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Alameda Commuters Championship April 19-26 | Chuck Corica


Novato’s Miguel Delgado learned what it’s like to go


from the hunter to the hunted. The 18-year-old senior at Branson High, who’s bound for the University of Notre Dame, held off some of the best players in the Bay Area to win the Alameda Commuters. “There are some big names on the scoreboard,” Delgado said. “It’s intimidating, knowing that they’re coming after you. I’ve always chased them. It feels good to pass them.” Delgado closed with a 3-under 68 to break away


from a three-way tie to finish at 11-under 276 and beat two-time NCGA Valley Amateur champion Steven Chung by three. “This is my first big amateur win,” said Delgado,


who usually competes on the American Junior Golf Association circuit. “Hopefully, it jump-starts my collegiate career.”


Senior Jim Knoll’s bogey-free 4-under 67 was enough to make up a three-shot deficit to win his record fourth Alameda Commuters Senior Championship. The 62-year-old beat Gary Vanier by three strokes. “I haven’t been playing well, so this feels good,”


Knoll said. Terry Foreman, winner of the 2012 NCGA Senior


Amateur Match Play Championship, came in third at 142 after a 69. Chuck Richesin was fourth at 143 following a 68.


San Francisco City Championship March 28-April 12 | TPC Harding Park


Justin Suh knew this would be his last San Francisco City. He sure went out with a bang. The San Jose native took out Thomas Hutchison, 9


and 8, to win the Men’s San Francisco City Golf Cham- pionship at TPC Harding Park. Suh, a 17-year-old senior at Evergreen Valley who’s heading to USC in the fall, took a 6-up lead after the morning 18 of the 36-hole final. Suh was the 2013 Junior Tour of Northern Califor- nia Player of the Year and winner of last year’s CIF State Individual Championship. “This feels great,” said Suh, who joins the ranks of


George Archer and Ken Venturi as winners of the event. “I only missed a couple of fairways, and I barely missed any greens.” Suh joins his sister Hannah, who now plays at Cal, as


a champion. Hannah won the Women’s title in 2011 as a high school junior. “I’ll call her. She always says, ‘Why do you have to win


the tournaments that I’ve won?’” Suh said with a chuckle. In the Senior Championship, Stanford alum Gary


Vanier won his third senior title, defeating Jim Williams, 4 and 2, in the 18-hole finale. Vanier also owns a record six men’s titles. In the Super Senior Championship, Joe Rogers defeated defending champion Herb Jensen, 4 and 3.


Women Danville’s Sara Banke knocked off Anna Zhou, 6


and 4, to win the Women’s San Francisco City Golf Championship. “It’s just so cool to win this,” said Banke, whose name


will be added to a list of champions that includes Juli Inkster and Pat Cornett. “There are so many great players who have won here.” This August, the 2014 California Women’s Championship winner plans on taking a stab at LPGA Q-School. “I feel like I’m having a


breakthrough now,” Banke said. “I’m practicing more how I feel a


pro would. I want to be ready,” In Saturday’s semifinals, Banke


Jim Knoll


knocked out No. 7 seed and 2014 U.S. Women’s Open darling Lucy Li via a 1-up win.


Justin Suh Miguel Delgado 52 / NCGA.ORG / SUMMER 2015 Sara Banke


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