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8th Super Senior Championship NCGA.ORG | WINTER 2018 57 Dec. 4 | Poppy Hills GC N early a decade after its first title, Granite Bay Golf Club near Sacramento is back on top. A 7-man team from the club nestled at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills shot a team score of 41, easily outdistancing runner-up Saticoy Country Club of Somis for its second California Scratch League crown. Granite Bay won the inaugural title in 2008. "In our local pool (round-robin play), we were in quite a deficit. It took a big surge just to get to the Regional," Granite Bay captain Mike Nicoletti said. "Today, everyone put it together." Leading Granite Bay was Jon Peterson and Nicoletti, who each tallied seven points. Gary Deblaquiere and Jeremy Price each had six points, while Steve Hunter, Gary Dunn and Scott Colby all chipped in five for the champs. Saticoy CC, one of two Southern California teams to reach the finals along with Bear Creek GC (Murrieta), finished with 29 points. Bear Creek GC was third at 22, with Woodbridge G&CC placing fourth at 20. The league uses a format where every hole is worth 16 points–7 to the winner, 5 to second, 3 to third and 1 for fourth. Each player then competes against the other three players in the foursome. If all the players tie on a specific hole, each player receives four points. 10th California Scratch League Championship Oct. 16–17 | San Luis Obispo CC G ary Vanier now spends most of his time in Idaho, but the part-time Pleasant Hill resident is still a force. A member at Olympic Club, Vanier, 67, shot a final round 1-over 73 and defeated Jim Knoll on the first hole of a sudden- death playoff to become the first two-time winner of the cham- pionship. The victory was also Vanier's ninth as an NCGA senior, tying him with Jim McMurtrey for the No.1 spot on the all-time NCGA senior win list. "I got lucky again," said Vanier, who finished with a two- day total of 1-under 143. "The golf gods were on my side." Having entered the final round holding a one-stroke lead over Knoll, things didn't look so good for Vanier early on. He carded three bogeys over his first seven holes to fall back to a total of 1-over. Knoll, a record five-time NCGA Senior Player of the Year, birdied the par-4 2nd and par-4 6th holes to get to 2-under. After the two made the turn, however, things changed direction. Knoll, playing out of Rooster Run GC, birdied the par-5 11th to get to 3-under but then bogeyed the 13th and 15th holes to finish with a 72. Vanier, on the other hand, came bouncing back with birdies on hole Nos. 11, 13 and 16. The birdie on the 16th gave him the outright lead, but he fell back into a tie with Knoll following a bogey on the closing par-4 18th when he missed a 3-footer for par. In the playoff, which began on the 18th, Vanier knocked his approach shot to 10 feet of the flagstick. Vanier missed his birdie attempt, but Knoll missed his par putt—a 3-footer that was almost the same putt Vanier had missed to force extra holes. Third place went to DeLaveaga GC member Rich Gleghorn with a 36-hole aggregate of 146 following a 72. Nov. 6 | Sierra View CC V alley Christian High of San Jose brought out the broom, sweeping both the team and individual titles. The Warriors finished with a team score of 18-over 383, defeating runner- up Granite Bay by four strokes. The champs were led by medalist and individual champion Quynn Duong, who posted a 69 with five birdies and a bogey. Other scores for Valley Christian (best five out of six) were Kristine Tran (72), Nicole Vivier (76), Linette Jun (78), Meghan Duong (88) and Allison Nguyen (94). The win by Valley Christian snapped St. Francis of Mountain View's four- year winning streak. 19th NCGA/CIF High School Girls' Championship

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