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62 SUMMER 2019 | NCGA.ORG J ason Anthony continued his torrid pace this season. The 36-year-old Olympic Club member, who was NCGA Player of the Year in 2017, won by three shots after shooting his second straight 67 for a two-day total of 8-under 134. Anthony was fortunate to just get the chance. He gained entry into the event as an alternate after a registration faux pas. "I really didn't have my 'A' game so it shows me that I'm progressing," Anthony said. "It excites me for the future." A former MacKenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada member, Anthony was nearly flawless. He'd card 11 total birdies to go against just three bogeys. Helping him along was a hot putter. In Saturday's first round, he'd go 18-for-18 on putts from within 20 feet. Known just a few years ago as the best player without an NCGA title, Anthony now has four career NCGA crowns, having also won the 2017 Valley Amateur and 2016 and 2018 Mid- Amateur Four-Balls playing with NCGA Hall of Famer Randy Haag. "I'm learning how to win. I've learned a lot from Randy," said Anthony in a tip of the cap to his friend. Defending champion Matt Cohn of San Francisco and defending California Amateur champ Bobby Bucey finished tied for second at 137. 38th NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship June 8-9 | Poppy Hills GC 56th NCGA Senior Net Championship June 3-4 | Poppy Hills GC Golden Gate Flight: Chris Ladd, 65-67—132 Yosemite Flight: Paul Hirano, 70-65—135 Big Sur Flight: Matt Howard, 67-69—136 NCGA 52nd Four-Ball Net Championship Buckingham G&CC (Shawn Auten and Billy Witt): 60-59—119 June 17-18 | Poppy Hills GC and Carmel Valley Ranch S anta Rosa resident Abigail Leighton (top right) had never competed in a match- play format event. Based on her performance, she's a natural. The No.18-seeded Leighton was dominant in the 18-hole final match against No. 1-seed Jacqueline Lucena (bottom right), winning 2-up. Leighton found her comfort zone though, rattling off three birdies in a row beginning at the fourth to establish a 2-up lead.The stretch ended up being the difference maker, as Leighton never surrendered the lead once she gained it. Lucena, of Chico, did not go down without a fight though. After making the turn at 2-down, Lucena stuck her approach shot on the 10th to 8 feet, setting up a birdie to win the hole. Leighton countered right back, however, with her own birdie at the 11th when her approach shot finished 6 feet from the flagstick. Still, Lucena again battled back. She'd birdie No.14 to go 1-down, but Leighton again answered with a par win on the 16th to go 2-up. With only two holes remaining and needing a win to extend the match, Lucena hit a laser-like iron on the par-3 17th and converted her 6-foot birdie putt. On the closing 18th, both players missed the green left with their approach shots. Leighton, needing only a tie to win the match, was able to convert her five-foot par-saving putt to take the title. Joyce Zhang of Milpitas won the Starlets (ages 9-12) with a two-day, 18-hole total of 86 (44-42). 70th California Junior Girls' State Championship June 24-28 | Quail Lodge Resort

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