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June 12-13 | Poppy Hills GC A s the three-time defending Girls' Player of the Year on the Junior Tour of Northern California, Sabrina Iqbal has won her share of junior events. The San Jose resident now has her first NCGA women's title. Iqbal, a 15-year-old senior at Pioneer High, followed up an opening round 1-under 71 with a 76 to capture the Women's crown by seven shots over co-runners-up and sisters Amanjoty and Kiran Sangha. In another resume builder, Iqbal also joined a group of players who have won both an NCGA title and a California Women's Amateur Championship title. She won the CWAC in 2016 on the hallowed turf of Pebble Beach Golf Links in her debut. "It's nice to scratch another event off my list," said Iqbal, who also won this year's San Francisco City Women's Championship. "That was my goal." In the finale, Iqbal couldn't get any putts to drop, but neither of the Sangha sisters, who came in at 154, were able to mount a charge. In the Senior Championship, Sierra View CC member Lynne Cowan romped to a nine-shot victory over co-runners-up Sally Krueger and Pat Cornett. Cowan, who finished at 147 after rounds of 75-72, not only joined Cornett as the only players to win back- to-back titles, but also tied Cornett for the most Senior Women's crowns. The win also marked Cowan's 11th career NCGA or California Women's Amateur title, the most of any player. The Rocklin resident had been tied at 10 with Marianne Towersey. "Winning is still special," Cowan said. June 10-11 | Poppy Hills GC A s Bobby Bucey prepared for extra holes, his mom and caddie Karen Bucey offered her son some words of advice. "I reminded him that he'd done this before," Karen said. Bucey, who hails from Concord, has now done it twice. The Oakhurst CC member erased a three-stroke deficit in regulation and went on to defeat Olympic Club member Jason Anthony on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to claim his third NCGA title. Bucey won the 2014 NCGA Amateur Stroke Play title in a playoff. "This is pretty sweet," said Bucey, who won with a par to Anthony's bogey on No. 10. "I wasn't hitting the ball as well as I did Saturday. I just stayed patient." Nowhere did that patience come in handier than on the 18th hole of regulation. Holding a slim one-stroke edge over Anthony, Bucey opted to go for the par-5 green in two. His approach shot ended up in the front hazard. Following a drop, he again hit short of the green. He escaped disaster by draining a 10-foot putt for bogey to tie Anthony. "I had 200 yards to the green. I'm never going to lay up there," Bucey said. With first round leader Juan Gonzalez slipping to a 77 that left him in third place, the door opened for not only both Bucey and Anthony but others in the field. Early on though, Bucey wasn't able to take advantage. The 28-year-old went 2-over through his first 11 holes–including a bogey on the par-3 11th–before his fortunes changed. Again, it was Karen who played a role. "When we were walking off No.11, my mom said that I'd make some birdies too," Bucey said. Sure enough, Bucey birdied the next two holes – Nos .12 and 13 – to vault into contention. Anthony also had his chances, but he failed to make a birdie all day. "You've got to get the ball in the hole," Anthony said. "Losing with a bogey makes the drive home that much longer." When he won the 2014 NCGA Stroke Play title, Bucey had his dad, Robert, on the bag as caddie. Robert again was on Bucey's bag, but had to leave after the first nine holes. Then it became Karen's turn. "They definitely help me relax," said Bucey, whose other NCGA win came at the 2015 Four-Ball Championship with partner Brett Viboch. "On the 18th, I was frustrated. She told me to just make the putt." 36th Mid-Amateur Championship 13th Women's and Senior Women's Amateur Championship NCGA.ORG | SUMMER 2017 63

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