MONTEREY, California (December 7, 2014) -- University of California golfer Tanner Hughes emerged from a tight pack Sunday to claim the 30th Christmas Classic, presented by Callaway Golf. He posted 5-under 138 for the 36 hole tournament to edge Riley Elmes of Oregon by two strokes.
Hughes' 4-under 68 on Sunday at Del Monte was an excellent score given the length the wet course was playing. After an unremarkable 1-over start through the first seven holes, Hughes caught fire with birdies at 8, 9, and 11 and three more coming in, against just one bogey on the challenging 16th. (He answered that with a comeback birdie on No. 17.) Hughes fired 3-under 33 on the back nine.
"I just played solid all day," said Hughes after accepting the trophy.
Sebastien Crampton of Pacific Grove made the comeback of the tournament and posted the lowest round, going 81-67.
The senior division was captured by the tournament founder Casey Boyns of Monterey in a playoff over Dale Bougennec of Pleasant Hill. Both players matched cards of 74-72 and exchanged leads several times on the back nine before tying the 18th with pars.
It was the third time that Boyns has won the tournament in sudden-death. (Twice in the Championship and once in the senior.)
Charles Balisha of Turlock played steady golf in winning the Net Division at 2-under 142. Chris Ladd of Petaluma mad a nice run at him on Sunday, shaving 10 shots off his first round score with a net 67.
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