NCGA Four-Ball Championship: Brett Viboch and Bobby Bucey Lead
Bobby Bucey
Bobby Bucey

CARMEL, Calif. -- It’s one way of putting yourselves instantly into contention.

Brett Viboch and Bobby Bucey took over the top spot at this weekend’s NCGA Four-Ball Championship at Spyglass Hill on Saturday by posting a record-tying 10-under 62.

The 62, which tied the mark set by R.C. Orr and Scott Doak in 2011, pushed Viboch and Bucey to a two-day total of 13-under 131, giving them a three stroke lead entering today’s final round.

On a day where teams looked to make a move, Viboch, who played in last year’s U.S. Amateur, and Bucey, winner of the 2014 NCGA NCGA Stroke Play Championship, were electric.

The pair, who will be at Winged Foot in two weeks for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, went bogey-free, collecting an eagle on the par-5 7th to go with eight birdies.

They’d also do it while defining team effort. Bucey, a former standout at Chico State, had four birdies and the eagle while Viboch, who hails from Moraga, had four birdies of his own.

There’s still, however, more work to be done.Just three strokes off the lead is the tandem of Jason Anthony and Randy Haag. The two Olympic Club members, who are at 134 after a 68, also are headed to Winged Foot. Anthony was runner-up in the 2014 race for NCGA Player of the Year, while Haag is coming off a win at the NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship. With a win on Sunday, Haag, who’s won a record four NCGA Four-Ball titles, would become the first player to hold both titles in the same year.

Just four off the pace at 135, meanwhile, are the tandems of Jeremy Sanchez and Sean Talmadge (67) and Zachary Solomon and Blake Taylor (67).

Others in the hunt are Grady Smith and Mitchell Martin (66) and former Junior Tour of Northern California members Mikey Slesinski and Blake Hathcoat (69), who are at 136. Slesinski and Hathcoat will both begin playing for St. Mary’s College this fall.

The 54-hole championship record is 197, held by Todd Barsotti and Jeff Wilson (2003) and Jason Boyd and Scott Gordon (2004).

Sunday’s final round will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the leaders going off at 9:20 a.m.

ROUND ONE STORYThe first round of the 50th NCGA Four-Ball Championship turned out to have a distinct City by the Bay flavor.

Ryan Wilson and Tommy Semereux, both University of San Francisco alumni, and fellow Olympic Club members Jason Anthony and Randy Haag grabbed the first round lead on a wet Friday at par-72 Spyglass Hill, coming in with matching scores of 6-under 66.

Playing in the afternoon wave, Wilson and Semereaux posted nine birdies to go against just three bogeys. In March, the two teamed up to win the Sacramento Regional Four-Ball Match Play Championship.

Anthony and Haag have also been a lethal combo before. Back in December, the two shot a medalist-earning 9-under 62 in a U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifier at Poppy Hills. At last year’s NCGA Four-Ball Championship, they’d card a final round 64 to finish tied for second.

Also playing in the afternoon wave, Anthony and Haag went mistake free, penciling in six birdies.

Haag, who has won a record four NCGA Four-Ball titles (1987 and 1993 with Bob Blomberg, 2000 and 2010 with Darryl Donovan), is going for a double-double. In April, he captured the NCGA Senior Four-Ball title playing with defending U.S. Senior Amateur champ Chip Lutz. No player has ever won both the NCGA Four-Ball and Senior Four-Ball titles in the same year.

The first round also saw a great showing from Granite Bay. Granite Bay GC members and teammates Gary Deblaquiere and Scott Colby are just one off the lead after a 67 along with fellow Granite Bay member Jon Peterson and Burlingame CC member Eddie Davis.

Also coming in at 67 were teens Mikey Slesinski and Blake Hathcoat, who each honed their games on the Junior Tour of Northern California circuit.

Four teams are at 68, including defending champions Scott Raber and Ben Corfee.

Following Saturday’s second round, a cut will be made with the low 40 teams (and ties) advancing to Sunday.


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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