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NCGA Public Links Championship

52nd NCGA Public Links Championship | Poppy Hills/Bayonet | April 24-April 25, 2017


2016 champion Matt Cohn

The NCGA Public Links Championship began in 1966 at Spyglass Hill and is the premier event for the public-course player.  The 36-hole stroke-play tournament has been played at Spyglass Hill every year, with the exception of 1992, 1996 and 1997. Beginning in 2013, the event began having Bayonet GC host one day and  Spyglass Hill GC host the other. The reason for the change was due to an expanded field, allowing for more participants in the championship. In 2016 the event moved to Poppy Hills and Bayonet GC.

The tournament has always included a championship flight for players with handicap indexes of 5.4 or less and two handicap divisions for players with an index of 5.5 to 36.4.  Beginning in 2013, with the championship and net fields being expanded, 120 players competed in the championship field, while another 120 competed in the net field. Historically, 40 players made up the championship field, while 80 players made up of two 40 player net fields.  Contestants must be bona fide public course players who do not hold playing privileges in any course from which the general public is excluded.

Ryan King holds the scoring record set in 1999 of six-under-par 138.  Only three players have managed back-to-back victories, Mike Powers in 1972 and 1973, Mitch Thomas in 1978 and 1979, and Scott Hardy in 2010 and 2011. Four-time NCGA Player of the Year Casey Boyns still reigns with the most NCGA Public Links wins, having claimed the trophy four times.


Qualifying Information

ENTRIES CLOSE: February 26, 2017

Entry Fee: $71. Players qualifying for the championship pay an additional $200. Exempt players pay only $200.

Qualifying for the 2017 Public Links Championship takes place March 23 at the following courses:

Boundary Oak GC| Castle Oaks GC| Coyote Creek GC| Dragonfly GC| Foxtail GC| Mather GC| Pajaro Valley GC| Poppy Ridge GC| Reserve at Spanos Park

Format: 18 holes qualifying. 96 players, including exempts, will will advance to the championship proper. The Championship proper will be 36 holes of stroke play (18 holes per day). Non-exempt players will be required to go to sectional qualifying.

All players must qualify except the following: All past champions prior to 2004 (beginning in 2004, this is a 10-year exemption), the top 10 and ties in the Championship Flight from the preceding year, players who qualified for the match play portion of a USGA Championship in the previous 12 months, the NCGA Senior, Junior, Match Play, Stroke Play, Master Division, Valley and Senior Valley champions and any eligible players in the top 500 of USGA/R&A World Golf Rankings as of the closing date.  Each exempt player is required to submit an entry prior to the closing date. Public Links Exemptions.

About Poppy Hills

Poppy Hills, which is owned by the NCGA, underwent an extensive renovation beginning in March of 2013 centered around water conservation, primarily by improving irrigation and drainage. Architect Robert Trent Jones II returned with his design firm, this time creating a firm, fast and fun course that unfolds seamlessly through the stunning Del Monte Forest.


No.2 Poppy Hills

Jones reinvented the course architecturally, restoring each hole to its natural elevation along the forest floor, softening doglegs and contours, rebuilding all 18 greens with bentgrass, eliminating rough and introducing native waste areas that reduce irrigated turf by nearly 25%.

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About Bayonet GC


Bayonet No.18

Bayonet and Black Horse re-opened in December, 2008 after a $13 million renovation by Bates Golf Design Group (Gene Bates). Both courses underwent dramatic view-shed alterations and hole re-routings to reveal new, breathtaking ocean vistas and improved playing options (including new bentgrass greens). They were included in Golf Digest’s “Best New Courses” issue for 2009 in the ultra-competitive “Remodel” category.

