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TOURNAMENT CENTRAL


Spring Mixed Team Championship Carmel Valley Ranch GC | March 29-30


JAKE


NCGA member club: TPC Harding Park Partner’s best playing trait: Chipping


Partner’s worst playing trait: Bunker shots


 ALTHEA


NCGA member club: Par-Tee Girls GC Partner’s best playing trait: Driving


PRESIDENT’S FLIGHT Champions: Jake Markman and Althea Peng


Partner’s worst playing trait: Chipping


RANDY


NCGA member club: Caltrans Capitol GC Partner’s best playing trait: Driving


Partner’s worst playing trait: Putting


 LISA


NCGA member club: Caltrans Capitol GC Partner’s best playing trait: Irons


DIRECTOR’S FLIGHT Champions: Randy and Lisa Marie Ronning


Partner’s worst playing trait: Chipping


TASHI NCGA member club:


S.R.I. International GC Partner’s best playing trait: Consistent driver Partner’s worst playing trait: Putting


 MICHELLE NCGA member club:


SECRETARY’S FLIGHT Champions: Michelle and Tashi Sherpa


S.R.I. International GC Partner’s best playing trait: Clutch putting Partner’s worst playing trait: Driving


For complete tournament coverage, including scorecards and photos, visit NCGA.org.


Gary Vanier


52nd NCGA Senior Championship Gary Vanier | Spyglass Hill | April 1-2


With fi ve holes remaining,


Gary Vanier trailed Casey Boyns by fi ve strokes. One wild hole later, Vanier led Boyns by one. Boyns lost his stranglehold


on the tournament with a 10 on the par-5 14th hole at Spy- glass Hill. On that same hole in that same group, Vanier made a birdie, capping an incredible six- stroke swing. Boyns rallied with four straight pars to tie for the lead and force a playoff, but Vanier prevailed with an


up-and-down for par on No. 10 to clinch his second Senior Amateur. “This one here I really take as a gift,” said the


62-year-old comparing this title to the one from 2009. “Casey really had it won coming down 14, but I guess that’s why you play all 18 holes.” Boyns had made six birdies in his fi rst 11 holes of


the second round, and reached the 14th hole four under for the day and the tournament to more than make


up a two-stroke defi cit on Vanier, who opened with a two-under 70. Boyns shot a one-over 73 de-


spite the 10, good enough to force a playoff at one over. Vanier backed up his opening 70 with a 75. Along with two Senior titles,


Vanier has also won the NCGA Amateur Match Play, the NCGA Master Division, the CGA Ama- teur and CGA Senior Amateur.


The previous month, Vanier also collected his eighth


overall San Francisco City title; he won the men’s cham- pionship six times and now has two senior victories. “I’ve been playing really well the last month,” said


the former PGA Tour member. “Casey always plays these courses well, so I feel very fortunate [to win].”


Quick Facts  FIELD AND FORMAT: 120 players; 36 holes stroke play  FIRST-ROUND LEADER: Gary Vanier  WINNING PERFORMANCE: 70-75–145  STAT OF SIGNIFICANCE: Gary Vanier and Casey Boyns, who played off for the title, are the only two golfers to win both the State Amateur and State Senior Amateur.


 PREVIOUS CHAMPION: Michael Brannan. A brief ceremony was held after completion of the fi rst round to honor the late champion.


SPRING 2013 / NCGA.ORG / 61


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