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NCGA Masters: Burda wins by 1 at Spyglass

PEBBLE BEACH, CA (August 2, 2005) -- Its the grip that really stands out. A hybrid, claw-like grip that's not unlike Chris DiMarco or Craig Stadler's grip where the left hand (for a right-handed putter) holds the club in a conventional manner and the lower (right) hand holds it as someone might hold a pen. In the hands of now three-time NCGA Master Division champion Jeff Burda, the grip rolls in every short putt it needs to.

"My son strongly suggested I try something else last winter," the champion said in reference to his new grip, "so we came up with something new - and it works, I'm making more short putts." That was evident throughout the 36-hole event which concluded today at Spyglass Hill GC. Burda smoked the field to the tune of an opening-round, three-under 68 yesterday that left him two shots up. The seven-time club champion at Del Rio CC followed with a 74 in the second round that left him with a one-stroke victory. "I held it together today," the 52-year-old said regarding his second round. "I had some good ups and downs."

Burda was closely followed by two competitors who had their best finish ever in NCGA competition. Clayton Davis of Atascadero and Hunter Ranch and Kevin Kobalter of Meadow Club both brought past club championship wins to the event, but neither had cracked the medalist category. Davis won the playoff for the silver medal but that hardly mattered to these two competitors. "I don't play as much as some of these guys, so overall I'm very happy with this result," the Shell Beach resident said. Kobalter, a member at the Meadow Club and a three-time Marin County amateur champion hoped the finish would give him some momentum going into USGA Mid-Amateur qualifying next Monday.

With the win, Burda adds to a resume that is as illustrious as it is long. Along with numerous USGA qualifications, Burda is now the only golfer to win an NCGA major event in four different decades (1973 Public Links, 1989 Four Ball with partner Ken Webb, and the 1996, 1997 Master Division championships). The 2005 Master Division title also places Burda at the top of the list of multiple Master Division championships won at three - quite a distinction since only golfers aged 40-54 are eligible.

Final results from the NCGA Master Division Championship, played at the par 71 Spyglass Hill Golf Course:

