Humphrey/Wentworth win Monterey Four Ball

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2011) -- The weather cleared up on Sunday, temperatures rose, and best-ball scores dropped to the levels expected from another strong amateurgolf.com field at the Monterey County Four Ball.

Winners Russell Humphrey and Kevin Wentworth shot the round of the tournament on Sunday, a 10-under 60.

The sun may have found its way back to the Monterey Peninsula and winds may have calmed from Saturday, but the course still requires precision shotmaking on several tight tee shots and the long par-3's on the front nine. These two really lit it up.

Humphrey, of Lodi and Kevin Wentworth posted 13-under 127 after their 60 moved them past a slew of teams to tie with the formidable four ball team of Randy Haag of San Francisco's Olympic Club and Darryl Donovan of Cordevalle. (Haag and Donovan won the 2010 NCGA Four Ball at Spyglass and Haag is the reigning NCGA Player of the Year.)

Starting on the 16th hole, a downhill par-4 that heads towards some of the best ocean views on the back nine, Humphrey and Wentworth played approach shots from the right rough and made birdie. Haag and Donovan, while longer and straighter off the tee, left themselves tricky 40 yard pitches to a back-right pin and failed to get up and down.

This wasn't the first time Humphrey has mixed it up with Haag and Donovan; at the 2010 NCGA Four Ball he holed a big putt to get he and partner James Watt into a playoff that Donovan and Haag won.

The Senior Division was also decided by a playoff between Michael Harding/Mark Miller and Chuck Richesin/Herb Jensen. They started on the toughest 105 yard par three around, No. 10.

Harding and Jensen both hit the green, both hit good putts, Harding from 25 feet Jensen from 15. But no birdie. On the 11th, Jensen made a 12 foot birdie putt while Miller missed from just a foot shorter and on almost the same line. Sometimes the hardest putt to hit is on a similar line to one you just watched.

With San Francisco City Senior qualifying coming up on Wednesday and Jensen defending his title, there is no doubt this group where "everybody knows everybody" will have a chance to compete against each other soon.

The Net Division required no playoff, as Darian "Dad" Houde and Jim Peterson of Pacific Grove edged Todd Knapp of Salinas and John Cavanaugh of Pebble Beach by two shots. The teams entered the final round tied after posting solid best ball 62's using 80 percent of handicap.

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