June 13, 2021
NCGA legends Randy Haag and Casey Boyns have some new company when it comes to the NCGA victory columns.
On Sunday, Monterey resident Nick Moore collected his 10th NCGA victory, this one a sudden-death victory over Matt Hansen at the annual Mid-Amateur Championship at Poppy Hills. With the victory, Moore joins Haag and Boyns as the only players in NCGA history to reach double-digit wins. Boyns and Haag, who now compete on the Senior circuit, co-hold the record for most NCGA victories at 16 (not including Senior wins).
As Tiger Woods chased Jack Nicklaus, the 39-year-old Moore firmly has Haag and Boyns in his sights.
“I feel like I still have some time to catch them,” Moore said. “As long as I don’t break a leg or have some serious injury or something.”
For now, Moore can relish in what was yet another clutch win with his 96-year-old grandfather, Vincent Randazzo, watching. “I can’t believe I’ve got 10 wins now. It feels like it was just five last year. I’m very happy and excited. It means a lot to me having my grandfather there,” said Moore, who finished regulation with a two-day score of even-par 142.
Having entered the final round tied with Hansen at 1-under 70, it was Hansen who looked to have things sealed up late. The Walnut Creek resident, who recently regained his amateur status, held a three-shot lead over the field heading to the 16th tee. But then he made bogey on No. 16 and later pulled his tee shot on the par-3 17th way to the left, resulting in a double-bogey. The mistake on No.17 opened the door for not only Moore but also Ian Dahl. Playing in the group ahead, Dahl, a former NCGA Stroke Play champion, had a chance to be the first in the clubhouse at 142 but his birdie try on the 18th slid past the cup, leaving him at 143 with Collin Altamirano and Garrett Wagner.
Moments later on the 18th, both Moore and Hansen were just short of the green in two—Moore off to right and Hansen in the front greenside bunker. Moore hit a brilliant chip to within a few feet of the pin for a birdie. Hansen, hanging tough, would match him with birdie, sinking a clutch 14-footer. But then Hansen got snakebit again. On the first playoff hole (par-4 1st), Hansen’s approach bounded off the edgeof the green down into the rough near the 2nd hole teeing area. He’d be unable to get up-and-down, scoring a bogey. Moore, meanwhile, reached the green in two and two-putted for the win.
Hansen, who was followed by his mother, was playing in his first event since having his amateur status reinstated. Afterwards, he admitted to being nervous.
“I just haven’t played in a tournament in a while,” he said. “On No.17, I felt the pressure, especially playing alongside Nick.”
Moore, meanwhile, remains undefeated (4-0) when it comes to extra hole victories. Something that wasn’t lost him as he and Hansen headed towards the green on the playoff hole.
“I was walking down the first fairway and thought, ‘I’ve never lost a playoff, and I’m not going to lose this one,” Moore said. “The golf wasn’t easy, but I battled to the end. I’m proud of the battle I put up.”
Third place went to Collin Altamirano at 143 following a card-off win over Garrett Wagner and Dahl.
Make it 10 NCGA wins for NIck Moore, who sank this par putt on the first hole of a playoff vs Matt Hansen to win the NCGA Mid-Amateur pic.twitter.com/aycUFkQ5ZW
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June 12, 2021
Monterey resident Nick Moore, who’s won a career nine NCGA titles, knows he’s within striking range of catching all-time leaders Randy Haag and Casey Boyns at 16. Moore could get up to 10 as soon as tomorrow.
On brilliant Saturday at Poppy Hills, Moore grabbed a share of the lead at this weekend’s annual NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship, carding a 1-under 70 to end the day tied with Matt Hansen for first place. Moore, who has never won the Mid-Amateur, was actually at 3-under par after a front nine 32 (he started on the back nine). On the tougher front side, he posted a 38.
Hansen, a reinstated pro playing out of The Olympic Club, was the opposite. He’d shoot 33-37, carding birdies on holes Nos. 1, 2 and 4. In both 2013 and 2014, Hansen reached the semifinals of the prestigious California Amateur Championship.
Alone in third place at 71 is California GC member Daniel Young. Jonathan Keane of The Olympic Club is in fourth at 72. Casey Boyns, who won the event in 2007, is in a pack of five players at 73.
Jason Anthony, the 2019 champion, opened with a 75 and is T-17. The event was not held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sean Etow had the shot of the day, acing the par-3 15th with a 5-iron. The hole was playing at 210 yards and into the wind.
The NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship began in 1982 as the Master Division Championship, a competitive opportunity for players aged 40-54 who were not yet eligible for senior tournaments. In 2016, the event was re-named the Mid-Amateur Championship, opening up to all players aged 25 and over, with no upper age restriction.
The 36-hole stroke play championship was held for 11 consecutive years at Lake Tahoe and Edgewood Tahoe golf from 1990-2000. The championship then rotated through three courses over the next four years, Lake Tahoe (2001), Winchester (2002) and Squaw Creek (2003-04) before being hosted by Spyglass Hill for the following five years (2005-2009). In 2010, Spyglass Hill continued to host one day of the event with other Monterey area courses Poppy Hills (2010-12, 15), Bayonet (2013) and Del Monte (2014). In 2016, Spyglass fell out of rotation and the event was held at Black Horse and Poppy Hills golf courses.
Pat McDonald holds the tournament’s 36-hole scoring record with a seven-under-par 136 in 1994 at Lake Tahoe and Edgewood Tahoe GCs. The single round record of six-under-par 66 set in 1998 by Pat McDonald was tied in 1999 by four-time champion Randy Haag, who posted a 65 at the par-71 Lake Tahoe GC. Haag holds the record for most titles, having won four in a 14-year span 1999, 2002, 2009 and 2013. The only player to win back-to-back titles is Jeff Burda, who claimed the championship three times, in 1996, 1997 and 2005. Jim Knoll became the oldest player to win the championship at 59, in 2012.
The champagne bucket trophy was donated by two-time California State Amateur champion Ernie Pieper.