N. Calif. Match Play: Cody Blick leads
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2013) – After the morning wave of the first round of the 110th Annual NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship Cody Blick holds a one-shot lead. Blick, 19, fired a five-under-par 67 on Monday, which included seven birdies and a pair of bogeys on the day.

Starting off his round with a bogey early on No. 2, the sophomore-to-be at San Jose State would birdie Nos. 4 and 7 to make the turn with a 35. Then things heated up on the back nine as he made five birdies in a six-hole stretch. After not converting birdies on two of the more benign holes Spyglass has to offer (Nos. 10 and 11), Blick reeled off four consecutive birdies on Nos. 12-15. A bogey on No. 16 derailed him briefly, but the Danville native recovered nicely birdieing No. 17 to come in with a 32.

“On No. 11 I missed a short birdie putt and that really just kind of got me angry, so the next hole I stuffed it and that led to four birdies in a row,” he said.

Blick, who made it to the quarterfinals of his first California State Amateur Championship earlier this summer, is again off to a superb start in his NCGA Amateur Match Play debut. Having only played Spyglass Hill GC twice before going into the day’s round, the 19-year-old was able to take advantage of solid ball-striking, which included hitting 15 of 18 greens in regulation.

“I think that’s the key out here is ball-striking; leaving yourself in the right spot,” said Blick.

Not far behind Blick and currently in second place at four-under-par 68 is another 19-year-old, Jonathan De Los Reyes. The Antioch native made five birdies and one bogey in his round getting off to a very nice start. The rising sophomore at St. Mary’s College opened with birdies on Nos. 2, 6 and 7 to make the turn at 33. Birdies followed on both of the back-nine par-5s, Nos. 11 and 14, to get to five-under-par, but a dropped shot on No. 18, his only bogey of the day, gave him a 68.

Currently tied for third at two-under-par 70 are Matt Hansen and Connor Lawrence.

Results For Northern California Amateur Match Play Championship
WinCABen GeyerArbuckle, CA400
Runner-upCAAndrew MorganLong Beach, CA260
SemifinalsCAAlex FranklinSan Rafael, CA160
SemifinalsCACorey PereiraCameron Park, CA160
QuarterfinalsCARyan KnopPleasanton, CA120

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The oldest of the NCGA’s major events, the Amateur Match Play Championship, dates back to 1903 when it was first played at San Rafael GC. Varying formats have been used over the 106 years of competition but today the tournament is 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying, followed by a 32-person seeded match play bracket. Pre-qualifying required for non-exempt players. Players must have a handicap index of 5.4 or less.

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