STEVINSON, Calif. (May 6, 2012) -- Matt
Cohn of San Francisco posted a solid 71 to
overtake first round leader Randy Haag and
capture the 2012 California Mid-Amateur at
Stevinson Ranch Golf Course. Cohn, a 2-time
USGA participant (Amateur and Publinx) was
recently fitted for a new set of Titleist AP2
irons and Project X shafts. (view Matt's
"what's in the bag" profile here>)
How about that for a double sponsor
endorsement (Titleist is our Foundation
Sponsor and True Temper, the makers of
Project X, are the official shafts of
Cohn, 31, finished 6th on the NCGA points
list in 2011 but hadn't won an event since the
2009 Amateurgolf.com Metropolitan Amateur.
He described his play on Sunday as "Pretty
stress free, lots of fairways and greens, good
driving, and no three putts."
That kind of golf goes a long way at the
Stevinson Ranch, where in Saturday's windy
first round players were struggling to make
pars, and avoid big numbers. Sunday was a
better golf day, but Stevinson is plenty of golf
course even in calm conditions. Cohn made up
ground on first round leader Haag (also of San
Francisco) and by the 15th had a 1-shot lead.
When Haag found the hazard left and Cohn
made par, the lead was three. After that, Cohn
played solid golf through "The
Gauntlet" (holes 16,17, and 18) and
brought home a 5-stroke win over Haag. (151)
In third place in the overall championship (Mid-
Am and Masters players competing for the
same NCGA points) were two very solid players
Ricky Stockton of Salinas and Adam Petrocelli
of Monterey. Both finished at 8-over 152.
Randy Haag, 53, captured the Masters
division, for players age 40-54. Steve Donnelly
of Salinas was 2nd at 156. Players in this
division played the same tees as the Mid-Am
players and were eligible for the overall NCGA
Casey Boyns of Pacific Grove leveraged an
eagle pitch from 45 yards on the par-4 14th
hole (know as "Alps" for the large
mound in front of the green) to win post a final
round 71 and two round total of 4-over 148.
As Cohn did in taking the overall title, Boyns
overtook the first round leader (Jim Knoll of
Sunnyvale) to win by three. Knoll posted
rounds of 74-77=151; Terry Foreman of
Antioch was another shot back in third (78-
74=152) in his first official senior event.
A third turnaround took place in the Net
Division, with Korsen Yu (80-74=154) capturing
a 2-shot victory over Scott Carelli. Lyle Covino
took third place among net players.