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105th Annual California Amateur Championship

Player Handbook Pairings/Results June 25, 2016 In its 105-year existence, the prestigious California Amateur Championship had never seen a pair of brothers both hoist the Edward B. Tufts Trophy, let alone in back to back years. But Shintaro Ban of San Jose made that happen Saturday, surviving a grueling week of golf at Valencia CC to win the tournament just one year after his older brother Shotaro did. “It’s absolutely a dream come true,” said Ban. “To forever have my name under his on that trophy, I can’t believe this really happened.” With his mom and coach by his side, Ban sealed the deal on a 5&4 finals victory on Valencia’s 14th green, collecting a par on a three-foot putt and visibly relaxing for the first time in 32 holes. With a smile across his face, he hugged his caddie, UNLV teammate Justin Chong, as well as his mother and coach, who drove from Northern California late last night, arriving at 1 a.m. this morning, to be there for the finals. Ban’s mother walked off the green with tears in her eyes. Ban beat out UCLA-bound Hidetoshi Yoshihara, who battled hard all day but eventually succumbed to Ban’s incredible play, which included birdies on three of the last five holes of the championship. “I just kept telling myself to stay focused, and to stay aggressive,” said Ban, who pumped two of his longest drives of the day on the 30th and 31st holes of the match. Despite never trailing, Ban was never in dominant control of the match, as each time it looked like he was pulling away Yoshihara would make a critically clutch shot. In Round 1, Ban’s lead grew to as much as 5up, but as soon as it did, Yoshihara won back-to-back holes, bringing the advantage back down to 3. But like most champions, Ban refused to get rattled. Despite looking upset about the two-straight blemishes on the scorecard, he walked up to the 18th green and sunk a birdie putt to head into the break with his lead back up to a comfortable 4. But Yoshihara, who recently won the CIF State High School Golf Championship, earning himself an exemption into this event, never quit. After a brief rest from the 95 degree heat, which had plagued the tournament all week long, the two men returned to action, but it was Yoshihara who looked steadier, trimming Ban’s 4up lead to just 2 within a five-hole stretch that included two birdies by the eventual runner-up. But Ban could not be stopped, and avoided trouble the rest of the way, slamming his foot down on the gas...

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Woodbridge Four-Ball Championship and Senior Championship

March 24, 2016 Andrew Bonner and Mike Furlong shot 133 to edge Kevin Wolf and Sean Bunnell by a stroke and win the annual Woodbridge Four-Ball Championship at Woodbridge Country Club in Woodbridge. Bonner shot 67 and Furlong had 66, while both Wolf and Bunnell had 67’s. In the Senior Championship Joey Ferrari and teammate Mitch Harrison won the title by 10 shots after coming in with a score of 123. Ferrari put up a 60, while Harrison shot...

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Atascadero City Amateur

October 26, 2015 Results will be posted as soon as they are available.

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NCGA Connections at U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier
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NCGA Connections at U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier

Getting a chance to play in this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. That’ll be the goal for everyone, including a number of players with NCGA connections, at a 36-hole qualifier to be held Monday in Southern California. It’s the only Sectional qualifier to be held in the Golden State.

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CCCAA Men’s Golf State Championship

May 11, 2015 Pairings | Results College of the Canyons ran away with the team title, while Chabot’s Jeremy Sanchez set a record in the Individual championship. Located in Santa Clarita, College of the Canyons shot 13-over 733 to win the Community College of California Athletics Association State title on Monday at par-72 Kings River Golf and Country Club in Kingsburg. The College of the Canyons, which won its second title in three years, defeated runner-up Reedley College by eight strokes. Leading the way for College of the Canyons was Sam Sloman and Eric Kim, who each shot 1-over 145 in the 36-hole event. Other College of the Canyons scores (top five of six) were Matt Murray (146), Braden Lewis (147), Noa Yap (150) and Clay Chatterley (159). While they didn’t win, Reedley made a nice second round push up the leaderboard, climbing from fourth to second place. Reedley, which finished at 741, was led by Ben Hallam (145) and Don Godin (146). Other Reedley scores were Jacob Ruffino (149), Ryder Rochin (153), Kevin Lauterbach (155) and Jeffrey Yamaguchi (161). Third place came down to a card-off between Santa Rosa and Riverside City, who both came in with total scores of 743. In the card-off (better sixth man’s score), Santa Rosa, which was led by Zack Sims’ 143, was awarded third place. In the Individual portion of the championship, it was all Sanchez. Sanchez, who finished third at last year’s NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, posted an 8-under 136 (65-71) to set a new CCCAA State championship low. Sanchez’ score was one shot better than the previous record, set in 1999 by Long Beach City’s Denny Kim, who posted a 7-under 137. In the morning round, Sanchez was flawless, carding seven birdies with zero bogeys. In the afternoon, he’d card four bogeys but also had five birdies. Chad Hambright of Riverside City finished second in the Individual championship at 141 thanks in part to a championship-low 64. In shooting the 64, Hambright had nine birdies and a bogey. Third place in the Individual championship went to Santa Rosa’s Zack Sims at 143 (72-71).    ...

