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Longer Days, More Titles 52nd Public Links Net Championship 60 SUMMER 2017 | NCGA.ORG T O U R N A M E N T C E N T R A L March 24-25 | Poppy Hills GC and Bayonet GC M onterey's Nick Moore delivered in the clutch again and established himself as one of the top NCGA men's players of all-time. A day after shooting a first round leading 1-over 72 at Poppy Hills, Moore, 34, carded a 3-over 75 at Bayonet GC and defeated three other players in a sudden-death playoff to capture his third Public Links crown. The win was Moore's sixth career NCGA victory, tying him with five other players for the fifth most NCGA men's (non-Senior) champi- onship titles. The only players with more are leader Casey Boyns (16), Randy Haag (15) and Talbert Smith and Scott Hardy (7). The win also moved Moore to within one of Boyns' record four Public Links titles. "This was my most difficult win," said Moore, who nearly missed his first round tee time after being involved in a car accident on his way to Pebble Beach. "My back was feeling tight. I wasn't at 100 percent, but I kept reminding myself to leave it all on the table. I feel like I did a good job of not giving up." Joining Moore in the four-man playoff after all finished regulation at 4-over 147 were Stephen Perez, Aleksei Koika and Jeremy Villafuerte. When Moore and Perez both birdied the first hole, Koika and Villafuerte were eliminated. Perez, playing out of Dragonfly GC and making his NCGA debut, made the biggest move of the day by posting a 1-under 71. It was the only under-par score posted over both rounds. He and Moore dueled four more holes until Moore prevailed with a bogey on the fifth playoff hole (No.2) after Perez pulled his drive left into the trees and missed a 10-foot putt to extend the match. Moore, who was in the trees on the right, managed to get up-and-down for bogey while Perez ended up with a double- bogey after missing a 10-foot putt. Moore had been in the pressure cooker before. When he won Player of the Year honors in 2015, he secured the title by capturing the Valley Am after surviving a grueling nine-hole playoff in nearly 100-degree heat. This time, following a shaky front-nine 40, Moore got a boost when his girlfriend, Victoria Dibert, began caddying for him on the back nine, and birdied Nos. 10 and 11. Dibert has looped for Moore in all three of his Public Links wins. "Without her, I probably would not have won," Moore said. "This win is as much hers as it is mine." March 24-25 Poppy Hills GC and Bayonet GC Big Sur Flight: Jarrett Jern, 71-69–140 Golden Gate Flight: : Paul Gamez, 75-65–140 Yosemite Flight: Stephen Ackley, 67-66–133 52nd Public Links Championship

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