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64 SUMMER 2018 | NCGA.ORG April 23-24 | Poppy Hills GC B en Peters (top) already had showed he was one of Northern California's elite amateurs by representing the NCGA in the annual Hanna-Wehrman Cup Matches against the Northern California PGA. But the 33-year-old's resume had lacked a NCGA championship. Not anymore. Peters shot a final round 2-under 69 and defeated Ned Jensen on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to capture his first NCGA title. On the first playoff hole (par-4 10th), Peters made par while Jensen three- putted for bogey. "It's been my goal, coming from playing in a few USGA championships to be able to play in NCGA championships and then to eventually win one was the next goal," Peters said. Having trailed three-time winner Nick Moore and Keith Okasaki by two entering the final round, Peters made his move by being steady. He posted three birdies and just one bogey to vault past both Moore and Okasaki, who slipped to rounds of 77. While Moore and Okasaki faded, Jensen, an E-Club San Francisco member, had made his own charge via a four birdie, one bogey 68 to tie Peters. With his first NCGA win under his belt, Peters is already looking ahead to the rest of the season. "I've wanted to win an NCGA championship for 10 years. Now to have my name on the trophy, it's so special," Peters said. "It's a huge confidence builder to know I can get it done when I need to." Third place went to Garrett Wagner at 140 following a final round 70. In the Golden Gate Flight, Andy Nordhoff (lower left) won the title with a 36-hole total of 136. Patrick Tam (lower right) won the Yosemite Flight crown with a two-day total of 139. 53rd NCGA Public Links Championship May 11-13 | Spyglass Hill C SU-Stanislaus teammates Michael Jura (left) and Jeffrey Yamaguchi (right) were clutch when it mattered the most. Yamaguchi and Jura, who both hail from Fresno, played their last four holes at 2-under for a final round 3-under 69 to win by one over the runner-up tandem of Randy Haag and Jason Anthony. While they've both won NCGA junior events, it was the first time Yamaguchi and Jura, who finished with a 54-hole total of 11-under 205, have won an NCGA championship. "It's awesome to win it," said Yamaguchi, a senior at CSU-Stanislaus "You can't beat it." It didn't come easy. At one point trailing the team of Danny Paniccia and Mike Stieler, and also needing to stare down the charging tandem of Haag and Anthony, Jura and Yamaguchi turned the tide in their favor over the final four holes. On the par-3 15th, Jura, a 19-year-old freshman, drained a huge 20-foot birdie putt. A hole later, at the brutish par 4, Jura chipped in from 20 feet for a critical par save. Then it was Yamaguchi's turn. On No. 17, the 22-year- old knocked a 58-degree wedge to within five feet of the flagstick leading to a birdie. The two finished with a routine par on the 18th to seal the victory. "The hardest part was not knowing where anybody else stood," Yamaguchi said. For Haag and Anthony, it was deja vu all over again. A final round 68 left the reigning NCGA Senior Player of the Year and Player of the Year, respectively, in second place for the third time in four years (2015, 2017). "We're just snakebit here," Haag said. Jura and Yamaguchi climbed into contention with a second round 67 that included a birdie by Jura after Yamaguchi hit out of bounds on the 13th hole. It also featured two eagles by Yamaguchi on the par-5 7th and 11th holes. Third place went to the tandem of Garrett Wagner and Rick Reinsberg (207) following a card-off with Kevin Huff and Austin Fox. 52nd NCGA Four-Ball Championship

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