Bayonet, with its narrow playing corridors and steep, penal bunkering, has long been considered the most difficult test of golf on the Monterey Peninsula. The par-72, 7,104-yard course has retained its famous bite after the recent renovation by award-winning architect Gene Bates, but playability and strategic options have been greatly improved. Course Tour |Get driving directions


Tournament Recaps

cohn90x90After a few years of watching cohorts Bobby Bucey, Robby Salomon and pal Nick Moore win, San Francisco resident Matt Cohn kept wondering when his turn would come. “It wasn’t on the back of my mind. It was on the front of my mind,” Cohn said. “I consider those guys my peers.” For the 35-year-old Cohn, the wait is over. Read Full Story | View 2016 Photo Gallery

Following a self-described disappointing year where he went winless, Seaside resident Nick Moore has been eagerly waiting for the 2015 season to really kick in. “I didn’t feel like I was playing to my potential last year, and taking time off doesn’t help,” Moore said. “I’m Moore90really focused this year.” On Monday at par-72 Spyglass Hill, a re-energized Moore showed that he’s back, shooting a 1-under 71 to win the 50th NCGA Public Links Championship by two strokes over co-runner-ups Scott Hardy and Wes Sandroni.     Read Full 2015 Recap  |  View 2015 Photo Gallery

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 Roberts copystroke victory over Hayden Shieh in the 49th annual NCGA Public Links Championship.“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.” Read Full 2014 Recap | View 2014 Photo Gallery |  Net Recap

Par proved to be paramount at the 48th Annual Public Links Championship, just ask winner Nick Moore. The 30-year-old Monterey resident feasted on pars over the 36-hole competition, converting 30 total pars, 15 each day. “[Pars] were the key, just Moore-Thumbnailkeeping the ball in play and getting the ball on the green giving myself a chance for birdie,” he said. Moore, who had two bogeys and one birdie in his first round at Bayonet GC yesterday, did the opposite today at Spyglass making two birdies and one bogey.  Read Full 2013 Recap | View 2013 Photo Gallery | Net Recap

Past Champions

(All but 1992, 1996 and 1997 played at Spyglass Hill GC)

1966 Robert Heaton N/A
1967 Ross Randall 151
1968 Jim McMurtrey 76-73-149
1969 Forrest Fezler 75-74-149
1970 Larry Cram 74-77-151
1971 Dick Dallagiacomo 73-78-151
1972 Mike Powers 77-74-151
1973 Mike Powers 76-74-150
1974 Jeff Burda 71-74-145
1975 Kim Flint 73-76-149
1976 Mike Pouey 76-76-152
1977 Terry Foreman 78-76-154
1978 Mitch Thomas 73-73-146
1979 Mitch Thomas 78-74-152
1980 John Munro 80-72-152
1981 Casey Boyns 76-74-150
1982 Jim Knoll 79-72-151
1983 Casey Boyns 74-75-149
1984 Bill Malley 76-74-150
1985 Aly Trompas 77-73-150
1986 Terrence Miskell 77-72-149
1987 Casey Boyns 76-72-148
1988 Randy Bridge 72-73-145
1989 Jeffrey Thomas 78-74-152
1990 Bob Eberle 73-73-146
1991 Bill Sendell 79-70-149
1992 Lou Alvarez at Poppy Hills 74-74-148
1993 Tyler Williamson 76-75-151
1994 Yasu Amaya 70-76-146
1995 Arron Oberholser 72-74-146
1996 Casey Boyns at Poppy Hills 72-69-141
1997 Dennis Mitchell at Poppy Hills and Spanish Bay 75-68-143
1998 Matt Christensen 73-74-147
1999 Ryan King 70-68-138
2000 J.J. Jakovac 75-73-148
2001 William Moore 70-73-143
2002 Logan Goettsch 71-69-140
2003 James Hay 72-73-145
2004 Gary Young 72-71-143
2005 Michael Ostrich 71-70-141
2006 Arvo Voip 73-73-146
2007 Scott Hardy 71-69-140
2008 Kyle Prolo 69-71-140
2009 William Moore 72-72-144
2010 Scott Hardy 74-73-147
2011 Scott Hardy 73-71-144
2012 Trent Tessler 76-73-149
2013 Nick Moore at Bayonet and Spyglass Hill 73-71-144
2014 Austin Roberts at Spyglass Hill and Bayonet 73-73-146
2015 Nick Moore at Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill 71-71-142
2016 Matt Cohn at Bayonet and Poppy Hills 73-74-147