September 14, 2015
San Diego’s Xander Schauffele took it deep to emerge as the champion.
The winner of the 2014 California Amateur Championship, Schauffele, who has since turned pro, fired a sensational 7-under 65 to come from three shots back and win the annual Northern California Open on Wednesday at par-72 Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside. He’d finish the three-day, stroke play event with a total of 12-under 204, defeating runner-up Brian Thompson of Burlingame by one.
Coming off a second round 69, Schauffele posted a 2-under 34 on his front-nine that included birdies on holes No.1 and No.8. He was only warming up.
On the back-nine, Schauffele first had back-to-back birdies on holes No.10 and No.11. He’d briefly stumble with a bogey on the par-4 13th, but came right back with back-to-back birdies on holes No.14 and No.15. To wrap things up, he’d close with an eagle on the par-5 18th.
Thompson who was two strokes ahead of Schauffele entering the final round, posted a 68. Second round leader Parker McLachlin of Arizona slipped to third place after a 71.
Former San Jose State standout Daniel Semmler was low amateur, carding a final round 71 to finish T-4 at 208 with Fremon’t Mac McClung. Santa Cruz’ Cory McElyea, who won the 2013 California Amateur Championship and had opened with a first round leading 65, finished T-8 after a 74.
The Northern California Open, which features both professionals and amateurs, is co-hosted by the Northern California PGA and the NCGA.