Burda Wins 12th NCGA Senior Title in Super Senior Match Play Championship

Jeff Burda of Modesto just keeps rolling along.

Burda, a 69-year-old retired banker, won his record 12th Northern California Golf Association Senior title by routing Rick Doebler of Fullerton, 7 and 6, to capture the NCGA Super Senior Amateur Match Play Championship at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

In the 2020 final, Burda slipped past Doebler, 1 up.

“I’m very happy to have won,” said Burda, the 2021 Amateur Golf.com Super Senior Player of the Year. “As you get older, you don’t know how long you can keep going. “I played well all week. I didn’t get out of position on many holes.”

Burda wasted little time in the final, winning five of the first seven holes to go 5-up before losing his only hole by making a bogey on the eighth hole, but then put the match away by taking the ninth hole with a par and making birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 to finish things off.

In 12 holes, Burda made five birdies and was 3-under-par, while Doebler failed to make a birdie and was 5-over.

“It was Jeff just being Jeff,” said Doebler, who shared the 75th California Seniors Golf Association Championship with Ken Weixel of Rancho Santa Fe. “He was even better today than normal Jeff.”

Burda has won three California Senior Amateur Championships, two NCGA Senior titles, an NCGA Senior Four-Ball title, a Senior Valley Championship, two SCGA Super Senior titles, an SCGA Match Play crown,  and now two NCGA Super Senior Match Play crowns.

With his 12th NCGA Senior title, Burda increased his lead over Gary Vanier, who had the previous record with 10.

Burda downed Jim Knoll of Sunnyvale, 5 and 4, in the semifinals, while Doebler got past Herb Jensen of Carmichael with a par on the 20th hole.

Casey Boyns of Monterey led stroke-play qualifying with a round of 2-under-par 69, with John Pigott of Santa Rosa second at 70, followed by Doebler, John Hoffman of San Diego, Mark Sparso of Ukiah and Tom Rahe of Santa Cruz, all at 73.

As a former champion, Burda did not have to qualify.

For complete results visit https://ncga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/ncga22/event/ncga22345/contest/20/leaderboard.htm

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