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7th Annual NCGA Senior Amateur Match Play Championship Casey Boyns | Spanish Bay & Spyglass Hill | Aug. 12-16


If Casey Boyns hadn’t played and


caddied at Spyglass Hill hundreds of times, he would have ended his week wondering what No. 18 looks like. Boyns found a way to make


a long week short at the Senior Amateur Match Play Championship, which requires five wins to capture


the crown. In his first match, the Pebble Beach


caddie won 5 and 4. In both the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals, he put away his opponents 6 and 5. Boyns only reached the 15th hole in the semifinals, winning 4 and 3. The 2007 NCGA Player of the


Casey Boyns


Year finished his dominating run by knocking off defending champion Terry Foreman 2 up in the finals.


“I was feeling pretty good about things before Terry


started making his run,” Boyns said. Foreman gave Boyns a fight, trailing just 1 down with


three holes to play. But Boyns won No. 16 with a par, and then closed out the match by halving No. 17. With the impressive win, Boyns claimed his second Senior Match Play title in three years.


Quick Facts  FIELD AND FORMAT: 32-player match play field consisting


of the top 16 seniors on the points list, and 16 qualifying players


 PREVIOUS CHAMPION: Terry Foreman  STAT OF SIGNIFICANCE: Boyns is the second player ever to win two Senior Match Play titles. He now has 17 NCGA major titles.


 WORDS OF A CHAMPION: “I am very fortunate to be a part of the NCGA. They have a lot of tournaments (in Pebble Beach), and I know these courses well. It is a huge advantage.”


 UNTIL NEXT TIME: Aug. 11-15, 2014 at Poppy Hills GC & Spyglass Hill GC


10th Annual NCGA Valley Amateur & Senior Valley Championship Nick Moore & Gary Vanier | Riverbend | Sept. 16-17


The breakout


year continued for Nick Moore, who added a second NCGA major with a five-shot win over Austin Roberts. Moore collected his first major ear- lier this season at the NCGA Public Links Championship. “Overall, this year has been a really big step for me in the right direction,” said Moore, who also qualified for his first USGA event this summer. The 31-year-old Moore took a three- shot lead with an opening 5-under 67, and stretched that margin to as big as nine during the second round. Moore made just one bogey over the course of two days. Roberts, 20, closed with a 5-under


Nick Moore


31 on the back nine to leapfrog into second place. In the Senior Division, Gary Vanier put


an exclamation point on an incredible year, shooting 1-over 145 to edge Casey Boyns by a stroke and snag his third career Se- nior Valley Amateur. “It’s just nice to keep doing it,” said


Vanier, 62. “As you get older you don’t know how much longer you’re going to be able compete at this level, but I’m just glad I’m able to do it.” The win was Vanier’s third Senior


Major of the year, as he also captured the Senior Championship and Senior Four- Ball with Mark Miller.


Gary Vanier


Quick Facts  FIELD AND FORMAT: 82 players, 36 holes of stroke play; senior division for ages 55 and over


 FIRST ROUND LEADERS: Nick Moore (67); Mel Collins (70)  WINNING PREFORMANCE: Nick Moore (67-70–137); Gary Vanier (73-72–145)


 PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS: Danny Pannicia; Jeff Burda  UNTIL NEXT TIME: Sept. 2014 TBD


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