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11th Annual Women’s Championship June 15-16 | Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills


Call it a Sister Act. Cal-Berkeley senior Carly Childs shot a 1-over 146 to capture an NCGA


Women’s Amateur of her own, rallying from two strokes down to beat first- round leader Sara Banke by three. That 146 also beat Emily


Childs’ 2010 winning total by one.


“I’ll definitely be calling


her,” said Carly Childs with a smile.


Carly Childs


The two sisters are the first siblings to win the NCGA Women’s Amateur.


Emily Childs is now a professional on the LPGA’s developmental Symetra Tour. Carly Childs is developing quite her own golf resume. The 2012 Junior Tour Girls Player of the Year won four JTNC titles, plus the 2011 CWAC Junior, and the 2011 Northern California High School Championship. This win ranks up there with her best, as she closed


with a 1-over 73 at Poppy Hills even though she had never seen the new course.


Banke shot an opening 2-under 71 at Spyglass Hill. But the 2015 San Francisco City champion closed with a 78 to finish three back.


Senior Championship Pat Cornett won a record third NCGA Senior


Women’s Championship with a final-round 75 at Poppy Hills to rally from a two-stroke deficit and beat runner-up and defending champion Lynne Cowan. The 61-year-old Cornett, who played on the 1978 and 1988 Curtis Cups and captained the 2012 team, also won the NCGA Senior in 2009 and 2010. Along with chasing down Cowan, Cornett also beat two-time champ Sandy Woodruff and 2004 U.S. Mid- Amateur Championship winner Corey Weworski. “It’s been a bit of a gap here since my last win, so it’s excit- ing,” said Cornett, who finished with a two-day total of 7-over 152. “Beating those three is special because they’re so good.” Cowan led Woodruff by one and Cornett by two after an


Pat Cornett


opening 75 at Spyglass Hill, but slipped with a second- round 80 to finish at 155.


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34th Annual Master Division Championship June 15-16 | Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill


When Jerry Ledzinski posed for his winning trophy


shot, Terry Foreman gently pointed out that the Ernie Pieper Jr. Trophy was facing the wrong way. “Hey, this is the first time I’ve won one of these!”


defended Ledzinski. Ledzinski looked the part when it counted, play- ing the back nine at Spyglass Hill in even par to make up a three-stroke deficit and catch Foreman, before winning the first playoff hole with a par to capture the NCGA Master Division (40 and older) Championship. “I’ve made the papers a few times, but not because


I’m Randy Haag,” said the 42-year-old Ledzinksi, who finished at even-par 143 after a 1-under 71 at Spyglass Hill. “I’ve led tournaments for the first or second round, but I haven’t been able to finish them off. But I’ve got one now. You have to have one before you get two.” Ledzinski may not be confused with Haag, but he held off a valiant charge from the four-time Master Division champion and six-time NCGA Player of the Year. Haag shot a closing 2-under 70 at Spyglass Hill to finish third, two shots out of a playoff. Ledzinski opened with a 1-over 72 at Poppy Hills, and got back to even for the championship with a birdie on No. 8 at Spyglass. He finished with eight straight pars, winning the title with a wedge on No. 10 that was safely placed to the middle of the green, leading to a two-putt par for the win. Foreman had an out- standing first 30 holes, shooting an opening 3-under 68 at Poppy Hills that was four clear of the rest of the field. He followed that up with three birdies in this first 11 holes at Spyglass to reach 4 under for the championship. But bogeys on Nos. 13, 15, 16 and 18 dropped him back to even and into a tie with Ledzinski.


Jerry Ledzinski


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