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28 WINTER 2018 | NCGA.ORG C H A M P I O N S H I P S P R E V I E W 2018 NCGA Season: Chasing History 53rd NCGA Public Links Championship When: April 23-24 Where: Poppy Hills GC (Pebble Beach) Defending Champion: Nick Moore Divots: With his third win last year, Moore moved within one of tying Casey Boyns' record for most career Public Links titles. Every time he's won (2013, 2015, 2017), Moore has had his girlfriend, Victoria Dibert, on the bag as caddie. 52nd NCGA Four-Ball Championship When: May 11-13 Where: Spyglass Hill GC (Pebble Beach) Defending Champions: Cole Nygren and Grady Smith Divots: How dominant were Nygren and Smith last year? In the first round, they posted a 64 when the stroke average for the day was 80.13. The Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo duo went on to win by a record 10 strokes. "I've never seen someone win by that much in Four-Ball," said veteran Randy Haag, who finished second with part- ner Jason Anthony. 37th NCGA Mid-Amateur Championship When: June 9-10 Where: Poppy Hills GC (Pebble Beach) Defending Champion: Bobby Bucey Divots: Bucey's sudden-death playoff win last year over Jason Anthony marked his second NCGA victory in extra holes. In 2014, he won the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play title in a playoff. The Mid-Amateur opened to players 25-over in 2016. W ith over 500 competition days on the NCGA championship calendar, there are plenty of options for players looking to take their shot at glory. Still, for the elite amateurs, there are some tournaments that are bigger than others. Get a win at one of them, and your name forever becomes a part of history. They're the trophies that everyone would love to have their names etched in. And they'll once again be up for grabs. #2018NCGASeason 14th NCGA Women's Amateur Championship When: June 20-21 Where: Poppy Hills GC (Pebble Beach) Defending Champions: Sabrina Iqbal Divots: In winning last year, Iqbal collected her first NCGA women's title. The Pioneer High senior is a two-time winner of the NCGA Junior (2015, 2016). There has not been a repeat champion since Lynne Cowan in 2007. 12th NCGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship When: June 20-21 Where: Poppy Hills GC (Pebble Beach) Defending Champion: Lynne Cowan Divots: Four players have split each of the previous 11 titles–Lynne Cowan and Pat Cornett each have won three times, and Sandy Woodruff and Marianne Tow- ersey are each two-time champs. Last year, Cowan romped to a nine-shot win. 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 5 6 7 8 4 BY JERRY STEWART 3

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