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.

To view complete results from the Championship flight, click on the tournament link that says "see also" at the top of this page, and follow the "results" tab.

ABOUT THE Northern California Pub-Links

Qualifying at multiple sites. Players must have a numeric index of 5.4 or less for the championship flight. Players entering the handicap flights must have a numeric index of 5.5 to 36.4 (40.4 for women) inclusive. Handicap entries will be divided equally into two flights (President and Director).

PLAYERS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE ARE INELIGIBLE FOR THE HANDICAP FLIGHT. The NCGA adheres to the USGA membership restrictions for entry into the Public Links Championship. Contestants must be bonafide public course players who do not hold playing privileges with any course from which the general public is excluded or privileges with any private club maintaining its own course. Exceptions: A bonafide public course member may hold incidental privileges with a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by : (1) An educational institution of which he is a student; or (2) Federal Armed Service of which he is a member; or (3) An industry by which he is employed.

Format: 18 holes qualifying for all flights (index used for handicap flights). In the championship flight, 36 players (including exempts) will advance to the championship proper. In the handicap competition, 36 players from the President’s Flight and 36 from the Director’s Flight will advance to the championship proper for 36 holes (18 holes per day) of play at 100% of course handicap.

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