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66 SPRING 2018 | NCGA.ORG T O U R N A M E N T C E N T R A L F airfield's Jason Anthony and Simar Singh of Los Altos joined the cham- pions list at the annual San Fran- cisco City Championships at par-71 TPC Harding Park. Anthony, the 2017 NCGA Player of the Year, got a win for the "old" guys. Compet- ing against players half his age, Anthony, 34, built an early 3 up lead and held on from there, defeating 18-year-old Max Ting, 3 and 1, in the 36-hole Championship finale. In capturing Player-of-the-Year honors, Anthony got a win at the 2017 NCGA Valley Amateur, his first NCGA victory as an individual. Now, he joins the likes of Ken Venturi and George Archer as champion of one of the oldest amateur events in the state. "To win the San Francisco City and get my name on that trophy is pretty awesome. I had to work hard for this one," said the No.3 seeded Anthony, who along with competing against 18-year-olds played nearly 162 holes in six days. In the afternoon portion of the finale, Anthony was dormie on the 15th hole. Ting didn't give in, but Anthony eventually shut the door with a win on the 35th hole (No.17). Helping Anthony along the way was his caddie–girlfriend Natashia Over- field. It was the first time Overfield has carried Anthony's bag. "She's undefeated," quipped Anthony. "It meant a lot to have her out there with me." Singh was looking for a boost as she prepares to embark on her collegiate career. The 17-year-old Los Altos High senior, who'll start playing at the University of Oregon this fall, got it with a 4-and-3 win over Aman Sangha in the 36-hole finale of the Women's Championship. "This is just what I needed to prove that I'm ready for college golf," said Singh, whose resume also includes a victory at the 2015 California Junior Girls' Championship. Singh, who joins Juli Inkster and Dorothy Delasin as champions of the event, pulled away due to stellar play around the greens. "I was consistent throughout the tourna- ment," said the No.9 seeded Singh, whose route to the title included a 2-and-1 win over two-time defending champ and No.1 seed Sabrina Iqbal. "I just played my game." Singh picked up golf from her father, Biri. When she was eight, Biri took her to an LPGA tournament at nearby Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Singh was so enthralled that she told her dad she wanted to play professionally. "Going to that LPGA event inspired me to keep playing," Singh said. In the Senior Championship, Olympic Club champion and No.4 seed Randy Haag continued his success at his hometown event, winning his second Senior title in three years thanks to a 4-and-3 victory over No.7 Scott Anderson. The inaugural Senior Women's Cham- pionship featured three players–former Curtis Cup captain Pat Cornett, Rachel Moreaux and Pam Palmieri–playing 18 holes of stroke play. Cornett and Moreaux finished tied at 9-over 81, with Moreaux winning the title via a card-off. Mark Miller, a member at Antioch Golf Club, won his first Super Senior title, defeating runner-up Mike Parnow, 4 and 3. Miller is the second player to win a Senior and Super Senior crown. The Preserve to Host 2018 California Senior Amateur, 2021 California Amateur Championships T he Preserve Golf Club at Santa Lucia Preserve, ranked among "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses" by Golf Digest, will host the 2018 California Senior Amateur Championship from Nov. 12-14. The Preserve has also agreed to host the 2021 California Amateur Championship. In its 27th year, the California Senior Amateur is the premier state event for players ages 55-and-over. The event annually rotates between north and south courses, with north courses hosting in even years and south courses hosting in odd. The 2018 championship will mark The Preserve's debut as part of the north's legacy. The 2021 California Amateur Championship will mark the 110th playing of that championship. One of the nation's oldest state championship, the California Amateur winners' list includes Ken Venturi, Johnny Miller and Mark O'Meara. "We're ecstatic about having both championships at The Preserve," said NCGA Director of Rules and Competitions Ryan Farb. The California Senior Amateur Championship also includes a team event during the first two rounds comprising four selected golfers from the NCGA and Southern California Golf Association. The NCGA leads 14-7 in the series, which began in 1995. Santa Lucia Preserve Kicking Off the Season With Wins in the City By the Bay Simar Singh Randy Haag Jason Anthony

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