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46th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship

Pacific Coast Amateur
Bandon Trails GC/Bandon Dunes GC
July 24-27, 2012


July 27, 2012


Tyler Raber of El Macero

BANDON, Ore. – A five-way tie atop the leaderboard after 72 holes forced a sudden-death playoff between David Fink, Taeksoo Kim, Michael Anderson, Anton Arboleda and Matt Rawitzer. The five players finished four days of play at 287, 7-over par at the tough links-style courses, where wind was ubiquitous. On the fourth playoff hole, with Kim and Rawitzer having been eliminated the hole before, Fink converted a 10-foot birdie putt to beat Arboleda and Anderson and become the 2012 Pacific Coast Amateur Champion.

Among the NCGA players Tyler Raber of El Macero finished closest to the top of the leaderboard as he finished the tournament at 297, 17-over par. His 1-under par 71 Friday allowed Raber to finish in the top-20 as he came in 19th place alone. Shotaro Ban of San Jose also posted a 1-under par 71 Friday to finish in a tie for 20th at 298. Matt Hansen of Los Osos, Matt Pinizzotto and Darryl Donovan all finished at 300, 20-over par, good enough to tie for 28th place.

Derek Ernst of Clovis and Spencer Fletcher of Los Altos finished 72 holes in a tie for 34th place at 302, while Ben Geyer of Arbuckle finished in a tie for 38th at 303.Mac McClung of Fremont and Jake Johnson of Cameron Park round it out for NCGA players as they both finished in a tie for 41st place at 304.

Next year in 2013 the Pacific Coast Amateur will cross the border into Canada. The competition will be held from July 23-26 at Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

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July 26, 2012

BANDON, Ore. – After three rounds of the Pacific Coast Amateur Jarred Bossio of Olympia, Wash. leads with a 54-hole score of 1-over par. Bossio fired an even-par 70 on the tough Bandon Trails GC to take a three shot lead over Matt Rawitzer of Bellingham, Wash. and Maxwell Marisco of Las Vegas, Nev., who sit at 4-over par. Five other players are tied for fourth place at 7-over par.

The tournament hasn’t been favorable to NCGA members thus far as Arbuckle’s Ben Geyer and El Macero’s Tyler Raber are 13 shots off the pace at 14-over par, tied for 25th place. Geyer had a solid round Thursday at Bandon Trails with a 2-over par 72, which included six bogeys and four birdies. Raber started the day nine shots off the lead, but lost ground Thursday as he carded a 5-over par 75.

Five players are tied for 29th place and four of those happen to be NCGA members Darryl Donovan, Shotaro Ban, Spencer Fletcher and Mac McClung. Donovan of Morgan Hill made the biggest move up the leaderboard as he was able to post an even-par 70, which included five birdies and five bogeys. Fletcher of Los Altos finished Thursday’s round with a 4-over par 74, while Ban and McClung posted scores of 5-over 75.

After two days of golf he’d rather forget, Derek Ernst of Clovis put together the best round of any NCGA member on Thursday. The 22-year-old posted a 1-under par 69, which included three birdies and two bogeys. His exceptional play allowed Ernst to move up 27 spots as he currently is in a tie for 34th place. Matt Pinizzotto of Salinas and Matt Hansen of Los Osos are also tied for 34th at 16-over par. Pinizzotto finished Thursday with a 75, while Hansen carded a 74. Jake Johnson of Cameron Park is the final NCGA member to report on and he currently sits at 17-over par, tied for 41st place.

Tomorrow’s round will be different then the first three days as double tees will be used and play will begin at 7:00 a.m. PST on Bandon Dunes GC.

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July 25, 2012

2012 NCGA Morse Cup Team: Ben Geyer, Matt Hansen and Derek Ernst

BANDON, Ore. – The NCGA team of Derek Ernst, Ben Geyer and Matt Hansen failed to defend the Morse Cup at this year’s Pacific Coast Amateur, but that much was basically known after an unspectacular opening round on Tuesday. Starting the day with a 15-shot deficit going into Wednesday, the trio was unable to make up any ground on the leaders, however, it did move up the leaderboard finishing in ninth place after beginning the day in 11th. The NCGA team played much better finishing with a score of 4-over par 148 to finish at a 36-hole score of 308. Pacific Northwest Golf Association was the winning team as it fired a 36-hole score of 291, 7-over par.

Geyer led the charge for the NCGA as he finished with a 1-over par 73. A solid score for the windy Bandon Dunes GC, the Arbuckle resident was disappointed with his round, especially with how it ended. After three consecutive birdies on holes eight, nine and 10, Geyer birdied the 13th hole to get to 3-under par. However, the last five holes he would make two double-bogeys, a bogey, a birdie and par. Geyer currently is 12 shots off the lead for the overall championship at 154.

“It’s horrible to throw away five shots coming in, but I did,” said Geyer.

Hansen’s score was once again used towards the team’s total as he finished with a 3-over par 75. The junior-to-be at UC-Davis also sits at 154 along with Geyer. Hansen credited his lower score to less wind and better putting, but he too felt his day could have been better. After firing a 1-over par 37 on the front-nine with two bogeys and a birdie, Hansen would make three bogeys and one birdie down the stretch to finish where he did. He is optimistic however, knowing that going back over to Bandon Trails GC tomorrow he doesn’t need to make tons of birdies and just focus on making pars.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” he said. “I hope to get revenge on the course a little bit.”

