SANTA CRUZ -- Conor McElyea, a former
University of San Francisco golfer, finally earned
the title he's waited eight years to get. He is the
Santa Cruz City Amateur champion.
The Harbor High alum closed with a 1-under-par
69 in the final round for a 140 total at
DeLaveaga Golf Course, a venue he calls home.
McElyea pieced together a steady final round to
finish atop the leaderboard for his first title in
the eight years he's competed in the event. His
younger brother, Cory, was awarded second
after shooting a 142 total and finishing in a
three-way tie for runner-up honors with former
Aptos native Seb Crampton and Campbell's
A back-nine tiebreaker was used to settle the
deadlock. Sloane, who along with Crampton
reached the U.S. Open Sectional qualifying this
year, was awarded third place.
"It's a little surprising," Conor McElyea said of
his long-awaited title. "I definitely made some
long putts down the stretch. That's not how I
pictured it coming down, but I'll take it. I
always thought it would be me making a 15-
foot bender on the 18th hole."