NCGA Team Match: Dragonfly Goes Back-to-Back
Dragonfly GC (NCGA photo)
Dragonfly GC (NCGA photo)

Dragonfly GC made it back-to-back. The Dragonfly GC squad, winners of the Thursday finals, won their second straight NCGA Team Match title Sunday at par-71 Poppy Hills GC, knocking off runner-up Oakhurst GC, 26-10.

This year’s Dragonfly GC team had three new players. Everyone else was a returnee from 2017.

“It was harder to win it this year for sure,” said captain Steve Neer. “The playoffs were harder. We lucked out a few times.”

One close call was a 20-16 win over Silverado Resort. On Saturday, they’d edge Stonetree GC in a playoff.

For the second day in a row, Dragonfly got off to a hot start. Stephen Perez and Todd Barsotti swept their Singles and Four-Ball matches, to take a 6-0 lead. The rout was on from there.

Doug Johnson later won his Singles match to make it 8-2. Johnson and partner Steve Neer, the team’s captain, also won their Four-Ball match for a 10-2 lead.

Later, Marc Watts won his Singles match and he and partner Bill Howard got a halve to make it 15-5. Clint Jones would win in Singles, and partner Steve Foster won in Four-Ball to earn a clinching 19th point.

The last and only team to three-peat was Whitney Oaks GC, who did it from 2012-2014.

“The guys are already talking about it. It’s hard to just win one,’ Neer said.

The championship uses a format where two players from a side face off against two players from an opposing side in four-ball and individual matches concurrently, with players earning two points for a win and one point for a halve.

In the third-place match, Stonetree GC rolled to a 26-10 win over Ancil Hoffman GC.

Chris Hyland won his Singles match and he and partner Miguel Bunting won Four-Ball, and Stonetree GC also got early wins from Skip Foppert and Roy Gulick to take the early lead.

Later, Allen Suzuki and Darren Reiter got wins to make it 10-6. A Four-Ball victory by Foppert and Doug Nickels would give Stonetree 16 points. Nickels also got a win in Singles for the clinching points.

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ABOUT THE NCGA Team Match Championship

Participating clubs with 12 players per team compete in matches during the summer with the top teams from each region advancing to the Championship at Poppy Hills. Format is as follows: A team of two players plays the opposing team of two, playing three matches simultaneously - two individual matches and a four-ball match.

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