Haag, Pieper Complete Title Defenses at NCGA Sr Match Play
Randy Haag [left] and Frank Pieper (NCGA photo)
Randy Haag [left] and Frank Pieper (NCGA photo)

PEBBLE BEACH, California (August 18, 2017) -- The path for the two match play finalists, Randy Haag and Monday qualifier David Games, was lined with stiff competition. Games had to make it past Rooster Run’s Jim Knoll, and Haag defeated his good friend and longtime NCGA competitor Casey Boyns in the semifinals.

The 18-hole final started out well for Games as he hopped to a quick 2 up lead after four holes, but the back nine belonged to Haag. The Olympic Club representative never dropped a hole on the back, playing steady golf all the way in to win 1 up.

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“These NCGA Championships mean the world to me,” Haag said. “I’ve been playing these events for 40-plus years and it’s never easy; you have to beat great players on incredible courses.”

His championship round was no exception. A slow start put him behind a red-hot Games early on, but keeping things close through a tough stretch helped him to pull out a victory.

“I made a putt on No. 5 that kept me 1 down,” Haag said. “Being 1 down is completely different than being 2 down. It means you are only one hole away from a fresh start, one hole away from having all the momentum.”

Super Senior Amateur Match Play

In a similar storyline, the Super Senior bracket saw the defending champion, Frank Pieper, get off to a slow start against the challenger Mike Watney of Copper River CC. Pieper fell to 2 down after a bogey on the par-5 7th, but responded by winning four straight holes from 9 to 12. With the momentum on his side, Pieper played steady golf to close out the championship with a 2&1 win.

“Today I just tried to play steady golf,” Pieper said. “My short game was good, my putting was great all week, which is unusual for me. It’s really nice to be able to come out and play good golf for an entire week and come away with this thing twice in a row.”

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ABOUT THE NCGA Senior Match Play

The NCGA Senior Match Play Championship was historically an invite-only event in which the top 16 players on the NCGA Senior points list were invited to participate in the Senior Match Play Championship, held concurrently with the NCGA Amateur Match Play at Spyglass Hill, over a three- day period. However, beginning in 2012 the event was modified to a 32-player match play field, still allotting 16 spots to the top 16 of the NCGA Senior points list, while allowing the other half of the field to qualify.

Senior players (ages 55+) must have a handicap index of 7.4 or less. There is no handicap limit for super seniors (ages 65+).

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