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48th Annual Pacific Coast Amateur Pine Canyon Club (Flagstaff, Ariz.) | July 22-25


11th Annual NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship Poppy Hills | July 11-13


In the 10 years since the NCGA Amateur Stroke


Play Championship had been restarted, every cham- pion finished under par. By the second round of this year’s championship at


the renovated Poppy Hills, it was clear that the 11th edition wouldn’t be so kind. “With the course playing so tough, it felt like a mini


major, like a British Open,” said eventual champion Bobby Bucey, who finished at 6-over 219, four shots higher than the next toughest championship. Bucey opened with an even-par 71 and then hung


Corey Pereira Corey Pereira sat eight shots back through the first


round of the 72-hole Pacific Coast Amateur after card- ing an even-par 70. Pereira still won by eight shots. Tying the previous Pine Canyon Club course record


with back-to-back 62s in the second and third rounds certainly helps. “I didn’t think I could do it again,” the sophomore at the University of Washington admitted after the third round. While there would be a 61 fired in the champion-


ship, no one had the firepower to catch Pereira, who took a five-stroke lead into the final round. Pereira closed with a 67 to finish at 19-under 261, establishing a new championship record by two strokes. And it’s a pretty impressive championship record


to set. Previous champions include PGA Tour winners Billy Mayfair (1987, 1988), Jason Gore (1997) and Ben Crane (1998), as well as Web.com Tour winners and brothers Michael Putnam (2004) and Andrew Putnam (2010). “I want to be the No. 1 amateur in the world,”


Pereira said. There definitely wasn’t anyone better than Pereira


after the first two holes of the championship. Pereira started bogey-triple, but then played the final 70 holes in 23 under. Los Osos resident Matt Hansen tied for second


with Lorens Chan at 11 under. Pereira, Hansen and Paul Smith represented the


NCGA during the two-day Morse Cup. The NCGA finished in second in the four-ball event at 9 under, one stroke behind the winning SCGA team.


Bobby Bucey


on with back-to-back 74s to force a playoff with Bran- don Wu. Bucey won the sudden-death playoff on the second hole to claim the title. Only three players broke par during the champion-


ship, and all three rounds happened the first day of the 54-hole event. Skyler Finnell grabbed the early lead with a 2-under 69, while Junior Tour of Northern Cali- fornia players Cody Riecks and Wu both posted 70s. Bucey and Wu entered the final round tied with


Michael Tolladay and Jeremy Sanchez at 3-over 145. Sanchez had a second-round low 71 from the Jones


Trail, which stretches Poppy Hills to 7,002 yards. Sanchez began his round 5 over through six holes, but birdies on Nos. 9 and 10, an ace on the 223-yard 15th and a birdie on No. 16 got him back to even par for the day. Sanchez finished one stroke out of a playoff after closing with a 75. Tolladay finished with an 83.


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