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NCGA.ORG | WINTER 2019 75 November 14 | Victoria Club T roy High of Fullerton captured its first CIF State Girls' High School title, finishing with a team score of 22-over-par 382. The Warriors were led by a 73 from Isabel Sy and a 75 by Sherilyn Villanueva. Placing second was Dougherty Valley of San Ramon at 384. Dougherty Valley, which was coming off its first NorCal title, was paced by a 73 from Danielle Suh and a 74 by Steffi Lin. Both Suh and Lin play on the Junior Tour of Northern California. The Individual title went to Brianna Navarrosa of Mater Dei (Chula Vista) at 68. Navarrosa carded eight birdies to go against four bogeys. Mika Jin of Irvington, another JTNC product, was second at 70. I t was a great finish to what was a career year for Green Valley Country Club member Jeff Wilson. For Olympic Club member Randy Haag, it was another kick to the stomach. Wilson shot a final-round 2-under 70 thanks in part to a late surge that included a Tiger Woods-esque slow- motion birdie on the 18th hole to win his first Cal Senior Am crown by two strokes over Haag. The 55-year-old Wilson, who finally got the USGA monkey off his back with a win at this year's U.S. Senior Amateur, was making his California Senior Amateur debut. "I worked hard this year, harder than I ever have," said Wilson, who finished the 54-hole event with a total of 4-under 212. "I put the work in." Wilson found himself toiling yet again to shake off Haag. Coming down the stretch in what became a duel, the Fairfield resident made the first big move by carding a 20-foot birdie putt on the difficult par-4 15th to take a two- stroke lead. Haag cut the lead back to one when he sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the ensuing 16th hole, but Wilson immediately got that shot back on the 17th when he got up-and-down for another birdie after his approach shot to the par-5 stopped just off the right side of the green. It was do-or-die time for Haag at 18, and he did his best to apply some pressure, stuffing his approach shot on the par-4 to within a few feet of the flagstick, while Wilson left his second shot just off the green in two. Wilson put an end to any further drama, however, when his curling, 40-foot birdie try stopped at the edge of the cup before finally tumbling in ala Woods' chip on Augusta's 16th at the 2005 Masters. "I just wanted to get it close. Once it started to turn I knew it'd be close," Wilson said. "It was a nice way to finish." For Haag, it was another moment of disbelief. At the 2017 NCGA Senior Championship, Tony Padilla took the title from Haag when he sank a 60-foot-plus putt on the 18th at Poppy Hills. In the last year, Haag has been runner-up six times, including at the 2018 NCGA Four-Ball Championship and Seniors Amateur (British) Championship. "There's no other amateur that does the things that Jeff does," said Haag, tipping his cap. "The putts he made coming in were ridiculous. He was perfect. It was fun to watch." Early in the round, it looked to be Haag's day. While two-time champ John Pate, who began the finale just two behind Wilson was struggling his way to a 78, Wilson himself was having issues. He made bogey on two of the first four holes but settled down to shoot a front-nine 38. "It could've been much worse," Wilson said. "I just hung in there." Haag had numerous opportunities, but failed to capitalize. On the par-5 8th, he reached the green in two but four-putted for a bogey. He followed that up with another bogey on No.9 en route to a 71. Finishing tied for third at 219 were Casey Boyns and Bruce Hanavan after rounds of 71 and 73, respectively. In the annual Senior Cup, which pits three players from the SCGA versus three players from the NCGA (best two scores out of three), the NCGA, which was represented by Haag, Jim Knoll and 2017 champion Mark Morgan, slipped by with an aggregate-score of 291 and a one- stroke victory. November 12-14 | The Preserve GC Stay Play Golf Price Includes: • One night stay at the luxury Twin Pine Casino & Hotel • 18-holes of golf at Hidden Valley Lake Golf Club • Golf Cart included • Driving Range Token • 20% Off Additional Rounds • Available Year Round 19210 Hartmann Road • Hidden Valley Lake, CA 95467 707.987.3035 from $ 79 00 For Reservations and Information: Call Richard Pritchard, PGA, reserve your custom package and preferred tee times. All rates subject to change. Call for details. pp. dbl. occ. CIF High School Girls' State Championship 27th California Senior Amateur Championship

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