PEBBLE BEACH (Aug. 12, 2013) – Craig Gandy enters the 7th Annual Senior Match Play Championship Round of 32 as the top qualifying seed. Gandy carded a two-under-par 70 at Spanish Bay Golf Links to clinch his position in the match play field.
The Catta Verdera CC member started the round with pars on Nos. 1, 3 and 4 before knocking in a birdie putt on No. 5. Back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 could have been a crushing blow, but he followed up with a birdie on the par-4 ninth to finish the front nine 1-over par.
An outstanding bogey-free back nine with birdies on Nos. 12, 13 and 14 propelled him to a three-under-par 34, a score that was unbeatable with the challenging conditions of Spanish Bay.
In 2012, Gandy started match play as the 23rd seed, and was ultimately knocked out in the round of 32. Gandy is currently ranked No. 32 in the NCGA Senior Player of the Year standings.
Finishing behind Gandy and also moving on to match play was Steve Donnelly of Bayonet/Black Horse GC. Donnelly carded one-under-par with four birdies for the round.
Also qualifying for match play was Mark Hill of Diablo Grande GC, who finished with one-over-par 73.
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