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58 WINTER 2018 | NCGA.ORG Dec. 9–10 | Poppy Hills GC and The Links at Spanish Bay S an Rafael resident Mark Gore knew that he'd have a chance to wrap up both crowns. That's exactly what he did. G ore, a member at Peacock Gap Golf Club, captured not only the inaugural championship but also WNT Player of the Year honors after shooting a final-round 8-under 64 at The Links at Spanish Bay. The 56-year-old finished the 36-hole finals with a total of 3-under 140, defeating runner-up Brian Panter of San Francisco by three shots. While he was a good bet to win Player of the Year, Gore had entered the final round of the Tour Championship five strokes behind Panter and David Davis after an opening 76. "I wanted to win both titles. That's what I was shooting for," Gore said. Playing Spanish Bay for the first time, he'd post two eagles and eight birdies against three bogeys and a double-bogey. "I just drove the ball really well and putted well," said Gore, who played with a bad hip during the season. "That and I only lost one ball." Gore finished the season with 4,460 points. Placing second in the points standings was Abraham Attouleh at 2,867. Third place went to William Alexander at 2,858. Nov. 6-8 | Pauma Valley CC A Northern California player with a Southern California background ended up stealing the show. Serrano CC member Mark Morgan, a USC alumnus, had a round to remem- ber posting a final-round 2-under 69 to come from two strokes back for the vic- tory. The 58-year-old Morgan finished with a 54-hole total of 1-under 212, defeating runner-up David Nelson of Reno by six strokes. The only other players to break par in the final round were Kemp Richardson and Scott Anderson, who finished in a pack at T-3. Nelson had a 72. In 1981, while at USC, Morgan lost in the finals of the NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship, 1-up. He wouldn't get his first NCGA title until 2016 at the Senior Valley Amateur. Now, he's a State champion. "It feels really unbelievable," said an emotional Morgan. "It was a long three days and I'm just blessed to be standing here as champion." Entering the final round, Morgan trailed second-round leader Don DuBois of Newport Beach. DuBois fell back into a tie for third after a 77. First round leader John Mack of Alta Loma dropped out of contention with a 78. Morgan was one of the few to figure things out. Coming off a ho-hum 1-over 36 on the front- nine that concluded with a double-bogey, he'd go on to post a back-nine 33 with four birdies. The big surge came on holes No.13-No.15, where he carded three straight birdies to get to a total of 2 under. After that, it was just a matter of avoiding big mistakes. "I made double bogeys on all three days," said Morgan. "But I came back from them and just hung in there." 1st Weekend Net Tour Championship T O U R N A M E N T C E N T R A L 26th California Senior Amateur Championship Dec. 18-19 | Poppy Hills GC 4th Scramble Championship Big Sur: Michael Lincoln and Rich Estep, 60-62—122 Golden Gate: Lionel Fernandez and Carl Umpleby, 60-66—126 Yosemite: Jack Roy and Christopher Flexen, 63-61—124

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