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April 4-6 | Poppy Hills GC S teve Donnelly (above right) and James Camaione knew some of the big names on the NCGA Senior Four-Ball trophy. The duo will now have their own names engraved, having beaten one of those big names to earn it. Donnelly and Camaione, members at Bayonet/Black Horse GC, shot a final round 2-under 69 and defeated defending NCGA Senior Player of the Year Randy Haag and David Nelson on the second hole of a sudden- death playoff for their first NCGA scratch victories. At the par-3, second hole, Camaione two-putted for par after Nelson went out-of- bounds and Haag three-putted, his first attempt coming from off the green. "I don't think so much about winning. You remember the losses more before wins. I'm numb after this," Camaione said. The win was just as special for Donnelly. "I can't get over winning, and all the past winners. Guys like Randy (Haag), Gary Vanier, Casey Boyns, Jim Knoll. We did the same thing as them." A day after carding a 63 to get within one of Haag and Nelson, Donnelly and Camaione got off to a sluggish start, posting a front-nine 1-over 36. "Both of us were playing tight," Donnelly said. On the back-nine, however, the two got going thanks in part to a 30-foot birdie putt from Camaione on No.10. It was the first time that Donnelly and Camaione held the outright lead. Then the see-sawing began. On the 14th, Camaione made a 24-footer to take a two-shot lead. But Haag and Nelson had some magic of their own, as Haag holed out from the fairway for eagle on the 16th to tie things up. A hole later on the 17th, Donnelly and Camaione each made par to Haag and Nelson's bogeys, but on the 18th the script again flipped, as Haag and Nelson made birdie while Donnelly and Camaione had to settle for par leaving both squads at 11-under 202 after regulation. Haag was looking for his third straight title as an individual (he won in 2016 and 2017 playing with Chip Lutz). "We didn't play well enough to win. We had too many bogeys. It's golf. Those things happen," Haag said. "It was exciting though." Third place went to the team of Casey Boyns and Jeff Britton, who came in at 206 following a final-round 65. Boyns and Britton defeated Tony Padilla and Dick Cartmell in a card-off. In the Super Senior Championship, Jim Knoll, a record five-time NCGA Senior Player of the Year, and Kemp Richardson, a two-time winner of both the U.S. Senior Amateur and British Senior Amateur, carded a stellar 8-under 63 to finish at 11-under 202, defeating the runner-up team of Mark Miller and Frank Pieper by five strokes. Knoll and Richardson, who began the day three behind Miller and Pieper, carded nine birdies and just one bogey in making their charge. For Knoll, it was his first NCGA Super Senior title and eighth career NCGA Senior crown. Miller and Pieper, who have both won the Senior Four-Ball title but never a Super Senior crown, fell back to second place at 207 following a 71. Third place went to the team of Chuck Richesin and Bob Thomason at 209 after a 70. T O U R N A M E N T C E N T R A L March 23-24 | Poppy Hills NCGA Mixed Team Spring Championship Big Sur Flight: Angie and John Friedrich, 65-68—133 Golden Gate Flight: Nansea Russ and Pat Goodman, 66-66—132 Yosemite Flight: Melynda Li and Ken Yeh, 58-59—117 The 2018 tournament season is now well underway 20th NCGA Senior Four-Ball Championship Picking Up Steam 62 SUMMER 2018 | NCGA.ORG

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