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NCGA.ORG | FALL 2017 63 Price Includes: s One night stay at the luxury Twin Pine Casino & Hotel s 18-holes of golf at Hidden Valley Lake Golf Club s Golf Cart included s Driving Range Token s 20% Off Additional Rounds s Available Year-Round (ARTMANN2OADs(IDDEN VALLEY,AKE, CA 95467 707.987.3035 Stay Play Golf For Reservations and Information: Call Richard Pritchard, PGA, & reserve your custom package and preferred tee times. from $ 79 00 All rates subject to change. Call for details. See what golfers say about us... 5 / 5 Best Back Nine! 4.3 / 5 Great course, nice 19th hole 4 / 5 A great surprise with lots of variety! 5 / 5 It's a true test of your abilities. Good shots are rewarded and the opposite for bad shots. You will not be disappointed. golfnow.com pp. dbl. occ. August 14 –18 | Spyglass Hill GC A s he scanned the names on the sterling sil- ver trophy, Stanford junior Isaiah Salinda started to realize what he'd done. "There's a lot of history on here," Salinda said. "It's awesome." The 20-year-old South San Francisco resident is the latest to have his name engraved on the trophy—joining the likes of Charlie Seaver, Lawson Little, Jr., and Roger Maltbie—following a dramatic 1-up victory over friend and defending champion Shintaro Ban. While Ban, a senior at UNLV, had been looking to become the first repeat champion since John Catlin in 2010–2011, Salinda, the No. 4 seed, had never made it past the round of 32. All square following the morning 18 holes, Salinda pulled ahead with a birdie at the 21st hole (No. 3). Another birdie on the 23rd hole—and a par win later on the 31st —and Salinda looked to be in command with a 3-up lead with only five holes left to play. But then match play—and a suddenly rejuvenated Ban—happened. On the 32nd hole (No.14), Salinda three- putted, cutting his lead to only 2-up. Just a hole later, the No. 3 seeded Ban drained an 8-foot birdie putt for another win. Then, on the 34th hole, Ban capped off his comeback by sticking his approach shot to within a foot of the flagstick for another birdie. "I knew Shintaro would come back strong," said Salinda, who competed against Ban in high school when the two played in the West Catholic Athletic League. "I just refocused and regrouped." After both competitors made birdies at the 35th hole, Ban pushed his drive right, with his ball eventually stopping on the cart path—directly behind a pine tree. Salinda, meanwhile, was smack dab in the middle of the fairway. After taking relief, the best Ban could do was advance his second shot into the front-left greenside bunker. Salinda, meanwhile, knocked his approach to within 8 feet. "When I saw where my ball was, I thought, 'Just scramble for par,' " Ban said. "It ain't over until it's over." Indeed, Ban put his third shot on the green to within 22 feet of the pin. Needing to rescue par, his putt tracked for the center of the cup—only to hit the back of the cup and bounce out. It was a hard-luck bogey, which meant two putts for Salinda and the victory belonged to him. "My par putt almost went in," Ban said. "But he won fair and square ... It was a priv- ilege. Isaiah is a great player and a good friend. I'm happy for him." Along with getting support from Maverick McNealy and other Cardinal teammates via texts, Salinda also got a help- ing hand from his caddie, teammate Chris Meyers. "Chris was a huge help," Salinda said. "He kept me loose. Overall, it was a very intense match. I just stayed patient." In stroke-play qualifying, Cal sopho- more Finigan Tilly finished with a record 36- hole score of 10-under par 134, two strokes lower than McNealy, the 2015 medalist and champion. Tilly's 10-under-par mark is the lowest 36-hole total for any NCGA individ- ual event at Spyglass Hill. 114th NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship

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