September 10, 2014
Vista resident Kyle Souza didn’t waste much time in settling the matter at hand.
Souza, a former standout at Chico State, eagled the first hole of a sudden death playoff–the par-5 1st–to defeat Matt Hansen and win this week’s Northern California Open on Wednesday at par-72 Almaden Country Club. With his win, Souza grabbed a substantial portion of the event’s $42,000 purse.
Coming into the final round, Souza had held a two stroke lead over Hansen after posting a brilliant 9-under 63 on Tuesday. But Hansen wasn’t giving in.
In what turned out to be a two-man duel, Souza played great, carding seven birdies with just one bogey for a 66.
But Hansen went lower. The recent UC Davis grad, who turned pro in August, had six birdies and an eagle on the par-5 7th for a 64 that left both players tied after regulation at 20-under 20-under 196.
After reaching the par-5 1st in two, Souza drained his eagle putt for the win.
The next closest player in the field was third place finisher Taylor Travis of Fremont, who had a final round 67 to come in at 203. Travis won the NCGA Four-Ball title two times in a row in 2008 and 2009 playing with partner Ryan Sloane.
Finishing tied for fourth at 204 after rounds of 65 and 68 were David Carr of Marysville and Reno’s Jared Becher, respectively.
The low amateur was Steven Chung of Sacramento, who finished T-8 at 207. Chung won back-to-back NCGA Valley Amateur titles in 2008 and 2009.
September 9, 2014
Former Chico State standout Kyle Souza took it deep, but he wasn’t able to run away and hide from the rest of the field.
Souza, who helped Chico State win the NCAA Division II title in 2011, shot a 9-under 63 Tuesday at par-72 Almaden Country Club, giving him a two shot lead heading into Wednesday’s final round of this week’s Northern California Open.
Now at 14-under 130, Souza was a model of perfection in the second round, carding nine birdies with no bogeys. He’d twice make three straight birdies in his round, making a run on holes No.6 through No.8 and holes No.16 through No.18.
Still, there’s players right on his heels, including recently turned pro Matt Hansen. Hansen, who hails from Los Osos, shot his second consecutive 66 to finish the day at 132. The runner-up at this year’s Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, Hansen also was flawless, posting seven birdies with no bogeys.
Alone in third place at 134 after his second straight 67 is Sejun Yoon of San Diego. Yoon’s round was boosted by an eagle on the par-4 2nd hole.
Four players are at 136, just six behind Souza, including Fremont’s Taylor Travis, who shot 69, and Reno’s Jared Becher, who had a 66.
First round leader Mason Mallory, who opened the championship with a stellar 65, tumbled back to 19th place after a 75.
Open to both professionals and amateurs, the event features a $42,000 purse. The low amateur after two rounds is Sacramento’s Steven Chung, who’s at 138 following a 67. Chung won the NCGA Valley Amateur Championship back-to-back in 2008 and 2009.
September 8, 2014
Mason Mallory got off to a great start in this week’s Northern California Open, being held at par-72 Almaden Country Club.
Mallory took the first round lead on Monday, posting a stellar 7-under 65 that included eight birdies and a lone bogey. In making his run, Mallory made back-to-back birdies three times during his round. His only miscue came on the par-4 17th.
Just a stroke behind is Los Osos resident Matt Hansen. Hansen, who recently turned pro, fired an impressive 66 that featured seven birdies and one bogey. The runner-up at this year’s Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, Hansen turned on the jets on the back-nine, carding a bogey free 31.
Sejun Yoon of San Diego and Taylor Travis of Fremont are two strokes behind Mallory after opening with identical 67’s. Travis won the NCGA Four-Ball title two times in a row in 2008 and 2009 playing with partner Ryan Sloane.
Also just two back at 67 is Kyle Souza of Vista.
The 54-hole championship runs through Wednesday.