Derek Ernst the third member of the team once again was hurt by a couple of big numbers to finish with a 5-over par 77. A double-bogey on the seventh put the Clovis resident at 3-over par, but back-to-back birdies on the ninth and 10th got him to 1-over par. Then, right as he made up some ground he lost it again with a triple-bogey-7 on the par-4 11th. A bogey and second double-bogey for the round didn’t help a few holes later, but he was able to convert two birdies along the way to keep his 18-hole score under 80. After 36 holes, the recent UNLV graduate is alone in 61st place with a 159.

Of the other NCGA members competing in the 72-hole event, Tyler Raber of El Macero has put himself in the best position to compete for first place as he sits at 151, nine shots off the lead at the halfway point. Raber, who played in the last group of the day with fellow NCGA members Jake Johnson and Spencer Fletcher, played well most of the day before taking a double-bogey-7 on the par-5 18th, a typical birdie hole for most of the players in the field. That double-bogey gave Raber a 77 on the day to follow his opening round of 74. Mac Mclung of Fremont and Shotaro Ban of San Jose have put themselves in decent positions to compete for first place as they both sit at a 152, 10 shots off the lead. McClung followed his 81 on Tuesday with a 1-under par 71 Wednesday, which included four birdies and three bogeys. Ban has played fairly consistently over the past two days with scores of 77 and 75.

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July 24, 2012

BANDON, Ore. – After the first round of the Pacific Coast Amateur, the NCGA team struggled on the blustery links of Bandon Trails GC. Derek Ernst, Ben Geyer and Matt Hansen, who are hoping to keep the Morse Cup in the NCGA’s possession after a victory in 2011, aren’t off to a good start as they are 20-over par in a format which takes the two best scores from the three-man team. Their score puts them in a tie for 11th place out of 15 teams and 15 shots off the lead going into tomorrow’s final round of the team competition.

Hansen posted the best score of the three with a 9-over par 79, however he got off to the toughest start as he was 6-over after six holes. It happened with a three-putt bogey on the first hole, then a triple-bogey-6 on the par-3 second, and bogeys at the fourth and sixth holes. The Los Osos resident did have a nice chance for a birdie on the par-3 fifth hole, hitting his tee shot within five feet, but missed the putt. A birdie-3 on the par-4 eighth got Hansen back to 5-over par to finish the front-nine with a 40. On the back nine the junior-to-be at UC-Davis would make four bogeys on holes 10, 12, 17 and 18 to go along with five pars to score one better with a 4-over par, 39.

Geyer had the low NCGA team score of 3-over par after the front nine, but four bogeys, a double-bogey and triple-bogey would be his undoing as he finished with an 11-over par total of 81. The senior-to-be at St. Mary’s College made three straight bogeys on holes 11, 12 and 13 and then made a triple-bogey-7 on the par-4, 15th. He took advantage of the par-5 16th making birdie, but would give the stroke back on 17 with a bogey before finishing his round with a double-bogey-6. On the front nine the Arbuckle resident got off to a rough start as he bogeyed the par-3 second hole after failing to get up-and-down, took a double-bogey on the following hole, the par-4 third, when he hit his drive into a fairway bunker and then had a three-putt bogey on the par-4 sixth. However, Geyer was able to gain a stroke back after making a birdie on the par-5 ninth, just one of two par-5s on the par-70 setup.

“The course was playing tough,” said Geyer. “The putter got me in trouble early with a couple missed putts.”

Ernst, the only returning member of last year’s Morse Cup winning team, finished with the worse score of the three, a 12-over par 82. The recently graduated UNLV Rebel actually made the least amount of bogeys, with four on the day, but had a double-, triple- and quadruple-bogey in his round. After making bogeys on the second and third holes to go to 2-over par, Ernst had a quadruple-bogey-8 on the par-4, sixth hole, from the middle of the fairway. On his approach shot with the hole location on the front left of the green, Ernst tugged his shot into the forest left. Although, the Clovis resident was able to find his ball, he felt the best option was to go back to the original spot of his second shot and play his fourth shot. Hitting a nice fourth shot hole-high about 35 feet away, Ernst four-putted after missing a five-footer for double-bogey and a three-footer for triple-bogey. The 22-year-old was able to get things back together though albeit for a short time as he took advantage with a birdie on the par-5 ninth to make the turn at 5-over par. A double-bogey-6 on 10 slightly derailed him once again, but the bigger error on the back-nine was a triple-bogey-7 on the par-4, 14th.

“It’s tough, but I didn’t play bad, it’s just how it went today” said Ernst. “On the holes where I made the two big numbers I had really bad breaks, but stuff like that’s going to happen.”

Wednesday Ernst, Geyer and Hansen will tee off an hour later than Tuesday with times of 10:30, 10:40 and 10:50 a.m. Additionally, the three will play Bandon Dunes GC with the rest of the field.

Other NCGA members that are playing in the four-day event, but are not part of the Morse Cup competition include Darryl Donovan, Tyler Raber, Shotaro Ban, Spencer Fletcher, Jake Johnson, Mac McClung and Matt Pinizzotto. Raber of El Macero carded a solid 4-over 74 to put himself in a tie for ninth place. Ban was in the first group out and Pinizzotto was in the last group and both finished with a 7-over par 77. Johnson of Cameron Park finished at 9-over par 79, while Morgan Hill’s Donovan and Fletcher of Los Altos finished at 10-over par 80. McClung of Fremont finished at 11-over par 81.


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Author: Jerry Stewart

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