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111th Annual NCGA Amateur Match Play


Spyglass Hill | Aug. 11-15 Matthew Seramin trailed 5 down to medalist Aaron


Beverly through 17 holes of the 36-hole final of the 111th NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship. “On Aaron’s first 18 he probably had one missed shot,” said Seramin about Beverly, who shot a 5-un- der 67 at Spyglass Hill in the morning 18. But Seramin managed


to birdie No. 18 to claw within 4 down and make lunch taste a little bit better.


Dinner must have


tasted incredible. Seramin staged an


Matthew Seramin


all-time comeback the final 18 holes, tying up


the match by the 28th hole and snaking in a downhill 13-footer to birdie the 36th hole and win the final match, 1 up. “It’s an awesome feeling,” said Seramin, a fifth-year senior at UC Davis. “But I’m also definitely exhausted.” Seramin briefly took a 1-up lead on the 31st hole


with a birdie on No. 13 at Spyglass Hill, before Beverly quickly tied things back up, needing just a bogey to take the 32nd hole. Three straight pars by both players brought the match all square to the 36th hole. Seramin knocked his approach to 13 feet, but his


ball sat precariously atop a slope and well above the hole. Beverly stuck his second shot to within 6 feet on the same level as the hole. “I just played my putt as high as I could and let it


slide,” said Seramin of his winning putt that barreled into the cup. Beverly missed his birdie putt to tie, capping a


rough afternoon that saw him shoot a 7-over 79. “It was a great week,” said Beverly, a junior at Sacra-


mento State. “I accomplished a lot.” The most impressive shot of the afternoon was


Seramin driving the 299-yard fourth hole before holing his eagle putt for a 2, trimming Beverly’s lead to just 2 up. Seramin had a gritty and gutty performance all


week, winning three matches 1 up, and taking his semifinals match against Matt Cohn to the 19th hole. Seramin qualified as the No. 26 seed, while Beverly won medalist honors by three shots with a 3-under 141.


Dan Bieber and Terry Foreman


8th Annual NCGA Amateur Senior Match Play


Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill | Aug. 11-15 Dormie-2 shrunk to dormie-1, and Dan Bieber was


trying to figure out how to fend off match-play grinder Terry Foreman.


But when he needed it most, Bieber dug deep and


piped a drive down the middle, placed his iron ide- ally underneath the hole, and lagged his 15-footer for a gimme par to clinch a 1-up victory in the finals of the NCGA Senior Match Play Championship at Spyglass Hill. Bieber now has two Senior Match Play titles, tying him with Casey Boyns and Rob Thompson for the most in the eight-year-history of the championship. “It feels great to win it again,” said Bieber, who also


won in 2010. “It’s always nice to do something like that.” Bieber and Foreman were both vying for their sec-


ond Senior Match Play title. Foreman was playing in a record third straight finals, winning it all in 2012 before falling to Boyns last year. “It was a blast,” Foreman said. “I hadn’t played the 18th hole all week. I wanted to get my money’s worth.” Foreman certainly went down fighting. Trailing 2


down on the 17th hole, he stuck a wedge inside 10 feet and poured in the birdie putt force the match to No. 18. “That felt good,” Foreman said. “I knew I had to


make birdie, so I’m proud of that.” Foreman tugged his drive left on No. 18 behind a


tree, but smashed an impressive recovery shot through a window just short of the green. With Bieber looking at a simple two-putt, Foreman knew he needed to hole his pitch shot. It scared the hole for a while, just skipping over the edge before settling a couple feet past.


54 / NCGA.ORG / FALL 2014


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