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August 7– 8 | Del Rio CC G reen Valley CC member Jason Anthony first stepped into the NCGA's winners' circle when he and partner Randy Haag won last year's NCGA Mid-Amateur Four-Ball Championship. This time, Anthony went solo. The 34-year-old Fairfield resident shot back-to-back rounds of 5- under par 67 and overcame heat and a three-shot deficit to defeat runner-up Daniel Connolly of San Francisco by three strokes. "It's about time. It feels good to get my first individual title," said Anthony, who regained his ama- teur status a few years ago after competing on the Mackenzie Tour (PGA Tour Canada). "I had to work hard." Connolly, who was coming off a win at the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, slipped to a 73 a day after opening with a sizzling 64. Having entered the event leading in the points standings for NCGA Player of the Year honors, Anthony carded a bogey-free round. Connolly, on the other hand, never got going. "It was probably the smartest round of golf I've ever played," Anthony said. "When you're playing someone as good as Daniel, you can't make mistakes." Anthony's 36-hole total of 134 was just one off the championship scoring record of 133, co-held by 2014 winner Trevor Clayton and 2009 winner Steven Chung. The win also was redemption. At June's NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship, Anthony lost in a sudden-death playoff to Bobby Bucey. Other 2017 close calls were at the San Francisco City and Alameda Commuters championships. "To be in the hunt in tournaments says a lot, but to finally breakthrough means that much more," Anthony said. 14th Valley Amateur and Senior Valley Amateur Championship T O U R N A M E N T C E N T R A L 62 FALL 2017 | NCGA.ORG July 25–29 | Quail Lodge Resort I n her California Women's Amateur Championship debut in 2016, Manteca resident Brooke Riley advanced through stroke-play qualifying but never competed in match play. She instead withdrew to compete in the U.S. Women's Amateur. A year later, the 19-year-old Northwestern sophomore not only stuck around, but ended up walking away with the big prize after defeating Ziyi Wang of Beijing, 2 & 1, in the 18-hole final. "It's pretty surreal," said Riley, who joined the likes of Hall of Famers Amy Alcott and Juli Inkster as winners of the event. "The field had some amazing names and the trophy has some amazing names on it." A former four-time Valley Oak League MVP at East Union High School, Riley never trailed in any match after the round of 16. Against Wang, she again struck e arly, taking a 4-up lead through the first eight holes. Wang, a 19-year-old sophomore at Stanford, closed the deficit to two holes following a two-putt par win on the 13th and a birdie win on the par-5 15th, but was never able to get any closer. On the 16th, Wang had a chance to cut Riley's lead to 1-up, but her 3-foot putt lipped out. The two halved No.17 with pars. "I'm just so happy," said Riley, who was presented the trophy by Alcott, the 1973 champion. "The whole week was such a grind." 51st California Women's Amateur Championship Senior Valley Amateur J eff Hoffman had to wait only six months for his first NCGA senior title. The Granite Bay GC member, who turned 55 in February, went wire-to-wire, shooting a final round 75 to finish at 1-over par 145 for a two-stroke win over David Halvorson and John Rotteveel. "I haven't played much so it's very gratifying," said Hoffman, who also won this year's Senior Alameda Commuters. "To win was a fun surprise."

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