NCGA Master Four Ball - Foreman and Hay Defend

LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA (October 4, 2005) -- Word to the wise: if Terry Foreman and James Hay are entered in a four-ball tournament, the trophy engraver can get to work before the event even begins.

The Foreman/Hay duo won the NCGA Master Division Championship by three strokes at the 6,807-yard, par-72 Poppy Ridge course (Chardonnay/Zinfandel nines), defending the championship the team captured last year. That tournament win was on the heels of the 2003 Contra Costa County Four Ball they won at Roddy Ranch in 2003; their first time playing together. All told, the duo is three for three in four-ball tournaments.

“It’s always good to defend,” Foreman said. The 48-year-old Antioch member is no stranger to success playing as a single, having won his first NCGA title at the 1977 Public Links. Foreman also won the 2003 Antioch City as well as advancing to the finals of the NCGA Amateur in 2004, losing to a red-hot Spencer Levin. Foreman shot 66 on his own ball in the second round, paving the way to victory.

“Terry played as good of a round as you will see played,” partner James Hay said. Hay, a 46-year-old Diablo Grande member has also had his share of success, winning the 2003 NCGA Public Links and Master Division titles.

The team’s 14-under-par 130 total (67-63) was especially impressive given the windy conditions in the second round of the 36-hole event. Coming from two strokes down, Foreman and Hay were able to produce a three-stroke win on the strength of the second-round 63. For the tournament, the team had only one bogey on the card against 15 birdies.

Second and third place went to two groups playing together. NCGA Master Division champion Jeff Burda of Del Rio and partner Jamie Looper of Oakdale took second after a one-hole playoff. Third place went to John Desantis and NCGA board member Mark House, both of Corral de Tierra. Both groups finished at 133.

As for the future, it is evident that much like the U.S. team finally finding four-ball combinations that produce wins in the President’s Cup, Foreman and Hay finding each other as partners and then going three for three in four-ball tournaments makes one wonder what took them so long to start playing together. “You have partners, people you like to play with through the years….and you like to keep those partners,” Foreman said. “We work well together.”

This much is obvious.

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Final Results from the NCGA Master Division Four Ball, played at the 6,807-yard, par-72 Poppy Ridge Golf Course (Chardonnay/Zinfandel nines):

Team Rd1 Rd2 Tot
Terry Foreman, Antioch and James Hay, Diablo Grande 67 63 130
Jeff Burda, Del Rio and Jamie Looper, Oakdale 68 65 133
John Desantis, Corral De Tierra and Mark House, Corral De Tierra 67 66 133
David Ujihara, Atascadero and Gary Wing, Atascadero 72 64 136
Danny Mahoney, Pajaro Valley and Mark Clarke, Pajaro Valley 73 63 136
Paul Balatti, Mayacama and Jim Knoll, Rooster Run 67 70 137
Jeff Wilson, Green Valley and Todd Barsotti, San Joaquin 68 69 137
Parrish Barker, Sunset Whitney and Brad Johnson, Sunset Whitney 68 70 138
Robert Fulton, Las Positas and Dan Bieber, Green Valley 68 70 138
Kevin Kobalter, Meadow Club and Bill Corbett, Meadow Club 65 73 138
John Jaramillo, Bennett Valley and Dennis Elgin, Rancho Murieta 69 70 139
Richard Dewey, Tehama and Ken Noonan, Castlewood 69 71 140
Wayne Bass, Oakhurst and George Erbez, Oakhurst 67 74 141
Jim Wilson, Butte Creek and Brady Myers, Colusa 72 69 141
Tom Rahe, Pasatiempo and John Driver, Stevinson Ranch 68 73 141
Jim Porter, Green Valley and Stephen Bauer, Antioch 72 69 141
Richard Ramsay, Windsor and Daniel Sakai, Mount St. Helena 71 71 142
Ron Freeman, De Laveaga and Jim McCarley, Bolado Park 72 70 142
Jose Sanchez, Monterey Peninsula and Robert Cayton, Pasatiempo 69 73 142
Dan Sexton, Bayonet/Black Horse and Tommy Koster, Corral De Tierra 68 74 142
Richard Whitmore, Roddy Ranch and Joseph Zanassi, Antioch 72 70 142
Steve Robinson, Sand Trappers and Jay Weiss, Pin High 70 72 142
Dave Stone, Blackhawk and Rick Shumate, Blackhawk 73 70 143
Lon Alward, Riverview and Rich Frieble, Riverview 75 68 143
Steve Wilson, Discovery Bay and Michael Flood, Discovery Bay 70 73 143
Russell Kamibayashi, Brookside and Len Pruss, Brookside 74 69 143
Mark Miller, Antioch and Tony McBroom, Stockton 70 73 143
Daniel Corfee, El Macero and David Baskins, El Macero 74 69 143
Mike Holt, San Jose and Brian McShane, San Jose 71 73 144
Harlan Karnofsky, Rancho Murieta and Dennis Dachtler, Rancho Murieta 70 74 144
Iose "Joe" Iulio, Gleneagles Intl and Eric Hauser, Gleneagles Intl 72 72 144
Scott Terry, Summitpointe and Jack Emmons, Castlewood 73 71 144
Ned Nix, Olympic Club and Michael Johnson, Olympic Club 74 71 145
Tom Ramback, Mountain Springs and Allen Herd, Mountain Springs 73 72 145
John Rotteveel, Yolo Fliers Club and Brian Bello, Yolo Fliers Club 73 72 145
Alan Swank, Cameron Park and Mark Van Deusen, Cameron Park 72 73 145
Troy Williams, Stevinson Ranch and Kenneth Dieker, Del Rio 72 74 146
Larry Raber, El Macero and Jay Stimack, Brookside oar 72 74 146
Dave Hatfield, Sequoia Woods and Jack Larmour, Sequoia Woods 73 73 146
Butch Paula, Bayonet/Black Horse and Robert Smith, Bayonet/Black Horse 71 75 146
John Silvester, Roddy Ranch and Bryan Levy, Contra Costa 73 74 147
Neil Duffy, Salinas Fairways and Peter Boyle, Salinas Fairways 71 76 147
Miguel Gudino, Indian Valley and James Ryan, Indian Valley 71 76 147
David Rathjen, The Golf Club.com and Brad Bulcock, Gleneagles Intl 73 74 147
Greg Omalley, Adobe Creek and Dan Thurston, Foxtail 76 71 147
Eddie Myers, Antioch and Mark Miller, Antioch 75 73 148
Rex Ballard, Alta Sierra and Joe Schmitt, Cameron Park 74 74 148
Greg Williamson, Tracy and Robert Williams, Tracy 77 72 149
John Giffin, San Francisco and Robert Goodwin, Jr., San Francisco 77 72 149
Bobby Davis, Copper River and Keith Postler, Copper River 74 75 149
Jim Simpson, Harding Park and Savas Loukedis, Harding Park 75 75 150
Dan Ellis, Silver Creek Valley and Jeff Lerner, Silver Creek Valley 74 76 150
Jeff Atkinson, Half Moon Bay and Vance Verderame, Half Moon Bay 73 79 152
Bill Blastic, Golden Bay and Dan Hale, Golden Bay 76 77 153
Eric Kuwada, Gilroy and Joel Goldsmith, Eagle Ridge 76 79 155
John Uhl, Green Hills and Scott Weisgerber, Olympic Club 81 75 156

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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