PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 17, 2009) - Doug Johnson of Fig Garden and Rob Adolph of San Joaquin CC joined forces to win the 11th Annual NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship and beat some of the most accomplished names in NCGA golf at Poppy Hills.
“We figured if we were going to make them run, we were going to make them run fast today,” grinned Johnson after the round. And they did. The Fresno team fired a six-under-par 66 the first day and never looked back. Backing it up with a pair of 69s for a 12-under-par 204 total, the pair secured their first NCGA Senior Four-Ball title by just one stroke.
Up until the final round, the nemesis hole for the team had been the uphill par-4 13th. The 57-year-olds made birdie in the final round after posting two bogeys there previously. Johnson admitted after the round that holes 12 and 13 had been the turning point. The duo tapped in for birdie on the par-5 12th and then Johnson rolled in a 25-foot putt on 13 to give them the one-stroke buffer they needed over playing partners Jim Knoll of Rooster Run and Jeff Burda of Del Rio.
Past CGA State Amateur Champion Gary Vanier and teammate John Enright of Sharp Park fired a handful of birdies to post a five-under 67 and tie for second at 11-under-par 205 with 2008 NCGA Senior Player-of-the-Year Jeff Burda and reigning NCGA Valley Amateur Champion Jim Knoll. Vanier and Enright then went on to win the second playoff hole to nab runner-up honors, while Burda and Knoll took third after a final-round four-under 68.
While in just their third year of NCGA senior competition, Johnson and Adolph are no strangers to elite level sport. Johnson used to play professional golf on the Asian and South American Tours, while Adolph is a five-time NCAA champion from USC (having won college football titles in ‘72 and ‘74 and baseball honors in ’72, ‘73 and ‘74).
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