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74 WINTER 2019 | NCGA.ORG Oct. 27-28 | Poppy Hills GC D ragonfly GC ended up going back-to-back, defeating Oakhurst GC 26-10 in the overall final. Winners of the Thursday finals, Dragonfly GC 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 playoff win over Silverado Resort. At Poppy Hills, they edged StoneTree GC in a playoff after the two finished regulation tied at 18. 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 overall final, Dragonfly GC got off to a 6-0 lead when Stephen Perez and Todd Barsotti swept their Singles and Four- Ball matches. The rout was on from there. Doug Johnson later won his Singles match to make it 8-2 and Johnson and Neer 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 also claimed a point 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 2012-14. "The guys are already talking about it. It's hard to just win one," Neer said. In the third place match, StoneTree GC rolled to a 26-10 win over Ancil Hoffman GC. 30th NCGA Team Match Championship D ougherty Valley High of San Ramon captured its first NorCal girls' golf crown. The Wildcats shot an aggregate score of 30-over 390 to edge runner- up Granite Bay High by two strokes. Both Dougherty Valley and Granite Bay and third place Carondelet High of Concord, who was also in the mix at 393, earned automatic spots into the CIF Girls' State High School Championship. Dougherty Valley was led by a 73 from Danielle Suh and a 76 from Stella Lin. Other Wildcats scores (best five-out-of-six) were Melinda Yuan (77), Emily Hou (82), Sammy Lee (82) and Steffi Lin (84). Granite Bay, who was hoping for its first NorCal crown, was paced by a 71 by Yena Jang and a 77 from Yewon Jang. Carondelet's low scores came from Carissa Wu (71) and Madelyn Gamble (73). Wu, whose round included an ace, finished regulation tied with Yena Jang for the Individual title. Wu won the title when she made par on the first playoff hole. Overall, nine individual players (not on teams qualifying) advanced to the State finals. Those moving on were Anna Chen of Pleasant Valley (72), Natalie Vo of Harker (73), Jackie Lucena of Pleasant Valley (73), Mika Jin of Irvington (74), Bridget O'Keefe of Palo Alto (75), Linette Jun of Valley Christian (75), Niav Layton of Castilleja (76), Anitra Khoth of Lincoln-Stockton (76) and Alice Liu of Foothill (77). NCGA/CIF Northern California GirlsÕ High School Championship Oct. 27-28 | Poppy Hills GC

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