Pairings – Player Information – Results Net Division Results and Pairings April 1, 2014 SEASIDE—Monterey resident Austin Roberts was clutch when it mattered the most. Roberts stuck his 65-yard approach shot on the par-5 18th hole at par-72 Bayonet Golf Course to within three feet of the flagstick and sank the putt for birdie for a final round 73, leading to a one stroke victory over Hayden Shieh in the 49th annual NCGA Public Links Championship. For Roberts, 21, it’s his second victory in nine days. He also won the recent Jim Lathum Salinas City Amateur at Salinas Fairways. “This is a big win for me,” said Roberts, who finished the weather battered event with a two-day total of 2-over 146 (73-73). “I feel like all the hard work I’ve done the last few weeks has paid off.” One of the co-leaders entering the final round, Roberts came to the 18th tee tied with Shieh. Shieh pulled his drive left and then found the greenside bunker, leading to a par. Roberts, meanwhile, pulled his drive right into a cluster of trees. But that’s when his local knowledge kicked in. “I was aiming down the right,” said Roberts, who works part-time at Bayonet/Black Horse as a cart attendant. “There’s a power slot down there.” While Roberts’ attempt to reach the green in two failed, he left himself with a 65-yard carry shot over a the greenside bunker on the right. His flop shot landed and sat next to the flagstick, leaving him the short putt for the win. “That third shot was huge. It came off the club perfect,” said Roberts, who moved to Monterey about two years ago. “You can hit that shot 10 times and it’ll come out good maybe two to three times. My heart was racing over that putt. I just put a good stroke on it.” Before the dramatics, Roberts was simply steady on the notoriously tough Bayonet course. He played his front-nine at two over, carding seven pars and two bogeys (holes No.3 and No.8). On his back-nine, he had eight pars to go with the birdie. It wasn’t just local knowledge that came through for Roberts. It was also patience. “I felt comfortable because I trust my swing. This course can eat you alive if you put it in the wrong spot,” said Roberts, whose 73 at Spyglass featured only 10 pars. “In conditions like today, I just wanted to make sure I didn’t give any shots away. I came out on top.” Roberts also got a boost from his caddie, Josh Schmidt, a Bayonet/Black Horse regular. During Monday’s first round at Spyglass Hill,...
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