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64 FALL 2018 | NCGA.ORG July 6-8 | Poppy Hills GC When former CSU Monterey Bay standout Robby Salomon won the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 2015, he had good friend Nick Moore on the bag as caddie. This time, the two reversed roles, as Moore knocked off yet another pal, Matt Cohn, to win his first Amateur Stroke Play crown. A 36-year-old caddie at Cypress Point Club, Moore bounced back from a lost chance to win outright, making bogey on the first hole (par-4 10th) of a sudden-death playoff for his seventh career NCGA title, tying him with Talbert Smith and Scott Hardy for third on the all-time NCGA win list. The only sour part was that the win came over Cohn. Friends since 2012, Moore and Cohn routinely pair up in events such as the NCGA Four-Ball Championship. "It's a nice win. Ultimately, I want to see us both play well," Moore said. "If I'm not going to win, I want Matt to win. If Matt isn't going to win, I want to win." Moore previously had two NCGA hat-tricks going. His six career NCGA wins were three Valley Amateur titles and three Public Links crowns. In recent years, his fortunes at the Stroke Play Championship hadn't been nearly as favorable. "The first time I played in the Stroke Play was 2012, and I finished solo in second. Since then, I hadn't medaled," said Moore, who finished with a three-day total of 1-over 214 after a final round 74. "This is one of the tournaments that I had wanted to win." The winner of this year's NCGA Mid-Amateur, Cohn was first in the clubhouse at 214 after a 73. Playing in the group behind, both Moore and St. Mary's sophomore Michael Slesinski came to the 18th with an opportunity to win or force a playoff. Slesinski, who needed an eagle to come in at 214, had to settle for a birdie on the closing hole for a 78, leaving him in third place at 215. Moore, meanwhile, had a 15-foot birdie putt for the win that lipped out. "I knew I had that putt to win it. Robby (Salomon) had run up to check the scores," Moore said. "I thought I made it but it broke a little bit more than I thought." In the playoff, Cohn pulled his drive left into the 16th fairway. His second shot went into the hazard on the right side of the 10th fairway. After dropping, he'd land in the greenside bunker. Moore got on the green in three (after laying up short right) and two-putted. "On my second shot (from the 16th fairway), I had a choice of a hero shot or punch shot. I figured Nick was going to make a 4 so I went for it. It didn't do what I thought it would," Cohn said. Moore and Salomon, who won back-to-back Stroke Play titles in 2015 and 2016 and is now professional, teamed up after the two played together a day before the championship began. "I asked him if he wanted to come out and caddie," Moore said. "I was happy to have him out there." July 9-10 | Lake Merced GC Oakdale Golf and Country Club member Ryan Meyer and Youth on Course East Bay member Gia Feliciano both captured their first NCGA titles. Meyer shot a final-round 4-under 68 to finish at 4-under 212, winning both the Overall title and Boys' 16-18 division. Four players, including Meyer, had been tied for the lead after the second round at even par 144. Meyer had five birdies and just one bogey in the finale to edge runner-up Caleb Shetler of San Jose CC by a stroke. Shetler, who entered the final round just a stroke off the lead, had a 69. Third place went to Garrett Boe at 217 following a 71. Over in the Girls' Championship, Feliciano followed up an opening round even-par 72 with a 73 to come in at 1-over 145, defeating runner- up Jaclyn Laha of Castlewood CC by three strokes. Feliciano had three birdies and four bogeys in the final round, including a closing birdie on the 18th to seal the victory. Laha posted four birdies in the second round, but was stung in part by a double-bogey on the par-4 13th. She'd finish with a 73 to come in at 148. Third place went to YOC East Bay member Mika Jin at 150 after a second round 79. YOC Santa Teresa member John Heckel took the title in the Boys 14-15 division, shooting a final round 75 to come in at 219 for a four shot win over runner-up Sebastian Iqbal of E-Club South Bay. Iqbal had a final round 74. In the Boys 10-13 division, YOC Pleasanton member Chanhee Ryu went wire-to-wire, carding a second-round 74 to come in at 8-over 152 for a seven shot win over co-runners-up Luke Montoya of Preserve GC and Jonathan Chen of YOC AT&T Pebble Beach. 89th NCGA Junior Championship 38th NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship July 14-15 | Poppy Ridge GC 21st NCGA Foursome Championship Open Division: Warren Whitley and Blake Hinkel, 68-69—137 Parent/Child Division: Erik and Ryan Davenport, 70-74—144 Overall Gross: Kelsi and Mike Stieler, 67-71—138

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