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Twin Ties in NCGA/NCPGA Team Matches

PEBBLE BEACH, CA (October 20, 2009)--Kissing your sister never looked so sweet.

In results that pay homage to the spirit and uber-competitiveness of the event, both the Hanna-Wehrman and Staedler-Jetter cups were halved, with the final scores of both riding on the final putt on the final hole. The annual event pits the finest Northern California amateurs against the best professionals as determined through a qualifying points system in a three-round Ryder Cup format.

Coming into the day, the amateurs were two points up in both cups and boasting long winning streaks over the last few years. But strong professional play in the singles’ matches propelled the NCPGA teams into position to snatch both cups. With the score tied 9-9 in the Hanna-Wehrman Cup, the NCGA’s Scott Hardy and Rick Reinsberg – a formidable four-ball team playing together in singles’ matches – needed to tie or win the final hole for the amateurs to retain the trophy. A solid up and down from 100 yards for birdie by Hardy, punctuated by an eight-foot putt, allowed the St. Mary’s golf coach to secure a tie and 1/2 point against Steve Hummel of Wolf Creek in Reno. (Ironically, both Hardy and Hummel made aces on the first day of competition). Rick Reinsberg of Moraga then needed to hole a six-footer to win his match against Rick Leibovich of Tehama, and to win the overall event. Reinsberg, the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play champion, missed left, halving both the match and the cup.

“The hole location (on 18) was a little higher than normal, so it was more difficult to stop the first putt,” Reinsberg said after reaching the par 5 in two shots and taking three putts to hole out.

The NCGA team led 6-4 coming into the singles matches after dominating the morning foursomes the first day, taking every point 5-0. But the afternoon four-ball saw the professionals almost completely reverse that result, winning 4-1. The amateurs had taken home the trophy for the last three years, and now retain it for a fourth year, with the overall series tied at 17-17-9.

The senior Staedler-Jetter Cup provided a case of deja vu, as 2008 senior player of the year Jeff Burda reached the final hole in two and then missed a five footer to clinch both the match and cup, resulting in an overall 14-14 tie. The Del Rio member established a 1-up lead with a 20-foot birdie putt on 16 and held on with a stellar up and down from the bunker on 17 in his match against Mick Soli of the Links at Mariners Point.

The senior amateurs won both foursome and four-ball sessions by a single point on the first day, powered by the Bob Olds/Carl Selkirk and Jeff Burda/Jim Knoll duos who claimed points in both sessions. The amateurs now lead the overall series 12-4-3 and retain the cup for the sixth year in a row.

“The competition was wonderful and the sportsmanship and camaraderie is what its all about,” said NCGA captain and Vice-President Vaughn Kezirian. “We get to mix with the pros from all areas of Northern California and I think that’s important. The course was in great shape, which was tremendous given the rain we had yesterday.”

It is the first time both cups have resulted in a tie in the history of the event dating back to 1967 (Hanna-Wehrman) and the 1991 (Staedler-Jetter).

The NCGA Hanna-Wehrman team was comprised of William Moore, Ricky Stockton, Steven Chung, Reid Scarff, Kevin Wentworth, Danny Paniccia, Jeff Hoffman, Russell Humphrey, Scott Hardy and Rick Reinsberg. They competed against the NCPGA team of Steve Hummel, Robert Poole, Don Winter, Steve Pellegrine, Jerrel Grow, Jason Schmuhl, Jeffrey Anderson, Ed Hester, Mitch Lowe and Rick Leibovich.

John Enright, Paul Balatti, Herb Jensen, Mark Miller, Dan Bieber, Bob Fleming, Bob Olds, Carl Selkirk, Ronnie WileyBob Rowland, Jeff Burda, Jim Knoll, Rob Thompson and Doug Johnson comprised the NCGA Staedler-Jetter team. The NCPGA’s team consisted of Mike Beveridge, Ron Parsons, Charlie Gibson, Al Weinhold, Michael Cook, Michael Paul, Raul Quezada, Doug Cody, Al Krueger, Gary Plato, Ric Burgess, Glen Stubblefield, Mick Soli and John Snopkowski.

