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January 28, 2013

NOVATO – Ben Geyer claimed his first tournament victory of the 2013 points season over the weekend, winning’s Wine Country Cup by a single stroke. Geyer, who posted a 36-hole score of 147, beat out fellow St. Mary’s teammate Dalan Refioglu at 148.

The win by the 2012 NCGA Player of the Year already puts him ahead of pace from last year’s award winning campaign. Geyer, who didn’t earn his first points of the year in 2012 until the Alameda Commuters Championship in late April, had a stellar summer, which included a runner-up performance at the California State Amateur and a win at the NCGA Stroke Play Championship to earn the Player of the Year title.

With the 100 points earned in this past weekend’s event, Geyer is currently tied for 11th place on the Player of the Year list and trails UC-Davis senior Tyler Raber by a 150 point margin. Raber has won two tournaments thus far, winning the 150-point Silicon Valley Championship earlier this month, and the 100-point Yolo County Amateur in October.

In the senior division Ron Johnson took the top slot, firing a 36-hole score of 156, six shots better than runner-up Earl Stewart. The Walnut Creek resident moved up to 11th place on the NCGA Senior Player of the Year list with the win, still trailing current leader Jim Knoll by a wide margin.

Knoll, who has won the last two NCGA Senior Player of the Year awards, has at least a 600 point lead on all but one player: Casey Boyns. Boyns currently sits in second place on the list 88 points behind Knoll as the two look to be headed for a competitive Senior Player of the Year race in 2013. Knoll is currently at 920 points, while Boyns is at 832 points.

Author: Jerry Stewart

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