Haag, Donovan capture NCGA Master Four-Ball

SEASIDE, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2011) -- NCGA Player of the Year Randy Haag and Darryl Donovan captured the 8th Annual Master Division Four-Ball Championship for the second straight year Tuesday at Bayonet GC.

Fifty-four duos of players aged 40 and over from across Northern California competed in a four-ball stroke-play format, where each player plays his own ball and the team records the lowest score. Posting a staggering eight under for the second round, the Olympic Club’s Haag and CordeValle’s Donovan tied with Bayonet’s own Casey Boyns (a four-time Player of the Year honoree) and William Moore at 10-under par 134. A one-hole playoff decided the winner as Donovan sank a 40-foot putt to claim the title.

“Realistically, we thought the chances of us winning were slim considering all the teams ahead of us,” said Haag. “But we kept the dream alive and somehow the ball found its way to the hole on some of those last shots.” The event gives Haag, fresh off being named NCGA Player of the Year for an unprecedented sixth time, a head start towards a seventh Player of the Year honor.

Two teams tied for third to round out the medal spots. Del Paso’s Herb Jensen and Craig Miyamoto shot a consistent 68-68-136 over both days to tie with Mike Stieler and John Benjamin of Riverbend.

ABOUT THE NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball

Two-person, better-ball scratch event for NCGA members 25 years of age and older. FORMAT: 36 holes of four-ball stroke play, 18 holes per day. ELIGIBILITY: Players must have reached their 25th birthday by the start of the tournament and have a numeric handicap index listed on their club’s Master Report of 5.4 or less on the date of registration. Partners need not be members of the same club.

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