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NCGA.ORG | FALL 2018 63 WGANC Champion of Champions June 20-21 | Poppy Hills GC Four years after her first CWAC Junior victory, Concord resident Yealimi Noh returned to the winner's circle. Noh, 16, defeated runner-up and No. 1 seed Madelyn Gamble, 5 and 4, in the 18-hole finale. A former standout at Carondelet High, Noh, who is now homeschooled, was again on her game. She'd go 7-under over the 14 holes of the match to leave Gamble, a 15-year-old sophomore at Carondelet, defenseless. "She made everything," said Gamble, who never got to play with Noh at Carondelet. It was yet another big win for Noh. The No.2 seed, Noh won her quarterfinals and semifinals matches by scores of 6 and 5. If it seemed like she was settling in as the week progressed, she was. When she won her first title in 2014, she did that on the Dunes Course at MPCC. "It feels good to win here again," Noh said. "I got more and more comfortable on the Shore Course as the week went on. I always enjoy coming here." Along with returning to MPCC, Noh was prepping for the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course, which was also a match play event. "I wanted to get in some practice playing match play," said Noh, whose assault included a 25-foot chip in for birdie from the rough on No.12. "This is a good momentum builder heading into the U.S. Girls' Junior." Other than facing Noh, Gamble had a great week herself. "It was a lot of fun," Gamble said. "It was a lot of great competition and it's such a beautiful place." In the Helen Lengfeld Flight, No.8 Nicole Vivier of San Jose took the title, defeating No. 2 Sophie Siminoff of Los Altos Hills, 3 and 2. June 18-23 | La Costa Resort Concord resident Bobby Bucey reached the pinnacle of amateur golf in the Golden State. Bucey, a three-time NCGA champion and the No.11 seed, won California's biggest amateur prize, defeating runner-up and No. 4-seed Hidetoshi Yoshihara, 1 up, in the 36-hole final. The 29-year-old Bucey, who became the oldest champion since Kevin Marsh in 2012, joined the likes of Ken Venturi, Johnny Miller and Mark O'Meara as champions of the prestigious event. "It doesn't feel real. It hasn't sunk in," Bucey said. "It was such a mental grind. I feel like I still need to stay ready." A member at Oakhurst Country Club, Bucey mounted a memorable comeback to take the crown. After the morning round, he trailed Yoshihara, a sophomore at UCLA, by three holes. To make matters worse, Yoshihara quickly upped his advantage to 4 up in the afternoon following a birdie on the 20th hole (No.2). Bucey, however, didn't budge. Still down four holes, Bucey made back-to-back birdies on the 24th and 25th holes to quickly cut the deficit in half. Another win on the 27th hole (Yoshihara made bogey) and another birdie on the 28th hole, and the match was not only back to all-square, but momentum had clearly shifted to Bucey's favor. "I didn't feel terrible about it (being four down). I was hitting the ball great. I just couldn't get any putts to drop," Bucey said. "I knew I could still put some pressure on him." With only five regulation holes left, Bucey fell back one with a bogey on the 32nd hole, but again came back with a birdie on the ensuing 33rd hole to again make it all- square. On the 35th hole, Yoshihara made bogey. The two halved the closing par-5 36th hole, sealing the victory for Bucey. In the afternoon round, Yoshihara shot a stroke-play score of 75. Bucey had a 70 with four birdies. During the entire week, Bucey had his father, Bob, on the bag as caddie. His mother, Karen, meanwhile watched every shot. "It's fantastic having them both out there," Bucey said. "It's a calming influence." It was the second straight win for Bucey over a former state champion. Both Yoshihara (2016) and semifinals opponent Tyler Guo had won CIF State High School Boys' Individual crowns. Guo got into the Cal Amateur thanks to his victory at this year's championship. In the North/South Challenge, which features six of the best of the NCGA taking on six of the SCGA's best for the Roger Lapham Trophy, the NCGA took the title, 731-734. The NCGA was represented by Jason Anthony, Daniel Connolly, Ryan Gronlund, Peter Kuest, Eddy Lai and Finigan Tilly. The 2019 championship will be held at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach. 107th California Amateur Championship June 25-26 | Claremont CC Overall/Flight A: Holly Bare, 74-76—150 Flight B: Michiko Shoji, 88-83—171 Flight C: Debbie Maderos, 85-84—169 Flight D: Debbie Wall, 87-91—178 California Junior Girls' State Championship

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