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Seaver Cup Matches: NorCal has early lead

LA QUINTA, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2008) — An eight-man Northern California Golf Association team stormed back from a four-point deficit in the afternoon to take a 14-10 lead heading into tomorrow’s singles matches at the sixth biennial Seaver Cup matches at PGA West.

After trailing 8-4 following the morning four-ball matches at the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, the NCGA won the foursomes (alternate shot) matches this afternoon on the Pete Dye Stadium Course, 10-2, to take a four-shot lead.

The NCGA senior pair of Jeff Burda and Jim Knoll and its youngest team, Matt Hollinsead and Jonathan Carlson each won three points, while the team of Randy Haag and Chris Marin 2.5 points in their matches (one point is awarded for the front nine, one point for back nine, and point for the overall match, with halved portions earning 1/2 point for each player).

There will be eight singles matches Wednesday morning, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The NCGA needs to win 10.5 points to win the cup; the SCGA needs to win 12 points to retain the cup. Last year, the SCGA rallied from a seven-point deficit on the final day to forge a 24-24 tie and retain the cup. Overall, the SCGA leads the series, 2-1-2.

--Courtesy Bob Thomas, SCGA

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ABOUT THE Seaver Cup Matches

The Seaver Cup was created in 1998 at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa as a biennial competition that brings together the best players from Northern and Southern California. The intra-state competition was named in the honor of Charles Seaver, one of the most successful and legendary golfers in California amateur golf lore.

Charlie Seaver is one of two amateur to hold the NCGA, SCGA, and California Amateur titles at the same time, accomplishing this feat in 1933-34 (the other being George Von Elm who pulled out the same feat in 1925). After graduating from Stanford University, Seaver was the shining example of amateur golf in California.

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