NCGA Sr. Four-Ball: Knoll, Burda lead

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 2, 2011) -- As expected by many Jim Knoll and Jeff Burda lead going into tomorrow’s final round of the Senior Four Ball Championship at Poppy Hills GC. Knoll and Burda the top-2 seniors in Northern California followed up their 4-under 68 Wednesday with a 6-under 66 on Thursday, under benign sunny conditions. The pair’s round consisted of six birdies, three on each side and no bogeys. The duo currently stands at 10-under 134 and while they have a three-shot lead, the competition behind them is very capable.

Checking in at 7-under 137 is the formidable pair of Mark Miller and Casey Boyns. Miller and Boyns also had six birdies on the day, but had a two-hole hiccup as they bogeyed 11 and 12 to give them a 4-under 68 Thursday. Also not to be counted out are pairs Ben Whipple and Sherman Haggerty, and Ray Kong and Scott Anderson at 5-under 139. Alone in fifth place are 2009 Champions Rob Adolph and Doug Johnson at 4-under 140.

Knoll and Burda look to add to their impressive 2010-2011 year as both players look to finish one-two on the NCGA Senior Points List. Knoll has won five senior events this tournament year highlighted by the NCGA Senior Championship at Spyglass Hill in April. Not to be outdone, Burda has two victories since October, none bigger than winning his third straight CGA Senior Championship in November. Both players have great resumes, but have yet to capture a Senior Four-Ball title despite previous tries.

Miller and Boyns will complete a fantastic final pairing as Miller is a past champion (2006) and currently third on the NCGA Senior Points List, while Boyns is a storied NCGA golfer playing in his inaugural Senior Four-Ball Championship.

Thirty-two teams made the cut Thursday including defending champions Peter Moren and Ron Johnson, who are currently in a tie for 23rd at 3-over 147. The first group will tee off at 7:30 a.m. with the final group teeing off at 10:00 a.m.

ABOUT THE NCGA Senior Four-Ball

First played in 1999, the NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship is a two-person, better-ball scratch event for senior (age 55+) and super senior (65+) golfers. The format is 54 holes four-ball stroke play (18 holes per day) over three days. After 36 holes the field will be cut to the low 30 teams and ties.

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