NCGA Publinx: Voip Scores Comeback Victory
PEBBLE BEACH (August 28, 2006) -– Arvo Voip proved that consistency often wins over long drives or a flashy short game.
The 24-year-old came from behind Tuesday to win the NCGA Public Links Championship at Spyglass Hill GC by two strokes over Jess Stimack and Chris Kilkenny.
While the rest of the first-round leaders seemed to wilt around him, Voip shot the same one-over-par 73 that he produced in the first round for a two-day total of two-over-par 146. The Quicksilver member credited his victory to putting well and making “lots and lots of pars.” Voip did just that, making 28 over the course of the 36-hole event.
Although Spyglass is no easy track, for Voip, who just returned from Hazeltine National in Minnesota where he participated in the U.S. Amateur Championship last week, it must have seemed like a piece of cake. The champion explained that, “Spyglass is nothing compared to Hazeltine. Hazeltine was long and narrow with long rough. The whole experience up there was overwhelming. It was the toughest course I’ve ever played.” Needless to say, playing such a difficult course on a national scale certainly helped prepare the first-time NCGA champion for this week’s Public Links Championship.
Stimack claimed second place honors after defeating Kilkenny on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Kilkenny battled back from a five-over-par nine on the 4th hole to finish third. First-round leader Erick Justesen struggled to find the fairway all day and shot 79 to finish in a tie for fourth.
In the President’s flight, first-round leader Jesse White posted another sub-par round to finish at five-under par (68-71) and win by a convincing seven-stroke margin. Second place went to William Berkey while third place finished in a tie between Ray Kong and Fernando Delmendo. Tim Walsh captured the Director’s flight title. His first-round 63 proved to be more than enough to claim victory. Gary Ong defeated Robin Hackett on the first playoff hole to take second place.
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