PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 13, 2014) — No.1 seed Aaron Beverly cruised, while everyone else struggled to stay alive.
Beverly, a junior at Sacramento State, put an exclamation point on both his first and second round wins Wednesday at the NCGA Amateur Match Play Chamionship at par-72 Spyglass Hill, claiming 6 and 5 wins in both rounds.For the rest of the field, the day was a test of mettle.
No.2 seed Jon Peterson of Granite Bay fell victim in the first round, falling on the 20th hole to CSU Monterey Bay senior Robby Salomon. No.4 seed Stephen Griggs also was bounced in the opening round, losing 3 and 2 to defending NCGA Amateur Stroke Play champion Bobby Bucey.
Bucey, the No.29 seed, defined the unpredictability of the day. In his morning match against Griggs, the former Chico State standout fell four behind through just the first six holes. Bucey came roaring back though, winning holes No.7 through No.10 to bring the match back to all-square. Three more wins on holes No.13, No.14 and No.16, and Bucey, who went 4-under after the 7th, was on his way to the Round of 16.Once there, he’d keep the momentum going, posting an easy 7 and 6 win over No.13 seed Jeremy Sanchez.
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