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Summer 2017

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T O U R N A M E N T C E N T R A L 62 SUMMER 2017 | NCGA.ORG May 31 | Poppy Hills GC A rchbishop Mitty of San Jose capped a historic season with a sweep. The Archbishop Mitty squad shot 2-over 357 to win its first State team title, while senior Matt Lloyd fired a sizzling 6-under 65 to win the Individual crown. The first Northern California team since 2013 to win State, Archbishop Mitty had eked its way into the championship, defeating Bellarmine College Preparatory by a stroke at the NCGA/CIF NorCal Championships to claim the third and final State berth. To kick off the postseason, the team also captured its first Section (Central Coast) title. "This is an unbelievable moment for us," said Archbishop Mitty athletic director Josh Walker. "It's a tremendous achievement by the guys. As a team, it's been an amazing season." Lloyd, who's headed to Purdue University in the fall, was brilliant. He'd post seven birdies, including a 30-foot bomb putt on the 16th, to go against just one miscue – a bogey on the par-4 12th. Second place in the Individual championship was shared by five players at 68 – Donald Kay of Patrick Henry, Pleasant Valley's Noah Norton, Cameron Sisk of Vahalla Norseman, Sean Maryuma of Campbell Hall and Lloyd's teammate, Daniel Kim. Other scores (best five-out-six) for Archbishop Mitty were Brian Ma (72), Aashish Achanta (76), Justin Gasparovic (76) and James Rogers (82). In the Team competition, Anaheim Discovery Christian, which was competing in its inaugural season, was second with a score of 367, while defending champion Torrey Pines placed third at 370. Anaheim Discovery Christian's Stang Kornkamol, the lone girl in the field, shot an impressive 5-over 76 playing from the same tees. CIF Boys' State Championship May 12-14 | Spyglass Hill I mmediately following victory with his partner, Cole Nygren got a phone call from his mother. Stephanie Smith, meanwhile, had earlier told her son, Grady, 'What I want for Mother's Day is for you to win." Suffice to say, both moms enjoyed a Mother's Day treat. Nygren and Smith, teammates at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, capped a brilliant weekend with a final round 4-under 68 to roll to a record 10-stroke win. The duo's 54-hole total of 18-under 198, despite blustery winds both Friday and Saturday, flirted with the tournament record of 195. In the first two rounds, Nygren, a senior, and Smith, a junior, were simply in a league of their own. In Friday's opening round, they shot 64 when the stroke average for the day was 80. In Saturday's second round, their team score of 66 bettered the field average by 14 strokes. "We both have the type of games where we're not going to miss a lot of shots," Smith said. "It's highly unlikely for both of us to miss a shot at the same time." Entering Sunday's finale, the duo held a comfy seven-shot lead but were being chased by not only veteran Randy Haag and partner Jason Anthony but also 2013 Mid-Amateur Four-Ball champs Jeff Gilchrist and Steve Woods. Haag and Anthony, the defending NCGA Mid-Am Four-Ball champs, did all they could to hang in there but shot a 71 to come in second at 208. Gilchrist and Woods slipped back to ninth place following a 74. "We didn't look at the competition. We had our eyes on the prize and wanted to get the tournament record for total score," Smith said. Nygren and Smith briefly cracked the door open by playing their final round front-nine at even par. After making the turn, however, the rout was on as the two went 4-under thanks in part to a Nygren eagle on the par-5 11th. For both Nygren and Smith, the win marked their first NCGA victories. 51st Four-Ball Championship 54th Senior Net Championship June 5-6 | Poppy Hills GC Big Sur Flight: Mike Martinez, 68-66–134 Golden Gate Flight: : Stephen Ackley, 65-69–134 Yosemite Flight: Terry Siler, 70-67–137

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