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August 6-7 | Winchester CC Monterey Peninsula CC member Jerry Ledzinski returned to the winner's circle in dramatic fashion, defeating a pair of St. Mary's College players–Jeffrey Inouye-Wong and Evan Peterson–on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. While it was the second NCGA win for Ledzinski, it'd been a while. The 45-year- old last won at the 2015 Mid-Amateur Championship, also in extra holes. "It's been a couple of years so this one feels good," Ledzinski said. "It validates that I'm still competitive out there. It's a shot in the arm. I know that at age 45, I can still compete." He'd certainly have his mettle tested. In regulation, Ledzinski had a chance to win the title outright but had to settle for par on the closing 18th when his 10-foot birdie try slipped past the cup. Later, in the playoff, which occurred on the difficult par-4 10th hole, Ledzinski again had a putt for the title. He redeemed himself, sinking an 8-footer for birdie to beat Inouye- Wong and Peterson. During regulation, Ledzinski had three-putted the 10th green on his way to a triple-bogey. "That putt going in the second time around felt good," Ledzinski said. One of four co-leaders at 72 after the first round, Ledzinski posted a 73 to come in at 145. Inouye-Wong had a final round 70, while Peterson made a move with a 69. In general, Ledzinski was solid both days, hitting 32 of 36 greens in regulation. "My ball striking was spot on," Ledzinski said. Nick Moore, the only three-time winner of the event and champion of this year's NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, nearly got into the fray. The 2015 NCGA Player of the Year carded a championship-low 68 to move up into a tie for fourth with Spencer Hulsey at 146. In the Senior Valley Am, Serrano CC member Mark Morgan came up big again when it counted. The 58-year-old posted a final-round 2-under 70 to come from behind and defeat co-runners-up Tony Padilla and Randy Haag by two shots. Morgan, who joined Gary Vanier and Jim Knoll as the only players to win the event at least twice (he also won in 2016 at Morgan Creek GC), finished with a two-day total of 4-under 140. Having entered the final round trailing by four, Morgan posted six birdies to offset a double-bogey and two bogeys. The double-bogey and bogeys came on holes No.9 through No.11, dropping him to 1-over for the day. He responded by playing his final seven holes at 3-under to clinch the victory. Haag, who was looking for his first Valley Am title, and Padilla, who won last year's NCGA Senior Championship, had final round scores of 76 and 74, respectively. 68 FALL 2018 | NCGA.ORG 15th NCGA Valley Amateur and Senior Valley Amateur Championship WGANC Classic (Stableford) Flight A Gross: Sharon Koga and Soonok Coats, 21-26—47 Flight B Gross: Linda Hefti and Patricia Seeley, 20-21—41 Flight C Gross: KC Cote and Penny Wright, 21-20—41 Flight A Net: Pam Dowd and Leslie Clark, 39-46—85 Flight B Net: Judy McNabb and Kris Oliveira, 42-47—89 Flight C Net: Pat Glattke and Susan Schutz, 46-43—89 August 6-7 | Valley Hi CC PWGA Open California Women's Championship Low Gross Over Field: Arielle Swan-Smith, 71-70—141 PWGA Champion: Cindy Aafeldt, 80-74—154 Champion: Samantha Hutchison, 69-67-65—201 Flight Two: Aman Sangha, 67-72-71—210 Senior Flight One: Mina Hardin, 74-78-78—230 Senior Flight Two: Young Ah Dutton, 90-86-89—265 Flight One: Debra Baker, 84-76—160 Flight Two: Tina Chen, 85-81—166 Flight Three: Lynn Harvey, 91-91—182 Flight Four: Racquel Godfrey, 100-98—198 Flight Five: Sandy Schayltz, 101-100—201 August 7-8 | Poppy Ridge GC August 13-15 | Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

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