NCGA wins 8th straight Hanna-Wehrman Cup
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2013) – No trophies changed hands on Tuesday in the NCGA-NCPGA cup matches as the NCGA amateurs retained the Hanna-Wehrman Cup for an eighth consecutive year and the NCPGA senior professionals won the Staedler-Jetter Cup for a second straight year.

The NCGA retained the Hanna-Wehrman Cup by a score of 11 ½ to 8 ½, winning five matches, losing three and halving two others. The first match to go final was Matt Cohn who beat Joe Dolby 4-and-3. However, in that same pairing NCPGA professional David Solomon beat Jason Anthony 2-and-1 to counter the point. The next grouping also had split winners as professional Mitch Lowe beat Nick Moore 1-up with a birdie on the 18th, while Austin Roberts beat Jason Schmuhl 2-and-1.

After splitting the first four matches, the key for the NCGA retaining the cup came over the next three matches, which allowed them to clinch the cup with three matches still out on the course. Morgan Creek GCC member, Cameron Champ, dominated his opponent Marcus Judge 6-and-4, giving the 18-year-old an impressive 2-0-1 record over the three sessions during the two-day event. Then, in the next two matches the Riverbend GC duo of Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler came through in a big way, each winning their individual matches. First, Paniccia beat Don Winter 1-up in a tightly contested match and then Stieler clinched the cup for the NCGA defeating Wayne Clark 3-and-2.

In the final three matches Randy Haag and Jeff Hoffman each halved their matches with NCPGA opponents Phillip Dawson and David Carr, respectively, while NCPGA professional Tom Morton smoked Russell Humphrey by a 6-and-4 margin.

In the Staedler-Jetter Cup the NCPGA seniors came out guns blazing to win by a margin of 16 ½ to 11 ½. Coming into the day down by one point 7 ½ to 6 ½, the NCPGA seniors won nine matches, halved two and lost three. NCPGA senior co-captain Chris Bitticks was excited to once again come away a winner.

“Well we’re still going off the [Larry] Babica theory from last year of no more second place medals,” he said.

Bitticks was pleased with how the NCPGA seniors performed, especially with the upset win of John Snopkowski beating former NCGA Senior Player of the Year Jeff Burda. Burda, who dominated in the team portion of the event yesterday having to play only a total of 29 holes, lost to Snopkowski 1-up on Tuesday, a win for the NCPGA seniors that Bitticks categorized as “huge.”

“After he finished that match, I walked up to some of our players out there and told them that Snapper (Snopkowski) beat Burda, and they looked at me and said ‘good’; and that sort of became a rallying cry [for us],” said Bitticks.

Other wins on the day for the NCPGA seniors included early wins by John Grund beating Mark Miller 1 up, and Ric Burgess beating Scott Anderson 4-and-3. The NCPGA also closed extremely strong winning the final five matches as Matthew Holm, Mitch Thomas, Charlie Gibson, Shawn McEntee and Shawn Kelly all secured a full point each. Thomas and Gibson each won by margins of 4-and-3, with Gibson beating Frank Piper and Thomas beating Gary Vanier. McEntee beat Knoll 3-and-2, Kelly beat Terry Foreman 2-and-1, and in the closest of the five final matches, Holm beat Rob Adolph 1-up.

The three bright spots on the NCGA’s side came from Casey Boyns, Ron Johnson and Herb Jensen. Boyns won in the first match out of the morning beating Kris Moe 2-up. Super senior Johnson beat Raul Quezada 4-and-3, while Jensen beat Bob McGrath 3-and-2.

The two matches that were halved were NCGA super senior Greg Saiki stalemating Glen Stubblefield, and Dennis Yougnlove and Larry Babica finishing 18 holes all square.

The NCGA still leads in the all-time series of both cups, leading the Hanna-Wehrman Cup with a 21-17-9 record, while owning a 14-6-3 record in the Staedler-Jetter Cup. The NCGA-NCPGA Cup matches will return to Poppy Hills GC, the regular home of the event, in 2014 and is currently scheduled for October 20-21.

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ABOUT THE Hanna-Wehrman Cup Matches

The Hanna-Wehrman Cup features 10 amateur players representing the NCGA (top players from the previous season’s points list) taking on 10 professional players representing the Northern California PGA in a Ryder Cup-like format.

The first day of play consists of two rounds—one round of four-ball match play (better ball) and one round of foursome match play (alternate shot). The second day of play’s final rounds consist of singles match play.

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