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NCGA.ORG | FALL 2018 67 July 24-27 | The Olympic Club (Lake Course) Stanford senior Isaiah Salinda captured one of golf 's greatest amateur prizes. Salinda, who won the 2017 NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship, shot a final-round 1-over 72 to come in at 12- under 272, defeating runner-up Austin Eckroat of Oklahoma by a shot. Salinda's big surge came in the third round, when he posted a competitive course-record 62. The South San Francisco native was on familiar turf, having grown up as a junior member at Olympic Club. "This is definitely my biggest win against an elite field," Salinda said. "It still hasn't sunk in." Eckroat, a sophomore at Oklahoma State, had a chance to catch Salinda with a birdie on the iconic 18th but made par. He closed with a 70 and total of 273. Another Cardinal, Brandon Wu, finished in third place at 275 after a 70. In the annual Morse Cup competition, a 36-hole stroke play team competition using predetermined rosters representing the 15 member associations of the Pacific Coast Golf Association, Washington State Golf Association took the title with a score of 4-under 280, defeating the NCGA and SCGA by a shot. Team NCGA (pictured from left to right) was represented by 2016 NCGA Player of the Year Shintaro Ban, former Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year Justin Suh and 2018 California Amateur champion Bobby Bucey. July 24-28 | Quail Lodge Resort Danville resident Ty Akabane returned to one of her favorite events and walked away as champion. Akabane, a 17-year-old senior at San Ramon Valley High, capped an exciting week with a 3-and-2 finals victory over runner-up Kathleen Scavo. A day before winning it all, Akabane committed to play at UCLA beginning the fall of 2019. "It's such an honor to win this championship. There's so many who have won this and went on to be successful," said Akabane, who joined legends Patty Sheehan, Amy Alcott and Juli Inkster as CWAC winners. "It's an incredible feeling." Akabane, who had to skip the previous two CWAC championships due to schedule conflicts, would go wire-to-wire. She earned the No.1 seed for match play after defeating the field by seven shots. In the match play brackets, she twice escaped what looked to be losses. In the Round of 16, she fought her way through a 4-hole deficit. In the quarterfinals versus 2016 champ Sabrina Iqbal, she overcame a 2-hole deficit through 14. "Those times that I trailed, I just tried to stay in the present," said Akabane, who had her dad, Chris, on the bag as caddie. "At the end of the day you can't control what others are doing. You can only control what you're doing." Akabane would again have to reach deep to get past Scavo. A senior at University of Oregon and a two-time California Junior Girls' champ, Scavo, who flew in Tuesday morning at 5:30 a.m. for the first round of stroke-play qualifying following her sister's wedding, played Akabane at all-square through the first 10 holes. Akabane wouldn't get a lead until she birdied the par-4 11th and par-3 12th, knocking down putts of similar length on both holes. Later, on the par-5 14th, Akabane upped her cushion to 3 up with yet another birdie. The two would halve holes No.15 and No.16. On the back nine, Scavo's chances were continuously hurt by a balky putter. "I just could not get my putter going. I couldn't make anything" Scavo said. "I'm still very pleased overall with my week. Ty is very deserving in winning. She played great all week." California Women's Amateur Championship 2018-19 NCGA Points Season Already Underway For the 2018-19 Season, the NCGA Points Calendar runs from Oct. 1, 2018-Sept.30, 2019. The change affects all NCGA Player of the Year divisions: NCGA Men's Player of the Year, NCGA Women's Player of the Year, NCGA Senior Player of the Year, NCGA Senior Women's Player of the Year and NCGA Super Senior Player of the Year. The move allows NCGA officials to select the Cup Match teams without having to create a separate points list. The NCGA Points Calendar traditionally has run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 of the following year. 52nd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship

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