert Pereira and Bryan Weeks, Vallejo  70-73-72 215
Sergio Sanchez, Spring Hills, and Frank Pieper, Monterey Peninsula  71-72-73 216
Scott Watson, Green Tree, and Chris Johnson, Catta Verdera  75-68-73 216
Jay Lignell, Woodcreek, and Daniel Brooks, Wildhorse 76-68-73 217
Tom Kirby and John Justus, Green Valley  72-72-74 218
Ryan Durkin, Almaden, and Arvo Voip, Cinnabar Hills  70-74-74 218
George Kelley, Stevinson Ranch and Zach Taylor, Stevinson Ranch 73-71-75 219
Bob Burnett and Dave Cannon, Sequoyah CC  72-72-76 220
Todd Palmaer, Ancil Hoffman, and David Nelson, Scratch Players 73-70-78 221
Thomas Brinker and Chick Valley, Copper River CC  71-71-80 222


The NCGA Four-Ball Championship began in 1967 at Spyglass Hill golf course and has been played the Robert Trent Jones layout ever since. The 54-hole competition consists of two-man teams in which both players play their own ball and the lowest score of the two is counted on each hole.

18 holes qualifying four-ball stroke play. The championship proper will be 54 holes of four-ball stroke play, 18 holes per day. After 36 holes, the field is cut to 40 teams and ties. Both partners must meet eligibility requirements, holding a handicap index of 5.4 or less.

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