Oct. 5, 2021
Former University of Arizona standout David Laskin (pictured, above), who recently turned professional, showed he can hang wiith some of the best in the Northern California region.
Laskin, who hails from Elk Grove, carded a final-round 6-under 66 at Coyote Creek GC on Wednesday and defeated John Greco in a sudden-death playoff to capture the annual NorCal Open. Both Laskin and Greco finished the 54-hole event at 12-under 204. Greco also had a final round 66.
A former regular in NCGA events, Laskin in his senior year at U of A was named All-Pac 12 Second Team. He also was Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Also making a big impression was Pleasanton resident Kush Arora (below). Still only 16 years old, Arora earned low amateur honors after coming in at 205 thanks in part to a final round 67. Arora, who’s already committed to Stanford for fall 2023, had a chance to join the playoff but had to settle for pars over his final five pars.
Former Santa Clara standout Derek Ackerman took the early lead in the 54-hole NorCal Open, carding a stellar 7-under 65 at Coyote Creek GC in San Jose.
Ackerman carded six birdies and holed out on the par-4 11th for eagle. His lone miscue was a bogey on the 15th.
Austin Bautista is in second place at 67.