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Mixed Team Spring Championship 58 SPRING 2017 | WWW.NCGA.ORG T O U R N A M E N T C E N T R A L Marching Into Spring TPC Harding Park | March 19 A Junior Tour of Northern California broom descended upon TPC Harding Park as Brian Ma and Sabrina Iqbal, both JTNC members, swept the Men's and Women's Championship. Ma, a 16-year-old high school sophomore, became the third youngest champion in the event's illustrious history, defeating Seb Crookall-Nixon, 1-up, in the 36-hole final. Still all-square, on the 36th hole Ma deftly got up-and-down for par from off the green while Crookall-Nixon, who was on in regulation, ended up three-putting for bogey. "I'm very relieved," said Ma, who follows Carlos Briones (2009) and Ray Leach (1968) on the list of youngest champions. "This is the biggest win for me so far." Crookall-Nixon, a 23-year-old recent graduate of University of San Francisco and former junior standout in England, could only lament lost chances while tipping his cap to Ma. "I gave it my all. That's all you can do," said the No.6 seeded Crookall- Nixon, who was a four-year First Team All-Conference pick while with the Dons. "Brian played fantastic golf. He's going to go a long way." Ma, who joined the likes of Ken Venturi and George Archer as cham- pions of the event, appeared to be in good shape after taking a 2-up lead following a par on the 26th hole. Crookall-Nixon wins via a birdie on the 27th hole and par on the 29th hole, however, knotted the match up again. "The last nine holes my putting wasn't on point. I thought he was going to take the advantage, but I didn't let my emotions take over," said the No.32 seeded Ma. "I just stuck with it." In the Women's Championship, Iqbal, a 15-year-old junior at Pioneer High in San Jose, became the first female back-to-back winner since Casie Cathrea after rolling to a 10 and 9 win over Kiran Sangha. Already verbally committed to Texas Christian University, Iqbal's run through the brackets was so dominant that she only played the 17th and 18th holes during the qualifying round. In the finale versus Sangha, Iqbal played her 27 holes at 9-under. "I was looking forward to this. I wanted to go back-to-back," said the No.1 seeded Iqbal, whose birdie blitz included a stretch of four straight from holes No.13 through No.16 in the morning portion. "Overall, my game is in a good place. But I still need to improve on everything. There's always room for improvement." Over in the Senior Championship, 2016 NCGA Super Senior Player of the Year Gary Vanier added to his record total of titles, claiming his fourth with a tight 20th hole win over Rich Rowley. The No.1 seeded Vanier, who also won the Senior title in 2015, 2013 and 2009, held a 3-up lead through the 15th hole. The No. 26 seeded Rowley didn't fold, however, going 2-under on holes No.16-No.18 to bring the match back to all-square. Following a halve on the 19th hole, Vanier finally shook off Rowley with a birdie on the 20th hole (No.2). In the Super Senior Championship, No.8 Ron Johnson also had to grind out a victory, defeating No.3 Tom O'Grady on the 19th hole. 101st San Francisco City Championship Big Sur Flight: Itsuko Moridaira and Takeshi Usuzaka 69-66–135 Golden Gate Flight: Suezette van Staden and Robert Bonin 73-61–134 Yosemite Flight: Sasa and Jim Puchbauer 69-66–135 B rian Ma Sabrina Iqbal Ron Johnson Gary Vanier

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