Player Rd1 Rd2 Tot
 Jeff Burda, Del Rio G&CC 68 74 142
 Clayton Davis, Atascadero GC 73 70 143
 Kevin Kobalter, Meadow Club 70 73 143
 Bob Niger, Serrano CC 74 70 144
 Mark Gardner, Scratch Players GC 75 70 145
 Dan Bieber, Green Valley CC 72 74 146
 Tom Moshier, Kings River G&CC 73 74 147
 Steve Wilson, Discovery Bay CC 71 76 147
 Casey Boyns, Monterey Bay GC 75 73 148
 Jon Dechambeau, Riverbend GC 74 75 149
 Lee Markarian, Fort Washington 71 78 149
 Terry Foreman, Antioch GC 79 71 150
 John Justus, Green Valley CC 75 75 150
 Gary Vanier, Olympic Club 77 74 151
 Brady Myers, Colusa G&CC 76 75 151
 Chick Valley, Copper River CC 74 77 151
 Rob Adolph, San Joaquin CC 78 74 152
 Tommy Koster, Corral De Tierra CC 77 75 152
 Dan Sexton, Bayonet / Black Horse 76 76 152
 Greg Loosigian, Fort Washington 74 78 152
 Scott Terry, Summitpointe CC 76 77 153
 Thomas Brinker, Copper River CC 78 76 154
 Dale Bouguennec, Contra Costa CC 80 74 154
 Rick Nolan, Amateurgolf.com 75 79 154
 Dennis Dachtler, Rancho Murieta CC 75 79 154
 Robert Goodwin, San Francisco GC 73 81 154
 Russell Kamibayashi, Brookside GC 78 77 155
 Jose Sanchez, Monterey Peninsula CC 78 77 155
 Mark Miller, Antioch GC 79 76 155
 Bruce Hanavan, Olympic Club 77 78 155
 Tim Snow, Yolo Fliers Club 81 74 155
 Michael Gums, Valley Hi CC 77 78 155
 Chris Bailey, Cold Springs G&CC 76 79 155
 Ted Tsuchiyama, Blackhawk CC 75 80 155
 Mike Holt, San Jose CC 78 78 156
 Jeff Hoffman, Empire Ranch GC 77 79 156
 Gregory Isom, Napa GC 81 75 156
 Bob Burnett, Sequoyah CC 76 80 156
 Patrick Pernice, Amateurgolf.com 75 81 156
 Jim Wilson, Butte Creek CC 78 79 157
 John Desantis, Corral De Tierra CC 78 79 157
 Richard Dewey, Tehama GC 76 81 157
 Brian Rugne, Teal Bend GC 83 74 157
 Gary White, Whitney Oaks GC 75 82 157
 Greg Olson, Gold Hills GC 74 83 157
 Jim Knoll, Rooster Run GC 80 78 158
 Rich Friebel, Riverview G&CC 82 76 158
 Tom Marks, Sacramento GC 79 80 159
 Ken Noonan, Castlewood CC 76 83 159
 Dean Prince, Olympic Club 74 85 159
 Ken Helwig, Silver Creek Valley CC 78 82 160
 Robert Fulton, Las Positas GC 78 82 160
 Ron Collet, Madera G&CC 81 79 160
 Robert Levin, Wildhawk 81 79 160
 Charles McDonald, Shoreline GC 82 78 160
 Keith Postler, Copper River CC 75 85 160
 Jim Porter, Green Valley CC 80 81 161
 Jeff Hatfield, Adobe Creek GC 78 83 161
 Dave Stone, Blackhawk CC 80 81 161
 Joe Beato, Sunnyside CC 81 80 161
 Phillip Herrera, Brookside GC 81 81 162
 Allen Herd, Mountain Springs GC 81 81 162
 Richard Miller, Walnut Creek GC 76 86 162
 Rich Rowley, Almaden G&CC 84 78 162
 Troy Williams, Stevinson Ranch GC 86 76 162
 Michael Wiechers, Granite Bay GC 80 83 163
 Jon Ramer, Sacramento GC 78 85 163
 Joseph Zanassi, Antioch GC 78 85 163
 Michael Facciani, Madera G&CC 79 84 163
 James Ryan, Indian Valley GC 83 80 163
 Parrish Barker, Sunset Whitney CC 84 79 163
 Akihiro Okada, Fairway GC 85 78 163
 Paul Rice, Scratch Players GC 81 83 164
 John Martin, Mountain Springs GC 77 87 164
 Jim McCarley, SDG Tour 82 82 164
 Jim Anderson, Ridge Runners GC 86 78 164
 Dino Forristall, Green Valley CC 82 83 165
 Doug Olkein, The Golf Club.com 86 79 165
 Brian Veerkamp, Cold Springs G&CC 79 87 166
 Garth Keehan, Concord GC 85 81 166
 Robert Cayton, Pasatiempo GC 82 85 167
 Greg Omalley, Adobe Creek GC 83 84 167
 Lon Alward, Riverview G&CC 89 78 167
 Matt Cripe, Lockeford Springs GC 83 85 168
 Jeff Atkinson, Half Moon Bay GC 83 85 168
 Scott Behiel, Castlewood CC 86 82 168
 David Yip, Oakland Chinese GC 86 82 168
 Bill Foley, The Bridges GC 87 81 168
 Bill Blastic, Golden Bay GC 78 91 169
 Ed Pelles, The Club GC 82 87 169
 Ken Webb, Turlock G&CC 87 83 170
 Glenn Hessler, Pacific Grove GC 88 82 170
 Chris Crump, Whitney Oaks GC 80 91 171
 Matt Vukicevich, Sea Ranch GC 86 86 172
 Len Pruss, Brookside GC 90 83 173
 Dave Vinson, Bailey Creek GC 94 80 174
 David Wilkins, Stanford University GC 90 85 175
 Charlie Homo, Adobe Creek GC 92 83 175
 Eric Hauser, Gleneagles Intl GC 85 91 176
 Neil Duffy, Spring Hills GC 89 87 176
 Robert Jacobs, Olympic Club 88 89 177
 Eric Fischer, Harding Park GC 91 87 178
 Benj Noto, Gilroy G&CC 90 90 180
 Luis Gandara, Las Positas GC 91 90 181
 Carey Robinson, El Rancho Chico GC 92 94 186
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