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NCGA Senior Four Ball: Berg & Thompson by 3

PEBBLE BEACH (Sept 19, 2007) – As Rob Thompson sunk his birdie putt on the 18th green, his playing partner and best friend Bob Berg shook his hand with delight.  For the second time in three years Berg and Thompson captured the Senior Four-Ball Championship at Poppy Hills, the first team to do so since the tournaments inception nine years ago.

Producing seven birdies en route to a final round 66, the pair finished with a 17-under-par 199.  “We did a good job taking care of each other.  We did it all three days actually,” stated Thompson.

Berg and Thompson’s friendship extends beyond the golf course as the two have known each other since high school.  Berg even jokes that Thompson married his fifth grade girlfriend.  It is the lifelong friendship however, that set the pace for the duo. Defending champions Herb Jensen and Mark Miller rounded out the final pairing and made a great run with a final round 69 to finish in second three strokes back.

“Mark and Herb are excellent players and we knew that.  They looked really good on paper coming into today so we did not know what to expect,” said Berg.  Thompson added “Bob played the frontside great and then I had to turn it on for the backside.  We really just know how to read each other”.

As for Olympic Club members and playing partners Gary Vanier and John Enright, they held onto third place for the third day and completed the championship with a 205, six strokes off the winning pace.

Berg and Thompson continued to joke that they’ve only played together for three years because their wives made them and they will continue to play until their wives make them quit.  It was a comfort level that allowed the pair to win the event twice.  “When your name is on the trophy the most, it is always more fun”, concluded Thompson.

Final results, from the Par 72 Poppy Hills Golf Club, follow:

Pos Player Club   Player Club Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
1 Bob Berg Riverview GCC & Rob Thompson Merced GCC 65 68 66 199
2 Mark Miller Roddy Ranch GC & Herb Jensen Del Paso CC 66 67 69 202
3 John Enright The Olympic Club & Gary Vanier The Olympic Club 68 69 68 205
4 Rob Adolph San Joaquin CC & Douglas Johnson Fig Garden GC 70 72 64 206
5 R. F. Martin Plumas Lake GCC & Jim Whisman Plumas Lake GCC 65 76 67 208
T6 Dennis Younglove El Macero CC & Steven Wolf Woodbridge GCC 69 69 71 209
T6 Jim Knoll Rooster Run GC & Paul Balatti Mayacama GC 70 69 70 209
8 Joe Beato Sunnyside CC & Gregory Saiki Sunnyside CC 67 71 73 211
T9 Rex Massier Green Valley CC & Obie Anderson Antioch GC 70 71 71 212
T9 Bill Bowen Lincoln Hills GC & Tom Lewandowski Rancho Murieta CC 70 72 70 212
T9 Jim Ono Cypress GC & Robert Blomberg Chuck Corica GC 69 72 71 212
T9 Lou Alvarez Black Oak GC & Shellton Washburn Meadow Club 70 72 70 212
T9 David Ellis Granite Bay GC & Chris McKenna Sunset Whitney CC 73 67 72 212
T9 Barry Brady Gilroy GC & Paul Balbas San Juan Oaks GC 68 73 71 212
T15 Carl Selkirk Butte Creek CC & Dave Parsons Chardonnay GC 69 70 74 213
T15 Clement Richardson Corral de Tierra CC & Chip Campion Corral de Tierra CC 72 72 69 213
T15 Bob Fleming Sacramento GC & Jim J Haley Empire Ranch GC 68 72 73 213
T15 James Sullivan Pasatiempo GC & Ken Slasor Pacific Grove GL 69 70 74 213
T15 Thomas O’Grady Los Altos GCC & Jon Jew Valley Hi CC 73 69 71 213
T15 Charles Gillespie San Francisco GC & Stephen Smith Monterey Peninsula CC 70 72 71 213
T15 Clifford Davis Green Valley CC & Bob Olds Brentwood GC 66 72 75 213
T15 Steven MacIlraith Coyote Run GC & Richard Paiko Wildhorse GC 68 71 74 213
23 Don Geisen Bayonet GC & Dave Basham Rancho Canada GC 71 73 70 214
T24 Charles D Crabtree Fort Washington GCC & Bobby Fries Fort Washington GCC 71 70 74 215
T24 Marshall Raymer Castlewood CC & Tony Wilmer Castlewood CC 72 70 73 215
T24 David W Goettsch Roddy Ranch GC & Bruce Swanson Roddy Ranch 74 69 72 215
T27 Gary Conti De Laveaga GC & John B Cahoon Sharon Heights GCC 71 72 73 216
T27 Michael Butler The Olympic Club & Earl Stewart Meadow Club 74 69 73 216
T29 Robert Eberle Pajaro Valley GC & Charles Richesin Woodbridge GCC 70 72 75 217
T29 Robert Reed Castlewood CC & Jay Guerin Chuck Corica GC 73 69 75 217
31 Tom Lyons Castlewood CC & Terry Ackerman Oakhurst CC 71 73 75 219
32 James Clarke San Luis Obispo CC & Lee Jeberjahn San Luis Obispo CC 75 69 76 220

 

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