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Senior Outlaw Cup

September 19, 2015 Scott Anderson took the title at Dragonfly GC in Madera, defeating Casey Boyns in a playoff after the two finished regulation tied with scores of 3-under 139. Placing third was James Camaione at 143, while Dale Bouguennec took fourth at 144. Over the weekend, Anderson took the first round lead at the NCGA Senior Valley Amateur at Dragonfly GC. Bouguennec would end up winning, with Boyns and three others finishing tied for...

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Woodbridge Four-Ball Championship and Senior Championship

August 18, 2015 Shawn Bunnell and Kevin Wolf paired up to win the inaugural Woodbridge Four-Ball Championship at Woodbridge Country Club, shooting a winning score of 127. Finishing as runner-ups in the Championship at 133 was the tandem of James Watt and Bobby Wheeler. In the Senior Championship, Casey Boyns and Joey Ferrari teamed up to shoot 133, winning by one over the team of Mitch Harrison and Tim...

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Bayonet/Black Horse Amateur Championship

July 20, 2015 CSU-Monterey Bay senior Robby Salomon got his second in a row. Coming off a win at the annual NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Salomon continued to roll, shooting a final round 1-under 71 to come in at 213 and win the inaugural Bayonet/Black Horse Amateur Championship at par-72 Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course by four. The 26-year-old Salomon, who plays Bayonet/Black Horse frequently as a member of the Otters men’s golf team at CSUMB,  had rounds of 70-72-71. Finishing tied for second place at 217 was Carmel resident and University of San Diego senior Skyler Finnell and Drew Bender of Danville after final rounds of 72 and 74, respectively....

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U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying

Pairings/Results March 26, 2015 They’re not headed back to the U.S. Women’s Open, but Lucy Li of Redwood Shores and Benicia’s Kathleen Scavo will be playing in another USGA championship. And this time, they’ll be doing it together. Playing as a team, Li and Scavo earned a spot in the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship on Thursday, carding a medalist-earning 7-under 65 in an 18-hole Sectional qualifier held at par-72 Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz. The two proved to be a lethal combo as they’d card seven birdies with no bogeys. The duo’s best stretch came on the back-nine, with five birdies within their first seven holes. Last year, Li and Scavo each earned trips to the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite missing the cut, Li became the darling of the event due to being–at age 11–the youngest player to ever qualify for the championship. While Li still isn’t even a teenager, Scavo, who also missed the cut, is headed to the University of Oregon this fall. Both Li and Scavo are alums of the Junior Tour of Northern California. Finishing tied for second and also advancing to the championship proper were the teams of Ty Akabane-Kailie Vongsaga and Gigi Stoll-Danielle Lee, who both came in with matching scores of 4-under 68. Akabane won the Helen Lengfeld flight at last year’s California Women’s Amateur Championship at the age of 13. The fourth and final spot came down to a playoff between the teams of Lila Barton-Marissa Mar and Suzanne Kim and Yoonhee Kim, who came in tied at 69 after regulation. The Barton-Mar team won the playoff to earn the final berth. Among the teams missing the cut were the team of former U.S. Curtis Cup captain Pat Cornett and Rachel Moreaux (71) and the tandem of Lynne Cowan and Karen Garcia (74). Cowan is a multiple winner of the California Women’s Amateur Championship and won last year’s NCGA Senior Amateur Championship. The inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship will tee off May 9-13 at Bandon Dunes.        ...

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Paso Robles City and Senior Championship

June 8, 2015 Brian Helton took the title at the Paso Robles City at Hunter Ranch Golf Club after surviving a playoff. Helton, a member at Paso Robles GC, and e-Club Fresno member Justin Avery finished regulation tied with 36-hole totals of 142. In what turned out to be a six-hole playoff, Helton finally broke through to claim the title. Brandon Gama of La Purisma GC finished third, just a stroke out of the playoff at...

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Siskiyou Open Championship and Senior Championship

August 10, 2015 Results will be posted as soon as they are available.

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Antioch City Senior/Super Senior Amateur

August 24, 2015 Dale Bouguennec turned the annual Antioch City Senior Championship at Lone Tree Golf Course into a one-man show. Bouguennec had everything going right, as he’d post a two-day score of 135 to defeat runner-up Tony McBroom and the rest of the field by 10 strokes. In the Super Senior Championship, Del Paso CC member Herbie Jensen shot 140, good enough to defeat runner-up Bob Thomason by four...

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