Jim Knoll on verge of NCGA Senior Amateur History
Jim Knoll (NCGA/Twitter photo)
Jim Knoll (NCGA/Twitter photo)

PEBBLE BEACH, CA (September 20, 2018) – Rooster Run GC member Jim Knoll already has his place in the NCGA record books as a record five-time winner of Senior Player of the Year honors.

The now 66-year-old could end up making some more history. Knoll remained atop the leaderboard of this week’s NCGA Senior Championship on Thursday, posting his second straight 71 on a spectacular day at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course.

Currently holding a one-shot lead over Morro Bay GC member Robert Funk, with a win Knoll would join Jim McMurtrey, Cornelius Bertolone and Kai Thomsen as the only players with at least three Senior titles. He’d also become one of the oldest players to win the Senior crown.

“I played okay, I putted great the first 10 holes or so,” said Knoll, who for the second straight day carded two birdies and two bogeys. “Over the first 10 to 11 holes, all the putts went in. They went in dead center.”

Funk, who made the cut at this year’s U.S. Senior Open, also remained in a groove, carding a second round 72 for a two -day total of 143.

Making moves up the leaderboard into third place and fourth place, respectively, were Rich Gleghorn and Jeff Britton, who tied for the day’s low round with 70. Funk is only two behind Knoll, while Britton is just three back.

The cut (low 30 and ties) came at 17-over 159. Among those missing the cut were 2018 NCGA Senior Four-Ball co-champ Steve Donnelly (161) and Bakersfield resident Scott Anderson. Donnelly had opened with a 73.

2017 runner-up and defending NCGA Senior Player of the Year Randy Haag withdrew due to personal reasons.

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First played in 1962, the NCGA Senior Championship is the association’s premier event for players aged 55 and over. The championship will be 54-holes of stroke play (18 holes per day). After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 30 individuals and ties. Pre- qualifying required for non-exempt players. Players must have a handicap index of 7.4 or less.

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