NCGA Mixed Team Spring Championship: Winners crowned in 4th annual
Big Sur Flight winners including champions John and Angie Friedrich (near left) <br>(NGCA Photo)</br>
Big Sur Flight winners including champions John and Angie Friedrich (near left)
(NGCA Photo)

PEBBLE BEACH, CA (March 26, 2016)--Champions were crowned as the 2016 NCGA Mixed Team Spring Championship wrapped up Saturday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course.

BIG SUR FLIGHT (9 Handicap Index or below)

John and Angie Friedrich grabbed their second title in three years, posting a final round 4-under 67 to finish at 136. Team Friedrich, winners of the title in 2014, were rock steady. They’d have six birdies to go with two bogeys in the final round.

The team of Mark Miller and Kathy Karste and the tandem of Steve and Dorothy Donnelly both finished tied for second at 140 after final rounds of 71 and 73, respectively. Miller and Karste were awarded second place in a card-off. Team Donnelly, who led after the first round, were the defending champions.

GOLDEN GATE FLIGHT (Handicap Index 10-17)

The mother-son duo of Janice and Bryce Yoshimoto got it done. The Yoshimoto’s put up their second straight 65 to come in at 130, defeating the runner-up team of Tashi and Michelle Sherpa by two strokes. Team Yoshimoto had nine birdies and just three bogeys in the finale. Team Sherpa, who took the first round lead with a 61, had a final round 71. Third place went to Thomas and Bonnie Shewchuk at 135 following a 68. Anna Irvin had the shot of the tournament, carding an ace on the par-3 17th on Saturday. The championship was Irvin’s debut in a competitive tournament.

YOSEMITE FLIGHT (18 Handicap Index or above)

Simon Tao and partner Melynda Li shot their second straight 66, finishing at 132 and running away with a seven stroke victory. Tao and Li posted two eagles and seven birdies to go against six bogeys in the finale.

Winkenbach and Young shot 69 to come in at 139. Reynolds and Kakalec shot 70 to finish at 141.

ABOUT THE NCGA Spring Mixed Team

The championship will be 36 holes of stroke play (18 holes per day) in a Mixed Chapman format. Play will be 60% of the lower course handicap and 40% of the higher course handicap. Open to any male/female team ages 18 and up. Both team members must be members of the NCGA. Format: Mixed Chapman. Play will be 60% of the higher course handicap and 40% of the lower course handicap. The field is divided into three flights by handicap index: Chardonnay 0-9, Merlot 10-18 and Zinfandel 19 and above.

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