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NCGA PubLinx: Moore's 8-Year Wait Over

PEBBLE BEACH, CA (June 2, 2009)--For NCGA Public Links Champion Bill Moore, the eight years it took to re-enter the winner’s circle were long overdue.

“After my win in 2001 (in this same event), I wanted to average a win in an NCGA event per year,” the assistant manager at The Golf Shop in Monterey said. “But that’s how tough the competition is.”

Moore’s steady, even par 144 (72-72) was good for a two stroke win over Salinas’ Ricky Stockton. Though the champion only made five birdies over the 36-hole championship at Spyglass Hill, he never made a big number that put him out of contention. “I had no big misses,” the Pacific Grove resident said. “I was really able to manage my game.”

Moore, Stockton and third-place finisher Brandon McNally of Poplar Creek began the day tied for the lead, and on a windy, foggy day not built for going low, only Moore was able to stay at even par (Scott Hardy’s final round 71 was the low round of the event). Birdies on 7, 10 and a closing exclamation-point birdie on the final hole spelled victory for Moore.

The tournament is the third NCGA title for the 39-year-old Moore, adding to the 2001 Public Links and 1991 Sacramento Valley championships.

The championship, for NCGA members who do not have privileges at a private course, is contested in three flights. In the president’s flight, for competitors with handicaps ranging from 5.5 – 11.4, first-round co-leader Joey Martin of Emerald Lakes held on to win by five shots, carding a 6-under net 138 (68-70). Michael Hoshida of Transit Hackers was second while Gregg Bargas of De Laveaga took, third, six strokes back of the champion.

In the director’s flight, for competitors with handicaps exceeding 11.4, Ahmed Shah of Cisco CC came from behind in the final round to capture the title, posting rounds of 73-70-143 to win by two strokes over Ed Zahariades of Sierra Meadows Ranch. First-round leader Joyce Glatt of Agilent Technologies faded to a tie for third with Morris Bell of Ancil Hoffman.
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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Results For Northern California Public Links Golf Championship
Place  PtsScores
1CAWilliam MoorePacific Grove, CA15072-72--144
2CARicky StocktonSalinas, CA10072-74--146
3CABrandon McNallyBurlingame, CA5072-75--147
4CAScott HardyPleasant Hill, CA5077-71--148
T5CAAnthony BarreraSan Jose, CA5076-73--149

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