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76 SPRING 2019 | NCGA.ORG April 1-2 | Oakdale G&CC Flight A Gross: Jane Findarle, 72 Flight B Gross: Mei Juknelis, 81 Flight C Gross: Patti Gillihan, 89 Flight D Gross: Donna Brundy, 93 Flight A Net: Young-Ah Dutton, 65 Flight B Net: Shelly Zeff, 67 Flight C Net: Linda Hefti, 63 Flight D Net: Linda O'Hearn, 64 Patti Gillihan Mei Juknelis Jane Findarle WGANC Eclectic Championship April 1-3 | Poppy Hills GC T his time, the old guys ruled. The Olympic Club's Gary Vanier and The Bridges GC's Scott Anderson, who at age 68 and 64, respectively, combined to be the oldest team in the Senior field, shot a final-round 3-under 68 to run away with a three- stroke victory. Vanier and Anderson, who practice together at Dana Jetter's private range in Pleasanton and finished with a three-day total of 14-under 199, posted five birdies to go against just two bogeys to defeat the co-runner-up teams of Randy Haag and John Watson (69) and Corey West and Eric Smith (70). Accuracy off the tee proved to be a difference-maker as over their first 36 holes, Vanier and Anderson only missed two fairways. They also got assistance along the way from caddie Al Spallino who works at nearby Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills. "We kind of mixed it up each day," Anderson said. "Gary played really well today." With the win, Vanier became the all-time leader in NCGA Senior victories with 10. He had previously been tied with Jim Knoll, Jeff Burda and Jim McMurtrey. In the Super Senior Championship (ages 65-over), the team of fellow 70-year-olds Bruce Loman and Dave Sheff carded a final-round 5-under 66 to come in at 5-under 208, defeating the runner-up tandems of Jim Knoll and Kemp Richardson and Hunter Nelson and Frank Pieper by a shot. For Loman and Sheff, it was their second title in four years. The two, who both had long careers in the golf industry, also won in 2016. Sheff worked for PING for 30 years, while Loman worked for Callaway for three decades. Knoll and Richardson, who were hoping to become the first Super Senior repeat champs, had a final-round 69. Nelson and Pieper also had a closing 69. NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship Bruce Loman (left) and Dave Sheff Scott Anderson (left), Al Spallino and Gary Vanier

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