Results

Hanna-Wehrman Cup Matches – Singles

4 vs. 6
Kevin Wentworth 3 & 2 vs. Mitch Lowe
William Moore vs. Robert Poole 1 up
Steven Chung vs. Jason Schmuhl 2 & 1
Ricky Stockton 3 & 2 vs. Steve Pellegrine
Jeff Hoffman vs. Jeffrey Anderson 2 & 1
Reid Scarff vs. Ed Hester 3 & 2
Russell Humphrey vs. Don Winter 2 & 1
Danny Paniccia 4 & 3 vs. Jerrel Grow
Scott Hardy Halved vs. Steve Hummel Halved
Rick Reinsberg Halved vs. Rick Leibovich Halved

Staedler-Jetter Cup Matches – Singles

6 vs. 8
Paul Balatti 3 & 1 vs. Glen Stubblefield
Dan Bieber vs. Al Weinhold 1 up
Bob Fleming 4 & 2 vs. Mike Beveridge
John Enright 2 & 1 vs. John Snopkowski
Bob Rowland 2 & 1 vs. Raul Quezada
Bob Olds vs. Gary Plato 1 up
Carl Selkirk Halved vs. Al Krueger Halved
Ronnie Wiley vs. Doug Cody 1 up
Jim Knoll vs. Ron Parsons 1 up
Rob Thompson vs. Charlie Gibson 3 & 2
Mark Miller vs. Michael Cook 5 & 4
Doug Johnson 2 & 1 vs. Ric Burgess
Jeff Burda Halved vs. Mick Soli Halved
Herb Jensen vs. Michael Paul 3 & 2

Hanna-Wehrman Cup Matches – Foursomes

5 vs. 0
William Moore
Ricky Stockton
1 up vs. Steve Hummel
Robert Poole
Steven Chung
Reid Scarff
3 & 1 vs. Don Winter
Steve Pellegrine
Kevin Wentworth
Danny Paniccia
3 & 2 vs. Jerrel Grow
Jason Schmuhl
Jeff Hoffman
Russell Humphrey
5 & 3 vs. Jeffrey Anderson
Ed Hester
Scott Hardy
Rick Reinsberg
2 & 1 vs. Mitch Lowe
Rick Leibovich

Staedler-Jetter Cup Matches – Foursomes

4 vs. 3
John Enright
Paul Balatti
vs. Mike Beveridge
Ron Parsons
1 up
Herb Jensen
Mark Miller
vs. Charlie Gibson
Al Weinhold
1 up
Dan Bieber
Bob Fleming
1 up vs. Michael Cook
Michael Paul
Bob Olds
Carl Selkirk
5 & 4 vs. Raul Quezada
Doug Cody
Ronnie Wiley
Bob Rowland
vs. Al Krueger
Gary Plato
1 up
Jeff Burda
Jim Knoll
2 & 1 vs. Ric Burgess
Glen Stubblefield
Rob Thompson
Doug Johnson
1 up vs. Mick Soli
John Snopkowski

Hanna-Wehrman Cup Matches – Four Ball

1 vs. 4
William Moore
Ricky Stockton
vs. Steve Hummel
Robert Poole
6 & 5
Steven Chung
Reid Scarff
Halved vs. Don Winter
Steve Pellegrine
Halved
Kevin Wentworth
Danny Paniccia
Halved vs. Jerrel Grow
Jason Schmuhl
Halved
Jeff Hoffman
Russell Humphrey
vs. Jeffrey Anderson
Ed Hester
2 & 1
Scott Hardy
Rick Reinsberg
vs. Mitch Lowe
Rick Leibovich
3 & 1

Staedler-Jetter Cup Matches – Four Ball

4 vs. 3
John Enright
Paul Balatti
2 & 1 vs. Mike Beveridge
Ron Parsons
Herb Jensen
Mark Miller
vs. Charlie Gibson
Al Weinhold
3 & 2
Dan Bieber
Bob Fleming
vs. Michael Cook
Michael Paul
6 & 4
Bob Olds
Carl Selkirk
3 & 2 vs. Raul Quezada
Doug Cody
Ronnie Wiley
Bob Rowland
4 & 3 vs. Al Krueger
Gary Plato
Jeff Burda
Jim Knoll
1 up vs. Ric Burgess
Glen Stubblefield
Rob Thompson
Doug Johnson
vs. Mick Soli
John Snopkowski
2 & 1
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