NCGA Mixed Team Championship: Rob Thompson, daughter lead low handicap division

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2011) -- The NCGA Mixed Championship commenced at Poppy Hills with first-round action in three flights divided by handicap index. Two-person teams consisting of a man and woman competed in a modified alternate-shot format.

In the low-handicapper president’s flight, former NCGA Senior Player of the Year Rob Thompson and daughter Kim are out to a one-stroke lead after an opening nine-under 63. Three duos are tied for second one stroke back, including Jim and Terry Knoll (Jim is the current NCGA Senior Player of the Year), Jim and Jane Findarle and Mark and Linda Klemczak, who won the Director’s Flight in 2010.

William Bossard and Allysa Pena have a three-stroke advantage in the mid-handicapper director’s flight after posting a 10-under net 62. Paublo and Laura Barrera are second, while Jack Koski and Terri Hollmann are third, four back of the leaders.

George and Lareine Smith lead the secretary’s flight, after carding a 62. Young and Connie Kim are two back while Carlos and Sandra Munio are three behind.

The championship concludes with the final round tomorrow at Poppy Hills.

ABOUT THE NCGA Fall Mixed Team

First played in 2005, the NCGA Mixed Championship is a two-person handicap event for male/female NCGA members. It is contested in three flights divided by handicap index: President 0-11, Director 12-17 and Secretary 18 and above.

Open to any male/female team. No players under 18 years of age. Both players must be NCGA Members and have a current numeric handicap index on their club’s Master Report on the date of registration. Partners need not be members of the same club.

The championship will be 36 holes of stroke play (18 holes per day) in a Mixed Chapman format. Play will be 60% of the lower course handicap and 40% of the higher course handicap.

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