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LIVERMORE, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2014) — The duo of Mark Pavletich and Scott Anderson is the one to catch after Monday’s first round of the annual NCGA Master Division Four-Ball Championship.

Playing at par-72 Poppy Ridge Golf Course (Chardonnay and Zinfandel courses), Pavletich and Anderson jumped out to the lead in the two-day, 36-hole event by posting an opening round score of 8-under 64.

The two opened their mistake-free day by playing the Chardonnay nine at 3-under thanks to birdies on holes No.3, No.5 and No.8. On the Zinfandel nine, they’d tack on three more birdies and an eagle on the par-5 5th.

Three teams are right on their heels, however, after opening with rounds of 65.

Jon Peterson and partner Eddie Davis penciled in eight birdies overall but also a bogey on Chardonnay’s par-3 7th. The tandem of Tim Beach and Ben Pollock also carded a 65 that featured an eagle (the par-5 8th on Zinfandel), six birdies and a bogey. Dominic DeBellis and Andy Nevin also got to 7-under after a round that included eight birdies and a bogey.

In at 66, just two behind the leaders, was another three teams.John Driver and Scott Terry posted eight birdies of their own, but they’d card two bogeys–one on No.4 of the Chardonnay course and one on the 7th of the Zinfandel course.

Also in at 6-under were the tandems of Dave Carpel and Donn Berdahl and Dan Bieber and Jim Reynolds. Bieber recently won the NCGA Senior Amateur Match Play title, his second title in five years.

Seven teams are at 67 including defending champions Jeff Gilchrist and Steve Woods and the tandem of Casey Boyns and Joey Ferrari. Gilchrist and Woods went bogey-free, but could only muster five birdies.

Tuesday’s final round is slated to begin at 8 a.m.

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ABOUT THE NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball

Eligibility: Players must have reached their 25th birthday and not have reached their 55th birthday. Players must have a numeric handicap index of 5.4 or less. Partners may represent different clubs.

Format: 18 holes qualifying in four-ball stroke play. 52 teams plus ties will advance to to the championship. Championship proper will be 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, 18 holes per day. Played at Poppy Ridge.

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